What are New Zenler and Teachable?
Teachable and New Zenler are both popular platforms to create and market your online courses.
Now, a direct comparison is relevant but a few things need to be taken into account.
First of all, these two platforms belong to different categories!
New Zenler is an all-in-one platform that not only helps deliver and host your course but also create a site, funnels, email marketing and a few more bells and whistles.
Teachable focuses solely on course hosting and selling with some light page building features. But it's not meant to really build a site or handle your email marketing needs as a course creator.
This is why we won't just do a feature 1-1 comparison but look at both holistically so you can make the best decision.
New Zenler is one of the new-coming as an all-in-one. It's still in beta but has a lot to promise and is slowly building a base of raving fans to refer the platform, as it can only be accessed by invite. (
Teachable is a course hosting platform and possibly one of the most well known of its kind.
It's been around since 2014 and quickly became one of the most used in the market with over 100,000 users (according to their website)
Features : New Zenler vs Teachable?
Here is a quick overview of the main features for both platforms:
But let's break down each of these major features further so you can see what the main differences are:
Site & Page Builder
Now, Teachable isn't really a site builder, neither does it pretend to be one!
When it comes to pages, it allows you to create some basic static pages (sales pages mostly) for you to layout details about your course, but it's far from a real page builder:
That's also why most course creators use Teachable alongside another tool to build effective sales pages and a proper site (WordPress or ClickFunnels often).
On the other hand, New Zenler actually has robust site/page building capabilities with a great front-end drag & drop editor.
You'll also be able to create site-wide and dynamic menus, header and footer to easily create your site/funnels.
This also means a full customization capabilities of the page layout and structure, which is something Teachable is lacking and forces you to edit with a static framework.
On top of that, New Zenler offers a range of pre-made templates you can use for any type of page you want!
Being an all-in-one clearly makes a difference here as New Zenler is clearly superior when it comes to page building.
Selling / Checkout
Similar comment here when it comes to checkout pages as with any pages - New Zenler will let you edit your checkout page to any degree you want, whereas Teachable will only allow for limited customization
That being said both platforms allow for similar capabilities for pricing your programs (one-off, subscription, free and paid trial,...).
But Teachable does not allow for multiple pricing on the same checkout, where New Zenler does!
Teachable does not allow for order bumps either!
Both platforms allow for easy 1-click upsells setup!
Taxes are also handled automatically if you enable it to calculate and add it to the price of your course at checkout (based on the user's location).
Both New Zenler and Teachable also have an affiliate program to help you spread the word about your courses!
They're rather similar and allow for flexibility with the affiliate commission and allowing them to create their own links to promote.
Teachable affiliate payouts are automatic while New Zenler will have to be manual.
Delivering a great course experience is vital to your online courses in the long term and the ability of a platform to help you do that is an important element.
New Zenler's course feel is not the greatest and gives you limited control.
The only page you can properly edit is the course Dashboard before your students get into the course content and modules.
Teachable doesn't offer much more control but does have a rather polished and good looking library:
Both Teachable and New Zenler offer some type of learning support with Quizzes etc.
Teachable remains limited with only right/wrong quizzes.
A good thing to notice about New Zenler too is the ability to create SCORM compliant modules.
Overall, both platforms provide a rather static and basic course experience but New Zenler does have a few more bells and whistles!
Email & Automations
The comparison of the two platforms on this feature is a quick one.
As mentioned in the introduction of this review this is the biggest difference between New Zenler and Teachable!
Teachable doesn't, beyond the system notifications, the only emails you can send are to your current students that have already enrolled into a course.
It does mean that you'll probably have to use one of Teachable's native integration for email marketing. Which on top of potentially a proper funnel builder can add on to your investment.
Beyond the main features of an online course platform we've talked about so far, there are some other miscellaneous ones that could nudge you one way or another when making a decision!
These are all things Teachable simply doesn't have!
Again not that your decision can solely be made based on features but this is a major aspect of the comparison still.
User Experience: New Zenler vs Teachable
The user experience can also make a difference in your choice for a platform!
This is both from your point of view - using the back-end of it - and the end user's, going through the course.
Things can be a little unintuitive and a few elements would need some finishing touches (e.g the icons have a bit of a cheap feel).
Not that this takes away anything from actually working but since you're likely to spend quite some time there, it matters!
Teachable has a lot more minimalist and clean UX with a very intuitive flow and interface:
Now to be fair to New Zenler, there are more features to squeeze in there!
In terms of the end user interface (the students) things are pretty equal for both platforms, there's not a lot you can influence as outlined in the course delivery section.
But sometimes the simple and easy to plug in Teachable approach can be enough to ensure a good user experience, even if you can't influence it much!
Pricing: New Zenler vs Teachable
Here again, it's important to understand what you're paying for!
New Zenler should handle pretty much all of your needs as a course creator. That means that you won't really use any external tools (apart from Stripe/Paypal and Zoom).
Teachable is at first glance a cheaper option but as mentioned a few times throughout this review, you might also need to use a proper funnel builder and email marketing tool (which could add up to a few hundred dollars a month).
That being said, here are both pricing tables:
Note that New Zenler is still in beta and at a discounted price!
Both platforms offer an annual payment to save up but again the breakdown is essentially this:
- Teachable starts at $29/mo (billed annually) with 5% transaction fees
- New Zenler starts at $54/mo (billed annually) with 0% transaction fees
New Zenler has a free beta version you can start with to get your feet wet.
Teachable offers a 14 days free trial.
Community & Support: New Zenler vs Teachable
Here again it's about picking your battle!
But the community and support you get when investing into an online course platform can make a big difference in your experience.
On the one hand, Teachable has a huge community. With over 100k+ active users, it is probably the most used platform in the industry.
Now, they don't have a facebook group anymore but an internal forum where you can meet fellow users:
You'll definitely have plenty of other course creators using the platform to talk to and help you along the way.
That being said, Teachable support is notoriously poor
Live chat is available during office hours and you can also submit a ticket. But these historically have taken a long time to be answered and their customer service isn't always very useful.
On the other hand, New Zenler has a strong but still growing community.
With a Facebook group of just over 5k+ people, you'll still get to rub shoulders with some other users!
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That being said, New Zenler support is both helpful and fast to reply!
New Zenler Vs Teachable : The Bottom Line
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