Are you looking for Teachable alternatives?

Are the limitations letting you down?

I know, Teachable recently they increased their subscription costs and replaced their unlimited courses feature with only upto 3+ courses on their beginner plan, that too with 5% transaction fee.

Existing customers?

Held for ransom! 😲

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

As someone who is into online course creation and has experimented with all the major LMS and community platforms, in this blog post I will introduce you some reliable and trustworthy alternatives to Teachable.

#1. Thinkific — Superior customization and design options

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Thinkific is another great alternative to Teachable for those who are interested only in a course platform but not an all-in-one platform.

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Similar to Teachable, you can create your online courses and also create membership sites with Thinkific.

Pricing

Thinkific Pricing

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 1 course restriction.

If you need almost all the best features of Thinkific, I suggest you go with their ‘Grow’ plan.

Basic plan lacks 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.

👍 Pros

  • Has a mobile app for both Android & iOS users (Teachable only has iOS).
  • Thinkific has better design and customization options than Teachable, with presets and themes.
  • Its site builder allows you to create great designs without coding.
  • It comes with a community feature (but limited).
  • It has the best free plan without any transaction fee and their premium pricing is quite affordable than Teachable
  • Unlike Teachable, Thinkific allows you to remove their branding from login and sales page URLs.

👎 Cons

  • In my opinion, their user interface needs attention. They would have paid more attention to say padding and spacing of different elements on the screen.
  • No integrated email marketing (Podia and Kajabi comes with these as you’ll see).

Bottomline: Thinkific is a great alternative to Teachable and is affordable. It offers all the features of Teachable, along with mobile apps for both Android and iOS. It also provides additional features for course assessments and more.

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#2. Kajabi – All-in-one platform with automation

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Kajabi is yet another all-in-one online learning platform.

It comes with features like:

  1. Online courses
  2. Memberships
  3. Digital products
  4. Email marketing
  5. Marketing automation
  6. Kajabi Events (Webinars)

It is marketed as a complete online marketing platform as opposed to a course platform.

Kajabi’s basic plan starts at $149/month, it may initially appear more expensive.

However, when you consider the cost of the tools it replaces, the value becomes clear:

  • Community platforms like Circle.so ($99/month)
  • Email marketing tools like ConvertKit (approximately $200/month for a 25k Kajabi plan)
  • Website hosts (around $20/month for decent hosting)
  • Webinar platforms like Zoom Webinars or Demio (starting at $59/month)

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.

Although it is an all-in-one platform, it offers a wide range of specialized features.

For instance:

  • Their course functionality includes course compliance, student-level video retention reports, heat maps, advanced quizzes, and assessment abilities.
  • The community feature incorporates gamification features and advanced automation abilities.
  • It has a funnel builder that seamlessly integrates the benefits of click funnels into the platform.
  • The automation builder is comprehensive, allowing for easy integration and the ability to set various triggers and actions within the platform.

As of now, Kajabi is valued at around $2 billion and has raised a lot of funds in multiple rounds.

Pricing

Kajabi Pricing

Their Basic plan is very limited and comes with support for creating only 3 Products and Pipelines.

Most of the people end up going with the Growth plan.

Kajabi has really good premium customer support. They have good live chat support and are very quick to respond to the queries of their users.

👍 Pros

  • Advanced marketing automation: Kajabi has an automation layer built on top of all their features. This layer includes triggers and actions that allow for automation across various features such as courses, funnels, communities, and more.
  • Engaging community building: Kajabi provides a dedicated feature for building a community around your courses, fostering interaction and a sense of belonging.
  • Superior email marketing: Kajabi’s tightly integrated email marketing features include event-triggered emails and drip campaigns, eliminating the need for a separate email marketing software.
  • Digital product selling: In addition to hosting courses, Kajabi allows you to sell a variety of digital products, monetizing your expertise.
  • Comprehensive page builder: Kajabi’s page builder offers extensive functionality, such as delaying the display of the “buy now” button on your sales page, ensuring viewers watch your entire sales video before purchasing.

👎 Cons

  • Even Kajabi’s Basic plan (priced at $149/month) has the limitation of 3 products and pipelines, so you are forced to choose their $197/month plan.
  • Kajabi is relatively expensive compared to other platforms, which could be a deal breaker if you are seeking more affordable options.

If you want to know more about the advanced features of Kajabi, you can read my complete review.

Bottomline: Kajabi is the best all-in-one platform I can recommend. Unlike other all-in-one platforms like Podia, Kajabi offers a wide range of features with great depth. Moreover, their speed of implementing new features is truly impressive. For instance, they recently acquired Vibely to enhance their community feature with gamification capabilities.

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#3. Podia – Affordable all-in-one platform

Podia is an excellent option if you are looking for an all-in-one platform like Kajabi but without the premium fee.

It is best known for its minimal and neat user interface.

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It comes with the ability for you to sell:

  • Online courses: Similar to Teachable it comes with drip functionality, bundles, upselling, quizzes, Zapier integration, and much more.
  • Coachings: Sell your expertise by conducting coaching sessions with your customers.
  • Digital downloads: If you’re looking to upsell, this feature comes handy to make more out of your products.
  • Webinars: Use your favourite tools like Zoom or YouTube Live to host workshops and webinars on Podia.
  • Community: Podia includes a lightweight community feature that allows you to create different topics and restrict posts within your community based on membership levels of the users, nothing much.
  • Email marketing: Podia offers a feature-rich email marketing platform with broadcast emails, drip campaigns, email templates, a drag and drop builder, and light-weight automation capabilities.

Additionally, although it has a website builder, it is limited in terms of functionality.

There is a lack of modules to implement modern web design practices, and simple features like the ability to add custom CSS are lacking.

As a result, you may end up using Elementor or Leadpages to host your landing pages for better conversions.

Pricing

Podia Pricing

Podia has three plans for you to play with: Free ($0/month), Mover ($39/month), and Shaker ($89/month).

👍 Pros

  • All-in-one platform
  • User-friendly interface with attention to detail
  • Unlimited courses and products with unlimited storage and bandwidth
  • Ability to sell digital products
  • 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.

👎 Cons

  • Doesn’t have a mobile app
  • Limited depth of features
  • The free plan comes with an 8% fee
  • Additional features like webinars and affiliate programs require a higher-priced plan

You can refer to my complete review on Podia if you want more information.

Bottomline: Although Podia is an all-in-one platform, it lacks depth. You may feel like it’s a jack of all trades. It does not offer features such as superior course compliance and in-depth reporting. However, if you need access to a light-weight community, digital product selling, and superior email marketing features, you cannot go wrong with Podia.

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#4. LearnDash — 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.

As per my experience, LearnDash beats all other WordPress LMS plugins out of the water with superior integrations, reliability, and add-ons. There are a lot of free, premium, and 3rd party addons for LearnDash.

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The most notable feature is that they recently introduced a membership feature dubbed “groups” which allows you to restrict the content based on the different levels people are subscribed to.

If you’re already familiar with WordPress, LearnDash is a flexible option that allows you to leverage your development team and bring your creative ideas to life. It’s a WordPress plugin that offers customization and the ability to create unique experiences through custom development.

Pricing

LearnDash Pricing

👍 Pros

  • It comes with unlimited flexibility and features due to add-ons and it has room for custom PHP development.
  • If you’re already using WordPress, LearnDash has a relatively good learning curve.
  • It comes with a “groups” feature that can be used for memberships. If the name bothers you – rename it as “memberships” using their term editor.
  • I really liked the way in which they offer extra features as add-ons, thus making the core plugin lightweight.
  • It also offers LearnDash Cloud, which starts at $29 per month, which is a fully hosted solution so that you don’t need to worry about the WordPress technicalities to get the best of Learndash.

👎 Cons

  • 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.
  • LearnDash can be difficult to set up and customize for non-techies
  • It does not come with superior design and customization options without HTML/CSS knowledge or without using premium add-ons.

Despite the limitations mentioned above, LearnDash is a cost-effective and flexible solution if you’re into online courses. Its pricing starts at $199/year for 1 site license, and its technical support is good.

Bottomline: LearnDash is a great option if you’re already using WordPress and don’t mind dealing with its technical aspects. It offers unmatched flexibility as it integrates seamlessly with the rest of the WordPress ecosystem. Just keep in mind that WordPress can sometimes be slow and there may be conflicts with plugins. So, whenever I update my plugins, I hold my breath and hope that nothing breaks!

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#5. LearnWorlds – Best for academics

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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, HTML5 support, a powerful website builder, a custom mobile app, etc.

LearnWorlds integrates with a lot of apps, but it lacks native integrations with some apps like GetResponse, MailerLite, and other email marketing software. You may end up making use of Zapier.

  • LearnWorlds has an interactive video player that allows you to create engaging video content with quizzes, pop-ups, and hotspots. This boosts student engagement and retention.
  • It offers powerful upselling, cross-selling, coupon, and affiliate marketing features for effective marketing strategies.
  • Unlike other all-in-one platforms like Podia or Kajabi, LearnWorlds lacks superior email marketing features.
  • LearnWorlds provides the option to create your own community or social network with features like likes, comments, private inboxes, profile pages, and private discussion groups, similar to Facebook.

Pricing

LearnWorlds pricing
LearnWorlds Pricing

Most of their features are available in their Pro Trainer plan. You get really good features like memberships, custom certificates, affiliate management, etc.

In their highest “Learning Center” plan you get additional features like bulk student upload, complete white-label features, auto-subtitling, advanced affiliate management, etc.

👍 Pros

  • It has some really good features like memberships, community building, etc.
  • It has an option to completely white-label your course platform in its higher plans.
  • It offers good marketing features like upsells, cross-sells, coupons, promotions, bundling, and affiliate marketing.
  • Their website builder is really advanced and comprehensive but yet clunky.

👎 Cons

  • It has many features, but its UI and UX are quite poor. You might feel overwhelmed by its cluttered interface.
  • Their Starter plan lacks a lot of crucial features like integrations, certificates, memberships, subscriptions, etc. You may want to go with their Pro Trainer plan.
  • It lacks inbuilt email marketing features but has integrations.
  • Even their Starter plan includes a course fee of $5 for every sale, which is still fair compared to Teachable’s fee.

Bottomline: LearnWorlds is really a great course platform with a lot of features matchable to software like Podia or Thinkific. But the lack of native integrations with some of the popular email marketing software 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.

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#6. FreshLearn — Best freemium platform

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With FreshLearn, you can either create on-demand or cohort courses.

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When creating course lessons, it supports various content types:

  • Text
  • Images
  • Audio/video
  • Attachments
  • Quizzes & assessments

As part of the course compliance, you can create graded assessments.

With this, you can evaluate them and make sure students are properly consuming the course content. Furthermore, there are some advanced features available like: negative scores, randomizing questions & answers, passing percentages, etc. If you want students to take course completion tests/entrance tests, you can utilize them.

Similar to other Teachable alternatives on this list, FreshLearn also supports course completion certificates and content drip schedules.

Few other unique features of FreshLearn:

  • Gamification: FreshLearn helps in increasing members’ engagement with gamification features like – points, rewards, quizzes, and challenges. Points can be awarded for adding posts, liking posts, commenting on others’ posts, taking quizzes, etc. As of now, it lacks leaderboards and badges (you can expect them to come soon).
  • Marketing features: FreshLearn supports coupons and affiliates. You can create single-use coupons and bulk coupon codes (to offer during special campaigns).
  • Mobile apps: The best thing, FreshLearn has mobile apps for both iOS and Android users. Students can access their courses, get certificates, and purchase the courses all within the apps.

When it comes to affiliates, you can set up your own affiliate program. You have the flexibility to create product-specific commissions and limit the number of affiliates you work with to ensure quality leads.

To analyze affiliates’ performance, FreshLearn gives detailed insights on – sales, leads, and commissions. For payouts, you can use their own payment gateway (Stripe, PayPal, and RazorPay).

Pricing

FreshLearn Pricing

FreshLearn is a freemium platform. Its Pro plan starts at $39/mo. This plan supports communities, certificates, assessments, live classes, etc.

Unlike Teachable, it doesn’t charge transaction fees on any of its plans.

If you need advanced theme customization options, mobile apps, randomized QAs, question banks, custom themes, etc. you have to go with its No Brainer plan which costs $69/mo.

To explore the tool, you can get started with its 14 days free trial.

👍 Pros

  • It doesn’t charge any transaction fees on any of its plans.
  • Has a forever-free plan. You can get started with it and switch over to the paid plans once you start selling.
  • The live classes feature of FreshLearn allows you to connect with your students in real time, fostering engagement.
  • FreshLearn supports white-labeled domains, allowing you to sell products, create communities, and offer memberships under your own brand.
  • Its gamification features make students’ journey fun and help in improved course completion rates.

👎 Cons

  • Currently, it has limited native integrations, only with a few payment gateways. External integrations require Zapier.
  • Unlike tools like Kajabi, it doesn’t have sales funnels and automation features. (for funnels you can use ClickFunnels and use Zapier triggers for automation).

Bottomline:FreshLearn is the best choice if you need an affordable digital product-selling platform. It offers really good LMS and student engagement features (like question banks, gamification, randomized QnAs, live classes, community, etc). It is an affordable alternative to Teachable.

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#7. Teachery

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Teachery is another good course platform.

The main thing to note is that Teachery doesn’t handle video hosting. You need to make use of services like YouTube, Vimeo, or Wistia.

Also it has pretty serious limitations when compared to Teachable or Thinkific.

It doesn’t have features like superior course compliance, quizzes, certificates, discussions, a native payment gateway, and much more.

Few things that we noticed where Teachery stands out:

  1. Simple pricing. They have only one pricing (divided into monthly and yearly plans) and it comes with all the features so you don’t have to rack your brains to choose one or the other.
  2. Unlimited courses, lessons, and students. You can create an unlimited number of courses, lessons, and manage any number of students on this platform.

Pricing

Teachery Pricing

Teachery’s annual plan costs you $39/month and it is lower than Teachable’s pricing that costs you $59/month. However, 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.

👍 Pros

  • No transaction fee.
  • It has 2 site themes vs only 1 that Teachable comes with.

👎 Cons

  • Lack of membership 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, and 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.

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Bottomline

I would strongly recommend you to go for Podia (memberships and digital product selling) or Thinkific as a Teachable alternative if budget is a constraint for you.

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 a superior community builder. It has good depth in its features. If you take a deeper look, Kajabi replaces almost all the digital selling platforms that you may be using as of now.