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The modern, affordable Thinkific alternative you’ve been looking for.

Modern designs, ease of use, and responsive customer support that won’t leave you hangin’, at a fraction of the cost. Read on for a Podia vs. Thinkific comparison.

Save up to $1,428 per year.

That’s how much you’ll save by choosing Podia’s top plan versus Thinkific’s Pro plan and Growth package. You’ll get everything you need to run your business on our all-in-one platform at a fraction of the cost.

A custom site you can be proud of.

No more cluttered, clunky-looking homepages that take forever to customize. Just a clean, fresh page that puts the spotlight on your course.

An interface your customers will love.

Imagine everything your students love about the Thinkific online course reader, but updated to look like it was designed for today. We don’t just say “we’re modern”…we actually are.

Video comparison

Podia vs. Thinkific

Podia and Thinkific 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. Thinkific




Podia isStarts at $39/mo

Thinkific isStarts at $49/mo

“Free” plan

Podia is no

Thinkific isYes, with limited features

Free migrations

Podia is yes

Thinkific is no

Online courses

Podia is yes

Thinkific is yes


Podia is yes

Thinkific isYes (on $99/mo plan)


Podia is yes

Thinkific is yes


Podia is yes

Thinkific is no

Email marketing

Podia is yes

Thinkific isLimited

Unlimited products

Podia is yes

Thinkific isYes (on $49/mo plan)

Unlimited customers

Podia is yes

Thinkific is yes

Unlimited membership plans

Podia is yes

Thinkific is yes

Your own website

Podia is yes

Thinkific is yes


Podia is yes

Thinkific isYes (on $99/mo plan)

Buy buttons

Podia is yes

Thinkific is no


Podia is yes

Thinkific is no

Built-in affiliate program

Podia isYes (on Shaker plan)

Thinkific isYes (on $49/mo plan)

Live chat support

Podia is yes

Thinkific is no

Need help moving your products and customers to Podia?

Need help moving your products and customers to Podia?

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Why creators are making the switch from Thinkific to Podia.

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

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!

No extra transaction fees, no matter how much you sell.

We don’t take a cut of your sales, because you earned it, and you deserve to keep it.

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.

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.

OMgee. I have finally found a platform that lets me sell my templates, courses, and membership without having a gazillion plugins that always glitch or cost a ton of money. After trying almost every selling platform out there, Podia became a favorite super quickly because of how easy it is to start selling products beautifully.

— Vanessa Ryan, designer and entrepreneur

Podia vs. Thinkific: 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 online courses. Both give you landing pages, affiliate marketing, and helpful selling features like coupons, payment plans, and upsells.

The best platform choice comes down to what’s most important for you.

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 is affordable whether you’re just starting out or growing fast, then we built Podia just for you.

If you need access to a public API, prefer to edit the HTML/CSS code of your site rather than use a no-code editor, and don’t mind a steep learning curve, we encourage you to give both platforms a try and decide for yourself!

Another thing to consider is where you expect your business to be a few months from today .If you’re just starting out, both Podia’s Mover plan and Thinkific’s Basic plan give you an online course hosting platform that includes unlimited courses and students, coupons, drip content, and more. In that case, you’ll save $10/mo by choosing Podia at $39/mo. However, if you choose Thinkific, as your business grows and you want to unlock additional features, you’ll need to upgrade to their $99/mo and $499/mo plans (not to mention their sliding-scale Growth package, which gets more and more expensive as you grow). Meanwhile, Podia’s Shaker plan, which includes all of our platform features, costs only $79/mo and you’ll never need to upgrade to unlock the next stage of your business’ growth.

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Quick answers

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

  • We would LOVE to have you join us on our live weekly demo, every Tuesday at 2PM ET. Register here. If that time isn’t convenient for you, you can still register and receive a replay in your email inbox a few hours after the demo.

  • 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 live chat and a real, friendly person will be delighted to help you out.