Compare features, pricing and more
There are lots of membership site platforms out there, and choosing one can be overwhelming.
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to pick the best platform for you, even if it’s not Podia.
Here’s a handy guide to help you compare us to the competition:
Sometimes, the differences are obvious (for example, does the platform offer live chat support or not?).
But there are also differences that lurk beneath the surface. For example, there are cases where a “free” plan might cost you more than a paid plan because of its high transaction fees.
The breakdown below can help you compare membership site platforms and make the best decision for you.
You’ll encounter a variety of pricing plans, and they’re not all created equal.
When considering pricing plans for online membership site platforms, be sure to take into account:
Transaction fees are one of the “sneaky” ways that online course platforms can cost you more money than you think.
For example, once you hit $1,000/month in sales, a $25/month plan that tacks on a 5% transaction fee will actually cost you $75/month.
Podia charges zero transaction fees.
Free plans can be tempting, but be sure you know all of the hidden costs before you sign up.
You might choose a free plan like Memberful’s to not pay any money upfront, but then you’ll pay 10% every time you sell a subscription to a member.
So once you’ve sold $1,000 of memberships (which won’t take you very long to work up to if you follow our guide!), you’ll already be spending $100 per month on membership platform fees.
Does the platform let you accept payments directly from your members? Or do you need a third-party plugin to take the payments?
Every additional tool that a platform requires adds complexity and cost to your business.
If you have existing members, consider the time it will take you to import all of them content into your new platform.
One unique feature that Podia offers is free migrations for anyone who signs up for our Shaker plan. Depending on how many members you have, this could save you many hours of time.
Once a student subscribes to your membership, how do you get your money?
Some platforms, like Patreon, hold on to your money for up to 30 days before letting you have it.
Because Podia integrates directly with payment gateways like Stripe to let you accept payments, you’ll get paid instantly the minute a member’s subscription fee is charged.
Video files are large and can be very expensive to host. Platforms like Mighty Networks force you to find your own video host, while other platforms (like Podia) include unlimited video hosting for your membership.
Selling additional digital products like online courses can be a great way to grow your membership business.
If you choose to sell courses, you’ll need to find an online course platform.
This is where using an all-in-one platform like Podia is a massive advantage: your course platform is already included, and works seamlessly with your membership platform!
Want to sell something smaller than a membership, like an eBook, audio file or PDF template?
Be sure that your membership platform allows you to do this, too, or you’ll need to find (and pay for) an additional tool.
When you’re launching a membership, every minute matters.
It’s important to understand what kind of customer service you can expect from your service provider.
Do they offer live chat support 24/7, or do you need to email them to submit a ticket and hope to hear back in the next 24-48 hours?
The answer could end up having a big impact on your business.
Your business will grow, and you’ll create more membership plans and acquire more members.
Will the pricing plan that you choose grow with you?
Or will you be on the hook for a much pricier plan?
Podia’s Shaker plan ($79/month) includes unlimited membership plans, members, file storage and emails.
Does your membership one of thousands living on somebody else’s site, like Patreon?
Or is the site your own, with your own branding and your own platform?
Nobody wakes up in the morning and says “I hope my business doesn’t grow.” We all plan to get more successful over time.
So think about what you want the next several years of your business to look like.
Will you continue only offering memberships?
This will let you keep your online business — products, customers, payments and all — in one place, with no need to juggle multiple software tools.
See how Podia works and get all of your questions answered in an upcoming webinar on Tuesday at 4pm EST.
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