Teachable vs Podia: Detailed Comparison of 10 Aspects

When it comes to online course platforms, there are many platforms for you to choose from.

Among them, platforms like Teachable, Thinkific, Kajabi are popular ones.

However, there are many other serious competitors to these platforms like Podia and many others.

In this post, it’ll be Teachable vs Podia and I will help you choose the one suitable for you.

Both platforms have their own unique features, however, we will let you compare them and decide for yourself.

Features

Teachable

Podia


Course compliance features
 
It has better course compliance functionalities.

You can enforce lecture completion, video order, and quiz completion
 
Not available

User interface

Sidebar-centric UI

Navigation-bar centric UI

Membership functionality

1. You need to use subscriptions functionality to create membership sites


2. You can’t sell memberships

1. Comes with the separate membership functionality


2. You can sell memberships

Selling digital products

Does not come with digital product delivery

If you want to sell your own products you need apps like Samcart or ThriveCart
Comes with digital product selling

Drip campaigns

Does not come with drip functionality
Has drip campaign that allows sending emails over a time

Free migration

No

Free migration is possible with Shaker and annual Mover plan
Integrations
As for now,

  1. Google Analytics (available on the Free plan)
  2. SumoMe (available on the Free plan)
  3. Zapier
  4. MailChimp
  5. Segment
  6. ConvertKit
  7. integrations are available

Teachable is lacking in integrations with ActiveCampaign, GetResponse, and MailerLite.
Podia has integrations with

  1. ConvertKit
  2. MailChimp
  3. Drip
  4. Aweber
  5. ActiveCampaign
  6. MailerLite
  7. Zapier

Teachable vs. Podia: A Detailed Comparison

Overview of the platforms

Teachable is the most popular online course platform. It highly caters to course creators.

In Teachable, although you can use “subscriptions” functionality to create membership sites, they don’t have separate options for creating membership sites and sell digital products.

But the platform is extremely good at what it does with very advanced functionalities in course creation.

Podia is an all-in-one platform that comes with course creation, memberships, and also the ability to sell digital products.

It is more on the likes of Kajabi without a premium price tag.

Although Podia has limited features in course creation compared to Teachable, other features like memberships and digital products may come handy for some users.

USPs of the platforms

Where Teachable excels?

  • It has better design and customization options than Podia
  • It has better course compliance functionalities
  • It has very powerful certification mechanisms
  • It has an iOS app for the students to consume the course content
  • The inbuilt ability to handle EU VAT that very few online platforms come with.

Where Podia excels?

  • It comes with memberships and digital downloads features
  • It has superior email marketing platform with drip and broadcast features
  • It has good customer support and migration service
  • There’s a 0% transaction fee for any product purchased.

These are some of the key differences you need to consider between the platforms.

However, there are several more differences you may need to also consider that I’ll discuss below.

Interface

Both these platforms are highly refined and have great UI/UX.

When you login to Teachable, you can see the below screen.

Teachable interface

You can access all the features that Teachable offers you for your school under the sidebar and sub-menus under them.

The interface is very streamlined, and it’s easy to discover the features you’re looking for.

And, now let’s look at Podia.

Podia interface

When you first login to Podia it’ll ask you whether to create:

  1. Membership
  2. Online Course
  3. Digital Download

You can create any of these.

Unlike sidebar-centric UI of Teachable, Podia has a navigation-bar centric UI which is more familiar; at least to me.

In both these platforms, the discovery of features you want is easy due to the intuitive and logical arrangement of features.

Winner: Tie

Course creation

In both these apps, you just need to create a new course and give it some details.

Once you create a course, you’ll be presented with the curriculum builder. Here you can add sections, and under each section, you have your own lectures.

With Teachable, you can add different kinds of content in the lectures like files, texts, quizzes, and also any code.

The “Add code” feature is very powerful as it allows you to embed any surveys or any other external app’s HTML code.

“Add code” feature

With Podia, you can add files, links, text, quizzes, or sections.

Supporting medias with Podia

Both Teachable and Podia have drip content feature for course sections.

Drip content feature

You can consider dripping the sections of your training course over a period of time to ensure that students don’t binge-watch your lectures.

Setting email announcements/notifications

And also, in both these platforms, you can set email announcements/notifications to the students whenever a new section/module is unlocked. This is a great feature to have.

All the course creation features available with Podia are also present in teachable.

However, below are some course creation features available only in Teachable:

  • Course compliance wherein you can enforce lecture completion, video order, and quiz completion
  • Certification mechanism wherein the students will receive inbuilt or custom-coded certificates on completion of the courses
  • Lecture completion report, quiz reports, leaderboards, video watch time, engagement, etc
  • Ability to see the progress of course completion of the individual students

Winner: Teachable has more features when it comes to course creation

Membership

Podia comes with the separate membership functionality but in case of Teachable, you need to make use of several features together to accomplish this functionality.

Here are the things that you need to use with Teachable

  1. Bundling of courses
  2. Subscription pricing

When you bundle different courses together with the subscription pricing, it’ll be similar to selling memberships.

However, podia have managed to offer this functionality as a separate app.

You just need to head over to membership section of podia.

Selling memberships

Here you can create several plans with different pricing. You can also have a free plan wherein the free users can access a limited number of posts in your membership site.

Creating free plan that enables free users to access the site
Restricting the access to the contents

After you create your plans you can head over to the “posts” section and add the membership content. You can restrict access to the content for a specific plan.

Due to the presence of separate membership feature in podia, the number of features that it offers when it comes to memberships is more.

Winner: Podia is the winner due to the separate membership creation feature

Digital products

Teachable is not meant for selling digital products. It does not come with digital product delivery and all the other supportive features.

However, podia is an All-in-One platform that comes with course creation, membership and also digital product selling.

Selling a digital product

For example, in the above screenshot, you can see that I'm selling a product, case study, with the help of podia. this is something that is not possible with teachable.

Added to this, Podia also has upsell functionality in digital product selling feature.

So if you are thinking of selling your own digital products somewhere in the future along with your online courses, then Podia maybe a way to go.

Because selling digital products to your course students down the lane helps in maximizing your income.

However with Teachable if you want to sell your own digital products in the future you may need some separate apps like Samcart or ThriveCart to enable this.

Winner: Podia (Teachable does not have digital product selling)

Customization

With Teachable, you have a default theme which you can customize. There are several options to tweak like colors, fonts, logos, buttons, etc.

Theme customization

And also, there’s a more powerful editor for editing the course page, checkout page, and thank you page.

Below is the screenshot of thank you page customizer where I’m adding an upsell for my course.

Thank you page customizer

The higher plans of Teachable also come with Power Editor feature. It allows you to directly edit the files of your site resulting in much more customization possibilities for developers and designers.

Podia editor

However, Podia has a pretty good “Editor”. It lets you customize crucial aspects of your site.

WYSIWYG editor

Unlike Teachable’s builder, it’s a WYSIWYG editor. However, the number of widgets and customization options is quite limited.

I personally think that the Teachable’s customization and design options are much more superior than Podia.

Winner: Teachable as it has more customization features and also Power Editor.

Email marketing

Teachable comes with quite a basic email marketing features. It allows you to regularly email your course students to keep the communication going.

Teachable email marketing

You can also consider sending emails to a specific segment of your students under Users > Students section of your Teachable account.

Sending emails to a specific segment

However, there are no drip or auto-trigger email functionalities as it’s not an all-in-one platform.

On the other hand, Podia has two types of email marketing:

  1. Drip campaigns
  2. One-off newsletters
Drip email marketing

The Drip campaign enables you to send your students or pre-launch offer signups a series of emails over time.

Drip campaign - sending emails

In the above example, the sequence will be sent to people who have signed up for my pre-launch offer.

This will also be very helpful for sending indoctrination emails or marketing sequence to people who have enrolled in your free courses or trials.

You don’t need to make use of integrations or Zapier for letting your autoresponder communicate with Podia for email marketing; although you can do it.

Winner: Podia due to the drip and also broadcasting functionalities

Integrations

Teachable has integration with various autoresponders, analytics, and also lead generation tools.

Teachable integrations

However, at the time of writing this review, they were not having integrations with major software like ActiveCampaign, GetResponse, and MailerLite.

They have Zapier integration and also robust webhook management tool.

Teachable webhook management tool

You can post a webhook for each and every activity that occurs within Teachable.

Podia has limited number of integrations like:

  1. ConvertKit
  2. MailChimp
  3. Drip
  4. AWeber
  5. ActiveCampaign
  6. MailerLite
  7. Zapier
Podia zapier integration

The presence of Zapier integration is really great given its limited integrations.

I have explained each of the above features in-depth in my previous blog posts. If you want to explore more on this then don't forget to read my Teachable review and Podia review.

Winner: Teachable due to it’s more integrations, Zapier, and superior webhook management

Akshay recommends:
1. Thinkific vs Teachable: 13 Crucial Differences You Need to Consider (Sep 2019)
2. Teachable vs Kajabi: Literally A No-Brainer Choice (Complete Showdown)
3. How to Find and Validate Online Course Ideas? (with Real-Life Examples)

Pricing

Pricing features

Teachable

Podia

Free plan

Teachable has a free plan but charges you


10% transaction fee

No free plan

Starting price

$29/month

$39/month

Paid plans

  1. Basic plan – $29/month + 5% transaction fee
  2. Professional plan – $79/month + 0% transaction fee
  3. Business plan – $399/month + 0% transaction fee
  1. Mover – $39/month
  2. Shaker – $79/month

Usage limits

All the plans including free plan come with

  1. Unlimited courses
  2. Unlimited students
  3. Unlimited video bandwidth
  4. Unlimited hosting

Both of the paid plans offer

  1. Unlimited products
  2. Customers
  3. Emails sent
  4. Sales
  5. Files hosted

Even the basic plan of Teachable comes with 5% transaction fee. On the other hand, Podia doesn’t come with any transaction fee.

One more major downside of Podia is that the membership feature is only available on their Shaker plan that costs you $79/month.

If you don’t want to pay an additional transaction fee for Teachable then you can look at some of the Teachable alternatives

Bottomline

Both Podia and Teachable are great platforms. They have their own strengths and weaknesses as explained in the blog post.

If you are an online trainer only looking for course creation and want the most powerful course creation features, go with Teachable.

However, along with course creation feature if you want an all-in-one platform to sell memberships, digital products and also want superior email marketing you may need to get Podia.

But in this case, you need to keep in mind some limitations in course creation like completion certificates, advanced reporting, and course compliance.

Hope you found this Teachable and Podia comparison helpful.

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