What is Podia?
Podia is one of the latest all-in-one platforms in the market and promises to make a big splash in the market! It has everything you need to market, create, and sell your online course.
Podia started in 2014 but has changed a lot in the past years as it has grown.
Features: What Can You Do With Podia?
Podia has a lot of cool features and pretty much everything you need to sell your courses, including:
When it comes to course hosting and design, Podia is similar to Teachable, but not in a good way. Podia has limited capabilities to design your course beyond creating sections.
Podia’s page builder is possibly one of the biggest drawbacks of the platform. And since Podia is selling itself as an all-in-one, you would expect it to have a better page builder.
In fact, you might expect not to need external tools at all. But there is no way you'll build a highly converting sales or opt-in page with the current builder in Podia.
The drag and drop, although it works well, only allows for a simple grid of blocks of text and images, and only basic design and branding.
That said, there is still a lot you can do with the platform.
First of all, you do have access to an affiliate program and upsells on the cart side.
Best of all, you can have a nifty community/membership tool to make posts you can decide people have to subscribe (free or not) to see.
Although you can create a webinar as a product, you cannot natively host it in Podia; you will still need a webinar hosting tool to integrate with (like Zoom or YouTube).
The last thing worth noting on the feature side is the somewhat limited email system. You can easily create emails, but be aware the designs will be simple and text-based, and you will have limited automation options for your email sequences.
Podia does have most of the bells and whistles of an all-in-one, but it has a lot of limitations that could hinder you as a creator.
User Experience: Is Podia Easy To Use?
When talking about user experience, I try to take two things into account: the user experience for you, the course creator navigating the platform, and the user experience of your student taking the course.
And for Podia, I think it's important to break down the two separately.
User experience for the course creator:
The platform is simple and easy for a course creator to use. The design is slick, easy on the eye, and very intuitive.
This means you won’t have to waste too much time on the back-end because it is easy to use and intuitive.
User experience for the student:
With Podia, everything is minimalist. The courses don't look bad, but it is simple. But you won't have the ability to influence much of the customer journey.
Affordability: How Much Is Podia?
Podia is very affordable for an all-in-one. That's probably one of the most attractive things about the platform, and the price has been one of its main selling points.
As mentioned in the feature section with the limitation of the email system and page builder you may want need external tools to accomplish everything you want.
Still, you get a big bang for your buck with Podia!
How is the Support & Community for Podia?
Podia has some great support and instant messaging capabilities to contact support and get a response fairly quickly!
On top of that, you'll find an extensive documentation section on not only how to use the platform but also how to market your courses and different selling strategy.
But the community feature is another story! Podia is one of the only platforms in the industry that doesn’t have a Facebook group where their community can gather and share ideas.
Instead, in late 2019 Podia used their own membership product to create a bit of a forum for their fans and host Q&As.
There is little engagement there right now, but most external forum platforms do have little engagement, which is why Facebook is much better to use.
Our Overall Rate: 4
Community & Support Rating:
Podia has made progress in terms of both features and all-around capabilities, and it shows as the community and user base grows!
But it's hard to talk about it as an all-in-one platform with the lack of a real page builder and basic automation for your emails.
In summary, if you're looking at a simple solution and don't mind all the bells and whistles, it's worth taking a look!