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A Teachable alternative that lets you sell more than just courses – without the weird transaction fees

Want to sell digital products beyond courses and coaching? Podia offers multiple product types, integrated communities, a full website, and a generous free plan–all with a pricing structure that actually makes sense.

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Courses are just the beginning.

While Teachable works fine for courses and coaching, Podia makes it easy to offer courses, digital downloads, coaching, webinars, memberships, and communities, all in one place. No workarounds, loopholes, or extra integrations necessary.

No weird transaction fees.

Teachable charges free plan users a noticeable $1 + 10% transaction fee, and Teachable Basic plan users have to pay a 5% transaction fee on top of their monthly rate. At Podia, creators pay an 8% transaction fee on free plans only, with zero transaction fees on paid plans.

Build an online community for free. (Yes, really.)

Online communities foster brand awareness and cultivate connections. With Teachable, you’ll need to sign up for a paid plan and integrate with a pricey third-party tool to create a community. With Podia, built-in online communities are available on all plans, even the free plan.

Video comparison

Podia vs. Teachable

Podia and Teachable are both great platforms for creators, but which one is right for you? In this video, we’ll compare the two and give you the info you need to decide.

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Comparing Podia vs. Teachable



Free plan

Podia is yes

Teachable is yes


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

Teachable isFree, or $39/month to $299/month

Transaction fees

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

Teachable is$1 + 10% per transaction on the free plan, 5% per transaction on the Basic plan

Free migration

Podia isYes, on annual plans

Teachable is no

Online courses

Podia is yes

Teachable is yes

Digital downloads

Podia is yes

Teachable is no


Podia is yes

Teachable is yes


Podia is yes

Teachable is no


Podia is yes

Teachable isOnly through a third-party integration (for an extra fee)


Podia is yes

Teachable is yes

Unlimited products

Podia is yes

Teachable is yes

Unlimited customers

Podia is yes

Teachable is yes

Unlimited students

Podia is yes

Teachable is yes


Podia is yes

Teachable is yes

Email marketing

Podia is yes

Teachable is yes


Podia is yes

Teachable is yes

Embeddable buy button

Podia is yes

Teachable is no

Customer messaging

Podia is yes

Teachable is no

Affiliate marketing

Podia is yes

Teachable is yes

Custom domains

Podia is yes

Teachable is yes

Chat support

Podia is yes

Teachable isOnly on Pro and Business plans

Creator friendliness score

Podia is90.91

Teachable is77.92

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Why creators are choosing Podia over Teachable

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 chat support 7 days a week.

Make more sales with friction-free checkout.

Forget complicated checkout experiences that cause frustration and drop-off. Podia’s 2-step checkout is the simplest one on the market, and it’s optimized to make sales. You can even embed Podia checkout buttons and product cards on your existing website.

Free migrations from Teachable.

Already have a course on Teachable? 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.

Embeddable buy buttons.

Already have a website? No problem. Podia integrates seamlessly with your existing tools so you can sell from WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, Leadpages, and more.

I love Podia because it takes the annoyance out of building an online business. Rather than worrying about the website and logistics, I can focus on making the best courses possible. Their support is fantastic as well :)

— Ali Abdaal,
doctor and teacher

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

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

Both platforms let you sell online courses and coaching. Both give you landing pages, affiliate program tools, and helpful selling features like coupons, payment plans, and upsells.

But while Teachable is primarily an online course platform, Podia is an all-in-one platform that can replace many tools for your business, including your website builder, email marketing platform, membership hosting platform, live chat tool, and much more.

Let’s take a closer look at how Podia and Teachable stack up.

Sell more than courses and coaching

Teachable offers courses and coaching, but Podia lets you create and sell much, much more.

With Podia, you can make online courses, downloads, webinars, coaching, memberships, and communities. Everything is unlimited on paid plans, so you’re free to design the very best learning experience for your students.


With Teachable, you can only sell courses and coaching. You can also sell communities through an extra integration with Circle, a third-party community platform.

The Circle community feature is only available on paid Teachable plans and comes with extra fees, but more on that in a minute.

When it comes to the content within your products, both Teachable and Podia allow you to add a variety of file formats like PDFs, images, audio files, and videos.

On Podia, the maximum supported file size is 5GB. On Teachable, the maximum size you can upload is 2GB.

By choosing a platform with many product types, your business has room to grow. You may come up with an idea for a fabulous new ebook or an awesome webinar, and it’s inconvenient (and expensive) to find a new tool each time.

With Podia, everything you create lives under one roof for a flat rate.

Build a beautiful learning experience with native course creation tools

Both Teachable and Podia provide advanced tools that online course creators will love. You can sell unlimited courses to unlimited students on Podia’s Mover plan and above, and Teachable’s Basic plan and above.

With Podia, you can create standalone courses, drip content courses, or cohort courses with unlimited modules and lessons. The course builder is easy to use, and course content is displayed in a clean, distraction-free interface.

Add multiple choice quizzes and course completion certificates to keep students engaged. To validate your idea, you can pre-launch and pre-sell courses. You can also offer upsells to increase your earnings per sale.

Teachable courses come with unlimited content as well as quizzes, course completion certificates, and course compliance tools. Course design templates are available on all plans to help you get started quickly.

Run your online community without paying for an extra tool

Online communities are a powerful way to connect with followers, share premium content, build brand loyalty, and even earn recurring income.

With Podia, you can create an online community for your audience on our free plan.

Communities can be free or paid, and you can offer as many membership tiers as you want. Each tier can include exclusive products, content, and access to community areas. You can also enroll unlimited members.


Within Podia communities, members can share their own posts or like and comment on other people’s posts. Create different topics to organize your space, including private areas for specific membership tiers or course cohorts.

Whether you’re creating a premium membership site or a free place for like-minded people to connect, Podia’s community feature makes it a breeze.

On the flipside, Teachable doesn’t have its own community tool. Instead, you must integrate with an external platform called Circle.

You’ll need to be on Teachable’s Basic, Pro, or Business plan to use this service, and you’ll also need to pay for a Circle subscription each month.

Here’s the price breakdown for Circle:

Basic: $39/month

  • 1000 members
  • 10 spaces
  • 4% transaction fee

Professional: $99/month

  • 10,000 members
  • 20 spaces
  • 1% transaction fee

Enterprise: $399/month

  • 100,000 members
  • 100 spaces
  • 0.5% transaction fee

At the very minimum, running a community with Teachable will cost you $78 per month ($39 for the Teachable Basic plan and $39 for the Circle Basic plan) plus transaction fees.

By comparison, you could run your community for free with Podia.

Build a complete website for your business

Teachable and Podia both let you make a website that showcases your products.

Teachable offers a customizable storefront for your courses and coaching services. This page is referred to as your “Teachable School.” You can add different content blocks on your school page to tell visitors about your business and highlight your products.

With Podia’s website builder, you can design a full website for your business or brand with unlimited pages. You can also create as many sales pages and landing pages as you need to promote your work.

Podia’s website builder gets top marks for customization and simplicity. You can easily edit the design and layout of your site with just a few clicks, even if you don’t know how to code.


Display testimonials, share your story, highlight your best products, and grow your email list. You can do it all using Podia’s intuitive site editor.

“Podia makes website building so fun. I feel like I could set up a site in an afternoon, and it would look great. And if there’s something to be said for how pretty it is. It’s the best-looking one by far.” - Joseph D’Amico, Flex Lessons

Promote your products with built-in marketing tools

Both Podia and Teachable provide tools to help you market your digital products.

Teachable has integrated email marketing and an affiliate program. Course creators can also implement a student referral program, allowing existing customers to share products with their friends for a discounted price.

Podia also has affiliate marketing features and built-in email marketing. You can gain email subscribers by adding a newsletter opt-in form to your website or offering a free lead magnet.

Need a way to connect with potential students in real-time? Podia offers live chat messaging that turns casual visitors into paying customers. Usually, you’d have to pay extra for this chat tool, but it’s free on all Podia plans.


Connect with third-party integrations

Integrations allow digital tools to talk to one another. While you probably won’t need additional software with an all-in-one platform like Podia, it’s nice to have options. Should you need an extra feature in the future, integrations make the process seamless.

Teachable’s native integrations:

  • Google Analytics
  • Sumo
  • Segment
  • Zapier
  • ConvertKit
  • Mailchimp
  • Circle
  • Facebook Pixel

Podia’s native integrations:

  • Mailchimp
  • ConvertKit
  • Aweber
  • Drip
  • ActiveCampaign
  • GetResponse
  • MailerLite
  • Google Analytics
  • HotJar
  • YouTube Live
  • Zoom
  • Calendly
  • Acuity
  • SavvyCal
  • Facebook Pixel
  • Pinterest tag
  • Google Ads
  • Zapier
  • Third-party code snippets

Payment processing

With Podia, students can pay by credit card through Stripe and PayPal. When you make a sale, Podia offers instant payouts so you can access your money right away.

With Teachable, you can choose from three payment options:

  • Teachable payments: Receive payments daily, weekly, or monthly
  • Monthly payment gateway: Receive payments monthly into your PayPal account
  • Custom payment gateways: Available on Professional plans and above


Podia and Teachable both have a free plan and three paid plans.

Podia pricing plans:

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

See what’s included with each Podia plan here.

Teachable pricing plans:

  • Free (10% transaction fee + $1 per sale)
  • Basic plan: $39 (5% transaction fee)
  • Professional plan: $119
  • Business plan: $299

Podia’s free plan comes with a website, an online community, one digital download, and one coaching product. You can also make unlimited drafts of courses and other products so they’re ready to go the minute you upgrade to a paid plan.

Podia only charges an 8% transaction fee on the free plan and zero transaction fees on paid plans.

Teachable’s free plan comes with a website and one active course. You can make as many unpublished courses as you like, but you can only add a maximum of ten videos across all your courses.

Teachable charges $1 per transaction plus 10% in transaction fees on free plans. There’s also a 5% transaction fee on their Basic plan.

Let’s run the numbers to get a better picture of how much you’ll pay with each platform.

If you make 20 sales and earn $500 on Podia’s free plan, you’ll pay $40 in fees ($500 x 8% transaction fee = $40).

If you make 20 sales and earn $500 on Teachable’s free plan, you’ll pay $70 in fees ($500 x 10% transaction fee = $50, 20 sales x $1 per sale = $20).

Podia’s Mover plan and Teachable’s Basic plan offer comparable features and both cost $39 per month, but Teachable’s comes with a 5% fee on all transactions.

If you earn $1,000 per month on Podia’s Mover plan, you’ll only pay $39.

If you earn $1,000 per month on Teachable’s Basic plan, you’ll pay $89 ($39 platform fee plus $50 in transaction fees).

To avoid Teachable’s transaction fees, you’ll need to sign up for the $119 per month Pro plan. Podia’s comparable Shaker plan costs only $89 per month.

That’s $30 per month back in your pocket for a savings of $360 each year.

Podia is a virtual home base for your business

If you’re looking for an all-in-one platform that:

  • Makes it simple to run your online business
  • Lets you sell more than just online courses and coaching
  • Offers world-class customer service
  • Has a generous free plan that includes a full website, an online community, one digital download, and one coaching product
  • Is affordable whether you’re just starting out or scaling your business

…then we built Podia for you.

We can’t wait to see what you create.

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How creator-friendly is Teachable?

Teachable scores a 77.92 out of 100 on the Creator Friendliness Index. Creator-friendly platforms offer resources, pricing structures, and policies that empower creators — giving you more control over how you run your business.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Teachable related to creator friendliness. You can see a full breakdown of Teachable’s rankings and our source material here.

  • Teachable has a free plan and three paid plans.

    • Free ($1 + 10% transaction fee)
    • Basic: $39/month (5% transaction fee)
    • Pro: $119/month
    • Business: $299/month
  • Yes, Teachable charges a $1 + 10% transaction fee on the paid plan and a 5% transaction fee on the Basic plan.

  • No, there is not an option to change your language sitewide, but you can manually change the text on buttons and other areas of your site using the Custom Text feature.

  • Yes, Teachable supports over 120 currencies.

  • Yes, you can export a CSV of your students. You must be on the Basic plan or above to use this feature.

  • Yes, you can manually import existing customers or students into Teachable. There’s a bulk uploader tool available on the Business plan.

  • You can access customer support through their email ticket system and the help center. Live chat is available for users on the Professional plan and up.

The Creator Friendliness Index

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Quick answers

Don’t see your answer? Reach out to us, we’d love to help!

  • 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.

  • Podia is completely free to try for 14 days, no credit card required and no strings attached. If you’re not head-over-heels in love with it at the end of your trial, you don’t pay a dime!

  • 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.