Category: Course Platform

teachable

From

$29+/mo

overall 

7.5/10

trial 

14 Days

TL;DR

Feature

User Experience

Pricing

Community & Support

  • Very affordable course hosting platform
  • Beginner friendly and easy to get started with
  • Large community of other users
  • Notoriously poor support

What is Teachable?

Teachable is a course hosting platform and possibly one of the most well-known of its kind. 

Teachable has been around since 2014 and has quickly become one of the most popular platforms in the market, boasting over 100,000 users.

Features: What Can You Do With Teachable?

Teachable does the basics of helping you host, deliver, and sell an online course like:

  • Course Hosting
  • Cart + Affiliate Program
  • Basic Page Builder
  • Coaching Product
  • Blog

Teachable does not have a ton of tools, as you can see, but that is not why people choose Teachable.

Most people choose Teachable because of its ease of use and its plain and simple solution to hosting an online course.

Teachable’s priority is not to offer a wide range of features (the course builder allows for only a little customization, and it has only the minimum tools needed).

The page builder also offers minimum customization. It is a simple block builder with the different elements you may need to present your course.

Don't go to Teachable for fancy designs or the most conversion-oriented funnels, although a basic upsell feature is available.

Similarly, Teachable’s blog feature does the job but won't be your greatest ally if you want to optimize that content for SEO (to rank in search engines).

What this means for you is that you will likely need third-party tools to market your course online. At the very least, you will need email software, which Teachable doesn't provide.

In other words, Teachable does what you need to get your course up and running quickly and not much more.

However, Teachable recently added a new feature that is unmatched on other platforms – the coaching product.

The coaching product is essentially a separate part of your Teachable platform where you can welcome coaching clients and deliver assignments, milestones, and more.

This can be super useful and a great way to upsell your services from your digital courses!

User Experience: Is Teachable Easy To Use?

The minimalist approach to the back-end does have some good sides. Although some all-in-one, feature-loaded platforms can be confusing to navigate, Teachable is very easy to use!

However, it is a trade-off with the customization and how much you can influence the end-user experience. The platform is designed to be used out of the box with few changes beyond your basic branding.

On the student's side, you won't find different theme options or layouts for the course, which means your course will appear basic but simple.

Affordability: How Much Is Teachable?

This is probably why the platform is so widely used. Teachable is very affordable!

You can get started with a free account and just pay transaction fees. Or, you can go with the lowest plan which is still fairly accessible. 

How is the Support & Community for Teachable?

This is where things get a little dicey. Teachable has become notorious for its poor support.

The platform has seen massive growth and hasn’t had time to grow its support systems with it.

Tickets can take days or weeks to get a response, and answers are not always helpful. 

You can, however, find a lot of questions answered on their knowledge base, but if it’s not there, you will have to wait for an answer. 

However, because of its large number of users, you can also find many fellow Teachable course creators to get help.

In mid-2020, Teachable moved away from their Facebook Group, even though Facebook groups are widely used by online platforms as an easy-access support hub for users to ask questions to the community and/or admins. 


Instead, they have built their own forum and private community directly inside the platform, allowing for questions and answers natively in Teachable.

It is too early to say if this decision will improve the support and community interaction, but this bold move is one to look closer at.

Our Overall Rate:  4

Features

User Experience

Affordability

Community & Support Rating:

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Simple/does the job

Cons:

  • Limited customization
  • Poor support

Conclusion:

There is a good reason why Teachable is one of the most used platforms: it is easy to do just what you came for - setting up and delivering an online course.

But some users might feel frustrated with the support or the lack of customization to make their courses look even better. I guess you just need to know what you're looking for.

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