Best Course Creation Software 2021

Teachable vs. Podia

Is Teachable or Podia the better solution for you? This in-depth, feature-by-feature breakdown will help you select the best course creation tool to help build, sell, market, and grow your business.

Individuals and businesses of all sizes use course creation software to build, market, and sell their courses online. There are several strong course creation platforms in the market, which can make it difficult to choose the best one for you.

To help you with your search, we’ve written this guide that compares Teachable and Podia. Below we explore the key differences between each solution – including pricing, features, and the types of course creators each platform is best for.

All recommendations are based upon research, discussions with course creators, and dozens of hours spent hand-testing the leading course creation software platforms. The details of our research process can be found on our article covering the best online course platforms.

To better understand the market, you can read more of our course creation software comparisons.

Comparison Summary

Teachable and Podia are two of the most popular online course platforms. We rated them as 87 and 85 out of 100, respectively.

In terms of pricing, Podia is cheaper than Teachable. Podia’s most advanced and expensive plan is priced at $79 per month, while Teachable’s most popular plan is priced at $119 per month.

Both platforms include standard course creation features: course & website builders, quizzes, coupons, course bundles, affiliate management tools, and sales trackers. Teachable has stronger course & website creation tools, and is better for keeping track of your school’s sales and revenue. As a result, Teachable is better suited for those who want a more advanced, complete course creation tool. In contrast, we recommend Podia to those who prefer a basic, yet highly effective platform.

Here’s a few key differences between the solutions to determine which is best for you:

You'll prefer Teachable if:

  • You are a more established course creator and want a mid-tier solution
  • You want a mobile app that your students can use
  • You want to create in-platform certificates that reward your students for completing your courses

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You'll prefer Podia if:

  • You want a simpler, more affordable tool that is better for beginners
  • You want higher quality email marketing tools – including lead capture forms, newsletters, and analytics
  • You value an in-platform student messaging feature

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Table of Contents

Teachable & Podia Price Comparison

Overall, Podia is more affordable than Teachable. Most Teachable customers pay for the platform’s $119 plan, while most Podia customers pay for the platform's $79 plan. Teachable and Podia both offer monthly and annual subscriptions. You can save up 25% if you purchase their annual subscriptions upfront.

Teachable Pricing Details

Teachable’s pricing ranges from $39 to $299 a month. You can save up to 25% if you choose to pay the annual subscription upfront. Here’s an overview of Teachable’s pricing plans:

  • $39 per month
  • $29 per month under annual subscription
  • Unlimited students
  • $119 per month
  • $99 per month under annual subscription
  • Unlimited students
  • $299 per month
  • $249 per month under annual subscription
  • Unlimited students

Podia Pricing Details

Podia’s pricing ranges from $39 to $79 a month. You can save ~17% if you choose to pay the annual subscription upfront. Here’s an overview of Podia’s pricing plans:

  • $39 per month
  • $32.50 per month under annual subscription
  • $79 per month
  • $65.83 per month under annual subscription

Teachable & Podia Feature Comparison

Teachable and Podia both offer the essential features found in most course creation software. Both platforms include a course & website builder, quizzes, course bundles, affiliate management, and a sales tracker. However, as shown below, each solution offers features that the other doesn’t.

For a full analysis of each solution’s features, read our Teachable review and Podia review.

Mobile AppYesNo
Multiple LanguagesNoYes
Connecting Social MediaNoYes
Student MessagingNoYes
Site BuilderYesYes
Sales TrackerYesYes
Affiliate ManagementYesYes
Multimedia UploadsYesYes
Custom BrandingYesYes
Drip SchedulingYesYes
Live Classes / WebinarsYesYes
Student DiscussionsYesYes
Robust IntegrationsYesYes
Robust Website CompatibilitiesYesYes
Course BundlesYesYes
Marketing AutomationNoNo
Student FeedbackNoNo

Teachable & Podia Top Feature Comparison

Below we provide our in-depth analysis of four key features that are included in Teachable and Podia – course builder, website builder, sales tracker, and marketing tools. We found Teachable’s course, website builder, and sales tracker to be more comprehensive than Podia’s. However, Podia offers a superior in-platform email marketing feature.

Course Builder

Teachable and Podia include course builders that let you create courses by uploading multimedia – including video, PDF, audio, and text. Both course builders are limited compared to the top solutions in the market, especially in terms of visual design. However, Teachable’s course builder is slightly more robust.

Teachable Course Builder

One advantage that Teachable has over Podia is that Teachable lets you embed different forms of content using code. This includes video players, audio players, live streams, and surveys from Google, Typeform, and SurveyMonkey.

With code, you can better personalize your content and how it is organized on screen, without being confined to the design limitations of Teachable’s course builder. Teachable also gives you more flexibility over where you place your text – it allows you to align it to the left or right of the screen.

Podia Course Builder

In contrast, Podia automatically centers and layers course elements from top to bottom. Podia also does not let you align your text to the center or to the right of the screen. This limits your options in terms of the visual appearance of your courses.

Website Builder

Teachable and Podia let you create websites from scratch with their in-platform builders. Overall, Teachable’s website builder gives you more creative flexibility when designing your website’s aesthetic. However, Podia’s website builder is more user-friendly for beginners.

Teachable Site Builder

Teachable lets you edit your website using blocks of content, which contain images, html, text, and images. You can set the background color, image opacities, text colors, padding, and the border radius for buttons, product cards, and images within each block. You can also align these elements to the left, center, or right of the page. A disadvantage of Teachable is that you have to use code to embed buttons that link to your social media profiles.

Podia Site Builder

While Teachable’s website builder is stronger in design capabilities and overall more powerful, Podia’s website builder is advanced for a basic tool. It offers features that are not available in even some mid-tier solutions – including templates for biography, FAQ, testimonial, text, and image sections. You can also customize your site’s color scheme, align images to the left, center, or right on screen, and link your social media profiles.

Sales Tracker

Both Teachable and Podia let you track the sales generated by your courses. Similar to the other features that we’ve discussed, Teachable’s sales tracker is more advanced than Podia’s and offers richer data.

Teachable Sales Tracker

Teachable’s sales tracker offers transaction information, school statements, and daily breakdowns of your school’s transactions. This includes refunds, instructor fees, chargebacks, affiliate earnings, and payout statuses.

Podia Sales Tracker

In comparison, Podia’s sales tracker only offers basic sales information. This includes your total sales, monthly recurring revenue, overall revenue, and pending revenue. Podia also lets you view monthly revenue, total revenue, and pending revenue for individual students.

Marketing Tools

Teachable and Podia offer tools that help market your courses. Both offer standard course marketing tools – including coupons, course bundles, and affiliate marketing management. These tools also offer their own email marketing tools, but Podia’s is more robust.

Podia Email Marketing

Podia’s email tool comes with the features found in standard email marketing software. This includes lead capture forms, segmentation, a text email editor, newsletters, drip campaigns, and email analytics.

Teachable Email Marketing

Teachable’s email marketing tool lets you send emails to individual customers, those in specific courses, and all students in your school. You can include text, images, and linked attachments within your message. However, this feature is quite limiting in terms of marketing. This is because it does not let you advertise offers that could entice new and current students to purchase courses, or advertise specific courses to specific students.

Bottom Line

Overall, Teachable is the stronger platform that is better for ambitious beginners and experienced course creators. Its platform supports the end-to-end course creation experience from creating, to marketing and selling courses.

While Podia’s platform is not as robust, it is effective, and best for supporting those who are just beginning their course creation journeys. In addition, it’s significantly more affordable, and has some standout features including its email marketing tool.

If you’re interested, visit Teachable or Podia today to get started.

Amy Yang

Amy Yang is a Junior Research Analyst at SoftwarePundit, where she conducts in-depth analyses on software markets and products. Amy has expertise in content production and managing digital and social platforms. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communication & Media, and a Minor in Web Programming and Applications from NYU. You can connect with Amy on LinkedIn.

Amy is an expert in several software categories including:

  • Course creation software
  • Electronic signature software
  • Social media software
  • Website builder software

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