Here are a few Teachable alternatives you can use for hosting your online courses.
Teachable is the first platform that comes to mind when you think of hosted online courses.
Although it’s a great platform with great course compliance and marketing features, there are some downsides like:
- Transaction fee of 5% even in their basic plan
- Lack of course compliance, affiliate marketing, and certification in the basic plan
- Teachable branding in login and sales page URLs
- Lack of community building features
If these are some of the downsides that are forcing you to look for a Teachable alternative, this post will be helpful for you.
Here are some of the factors on which we selected the alternatives to Teachable:
- The best alternatives should not have the downsides of Teachable
- They should be affordable or have similar pricing to that of Teachable
- They should come with the more/same amount of features like that of Teachable
For each alternative learning management system, we’ve also presented you with the aspects in which the alternatives are better than or lag behind Teachable so that you can make a well-informed decision.
|Teachable alternatives||Memberships feature||Pricing starts at|
|Thinkific||Recurring pricing + Course bundling||$39/month|
|Invanto (Fraud company)||Yes||$99/month|
#1. Podia – Best all-in-one platform (if you want memberships and digital product selling)
Podia is more suitable for you, if you are interested in an all-in-one platform on the likes of Kajabi, without a premium fee. It is one of the most affordable online course creation platforms available today.
It is best known for its minimal and neat user interface. It is straightforward and easy to use.
It comes with the ability for you to sell:
- Online courses
- Digital downloads
- Product bundles
You can refer to my complete review on Podia if you want more information.
In this section, you’re gonna get some highlights and more importantly comparison with Teachable as a learning management system.
Where does Podia excel over Teachable?
- Podia is a dedicated Digital Product selling platform that allows you to sell your informational products, webinars, and coachings.
- Podia has a superior email marketing platform allowing you to send broadcast emails as well as drip campaigns
- Podia does not charge you any transaction fee on the course sales you make.
- Podia’s embedded checkout options are super-flexible to use with your website.
But indeed similar to Teachable it comes with drip functionality, bundles, upselling, quizzes, Zapier integration, and much more.
It also has limited design flexibility, unlike the power editor that Teachable comes with.
If you are in a dilemma to choosing between Podia and Teachable, read my complete comparison to make a better buying decision.
Podia also comes with an affiliate marketing feature that helps you convert your raving fans to promoters of your products. This feature is only available in their Shaker plan which costs you $89/month.
Podia has three plans for you to play with. Mover ($39/month), Shaker ($89/month), and the Earthquaker plan ($199/mo).
The Earthquaker plan comes with features like priority support, onboarding calls, and monthly creator calls.
- Podia has a super-streamlined and highly refined interface. Feels very intuitive.
- Podia is an all-in-one platform with courses, memberships, and digital product selling abilities.
- It comes with a superior email marketing ability like a one-off and drip campaigns
- There’s some lack, of course, compliance features, unlike Teachable.
- It does not have a membership feature. Nevertheless, you can use the community as a membership.
Bottomline: As Podia is an all-in-one platform, it doesn’t come with features like superior course compliance, in-depth reporting, and also the free plan. For some people, it may feel like a jack of all trades. But if you need access to community, digital product selling, and superior drip email marketing features you may not go wrong with Podia.
#2. Thinkific – Good Teachable alternative with no fees
I can treat this as a much closer alternative to Teachable, although it costs quite a lot.
Similar to that of Teachable, you can create your online courses and also create membership sites with Thinkific.
Where Thinkific excels over Teachable?
- Thinkific has a better free plan with no transaction fee
- It has superior design and customization options than Teachable, as it offers presets and themes
- It has a good site builder that allows you to build great design without touching a line of code.
- It has an inbuilt survey mechanism, whereas, in Teachable, you may need to use other tools and embed them
- Thinkific offers you get rid of their branding unlike Teachable which still has branding in login and sales page URLs.
- Thinkific has narrated presentation or voiceover presentations feature
Nevertheless, Thinkific lacks a lot of functionalities like native certification features, fewer course compliance features, and a lack of one-step checkout (a lot of friction).
Similar to Podia and Teachable, Thinkific also comes with an affiliate marketing feature.
As you can see in the above screenshot, there are 4 different plans with Thinkific. They have their free plan which does not come with any transaction fee except for their 3 course restriction.
Added to these, the Basic pricing of Thinkific is $39/month, which is costlier than Teachable $29/month. But Thinkific doesn’t charge you a 5% transaction fee even in their beginner plan.
If you need almost all the best features of Thinkific, I suggest you go with their Pro plan.
Some features that are lacking in the Basic plan are private & hidden courses, flexible pricing options for your courses (subscriptions, free, one-time, payment plans, or additional course prices), Memberships and bundles, certificates, advanced customization, communities, assignments, etc.
- Has a good straightforward and simple UI/UX
- It has the best free plan without any transaction fee
- The pricing is quite affordable than Teachable
- It lacks many course compliance features that Teachable comes with
- It lacks some detailed analytics that Teachable comes with to dive in deep to per-student performance, video timeline watch trends, and much more
Bottomline: Thinkific is a great tool for you if you want superior customization and design options and are fed up with Teachable’s lack of layout and customization options. It comes with a totally free plan too without any transaction fee. But lack of native certification features and course compliance features are some things you need to consider.
#3. Kajabi – Course + Membership + Marketing features!
Kajabi is yet another all-in-one online learning platform. It comes with features like:
- Online courses
- Digital products
- Email marketing
- Marketing automation
It is marketed as a complete online marketing platform as opposed to a course platform.
It has been endorsed and used by big names in the expert industry like Brendon Burchard and Amy Porterfield. It is a premium platform, with a much higher price tag.
If you are looking for an all-in-one platform and Podia is lacking in some features, then Kajabi is the way to go.
Kajabi is really superior to any tool in this list when it comes to marketing and automation. It has so many features that you may need to make use of their Assistant for discovering all the features effectively and quickly
Kajabi’s user interface also feels very polished and premium.
Some really impressive features here are:
- It has the option to delay the display of the buy now button on the sales page so that people will have to watch your entire sales video.
- In order to enhance the course retention rates, it not only allows you to drip feed the content inside memberships but also displays when the content will be unlocked to your students. You may be asking how this can be a marketing feature, but I would argue that higher retention leads to them being more receptive to your upsells.
- Kajabi offers really good upsell and order bump features as profit maximizer features.
One greatest strength of Kajabi over Teachable is the automation builder. If you want to know more about the advanced features of Kajabi, you can read my complete review.
Where Kajabi excels over Teachable?
- Kajabi has advanced marketing automation features that Teachable lacks in. It has the most advanced marketing functionalities built right into the platform.
- It has a dedicated memberships feature and also digital product selling capabilities to allow you to sell information products as well along with courses, similar to Podia.
- It has superior email marketing features like event-triggered and drip emails that are tightly integrated with the platform so you don’t need to necessarily use a 3rd party email marketing software
- It has a superior community management feature where people can leave comments and ask you questions. I can see that there’s a lot of thought behind some really helpful they have in the community feature. When you are running memberships, powerful community feature is a must have to retain the members.
However, it has some limitations like you can create up to 3 products even in their basic plan which costs $119/month, and 15 products in their growth plan which costs $159/month.
With Kajabi you sometimes may feel that you are shelling some money for the brand and the premium experience. It is certainly better than Podia if you don’t consider the price.
If you think not having the ability to sell digital products is a major downside of Teachable, you may consider getting Kajabi over Teachable or Podia.
It also comes with affiliate marketing similar to other tools I’ve reviewed in this post. But the affiliate program feature is only available with the Growth and Pro Plans that costs $199/month onward if paid monthly.
Their basic plan is very limited and comes with support for creating only 3 Products and Pipelines. For a decent online creator, the “Growth” plan is a must.
Along with the above features, their Growth plan also unlocks – 24/7 chat support, advanced automations, the ability to remove Kajabi branding, affiliate program, etc.
Kajabi has really good premium customer support. They have good live chat support and are very quick to respond to the queries of the users.
- Kajabi is a marketing-centric all-in-one platform with advanced features like complete marketing automation and pipelines.
- It has a dedicated memberships and digital product selling platforms.
- It has a dedicated community building feature that Teachable lacks in
- Kajabi costs you a lot of money and its basic plans lack some features and has limitations
- Even Kajabi’s Basic plan comes with limitation of 3 products and pipelines.
Bottomline: Kajabi is the best all-in-one platform I can recommend. It’s even better than Podia when it comes to features. It has almost all the features of Podia – plus additional features like superior marketing features and community builder that are truly valuable. But the features of Kajabi come at a premium price and it has some restrictions like the ability to create only 3 products even in their beginner plan.
#4. LearnDash – The best WordPress LMS
LearnDash is quite different as it is a WordPress-based solution. If you are already fairly knowledgeable with WordPress, you need to strongly consider LearnDash.
There are a lot of WordPress LMS plugins like LifterLMS, LearnPress, etc.
But as per my experience, LearnDash beats them all out of the water with superior integrations, reliability, and add-ons.
They also recently introduced membership featured dubbed as “groups” which allows you to restrict the content based on different levels people are subscribed.
But the main downside of WordPress LMS plugins is that along with the plugins, you may need to also host your videos or use platforms like Vimeo or Wistia for video protection.
Where LearnDash excels?
- The cost is really less compared to other platforms with a one-time fee + yearly update fee.
- There are a lot of free, premium, and 3rd party addons for LearnDash.
- Fits in your workflow if you’re already familiar with WordPress
- It is very flexible as it’s a WordPress plugin, you can get your development team really get the most out of the plugin. You can bring your creative ideas to life as you have room for custom development.
I really liked the way in which they offer extra features as addons, thus making the core plugin lightweight.
As it’s a WordPress plugin, you have ultimate design flexibility, CSS, and also marketing flexibility.
Unlike other WordPress-based platforms, it also has native payment integrations, so you need not worry about using other plugins for it. If you like, you can also hook it up with WooCommerce or other plugins like say CartFlows (WordPress-based shopping cart software).
It also helps you protect your content without the need for any other membership plugins.
The single site license of LearnDash costs you $159 for one year of updates and support.
- LearnDash is a WordPress plugin and comes at a really cheap price
- It comes with unlimited flexibility and features due to addons and it has room for custom PHP development
- It you’re already using WordPress, LearnDash has a relatively good learning curve
- It comes with “groups” feature that can be used for memberships. If the name bothers you – rename it as “memberships” using their term editor.
- LearnDash can be difficult to setup and customize for non-techies
- It does not come with superior design and customization options without HTML/CSS knowledge or without using premium addons.
Bottomline: LearnDash is suitable for you if you’re already using WordPress and are not afraid of the technical knowledge it requires to set it up initially. However, the flexibility it offers is unmatchable. But if you want to implement sales funnels and email marketing in it, unlike Podia or Kajabi you need to make use of other WordPress plugins and email marketing softwares.
#5. LearnWorlds – A good all-in-one alternative
LearnWorlds is a really good newer alternative to Teachable.
It really goes a mile ahead in offering some unique features like interactive videos, transcripts, SCORM and HTML5 support, powerful website builder, custom mobile app, etc.
Unlike Teachable they offer you to create your own community or social network with all the features like likes, comments, etc. Every person will have their private inboxes, profile pages, and also you can create private groups for discussions. This feature is quite similar to Facebook.
When it comes to marketing you have powerful upselling, cross-selling, coupon, and affiliate marketing features with LearnWorlds. But unlike Podia or Kajabi it lacks superior email marketing features.
LearnWorlds integrates with a lot of apps, but it lacks native integrations with some apps like GetResponse, MailerLite, and other email marketing softwares. You may end up making use of Zapier.
Most of their features are available in their 2nd tier plan. You get really good features like memberships, custom certificates, affiliate management, etc.
- It has some really good features like memberships, community building, etc.
- It has an option to completely whitelabel your course platform in its higher plans.
- It offers good marketing features like upsells, cross sells, coupons, promotions, bundling, and affiliate marketing.
- Their Starter plan lacks a lot of crucial features like integrations, certificates, memberships, subscriptions, etc.
- It lacks inbuilt email marketing features but has integrations.
- Even their Starter plan comes with a course fee of $5 for every sale. But still better than Teachable’s fee
Bottomline: LearnWorlds is really a great course platform with a lot of features matchable to softwares like Podia or Thinkific. But the lack of native integrations with some of the popular email marketing softwares is quite a deal-breaker. Along with that, their Starter plan is just very restrictive. The real experience of LearnWorlds lies in their “Pro Trainer” plan as it unlocks so many features.
#6. Invanto – (Update – It’s a fraud company)
Teachery is another good course platform.
The main difference is that Teachery doesn’t handle video hosting. You need to make use of services like YouTube, Vimeo, or Wistia.
Where Teachery excels?
- No transaction fee
- They have 2 site themes compared to 1 theme offered by Teachable, it also offers live editor as opposed to power editor
It has quite serious limitations when compared to Teachable. It doesn’t have features like superior course compliance, upsells, quizzes, certificates, discussions, native payment gateway, and much more.
Added to this, Teachery’s annual plan costs you $39/month, and it’s the same as that of Thinkific and higher than that of Teachable.
The price is really high considering that they don’t support video hosting and you need to shell out money for hosting your videos as well.
- No transaction fee
- It has 2 site themes vs only 1 that Teachable comes with
- Lack of memberships functionality
- They do not come with video hosting – you need to use Vimeo or Wistia.
- Lacks a lot of advanced course compliance, customization functionalities, quizzes, certificates, that Teachable comes with
Bottomline: You can treat Teachery as a “Lite” version of Teachable. It doesn’t come with memberships, in-depth reporting, course compliance, and some other marketing features, unlike Teachable. But if you want an affordable solution that does the job well Teachery doesn’t disappoint you.
To be honest, Teachable is the best online course creation platform with features like one-click upsell, one-step checkout, and other marketing features. It also has the best-in-class course compliance and certification mechanism. But it is not for you if you’re into memberships as well.
On the other hand, Kajabi is more for you if you want almost all the features of Podia with additional features like marketing automation and superior community builder
Hope you found this post helpful if you have doubts leave me a comment.