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10 Teachable Alternatives for 2022: Udemy, Podia & More

  • Lyn MarlerLyn Marler

Looking to uncover some of the best Teachable alternatives?

You’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re a veteran course creator or shopping around to create your first course…

You must create a course your students LOVE, or you’ll look like an amateur. 

You know that your platform choice will have an impact on your course success.

Not to mention your bottom line…

Plus, I’m sure you’d like to be part of this growing $325 billion industry.

So here’s what we’re going to do.

First, we’ll run through Teachable’s bells and whistles (and identify some places where they fall short).

Then, we’ll pull back the curtain on ten Teachable competitors.

Sound good?

Let’s go…

What are Some Teachable Pros and Cons?

Teachable pledges to help you “ transform your knowledge and know-how into a thriving business.” Their 100,000 instructors have earned over $500 million in revenue so far.

They offer four membership plans geared to different kinds of course creators: Free, Basic ($29 per month), Pro ($99 per month), and Business ($249 per month).

Now let’s take a quick look at some Teachable pros and cons. 

Pros:

  • Easy-to-use course builder with no tech or coding skills needed
  • Unlimited courses and students
  • Paid plans offer access to communities for students and teachers
  • Business plan gives you functionality for 20 administrators
  • Integrated email marketing 
  • Integrated tracking system for clicks and sales
  • Free Teachable offers a solid starter kit with no time limit 
  • Zero transaction fees with higher plans

Here’s an example of the bells and whistles in Teachable’s easy platform set up:

Cons:

  • Caching can be slow
  • Customer support is often reviewed as “terrible”
  • Platform is often down for maintenance 
  • No marketplace and no inbuilt student buyers
  • Courses certificates limited to higher plans
  • No white-labeling so your students see the generic “Teachable” login
  • Not mobile-friendly

Here’s an example of the non-customized login your students will use:

Key takeaways: Teachable courses are versatile with easy set-up, but the teacher and student experiences are lacking, as are some marketing tools.

The Best Teachable Alternatives for Your Online Course

Not sure if Teachable is the best platform for your online course? Fear not, because there are plenty of other sites like Teachable for you to choose from!

Here are some of the best Teachable alternatives for your online course (listed in no particular order). Let’s take a look at what each platform offers, along with the pros and cons of each. 

1. Thinkific

Thinkific, like Teachable, is a robust course creator. This platform works best inside the USA for course sales.

They offer the following six membership plans:

Pros:

  • Powerful course builder with no tech or coding skills needed
  • Flexible learning experience includes live lessons, videos, and assessments
  • Interactive community groups to share ideas, inspiration, and strategies
  • Sizable reference libraries for course creation and marketing
  • Excellent customer service and contact options
  • Mobile friendly 
  • Paid plans have zero transaction fees
  • Free plan has no transaction fee for selling your first course

Here’s a look at the step-by-step course builder on the Thinkific platform:

Cons: 

  • Limited size and type of videos you can upload
  • Video feature can be unreliable
  • No email marketing tools or funnel building
  • Payment systems can be problematic outside the US

Key takeaways: Thinkific vs Teachable? They’re both effective course creators, but Thinkific has a better user experience for instructors and students.

2. Kajabi

Kajabi is a dynamic all-in-one course creation and marketing platform. 

They offer three membership plans:

Pros:

  • Intuitive course builder
  • Full branding and blog features
  • Quality video hosting
  • Inbuilt sales pipeline tools including landing page and funnel creation
  • Has smartphone applications
  • Affiliate marketing (selling added digital products like e-books
  • 14-day free trial
  • No transaction fees
  • Excellent 24/7 customer support

Here’s what you see when you go to the Kajabi Google Play apps downloads:

Cons:

  • Kajabi’s inbuilt email system isn’t user-friendly
  • No completion certificates in any plan
  • Interface is not as easy to use as other course builders
  • No support for EU VAT (European tax)

Key takeaways: Although Kajabi has an all-in-one approach, serious course creators may find they prefer to use some outside marketing tools. Also, when comparing Teachable with Kajabi for ease of use, reviews show Teachable is easier to learn, while Kajabi offers more customizable options.

3. Podia

Podia gives you the advantage of adding some personal touches and sales opportunities.

They offer three membership plans:

Pros:

  • Easy setup with no code or tech skills needed
  • Personalization of storefront, landing pages, and courses
  • Affiliate marketing residual income selling digital products 
  • Ability to set up and host your own community
  • Integrated email marketing
  • Great 24/7 support
  • Can migrate information from elsewhere
  • 14-day free trial includes “Shaker” plan functionality
  • No transaction fees

Here’s the simple choices page that appeared when I signed up for a Podia trial:

Cons:

  • Built-in analytic and reporting tools aren’t as effective as other platforms
  • No mobile applications
  • They invoice EU VAT, an extra accounting step
  • Only accepts payment via “Stripe” payment system 

Key Takeaways: Podia is worth checking out if you want a unique touch. Also making a residual income from affiliate marketing works well when your site is personal.

4. Udemy

Udemy is a HUGE course creation and marketplace platform with no membership fees, which means its business model differs from Teachable’s.

The platform makes money from two kinds of commissions:

Instructor coupon: instructor pays 3% of course cost to Udemy

Organic sale: 50% split with Udemy

Here’s a screenshot of a course I completed using Udemy. The instructor, Jeremiah, recorded videos of his lessons with PowerPoint visuals which he uploaded to the platform:

Pros:

  • Udemy’s marketplace has over 8 million students as prospective buyers 
  • Easy-to-use course template for content upload
  • Google often favors Udemy with high rankings so courses get noticed
  • Extensive self-help library and good email support
  • Courses can be video, text, or audio with in-depth quizzes
  • Course completion certificates

Here’s an example of Udemy’s completion certificate:

Cons:

  • Course ratings from students help drive your sales, but getting five-star reviews can be challenging 
  • Udemy can slash course prices in “store-wide sales”
  • No personalized branding

Key takeaways: More than half of your course must be presented in video format. So, if that’s how you’d like to teach, Udemy’s a great option.

5. LearnDash

LearnDash is a WordPress plugin. So, you can add their course creation functionality to a website that’s up and running, or to a brand-new website.

They offer three license packages:

Pros:

  • Full control over customization
  • Unlimited courses and students
  • Ability to build advanced quizzes
  • Course forum creation
  • Drip feed lessons
  • Achievement certificates and badges
  • Advanced course quizzes
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Here’s an example of how to easily access the plugin on the dashboard when you download LearnDash to any WordPress site:

Cons:

  • Cost of customization can be hefty
  • Not for tech greenies
  • Maintenance costs aren’t included
  • Hosting fees cost extra

Key takeaways: LearnDash is for course owners who want complete control. For course creators who are WordPress savvy, or have the cash to pay for tech, you’ll be able to create unique, high-end courses.

6. LearnWorlds

LearnWorlds is a highly interactive course creator that doubles as an all-in-one marketing solution (well, almost).

They offer four membership plans:

Pros:

  • Interactive focus that benefits students
  • Learning Center plan offers video transcripts and subtitles (the only platform I found that offers this)
  • Custom mobile app
  • Customizable branding including domain
  • Ability to create your own community
  • Affiliate marketing features with upselling and cross-selling
  • SCORM and HTML5 support
  • Advanced analytics
  • 30-day satisfaction guarantee

Here’s a snapshot of the respect LearnWorlds enjoys in 2021:

Cons:

  • Limited integration with other tools
  • Starter and Pro Planner only offer email support
  • No student marketplace

Key Takeaways: LearnWorlds packs features that benefit the student with a next-level experience. Plus, it offers loads of customization for instructors. Also, many users say that they pay extra for an outside email service provider for their marketing.

7. Academy of Mine

Academy of Mine is a popular choice for small to medium-sized businesses to create in-house training. Also, their platform works well for independent course creators.

They offer three membership plans:

Pros:

  • Support runs 24/7, 365 days a year
  • On-demand Learning Management System team provides customization and development
  • Easy customization of text, PDF docs, video, audio, and more
  • Superior automation so your course virtually runs itself
  • Easy to manage your students and upload assignments
  • Ability to package courses for special promotions
  • Allows for upload of SCORM files
  • Integrated customer relationship management (CRM)
  • E-commerce sales function included

Think you’ve found your match with Academy of Mine?  Check out this info-packed Podcast for more help:

Cons:

  • Reference library for course building guidance could be better
  • Interface takes a while to master
  • No inbuilt marketplace

Key takeaways: Academy of Mine stands out as a high-end all-in-one platform for course creation, student experience, and course marketing.

8. Teachery

Teachery works for instructors who want to create courses for “self-taught” students. If you’re looking for warm and fuzzy instructor/student interaction, Teachery isn’t for you.

The Teachery platform’s simplicity reflects in their membership plans:

Pros:

  • Easy-to-use course builder
  • Unlimited courses and students
  • Unlimited landing (sales) pages
  • Custom domain creation
  • Custom HTML support
  • Affiliate program for residual income
  • Promo codes and discount options
  • Zero transaction fees

Here’s an example of the simple first course set-up when you sign up for a free trial:

Cons:

  • No course schedule for students
  • Limited hosting for course content
  • Course content must be embedded as there’s no upload feature
  • No course quiz creation tool
  • No student completion certificates
  • Limited email integration
  • Payment acceptance outside of “Stripe” can be complicated
  • No affiliate management tools
  • No marketplace

Key takeaways: Teachery is our alternative to Teachable with limited, but solid tools, at a reasonable price without the pressure of upselling to higher plans.

9. Ruzuku

Ruzuku offers a friendly interactive instructor and student course experience. It’s ideal for instructors who like to stay involved with students as they progress.

They offer three membership plans with large discounts for annual payment:

Pros:

  • Easy-to-use course builder
  • Create live calendar-based courses
  • Create self-paced courses that drip content
  • Copy and re-run previous courses
  • Generous hosting and streaming of audio, video, and files
  • Students can post images, PDFs, and videos
  • Course-wide Q&A and forum
  • Includes course completion tracking features
  • Email integrated with Mailchimp email provider
  • Student onboarding support for payments and course access
  • 14-day free trial 
  • Zero transaction fees

Here’s the simple platform. I signed up and was directed straight to this course building page:

Cons:

  • Limited design and course creation flexibility
  • No free plan
  • Sales pages offer limited flexibility and customization

Key takeaways: Ruzuku is ideal for course creators who want flexibility in the kinds of teaching tools they use, with features such as generous file sizes for uploads and hosting.

10. Skillshare

Skillshare is a playground for visual creatives. Their marketplace platform has an engaged community that’s thirsty for courses to share and the ability to hone their skills. 

They offer three membership plans:

Pros:

  • Sandbox for video-based course creators
  • Platform includes options for illustrators and animators, plus photo and film
  • Easy tips and lesson content are well-received
  • Over 2 million students, hungry for more courses
  • Diverse marketplace of potential customers

Here’s an independent video review that shows examples and discusses Skillshare’s value for money:

Cons:

  • Fierce competition inside the marketplace
  • 25 student minimum to make course income
  • No access to students’ contact details
  • Minimal profit of $1 to $2 per student
  • Limited power over course promotion and pricing
  • Few options to brand yourself

Key takeaways: Skillshare’s “Starter” plan helps you to increase your video production knowledge as you create courses. That’s a plus for superior online course creation, even if you decide to use this skill and move to a different platform.

It’s Time to Take Your Teachable Alternatives for a Test Drive

If you’re a veteran course creator, and I’ve given you a lightbulb moment (I hope so), you’ve narrowed down your choices.

For new course creators

You’ve noticed the free options speckled throughout this post. 

I encourage you to join some free platforms like Teachable and tinker around.

Make your list of pros and cons.

Then test drive your course on the platforms you think fit the bill.

And before you know it, you’ll move from researching course-building platforms to being a masterful course creator!

Ready… Set… Go.

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