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A Discourse alternative for hosting your community and running your entire online business.

Much more than just discussion forums, Podia is an all-in-one platform for hosting your community with unlimited products, personal support, and more features to help you sell.

Sell everything under one roof.

Run your community in the same place you sell your digital products. No separate logins or distractions, just your audience and your content. With Podia, you can run your entire business on a single platform where you can sell courses, downloads, webinars, coaching, and community.

Create a thriving online community.

Build brand loyalty, make connections, and provide value to your audience through an online community. With Podia, free and paid communities are included on all plans. No need for extra integrations.

A support team there's here for you.

The number one reason people switch to Podia? Our customer service. We’re responsive, receptive to feedback, and always here to help with real people offering chat support 7 days a week.

Video demo

Podia in action

Wondering if Podia is a better platform for you? Go behind the scenes in this video walkthrough, where Ben will introduce you to Podia’s community feature and how it can help your business.

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Comparing Podia vs. Discourse



Free plan

Podia is yes

Discourse isYes, plus self-hosting costs


Podia isFree, or $39/month to $89/month

Discourse isFree, or $50/month to $300/month

Free migrations

Podia isYes, on all paid annual plans

Discourse isYes, on annual Business or Enterprise hosting plans


Podia is yes

Discourse is yes

Online courses

Podia is yes

Discourse is no

Digital downloads

Podia is yes

Discourse is no


Podia is yes

Discourse is no

Coaching sessions

Podia is yes

Discourse is no

Unlimited products

Podia is yes

Discourse is no

Unlimited plans

Podia is yes

Discourse is no

Custom website

Podia is yes

Discourse is no

Embeddable buy buttons

Podia is yes

Discourse is no

Checkout cart

Podia is yes

Discourse is no

Affiliate program

Podia is yes

Discourse is no

Chat support

Podia is yes

Discourse is no

Need help moving your products and customers to Podia?

Need help moving your products and customers to Podia?

Learn about migrations

Why creators are making the switch from Discourse to Podia.

Here are some more of the reasons creators have shared for why they’ve chosen Podia to power their business.

A custom site you can be proud of.

Build an entire website for your business, complete with unlimited sales pages, with our easier-than-drag-and-drop page builder. From hosting to content delivery, we’ve got you covered. Best of all? It’s free.

The happiest customers on the internet.

Podia’s customer satisfaction (NPS) scores are in the top 0.01% of all companies on the internet. Feel free to Google our reviews and see for yourself!

Free migrations.

Sit back, relax, and let us do the heavy lifting. Our migration service makes switching to Podia easy, and is completely free on all annual plans.

Get started for free.

Podia’s free plan includes a website, online community, one digital download, and one coaching product. Launch your online business and share your knowledge with no upfront costs. (Free plan users simply pay an 8% transaction fee on sales.)

What attracted me to Podia as a content creator was the ability to build and foster a community while developing all my content in one place. I don’t know any other platform that does these two things so well.

— Tayo Rockson,
author, consultant, professor, & speaker

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Join the 150,000+ creators who use Podia to create websites, sell digital products, and build online communities.

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Quick answers

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  • Absolutely! You can check out our Podia demo site, which we’ve built to show you what the Podia experience will look like for both you and your customers.

    There are also dozens of creator example sites on our Examples page, so you can see what other creators just like you have built using Podia.

  • Yes! We offer free (and hassle-free) migrations on any annual plan. Get started here.

  • Yes! Podia has a free forever plan that includes your full website, one digital download, one coaching product, customer chat messaging, and your online community. Sign up for free today to see for yourself!

  • Absolutely! You can see how Podia stacks up to many of our competitors right here.

    We also have some head-to-head comparisons of other leading platforms in case you’re choosing between those, including:

  • We’d love to. Podia’s customer support is here for you, seven days a week. Just reach out to us on chat and a real, friendly person will be delighted to help you out.