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Why offer a membership site with Podia?

People want your content, ideas, and advice, but there’s not always a clear way to charge for that. With a membership, you can give your members direct access to exclusive content and interactions, while automatically charging them every month or year. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Why are memberships good for my business?

Memberships are great for creators because they offer a great deal of freedom and flexibility when it comes to growing your business. With a membership, there is no longer any kind of “cap” or “ceiling” holding you back — you can sell as much as you want, to as many people as you like.

With membership site software, you can also capture emails and deepen relationships with your community by sharing content and encouraging engagement in an exclusive, members-only site. Plus, unlike a single product purchase or 1-on-1 service, memberships allow you to generate consistent recurring revenue. Every. Single. Month.

Predictable recurring revenue

Recurring subscriptions (or “paid memberships”) offer predictable, recurring revenue for creators, unlike other products which often have fluctuating sales month-to-month. 

Great for lead generation

Free memberships give you an effective lead generation platform that’s more personal and interactive than an email list.

Deeper relationships

Build a long-term relationship with your audience by publishing content regularly, rather than the “one-and-done” relationship of many non-recurring product sales.

Keep customers engaged long term

Use your memberships as a way to “off-board” customers who finish your online courses; this way you can stay in touch and continue to deliver value as you work on your next product.

Post new ideas and content quickly

Memberships don’t require rich, long-form content like courses do, so creators enjoy a rapid production loop that lets you take your content from “idea” to “published” quickly.

Fast feedback from members

As soon as you post new content, members can like and comment on your updates, giving you instant feedback and opportunities for interaction and product research.

More impact in less time

A membership allows you to transition from “one-to-one” to “one-to-many,” which is the fastest, most effective way to make a greater impact within your community.

Appeal to more people

By expanding your product offerings and adding a membership, you’re able to service a wider breadth of customers, from cold leads who just want a freebie to consistent customers who want more premium content.

More flexibility for you and your business

Without the pressure of intense launch deadlines, demanding clients, or unpredictable revenue, you have the freedom to choose when you work, what you work on, and who you work with.

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I've tried a few learning platforms but the main reason I chose Podia is its beautiful & simple interface - it makes my admin work easy and makes my students' learning experience smooth & efficient. Win-win! Also, their support team is the best. They helped me out with everything, even on weekends.

Nicole Saidy

Nicole Saidy

UX Designer, Speaker & Blogger

What key features are included with a Podia membership?

Every Podia membership includes the key features listed below, plus all of our other “all-in-one” features, including sales pages, email capture, email marketing tools, secure payment processing, and so much more. With Podia, you truly have a complete sales funnel from start to finish.

Offer multiple membership levels

Want to offer a free plan and a premium plan? No problem! You can offer as many membership levels (or “tiers”) as you like.

Public posts

Share free content with anyone who has the link. Public posts are also indexed on search engines, so you can even use them as a replacement for your traditional blog.

Private posts

Gate content by membership levels, allowing specific members to see more premium content. Entice free members to upgrade by keeping premium offerings behind a paywall.

Pin posts

Pin a post to the top of your membership feed, which is perfect for welcoming members, offering resources, referencing community guidelines, and more.

Schedule posts

Want to schedule your content in advance? No problem! You can easily schedule all of your posts in advance, ensuring everything goes out on time…whether you’re in front of your computer or not.

Bundle products

Bundle other products you’re selling, like online courses, digital downloads, and more, into your membership plans. Members will be able to access everything with a single login.

Comments and ❤️’s

Engage your audience by inviting them to share their thoughts, ask questions, like content, or spark conversations on any of the content you share.

Email notifications

Let your members know that you’ve published new content as soon as it goes live.

Embed content directly into your posts

Embed videos, images, and and social media content directly into your membership posts.

Connect to Facebook, Slack, or Palapa

Already have a Facebook group, Slack channel, or Palapa account? Connect your Podia membership to your existing group to collect emails, gate content, and accept payments.

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I’ve wanted to offer e-courses for a while but always felt overwhelmed with how to set it up. Podia has made it super easy to create a website for this new part of my business. The tools are super easy to navigate, and their team is super quick to help answer any questions you have.

Joy Cho

Joy Cho

Founder & Creative Director, Oh Joy!

Why offer a membership with Podia?

If you’re comparing Podia to other membership platforms you may be wondering, “What makes Podia different or special from everyone else?” And that’s a great question. Aside from being the only true “all-in-one” digital product platform, Podia removes any restrictions you can think of on members, plans, emails sent, or content hosting, ensuring you have complete control and flexibility to grow your business. And unlike our competitors, we never take transaction fees or put our name on your content. We’re here to help you move forward, not to get in your way.

All-in-one 

Podia has everything you need to host, market, and sell your membership, as well as your other digital products. This means you can consolidate your workflow and pay just one flat fee for everything you need to run your online business, including:

  • Hosting
  • Storefront
  • Website and blog
  • Sales pages
  • Email capture and email marketing tools
  • Messaging for live chat
  • Selling tools like coupons, upsells, affiliates, and more
  • Fast & secure payment processors 
  • Member management
  • Complete sales funnel

Unlimited everything

Unlimited members, membership plans, digital products, sales, emails, support, and anything else you can think of! 

Full control over your customers and money

You control your content, member list, and earnings. Everything you collect, whether it’s members’ names or payment info, belongs to you.

No transaction fees

Unlike other membership websites, we never take a portion of your earnings. This means every dollar you make, you keep. It’s that simple.

Upsells and bundle products

With Podia, you can easily sell your membership as an upsell, or bundle in your other products like online courses, digital downloads, and more.

100% White-labeled

Unlike other membership platforms, Podia runs completely in the background and doesn’t interfere with your business at all. Your members won’t even know we’re there!

Replace your blog with public posts

Because posts you set to “public” are indexed on search engines, you can even use your membership to replace your traditional blog.

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Podia is like an awesome swiss army knife for selling anything online. You can sell courses, memberships, and digital downloads all in one place, and they eliminate all of the technical headaches for you!

Corbett Barr

Corbett Barr

fizzle.co

Why not just use a membership site plugin vs. using Podia?

While a membership site plugin may seem like a good solution initially, there are some drawbacks that are important to consider. In fact, many of our creators have tried to use membership plugins in the past, but quickly realized it was more work and headache than they had expected. 

Here’s why: most membership plugins require installations, updates, coding, and customization to make them work the way you want. And if you’re not super technical, this can be time-consuming and difficult to master. Even if you are technical, it may not be something you want to think about or deal with on an ongoing basis.

Podia, on the other hand, has everything you need to run a seamless membership site, plus amazing support to help answer questions and guide you at every turn. And if you already have existing products, we’ll be happy to migrate them for free, ensuring you have all of your products in one place and your customers only have to remember one login.

No coding or customization

With Podia, your membership will look and work as you imagine, without spending hours on coding or customization. 

No manual updates

Your software will always be working and up-to-date; there are no manual updates or time-consuming installations.

Just one login for your customers

With Podia, all of your products are in one place, making it fast, easy, and convenient for customers to access whatever they’ve purchased.

Sales data is consolidated

Track purchases, earnings, customer info, and more. Easily sort, filter, and export data at any time.

Expand your offerings at any time

Podia supports all types of digital content, from online courses to digital downloads (and everything in between), which means there’s no limit to what you can create and sell.

Helpful support 7 days a week

Whether you have a quick question or need an in-depth video demo, our team is here to help you through it.

Instantly connect your other tools

Seamlessly connect your other tools with our email service provider and Zapier integrations, which is something most plugins don’t offer.

What kind of creators use memberships?

While all of our 25,000+ creators are unique, a lot of them began offering memberships for many of the same reasons, including… 

  • You want to offer ongoing access to paid, premium content
  • You’re already selling digital products and want to expand your offerings
  • You want a fast and easy way to charge for your knowledge, expertise, and ideas
  • You want to build a community that’s highly engaged and eager for new products
  • You want to capture leads and build your list with a free membership
  • You have a “free community” on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube and want to offer paid, premium content 

Beyond the initial inspiration to start selling a membership, there are also creators who are looking for specific features or reasons to use one membership platform over another.

For example, there are creators like Masiel

who want a user-friendly experience for themselves and their students…

I had been wanting to start a fitness membership site that would allow me to track my students and drip my content and Podia has allowed me to do that easily. It's user-friendly, especially for people like me who aren't graphic designers, and the best part is that their customer service is super responsive and ready to help you if you get stuck.

Masiel Encarnación

Personal trainer, Zumba instructor & fitness educator.
Masiel Encarnación

There are creators like Chantel

who want to feel like someone has their back if they need help or something goes wrong…

I have fallen in love with Podia - it's so much fun to use! The other thing I can't get over is the amazing team behind the technology. It's such a good feeling to know that support is there anytime I need it.

Chantel Arnett

Blogger & Entrepreneurship Expert
Chantel Arnett

There are creators like Becky

who want all of their products in one place, from memberships to digital downloads (and everything in between)….

Podia solves all of my selling needs by letting me house courses, memberships, and downloads all in one place. Plus, the customer service is second to none.

Becky Mollenkamp

Content marketer & creative entrepreneur
Becky Mollenkamp

There are creators like Krishna

who want to get set up quickly and start focusing on the important stuff (like their customers!)…

Podia allowed me to set up my store front in an hour and start accepting payments. With Podia I can invest my time on the most important thing for any business, which is my customers.

Krishna Teja Karnam

Salesforce Expert & Trainer
Krishna Teja Karnam

There are creators like Sander

who don’t want to deal with the technical headaches of coding a membership site platform from scratch…

After considering multiple platforms for my online courses, I luckily discovered Podia. Their features were everything I wanted on a platform plus they have a slick, modern interface. Creating content is enough work already. Podia makes it simple.

Sander van Dijk

Artist and animator.
Sander van Dijk

…And 25,000+ more!

There are thousands of creators who have all chosen Podia for their own reasons. Want to see even more?

Check out our examples

What kind of memberships can I offer?

With Podia, the sky’s the limit! You can offer a variety of membership tiers with no limit on the number of plans, content, or members. If you can create it, you can sell it on Podia. 🙂

Free membership

Capture emails and build relationships with your students over time using a free membership. It’s a great way to build your sales funnel!

Paid membership

Offer premium content and upsell members with a paid version of your membership. 

Multiple levels / tiers

Offer as many membership plans as you like, including free, premium, mid-tier, low-tier, or whatever you like.

Annual vs monthly

Collect payments every month or every year, whichever makes the most sense for your membership.

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Podia just works. It's easy to use and includes everything you need to sell digital products. I've tried all the alternatives, and Podia is hard to beat.

Shawn Leamon

Shawn Leamon

Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.

What type of membership models do you support?

You’ll want to select a membership model that supports your business goals, as well as the goals of your members. With Podia, you have the freedom and flexibility to offer a variety of membership models, from ongoing content updates to group coaching sessions, hybrid models, and beyond.

Content updates

Charge members for access to daily, weekly, or monthly content that you publish to your membership site on an ongoing basis. 

Content library

Offer access to a variety of online courses, digital downloads, new monthly content, or whatever else you like for a subscription fee. 

Paid newsletter

Have an engaged list or just starting out? Either way, you can now offer a paid version of your weekly, monthly, or yearly newsletter.

Group coaching

Coach your clients together in an intimate group setting while earning more for every session.

Professional service

Offer a set of pre-determined services to clients on a monthly or annual basis.

Product bundle

Package similar digital products like eBooks, templates, or cheat sheets with your membership for one price.

Community

Offer customers access to a community of like-minded people who share a common goal.

Path-to-result

Help your members achieve something specific by creating a membership that’s focused on accomplishing a specific outcome by a certain deadline.

Hybrid

Offer a combination of multiple membership options by combining the models that work best for you and your customers.

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I’ve wanted to offer e-courses for a while but always felt overwhelmed with how to set it up. Podia has made it super easy to create a website for this new part of my business. The tools are super easy to navigate, and their team is super quick to help answer any questions you have.

Joy Cho

Joy Cho

Founder & Creative Director, Oh Joy!

How do I manage and communicate with my members?

Unlike other membership platforms, YOU have complete control over your members and how you communicate with them. You can interact with members through your membership content, content updates, email campaigns via Podia’s built-in email marketing platform, and more. You can also export your customer list at any time.

  • Communicate with members directly via your membership site / content 
  • Engage members with likes and comments
  • Connect existing groups (Facebook, Slack, Palapa)
  • Reach out to members via email 
  • Grant or remove access to content
  • Issue coupon codes or refunds
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Before moving over to Podia I had to pay for multiple platforms in order to sell my products and services. But now Podia can do it all which has simplified my systems and made my business run smoother and more profitably.

Joeli Kelly

Joeli Kelly

Tech editor & entrepreneur

What if I already have a group on Facebook, Slack, or Palapa?

No problem at all! Simply connect your Facebook, Slack, or Palapa account to your Podia membership and voilà! You’re now able to gate content, capture email addresses, collect payments, and more.

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The Podia team was super helpful before I even paid them a single dollar. Their platform has let me focus on creating content and growing my audience rather than fighting with technology. Plus, it provides just the tools needed to make a course and site that work well (and look great!) without getting too into the details!

Bryan Zavestoski

Bryan Zavestoski

Designer & teacher

What if I’m already on another platform? Can you migrate my members and content for me?

Sure thing! All Shaker plans include free onboarding and migration assistance. We'll move all of your content and members over for you from your existing membership site platform.

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Start selling your online boss creations in one place, minus the technical headaches. Podia is the all-in-one digital storefront that has got your back.

Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon

Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon

beingboss.club

Are there any limits on content or customers?

None whatsoever! Unlike other membership platforms, Podia has ZERO limits, giving you total freedom to create and grow your membership your way.

  • Unlimited products (online courses and digital downloads)
  • Unlimited membership plans
  • Unlimited members
  • Unlimited content / digital files
  • Unlimited emails
  • Unlimited email lists
  • Unlimited sales
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This is a one-stop-shop for all my digital product needs, especially as a YouTube creator. Whether it’s creating online courses & digital products to having memberships to even dripping out automated email campaigns, Podia has got it all!

Sef Chang

Sef Chang

Product developer and idea licensing expert.

What will my membership look like on different devices?

One word: B-E-A-UTIFUL! Whether you’re on desktop, mobile, or tablet, your membership (and any other products you offer!) will look clean, polished, and professional.

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If you are looking for a one stop shop to house your website, landing page, email sign-ups, payment, and programs all in one roof without all the techie stuff, Podia is the way to go.

I was able to get my website up and running in one day and sold my first program the first night my website was up. Oh, and if you have any questions along the way the Podia crew is quick to help you out! They are the best platform I've ever worked with!

Amir Karkouti

Amir Karkouti

amirkarkouti.com

How do I market my membership to my audience?

Because Podia is an “all-in-one” platform, you can start marketing your membership to your audience the moment you sign up. If you have an email list, we can migrate your content and subscribers for free, so you can start promoting your membership immediately. If you’re building your list from scratch, you can use a free membership as a way to capture emails and build relationships; you can also use our sales pages and email tools to capture leads and begin nurturing your audience.

Send newsletters and drip campaigns

Start promoting your membership immediately to your email list with a one-off newsletter or drip campaign.

Capture emails and grow your list

Use the free membership option to capture emails, grow your list, and deepen your member relationships over time.

Upsell your membership

Offer any membership plan as an upsell to customers who are buying or downloading your other digital products.

Affiliates

Do you have any super-fans on your email list? Put those people to work by giving affiliate partners a commission for promoting and selling your membership and other products.

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Podia is just incredible! I have finally found an all in one marketing solution.

All of my content, freebies, and courses in one place for my client's to access and the ability to set up my sales funnel using the same site.

Not only has it saved me money but also time which is so precious.

Emma Hammond

Emma Hammond

emmahammond.co.uk

How do I sell my membership?

This is the easy part! Within Podia, you have a variety of selling tools that can help you at every stage of the selling process, from securely collecting payments to enticing members to purchase more. All of your customers’ information is stored in your dashboard, ensuring you have credit card information on file for future and recurring payments. And remember, we never take a cut of your earnings, which means you keep more of what you earn.

Accept online payments

Automatically accept credit card payments through Stripe. Podia doesn’t charge any additional transaction fees, which means more money for you and fairer pricing for your customers.

Coupons

Motivate your members to buy with coupons that can be customized with time or usage limits. Issue them instantly for new members, special sales, and more.

Embeds

Sell your membership from your own website with embeddable “buy” buttons, which offer a complete, high-converting checkout experience on your own website. 

High-converting checkout

Collect payments in just a few clicks. With our high-converting checkout, your members will always experience a fast and seamless checkout experience, whether they’re shopping on your storefront or website.

Bundle products

Group your membership together with other digital products (or even offer it as a bonus) to entice customers to purchase more.

1-click Upsells

Boost the size of every order by offering relevant upsells with your membership. You can also combine an upsell with a discount, making the offer even more attractive.

Cross-sell products

Because all of your lists are segmented by product purchases, you can easily pitch new products to existing members who are most likely to buy.

Affiliates

Put your super-fans to work by giving affiliate partners a commission for selling your membership or other digital products.

Instant payouts

Get paid as soon as you make a sale. There’s no holding period and everything is automatically deposited into your Stripe account.

No additional transaction fees

Sell as many membership plans or digital products as you want, without losing money to hefty transaction fees. 

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Podia provided free customer support at 8:00am on a Sunday. Hard to beat that.

Chris Albon

Chris Albon

Machine Learning Engineer.

What about my other apps like Mailchimp, Google Analytics, Convertkit, etc?

You’re welcome to connect all of your favorite apps, plugins, and extensions including Mailchimp, Convertkit, Facebook Pixel, Google Analytics, social media platforms, and more.

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Coming from Gumroad, Podia is a breath of fresh air. Their fees are reasonable, and their tech support is fast and top-notch!

Gary Friedman

Gary Friedman

Photographer & Writer

Do you support my language and currency?

Sí, oui, ja! Our creators are located all over the world, which is why we currently support 22 languages and 11 currencies, with more being added all the time!

11 languages including French, Spanish, German and more

22 currencies including USD, GBP, EUR, CAD, AUS, and more

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Podia is the perfect platform for creative businesses. Having my digital products and online courses in one place is great for me AND my customers!

Nicole St. Germain

Nicole St. Germain

Creative business owner & Mastermind Evangelist.

What if I try Podia, but decide it’s not for me?

No problem! If you try Podia and decide it’s not the right fit for your online store, just let us know within 30 days and you’ll get your money back. Easy-peasy!

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