When it comes to online course platforms, there are many platforms for you to choose from.
Podia and Teachable, are some of the most notable platforms.
In this blog post, we’ll be comparing both of these platforms when it comes to different aspects like:
- Course creation
- Digital products
- Email marketing
- Payment processors
- Affiliate management
- Pricing and support
… that I think every LMS should excel in for a great instructional experience!
When explaining each of the above aspects, we also mentioned how each of these products performs in the respective sections in the verdict section! 🙌
Feel free to make use of a table of content at your own convenience!
Course compliance features
It has better course compliance functionalities.
You can enforce lecture completion, video order, and quiz completion in your online courses.
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 deliveryIf you want to sell your own products you need apps like Samcart or ThriveCart
|Comes with digital product selling|
|Does not come with drip functionality||Has drip campaign that allows sending emails over a time|
|It is possible with Shaker and annual Mover plan|
|Integrations||As for now,|
Teachable is lacking in integrations with ActiveCampaign, GetResponse, and MailerLite.
|Podia has integrations with|
Teachable vs. Podia: A Detailed Comparison
Teachable is the most popular online course platform. It highly caters to online 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 in handy for some users.
- It has better design and customization options than Podia – their power editor gives you a great deal of developmental freedom
- It has better course compliance functionalities
- It has very powerful certification mechanisms
- It has an iOS app for the students to consume your online course content
- The inbuilt ability to handle EU VAT that very few online platforms come with.
- 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.
Both these platforms are highly refined and have great UI/UX.
When you log in to Teachable, you can see the below screen.
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.
When you first log in to Podia it’ll ask you whether to create:
- Online Course
- Digital Download
You can create any of these.
Unlike the 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. Both of these platforms have really good UI/UX and feel modern.
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.
With Podia, you can add files, links, text, quizzes, or sections.
Both Teachable and Podia have drip content features for course sections.
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.
And also, on 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 online 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 online course creation. Podia on the other hand has digital product selling and membership abilities.
Podia comes with separate membership functionality but in the 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
- Bundling of courses
- Subscription pricing
When you bundle different courses together, with one sales page and with subscription pricing, it’ll be similar to selling memberships.
However, Podia has managed to offer this functionality as a separate app.
You just need to head over to the membership section of Podia.
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 on your membership site.
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 features 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. Although in Teachable you can replicate memberships by making use of the subscription payment feature but still having the separate feature is preferable.
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. You can have dedicated sales pages for each of the products you create in them.
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 shopping cart apps like Samcart or ThriveCart to enable this.
Winner: Podia (Teachable does not have digital product selling)
With Teachable, you have a default theme that you can customize. There are several options to tweak like colors, fonts, logos, buttons, etc.
And also, there’s a more powerful editor for editing the course sales 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.
The higher plans of Teachable also come with the Power Editor feature. It allows you to directly edit the files of your site resulting in much more customization possibilities for developers and designers.
However, Podia has a pretty good “Editor”. It lets you customize crucial aspects of your site. You can customize the design of your storefront, sales page, upsell page, etc.
Unlike Teachable’s builder, it’s a WYSIWYG editor. However, the number of widgets and customization options is quite limited.
I personally think that Teachable’s customization and design options are much more superior than Podia.
However, ever since we published this blog post Podia has got a brand new editor experience. They made their page builder snappier and now have more mobile-friendly options than before. You don’t need to make use of the sidebar to edit the content on your site. In the editor, you can now click directly on a section to get to the editing interface for that section.
Winner: Teachable as it has more customization features and also Power Editor for development work. But Podia’s site customization features are also good, they are actively working to improve their editor.
Teachable comes with quite a basic email marketing features. It allows you to regularly email your course students to keep the communication going.
You can also consider sending emails to a specific segment of your students under Users > Students section of your Teachable account.
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:
- Drip campaigns
- One-off newsletters
The Drip campaign enables you to send your students or pre-launch offer signups a series of emails over time.
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 online courses or trials.
You don’t need to make use of integrations or Zapier for letting your autoresponder communicate with Podia; although you can do it.
Winner: Podia due to the drip and also broadcasting functionalities. Most people use a separate behavioral email marketing software alongside with their LMS. I’m seeing people using ConvertKit and often ActiveCampaign (for more advance needs) nowadays.
Teachable has integration with various autoresponders, analytics, and also lead generation tools.
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.
You can post a webhook for each and every activity that occurs within Teachable.
Podia has limited number of integrations like:
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.
Winner: Teachable due to it’s more integrations, Zapier, and superior webhook management
In order to start getting money from your students, you need to setup your payment processors with both Teachable and Podia.
With Teachable students can pay through their credit cards (via Stripe express) or PayPal. With Teachable payments you can choose to get funds daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
On the other hand, Podia integrates with Stripe and Paypal for payment processing. Once the payment is done, the payment will be sent to your bank account or your PayPal account within 2 business days.
Both of these have identical payment processor integrations. But the only difference is Podia doesn’t charge you any transaction fee, unlike Teachable.
Both Teachable and Podia offer you to implement affiliate marketing functionality in your online course business.
When it comes to managing your affiliates, both of these tools offer similar features. One difference is that with Teachable you can set custom cookie length for your affiliates. Whereas with Podia it’s set to 14 days and you can’t change it.
You need to also note that the affiliate marketing feature is present in Teachable’s professional plan at $79/month (not beginner plan), and Podia’s Shaker plan at $79/month (not Mover plan). Yes available in 2nd tier plans with both Podia and Teachable.
Pricing and support
Teachable has a free plan but charges you
10% transaction fee
|No free plan|
|All the plans including free plan come with||Both of the paid plans offer|
Even the basic plan of Teachable comes with a 5% transaction fee. On the other hand, Podia doesn’t come with any transaction fees.
One more major downside of Podia is that the membership feature is only available on their Shaker plan that costs you $79/month.
Podia doesn’t come with any free plan, unlike Teachable. But it does come with a 14-day free trial.
If you don’t want to pay an additional transaction fee for Teachable you can look for Podia or you can look at some of the Teachable alternatives.
Now let’s look at the support.
Teachable offers you email support with their free and basic plans. If you want live chat support with Teachable, you need to in their professional plan.
On the other hand, with Podia you get live chat and also email support on all their paid plans.
Winner: Podia. Because it doesn’t come with any transaction free and offers live chat support with all their paid plans. But if you want a free plan Teachable would be good – but be ready to shell out 10% as transaction fee.
FAQs on Teachable vs Podia
Do these platforms offer migration services?
Free migration service is available only with a higher plan of Podia. Teachable doesn’t offer any migration services.
How do these platforms integrate with popular autoresponders?
Can I sell my digital products with these platforms?
You can sell your digital products only with Podia. Teachable doesn’t come with digital product delivery, but there are good workarounds as I’ve discussed.
Does Podia charge any transaction fee?
It does not charge any fee like that of Teachable in all their plans.
What are the unique features of Teachable?
Teachable comes with extra course compliance features, certification, and much more which I’ve already discussed in detail.
If you are an online trainer only looking for course creation and want the most powerful course creation features like superior course compliance, certification, student analytics, go with Teachable.
However, along with the 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 Podia’s case, you need to keep in mind some limitations like lack of completion certificates, advanced reporting, and course compliance.
You can also consider Thinkific. It also has a very generous free plan with zero transaction fee, unlike Teachable. Although it doesn’t have some advanced features that Teachable comes with it certainly is more feature-rich than Podia when it comes to course creation.
Hope you found this Teachable and Podia comparison helpful.