See how Podia’s membership site platform stacks up against the competition

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:

Pricing
$79/mo
Starts at $25/mo
Starts at $19.95/mo
Starts at $16/mo
Free
Transaction fees
No
Yes, 4.9%
Billing not supported
Yes, 3%
5%, plus payment type-specific fees
“Free” Plan
No
Yes, with limited features and 10% transaction fee
No
Yes, with limited features and 5% transaction fee
Yes
Billing included (no third-party plugin required)
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Free migration
Yes
No
No
No
No
Payout
Instantly
Instantly
Billing not supported
Instantly
Up to 30 day delay
Video hosting
Yes, unlimited
No
No
No
Limited (200MB size limit, and members can’t play video online, but must download)
Sell Online Courses
Yes
No
No
Yes, limited course platform on the “Business” plan
No
Sell Downloads
Yes
No
No
No
No
Live chat support
Yes
No
No
No
No
Unlimited Membership Plans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unlimited members
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Your own membership site
Yes
No, only works with existing site
No, only works on WordPress
Yes
No, must be on Patreon’s site

What you should know about the key differences between membership platforms

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.

Pricing

You’ll encounter a variety of pricing plans, and they’re not all created equal.

Pricing ranges from “free” (with transaction fees) to $79/month for Podia’s paid plan, all the way up to $297/month for ClickFunnel’s top plan.

When considering pricing plans for online membership site platforms, be sure to take into account:

  1. Transaction fees, which range from 0% on Podia to as high as 5% on other platforms (more on that below).
  2. Account limits that require you to pay more for additional file hosting or members (for example, MemberMouse will force you to upgrade to a higher plan after you pass 1,000 members).
  3. Included features, as they won’t all be the same. For example, Memberful doesn’t include video hosting, so you’ll need to find (and pay for) another provider for that.
Pricing
$79/mo
Starts at $25/mo
Starts at $19.95/mo
Starts at $16/mo
Free

Transaction fees

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.

Transaction fees
No
Yes, 4.9%
Billing not supported
Yes, 3%
5%, plus payment type-specific fees

“Free” plan

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.

“Free” Plan
No
Yes, with limited features and 10% transaction fee
No
Yes, with limited features and 5% transaction fee
Yes

Billing included (no third-party plugin required)

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.

Billing included (no third-party plugin required)
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes

Free migration

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.

Payout

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.

Payout
Instant
Instant
No
Instant
Up to 30 day delay

Video hosting

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.

Video hosting
Yes, unlimited
No
No
No
Limited (200MB size limit, and members can’t play video online, but must download)

Sell Online Courses

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!

Sell Online Courses
Yes
No
No
Yes, limited course platform on the “Business” plan
No

Sell Downloads

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.

Live chat support

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.

Live chat support
Yes
No
No
No
No

Account limits

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.

Unlimited members
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Unlimited member plans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Your own membership site

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?

Your own membership site
Yes
No, only works with existing site
No, only works on WordPress
Yes
No, must be on Patreon’s site

Prepare your business for growth 📈

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?

Or would you like to expand to other streams of revenue as well, like online courses and digital downloads? If so, make sure your platform lets you sell those, too.

This will let you keep your online business — products, customers, payments and all — in one place, with no need to juggle multiple software tools.

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