Teachable Review (2021) – What Makes It So Popular?

Online learning has become the new normal today, and the demand for online course creation platforms has skyrocketed!

One such highly popular online course platform is Teachable. After testing out its features and using it to create a few courses, I am here with the Teachable Review.

In his review article, we will discover its stunning features, its pricing plans, its pros and cons, its best alternatives and who should buy it! 

I was impressed with its Bulk Coupon Generator, but its Basic plan disappointed me! Want to know why? Let’s dive into our review. 

I’m using Thinkific for my courses but I’m also using Teachable for last 2 months now to decide if it’s any better. So, without any more delay, let’s get started!

Teachable Review

Kripesh Adwani

Types of Lesson
User Interface
Landing Page Builder
Pricing
Customer Support

Summary

If you have a large crowd of students and need advance tools then teachable is going to be a good choice for building your course.

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What is Teachable?

Teachable, previously known as Fedora, is an online course platform focused on marketing and selling your courses.

teachable main

It helps you create and sell engaging online courses and boost your revenue in no time. But do you know Teachable is not just limited to selling courses?

Well, you can basically sell any digital product on Teachable, including ebooks, audiobooks, freelance or coaching services, consulting services, memberships, live sessions, and more.

The best part is, you don’t need to know a single line of code for working with it! Teachable takes care of every aspect of your online course – from designing, to hosting, marketing, selling, and receiving payments!

Teachable Pricing

Teachable offers 3 different pricing plans to suit different users’ requirements.

PlansPrice/month (paid annually)
Basic$29
Pro$99
Business$249

Unlike Thinkific, Teachable does not offer a free plan. But you can find a 14-days free trial on its Pro plan, and a 30-days refund policy on all plans!

But wait, I’ve got an even better offer for you. Keep reading to find that out!

Teachable Review Video

Teachable Lesson Types

Instructors often struggle with finding the right lessons while teaching online. Teachable makes your task easier by offering a variety of lesson types to choose from.

Teachable drag and drop upload

Teachable supports drag and drop upload functionality, so you can directly upload files to the lessons from your local device, Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, links, or even use the integrated web search!

Let’s check out the type of lessons available in Teachable. 

Teachable Video Lessons

Video Lessons simplify complex concepts by presenting them visually. You can upload video files upto 2 GB in size, or embed video links as well.

Teachable video lessons

Teachable supports video files in MP4, AVI, and MOV formats. All the videos uploaded are stored on Wistia hosting service.  

You can also specify additional settings like:

  • Enable/disable student comments
  • Enable/disable video captions
  • Enable/disable videos to be downloaded

Teachable Text Lessons

Teachable helps your text lessons stand out by offering decent formatting options like using:

  • Bold/Italics
  • Bullet points
  • Images or videos
  • Tables

Teachable text lessons

But, unlike Thinkific, the formatting bar in Teachable does not remain stuck while we scroll down. This is quite inconvenient while formatting text lessons.

Teachable formating bar problems

Another issue that I faced was the inability to embed YouTube videos directly into the text lesson (which was possible with Thinkific). However, I can add it using the custom code option.

Teachable Quiz Lessons

For better assessment of students’ knowledge, Teachable offers Quiz Lessons. Using its Quiz Creator, you can create multiple choice quizzes that are limited to one quiz per lecture.

Teachable quiz lessons

If you enable the Graded Quiz mode, your students will only get one attempt to take the test and the results would be their final grade! This is a clever option to stop students from getting all the answers right after multiple attempts! 😛

What I found missing here was the ability to add explanation fields to our Quiz questions, similar to Thinkific!

Teachable PDF Lessons

PDF Lessons allow you to upload a maximum of 35 MB PDF files on Teachable. 

Teachable PDF lessons

Because it is a drag-and-drop editor, you can easily drag your files to upload them. You can also enable download to let your students download the PDF file.

Teachable Audio Lessons

If you wish to teach your students through audio lectures, you can do so by directly uploading audio files on Teachable.

Teachable audio lessons

You are free to embed audio links through the Custom Code block and enable or disable the audio downloads.

Teachable Downloadable Lessons

Teachable downloadable lessons

Downloadable lessons can be any files including videos, audios, PDF books, images, etc, that you want your students to download. 

Teachable Coding Lessons

This is a very interesting type of lesson that was missing in Thinkific Course Builder. Teachable lets you add coding snippets to your lessons. This is a precious feature if you wish to take coding classes.

Teachable Coding lessons

All you need to do is select a language from the drop-down menu. It supports 17 languages including Java, PHP, HTML, CSS, Javascript, MySQL, and more.

Next, you paste your code in the editor, and it is automatically color coded as per the language selected. I found it pretty effective in delivering programming lessons. 

Teachable Embed Code

If you wish to add more variety of content to your lessons, Teachable lets you embed links using HTML, CSS, or Javascript code.

Teachable embed code

For example, if I embed an audio from Soundcloud into Teachable, it would look something like this on the Student interface.

Teachable embed code preview

Using this feature, you can easily embed these contents into your lessons:

  • Video players like YouTube
  • Forms like Google Form, Survey Monkey, Typeform, etc
  • Audio Players
  • Live Streams and Webinars

I found the Survey Lesson to be missing in Teachable. But you can use custom code to add different forms, which is great!

Teachable Admin Interface

The admin interface is clean and organized. You can find all the options neatly arranged on the left panel. 

Teachable admin interface

However, I found its website to be quite slow and confusing at times. Beginners would need some time to understand where to find all the important features on the Teachable dashboard.

Teachable Student Interface

The Student Interface looks quite impressive. Teachable lets you select from three elegant design templates to set the perfect layout of your lessons. 

A progress bar is visible beside every course. Students can click on the handy Start button to begin a lesson. 

Teachable student interface

There might not be the option to start discussions like Thinkific, but students are free to leave comments under every lecture and even upload files from:

  • Local device
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

This feature would prove quite helpful for teachers wanting to collect homework, assignments, project work, reports, etc.

Teachable app is available only for iOS devices right now. But it also works efficiently on mobile browsers.

Teachable mobile friendly interface

Videos, audios, and other file types work well, playback is smooth. Overall, the student interface is swift and provides a satisfying and trouble-free learning experience.

Teachable Drip Content

Drip Content is used for scheduling your content to be published after a specific time. You can use this feature with lessons and courses that require the student to invest time. 

This is also a clever idea to release your incomplete courses and then complete them at your pace!

Teachable Drip Schedule

The only drawback with Teachable Drip Schedule is that you can only drip your content chapter wise. So, all the lessons within a chapter will be available at once! 

You can solve this problem by creating a new chapter for every lesson. But this might make it inconvenient and hard to manage your course content. 

Thinkific is much better for scheduling content. It not only lets you schedule lessons separately, but you can also set release dates for each of them.

Teachable Upsells

Well, this is not really a lesson type, but you can add it within your lessons to promote your popular courses and products.

Teachable upsells

Teachable lets you create an upsell card. So you can choose a course or a coaching and add a pricing plan to it. 

Next you can edit its description and add a CTA button. Your upsell card is created and you can add this on multiple lessons and pages to attract your audiences!

Teachable Certificates

Teachable also lets you issue beautifully designed course completion certificates to your students.

Teachable certificates

You can customize the text and colors of the certificate according to your brand.

Teachable Coaching Products

When it comes to marketing and selling, Teachable is not just limited to online courses. You can add any kind of digital products and services under its coaching section like freelance services, consulting sessions, tutorials, live sessions, ebooks, memberships, etc.

Teachable coaching products

The students/clients can add their name, pay the amount and directly book a call or schedule an appointment with you through integrated services like Calendly, TidyCal, Zoom, etc. 

Teachable Coupons

Teachable’s versatile Coupon Generator lets you create discount coupon codes for your students with ease! It is available with all the paid plans.

All you need to do is:

  • Add a coupon code
  • Set the expiry date 
  • Specify the discount percentage
  • Add the number of coupons required (for multi-use)

And you’re all set with your coupons!

Teachable coupons

You can create two kinds of coupon codes with Teachable.

Single-use Coupons

These coupons are used by a single user only. For example, you can use this to offer a discount on a course to a specific student.

Multi-use Coupons

These are bulk coupons meant to be used by large group of students. You can generate a maximum of 1000 coupons in bulk at a time!

These types of coupons are useful for arranging heavily discounted sales. For example, offers like 75% off on a course to the first 500 users can be created with multi-use coupons.

Teachable Student Pricing Options

Teachable offers four types of pricing plans for students. 

Teachable student pricing plans

Free

You can offer a free course or product that students can access by signing up on Teachable.

One-time Purchase

You can offer a course/product for a fixed price that student can access with a single purchase.

Payment Plan

You can offer the student to pay the entire amount in fixed monthly payments. This is similar to EMI payments.

Subscription

You can allow students to pay a fixed amount every month to keep accessing your content.

Teachable Student Reports

This section gives you an in-depth analysis of your students’ performance across various courses and metrics. 

Teachable student reports

You can find detailed student reports on lecture completion, video stats, quiz scores, leaderboards, engagements, etc.

Teachable Bundled Courses 

Using this feature, you can group similar courses together and sell them at one price. 

Teachable bundled courses

The price of a bundle course is ideally kept lower than the original courses to attract more users! 

Teachable Landing Page Builder

Landing Page is the most important element of your online course. Not only does Teachable’s Landing Page Builder help you design the significant pages for your course, but it also lets you add custom HTML or CSS scripts. 

So, you can easily modify the appearance of your pages if you have some technical knowledge.

Teachable Page Builder might not be the best, but it is sufficient for beginners and intermediate level instructors. Let’s check out the different page builders.

Homepage Builder

Home page is the default page that an enrolled student will see. It comprises pages like home page, privacy policy, and terms of use, along with a list of all your courses.

Teachable Homepage builder

You are free to rearrange different sections, edit text, color, links, collect emails, display images with text, image grids, add buttons, featured products, etc. 

However, there is no countdown feature like Teachable. 

Sales Page Builder

The Sales Page Builder helps you design different pages for the checkout process, like:

Sales Page

The Sales page comprises a banner with a get started button. It lets you display the course curriculum, along with the price of the course. 

You can even display a video talking about your course to add a personal touch! Other elements like Image, Text, Email Leads form, Features Products, Image grid, etc can also be integrated.

Teachable Sales page

An interesting feature is that Teachable lets students preview lessons without registering. 

Unlike Thinkific, that does not allow lesson previews without signing up first, this is an appreciable feature!

Checkout Page

You cannot edit the Checkout Page much. On this page, you can add bullet points to stress on the benefits of your product/online course, add testimonials, and a 30-day refund badge if applicable. 

Teachable checkout page

Thank You Page

This page is visible to a student after he/she purchases your course. 

Teachable thankyou page

You can add one-click upsells along with the purchased course like personal coaching, ebook, Webinars, etc to boost revenue!

Teachable Affiliates

This is another exceptional marketing feature of Teachable. It lets you add affiliates to your courses and also specify a commission percentage. 

Teachable affiliates

Affiliate users get access to promotional links that they need to circulate among people. More the users signing up using those links, higher is their commission! Clever technique to market your courses, right?

Teachable Integrations

Teachable integrates with a lot of third party services to provide you a better experience. Let’s have a look at some of them.

Teachable integrations

Analytics Services

Teachable supports Google Analytics, Segment.io, and Facebook Pixel for Analytics. There’s no MixPanel option like Thinkific, but Segment works well too!

Zapier Integration

You can get Zapier triggers in Teachable Basic plan and Zapier Actions in Pro plan, which is great for automating your tasks.

But, if you use other automation services like Pabbly Connect or Integrately, you can easily connect them to Teachable using Webhooks.

Webhooks are available in all paid plans of Teachable. However, you can only use them for Zapier Triggers and not Zapier Actions. 

Email Integration

For email marketing, Teachable offers integration with ConvertKit and MailChimp.

Teachable Payment Options

Teachable offers three payment options. Let’s see what they are.

Teachable Payments

Non Indian users can use Teachable Payments for collecting their payments. It is their own payment gateway powered by Stripe Express. 

However, it’s not available for the Indian audiences.

PayPal Payments

Teachable offers a PayPal option for the Indian users, but the transaction fee is way too high at 3.9%! 

Stripe Payments

They offer a Stripe payment option in the Pro and above plans, but not on the Basic plan.

In my opinion, Thinkific is much better in terms of payment options. 

It offers a more secure Stripe payment feature and does not charge any transaction fee, even in the Basic plan!

Teachable Custom Branding

Unlike other course builders, Teachable gives you the freedom to customize your website exactly how you want. 

It lets you add your brand logo, thumbnail, and even a favicon to your site!

Teachable custom branding

You can choose from a variety of fonts and custom colors or color palettes to align your site’s appearance as per your brand identity. 

Teachable Communication

Teachable Bulk email

Teachable offers advanced options for communicating with your students through email. Mails can be sent either individually or in bulk. For Bulk emails, you can send mails to 

  • All students enrolled in a specific course
  • Total students enrolled on your platform

Teachable Notifications

Teachable also offers email notifications that you can enable/disable as per your requirements.

Teachable notifications

You can get notifications for student enrolments, comments, subscriptions, and more! Both admin and student notifications can be customized from fhr admin dashboard. 

Teachable Template Editor

I loved using this feature because it truly allows you to put on your creative hat! With the Template Editor, you can customize the default email notification templates as per your requirements.  

Teachable email template editor

For example, a student enrollment notification can be enriched with your custom links, ebooks, informative resources, PDFs, and even upsells!  

This would not only make your emails more personable, but provide more value to your students too!

Teachable Custom URL

When you create a new Teachable account, your website is by default a sub-domain of Teachable. For example, it would look something like:

yoursite.teachable.com

Teachable custom domain

But if you already own a domain, your Teachable URL can be customized as per your domain. 

For example, “courses.yoursite.com”

This feature helps you promote your brand identity and appear more professional. Custom URL is available on all plans of Teachable.

However, if you wish to remove the Teachable branding (‘Powered by Teachable’) that appears on all pages by default, you need to go for the Pro and above plans! 

Teachable Support

Teachable offers a satisfactory email support and an informative knowledge base of articles. You can find answers to a lot of your queries in their articles itself!

Teachable support

What I liked most is that Teachable provides a helpful Live chat support for the Pro users. 

They also have educational platforms to help beginners and anyone who wants to learn something new!

TeachableU 

TeachableU

On their platform TeachableU, beginners can find insightful courses on how to create a course, build an audience, and launch their first course.

Teachable Discover

Teachable Discover

Teachable Discover is a platform where you can find the most popular courses on Teachable and sort them by categories. 

However, it doesn’t compete with the Udemy marketplace in any way!

Teachable Best Plan

I would not recommend you to go with jts Basic Plan, mainly because of two reasons:

  • It charges a 5% transaction fees
  • It lacks the Stripe payment option

The Professional Plan of Teachable offers excellent price to value ratio! And if you need a free trial, check out my discount offer below!

Teachable Discount Coupon Code 2021

Now that you know how efficient and feature-rich the Teachable course creator is, I’m sure you must be thinking about giving it a try!

Well, in that case, I have a very interesting offer for you! If you use my link, you can get a 2-months free subscription of Teachable Pro plan right away.

Teachable discount promo code

All you need to do is

  • Select the monthly Pro plan
  • Enter the coupon code KRIPESH

That’s all! Now you can thoroughly try and test out Teachable Pro for 2 months to see if it is of any use to you. 

And after the free trial is up, you can either cancel the subscription or upgrade it to the annual plan! 

So, what are you waiting for? Grab this opportunity right now and enjoy Teachable Pro completely free of cost for 60 days!

Teachable Pros

1. Good Pro Plan

Teachable Pro provides complete value for your money with its advanced features and live chat support.

2. Coding Snippets

Creation coding related courses is a cakewalk with Teachable! You can add coding snippets from 17 different languages and they will be color coded accordingly! 

3. Bulk Coupon Generator

Teachable lets you create unique one-time coupons in bulk! This is beneficial if you have a large student base. 

4. Built-in Marketing Tool

Its integrated affiliate program helps you effortlessly promote your courses and build your audience by adding students as affiliates!

5. Easy to Use

The user interface is neat and well organized, and beginners would find it quite easy to use.

6. Good Customer Support

You can get all your queries solved with Teachable’s helpful email and live chat support for its Pro plan subscribers  They even have a very informative knowledge base.

7. Decent Page Builder

Their page builder is heavily customizable. You are free to add HTML/CSS scripts to modify the appearance of your pages.

8. Email Template Editor

With Teachable, you can even edit email templates and give them a personal touch. For example, you can add your own promotional links, ebooks, upsells, and other educational resources in yout emails. 

Teachable Cons

1. No Free Plan

Teachable does not offer any free plans. However, you can get a 14-day’s free trial of their Pro plan. 

2. Transaction Charges on Basic Plan

5% transaction charges are applied on the Teachable Basic plan. This is why I would not recommend this plan to anyone!

3. No Stripe Support in Basic plan

Teachable offers PayPal support in all plans. However, the Stripe Payments option is available only in the Pro and above plans!

4. Slow Admin Interface

Designing courses on the admin dashboard feels quite slow and sluggish at times. 

Teachable Alternatives

There are loads of online course creators available in the market today. But as per my research and experience, the following platforms are the best alternatives to Teachable.

1. Thinkific

Thinkific is a popular LMS platform that comes at an affordable price point. It’s easy to use and does not charge a transaction fee on any plans. It also supports Stripe Payments, which is great for Indian audiences!

However, it does not support coding snippets, which is why I don’t find it convenient for creating coding related courses. 

Check out all its features in my Thinkific Review article!

2. Udemy

Udemy is one of the most popular online course creation and teaching platforms. With Udemy’s massive student base, you don’t need to worry about promoting your courses at all! 

Putting up a course on Udemy might be free, but beware because they charge an unbelievable 50% of share on your every sale!

3. Kajabi

Kajabi is a high-end course creation platform with its pricing starting from $119/month. 

It offers advanced automation and customization tools and is primarily designed for established businesses and organizations.

4. Podia

Podia is a new course creation platform. You can find integrated email marketing, an engaging chat widget, and comes at decent prices to provide you a better overall teaching experience!

The major downside of Podia is that it lacks a free plan!

Should you buy Teachable?

Teachable LMS offers unlimited courses, lets you add unlimited students, and provides unlimited video hosting on all plans. But all of this comes at a price! 

Teachable charges a 5% transaction fee on its Basic plan, which is why I don’t like it much. I find the Teachable Pro plan to be the most value-for-money option. 

In my opinion if you have a large crowd of students and need

  • Advanced tools for student management
  • Coding lessons
  • Bulk Emailing
  • Bulk coupon codes
  • Editable email templates
  • Affiliate marketing support
  • Automation through Zapier or webhooks

 Then Teachable would be the right choice for you! 

However, if you’re tight on budget, Thinkific course creator would suit you better. To know more, you can check out my detailed Thinkific Review.

Conclusion

I hope this Teachable Review article helped you decide if Teachable is the right LMS platform for you! 

If your primary aim is marketing and selling your courses or digital products, then Teachable would prove to be a powerful tool for you. 

And if you’re not sure about investing into it right away, here’s my link to get a 2 months free subscription of Teachable Professional plan. 

P.S. If you wish to try out a different LMS platform, I recently reviewed Thinkific. You can check out the detailed Thinkific Review and see if that suits your needs. 

Anyway, this is Kripesh signing off! If you are new here, don’t forget to sign up for my Newsletter to keep receiving the latest updates. I’ll be back with more such informative articles soon. Till then, stay safe and keep learning! Cheers! 

FAQ

Does Teachable have a free plan?

Teachable does not have a free plan. But it does offer a 14-days’ free trial of Teachable Pro! 

Does Teachable charge transaction fees?

The Basic plan of Teachable charges a 5% transaction fee. There are no transaction charges on the other plans.

How long is the Teachable free trial?

Teachable offers a 14-days’ free trial on its Pro plan. But if you use my link, you can get a 2-months free subscription of Teachable Pro! All you need to do is select the monthly Pro plan and enter coupon code KRIPESH.

Is Teachable mobile friendly?

As of now, Teachable software is only available for iOS devices. But it works really well on mobile browsers too!
It offers smooth audio and video playback, along with easily accessible coding lessons and an attractive interface.
The only problem I faced was that the embedded videos do not scale properly on mobile browsers!

How much does Teachable cost?

Teachable features 3 pricing plans that cost as follows when paid for annually:
Basic Plan: $29/month
Pro Plan: $99/month
Business Plan: $249/month
You can choose one as per your requirements. However, I found its Pro plan to be the most value-for-money option!

Is Teachable a good platform?

Teachable should be your go-to platform if your primary focus is selling your online courses. 
It offers good marketing features and tools to help you promote your courses and boost your revenue! 

What is Teachable used for?

Teachable is used for creating, promoting, and selling online courses.
Along with that, it also lets you sell digital products and services like consulting, freelance services, coaching, live classes, ebooks, audiobooks, and more. 

Does Teachable offer free courses?

Their platform TeachableU offers a few free courses that are designed to help beginners on every stage of course creation from choosing a topic, creating a course, building an audience, tolaunching their first course!

Does Teachable come with its own email marketing tool?

No, Teachable does not have an inbuilt email marketing tool. But it integrates with MailChimp and ConvertKit. 
You can even use Zapier to connect other 3rd party email marketing services.

What type of Teachable integrations are available?

Teachable offers integration with various third party services including:
Google Analytics, Segment.io, and Facebook Pixel for Analytics
MailChimp and ConvertKit for Email Marketing
Zapier for Automation

Can Teachable create drip content?

Yes, Teachable can create drip content. However, it only applies to entire sections and not individual lessons. 

What can you sell on Teachable?

Along with online courses, you can sell digital products like ebooks, audiobooks, freelance and tutoring services, webinars, memberships, etc on Teachable.

What percentage does Teachable take?

For the Basic plan, Teachable charges a 5% transaction fee. But there is no transaction free for the Pro and above plans.

Who should use Teachable to create courses?

Content creators, online educators, bloggers, instructors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, etc can use Teachable to create valuable content and earn more revenue.

Does Teachable offer discount codes?

Yes, Teachable offers a 5% discount for new subscribers, which only applies in the first year. You can check it out here.
But if you wish to get an even better offer, use my link and get a 2 months free subscription of Teachable Pro. (Use Coupon Code: KRIPESH)

teachable logo

 Teachable Pros (+)

  • Coding Snippets
  • Bulk Coupon Generator
  • Built-in Marketing Tool
  • Easy to Use
  • Good Support
  • Decent Page Builder

 Teachable Cons (-)

  • Transaction Charges
  • No Stripe Support in Basic plan
  • Slow Admin Interface

 

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