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A Gumroad alternative that actually helps you grow your business

Want more features, better support, and fewer transaction fees? Podia is the all-in-one Gumroad replacement you’ve been looking for.

With Podia, you can sell courses, downloads, webinars, communities, coaching, and memberships on a single platform. Podia also includes a complete website builder, advanced email marketing tools, and affiliate features, helping many creators replace 3-6+ tools, including Gumroad.

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Sell more than just digital downloads.

Gumroad works fine for selling files, but Podia empowers you to do so much more. Offer 1:1 coaching, build a brand community, create interactive courses, and sell virtually any digital product you can imagine. No loopholes. No clunky workarounds.

No outlandish transaction fees.

With Gumroad, you’ll pay transaction fees on every sale you make. Forever. At Podia, there are no transaction fees on paid plans. You earned it, and you deserve to keep it.

Build a full website for your business.

Storefronts are nice, but a complete multi-page website can elevate your business to new heights. Showcase your digital products and share your mission with the world through a customizable website and unlimited sales pages – 100% for free.

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Podia in action

Wondering if Podia is a better platform for you? Go behind the scenes in this video walkthrough, where Ben will show you the ins and outs of Podia’s software and how it can help your business.

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Comparing Podia vs. Gumroad

Podia

Gumroad

Free plan

Podia is yes

Gumroad is yes

Price

Podia isFree, or $39/month to $199/month

Gumroad isFree + transaction fees

Transaction fees

Podia is8% on free plans, no transaction fees on paid plans

Gumroad isStarts at 9% to 2.9% depending on lifetime earnings

Free migrations

Podia is yes

Gumroad is no

Digital downloads

Podia is yes

Gumroad is yes

Online courses

Podia is yes

Gumroad is yes

Course builder and viewer

Podia is yes

Gumroad is no

Coaching

Podia is yes

Gumroad is no

Communities

Podia is yes

Gumroad is no

Memberships & subscriptions

Podia is yes

Gumroad is yes

Webinars

Podia is yes

Gumroad is no

Unlimited products

Podia is yes

Gumroad is yes

Unlimited customers

Podia is yes

Gumroad is yes

Email marketing

Podia is yes

Gumroad is yes

Coupons

Podia is yes

Gumroad is yes

Upsells

Podia is yes

Gumroad is no

Affiliate program

Podia is yes

Gumroad is yes

Messaging

Podia is yes

Gumroad is no

Full website

Podia is yes

Gumroad is no

Custom domains

Podia is yes

Gumroad is yes

Unlimited sales pages

Podia is yes

Gumroad is no

Teammates

Podia is yes

Gumroad is no

Live chat customer support

Podia is yes

Gumroad is no

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Why creators choose Podia over Gumroad

Here are some reasons creators choose Podia to power their business.

Dedicated course builder and viewer

Podia’s top-notch online course builder gives your students a better elearning experience. Rather than receiving a bunch of files, customers can enjoy your content through our beautifully optimized course viewer.

Create an 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. Create the network you’ve been dreaming of without extra integrations or messy algorithms.

A support team that's here for you

The number one reason people cite for loving Podia? Our customer service. We’re always here to help, with real people offering live chat support 7 days a week on all paid plans.

Free migrations

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

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, photographer & writer

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Podia vs. Gumroad: What's right for me?

Great question! We obviously think we’re pretty great, but here’s an honest answer:

Both platforms allow you to sell digital downloads. Both give you email tools, affiliate marketing, and helpful selling features like coupons and payment plans.

But that’s about where the similarities stop.

Gumroad is primarily a digital download platform where you can sell files and set up a basic online store.

Podia is an all-in-one platform that replaces many tools for your business, including your website builder, email marketing software, online course platform, community host, live chat plugin, and much more.

Let’s dive into the details to help you decide which platform is best for you.

All prices and features are accurate at the time of writing, but they may change over time.

Sell more than just digital downloads

One big difference between Podia vs. Gumroad is the type of products you can sell.

As mentioned above, Gumroad is an ecommerce platform primarily designed for selling digital downloads. It’s possible to sell physical products too, but files are their bread and butter.

With Gumroad, you can accept payments in different currencies, create license keys for software, and sell multiple formats of the same product.

It’s technically possible to sell courses with Gumroad, but this option is pretty basic. Gumroad does not have a native course builder, but you can:

  • Attach multiple videos and PDF files to a single product listing for the customer to download
  • Create a dripped email course using automations and Gumroad’s “workflows” feature

You can’t include interactive elements, and it’s not possible to sell cohort courses. Gumroad also doesn’t have a way to sell coaching, services, or online communities.

With Podia, selling digital downloads is a breeze. It’s easy to upload and build a sales page for your digital product, and customers can access all the content they’ve purchased from you in one beautiful dashboard.

But that’s just the beginning. Podia also allows you to go beyond digital downloads and offer a variety of product types like full-scale online courses, webinars, coaching, and communities.

GUMROAD VS: 1

If you sell online courses, you can include quizzes, embeds, file downloads, and as many lessons and modules as you like. There are no bandwidth restrictions or storage limits to worry about, so you can build to your heart’s content.

GUMROAD VS: 2

Easily manage course availability by pre-launching, pre-selling, and selecting a future start date. This is a great way to build hype around your launch and offer real-time cohort courses.

GUMROAD VS: 3

To increase participation, you can enable student commenting and even make a private community area for your students to connect.

GUMROAD VS: 4

Beyond courses, Podia also makes it easy to sell 1:1 and group coaching products. Offer live or pre-recorded webinars, build a beautiful membership area, and encourage audience engagement through an online community.

You can even bundle products together and offer upsells at checkout to improve your bottom line.

Build a full website

A well-designed website is a great way to showcase your work.

With Gumroad, you can make a simple storefront with a profile image, description text, email capture button, and gallery of your products.

GUMROAD VS: 5

You can also make a listing for each item with a written description, product details, pictures, and videos. However, you can’t customize much beyond that, and you can only make one listing per product.

GUMROAD VS: 6

By contrast, Podia allows you to build an entire website for your business, complete with unlimited pages.

With just a few clicks, you can create an “About” page to share your story, a testimonials page to highlight positive reviews, or a “link in bio” style page to share on your social media accounts.

For example, creator Emily Mills from Sketchnote Academy uses her Podia website to promote a wide range of product offerings, share testimonials, and encourage new visitors to join her email list. You can explore her website here.

GUMROAD VS: 7

You can also make unlimited landing pages and sales pages for each item you sell. Rather than using a standard product listing for all your products, you can add banner sections, images, testimonials, and more on your Podia product pages.

GUMROAD VS: 8

Compared to Podia’s full website builder, Gumroad’s storefront tool is pretty bare bones. You might need to use a third-party website tool to get all the features you need.

Communicate with customers

Gumroad has an email marketing tool called Workflows. Using Workflows, you can send simple email messages with file attachments to sections of your audience. You can also set up automated messages and sequences to go out after someone makes a purchase.

Podia comes with built-in email marketing tools and customer messaging. With Podia’s email features, you can offer free lead magnets to grow your list, send newsletter broadcasts to your fans, and build automated sales campaigns to increase conversions.

GUMROAD VS: 9

You also get a live chat messaging tool. If a potential buyer visits your website and has a question, they can easily connect with you. Likewise, if an existing customer needs to get in touch, they can send you a note directly from the platform.

GUMROAD VS: 10

In a few clicks, you can give your customers an amazing experience and never worry about missed connections again.

Integrations

Software tools communicate with each other through integrations. As your business grows, you may want to use third-party platforms and plugins for additional functionality – but with an all-in-one option like Podia, you might not need integrations at all.

Here are the native integrations currently supported by Gumroad and Podia.

Gumroad integrations:

  • Zapier
  • Printful
  • ConvertKit
  • BookLaunch
  • Gumroad WP
  • Infusionsoft
  • IFTTT
  • Youtube Annotations
  • Sketchfab
  • Drip
  • Order Desk
  • Pabbly Connect
  • N8n.io
  • Acutrack

Podia integrations:

  • Mailchimp
  • ConvertKit
  • Aweber
  • Drip
  • ActiveCampaign
  • MailerLite
  • GetResponse
  • Stripe
  • PayPal
  • Google Analytics
  • HotJar
  • YouTube Live
  • Zoom
  • Calendly
  • Acuity
  • SavvyCal
  • YouCanBook.me
  • Facebook Pixel
  • Pinterest ads
  • Google Ads
  • Sumo
  • Fomo
  • Deadline Funnel
  • Zapier

Customer support

Entrepreneurship is challenging. Don’t let tech issues add unnecessary stress.

Podia is known for having best-in-class customer service so you never feel stuck for long. Simply hop in a live chat with one of our friendly support team members, and they’ll help you quickly troubleshoot any issues that arise.

If you need help with your Gumroad account, you can reach out to their support email address. There’s no live chat feature.

Pricing

A big difference between Gumroad and Podia is the pricing structure.

Podia offers a free plan with an 8% transaction fee and three paid plans with no transaction fees.

Gumroad doesn’t charge a monthly fee, but you’ll pay transaction fees on every sale you make on the platform. As you hit different earnings milestones, this rate decreases but never fully goes away.

Podia pricing plans:

  • Free (8% transaction fee)
  • Mover: $39/month
  • Shaker: $89/month
  • Earthquaker: $199/month

See what’s included with each Podia pricing plan here.

Gumroad pricing plans:

The amount you pay is based on your lifetime earnings on the platform:

  • $0: 9% transaction fees
  • $1,000: 7% transaction fees
  • $10,000: 5% transaction fees
  • $100,000: 3% transaction fees
  • $1,000,000+: 2.9% transaction fees

While a free platform might be tempting, transaction fees can add up quickly and may cost you more money in the long run.

Here’s how this shakes out in real life:

Let’s say you’re a new creator who wants to test the waters of online entrepreneurship.

Both Podia and Gumroad are free to join, but you’ll pay 9% in transaction fees on Gumroad’s introductory plan and only 8% on Podia’s.

If you earned $600 in your first month, you’d pay $54 ($600 x 9%) in transaction fees on Gumroad’s first-tier plan.

You’d only pay $48 ($600 x 8%) in transaction fees on Podia’s free plan. You could also choose Podia’s Mover plan and pay a flat rate of $39 per month for more savings.

Now let’s fast forward. Your business is happily growing, and you’re earning a consistent $3,000 per month from your digital products. Great job!

If you were on Gumroad’s 5% transaction fee tier (lifetime earnings below $10,000), you’d pay $150 a month in transaction fees.

If you were on Gumroad’s 3% transaction fee tier (lifetime earnings of below $100,000), you’d pay $90 a month in transaction fees.

On Podia, you’d only pay a flat rate of $39 per month for the Mover plan or $89 per month for the Shaker plan, both of which come with your own website and way more product types than Gumroad.

GUMROAD VS: 11

Best of all, you won’t pay more as your income grows.

Podia: The best platform for building your online business

If you’re looking for an all-in-one platform that makes it simple to run your online business, has world-class customer service, and won’t charge you an arm and a leg in transaction fees, we built Podia just for you.

Whether you’re a new creator or a seasoned entrepreneur, we can’t wait to see what you dream up next.

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