Teachable

Teachable

Create, publish, manage and monetize online teaching courses

4.6/5 (58 reviews)

Teachable Overview

Teachable is a cloud-based course builder platform for producing rich teaching websites and online multimedia lectures. A tiered subscription solution, Free account users all the way up to Professional, High Volume and Enterprise enjoy unlimited course and student capabilities. All offer access to intuitive web-hosted publishing tools, offering template customization and rebranding options with no coding knowledge required. Content assets encompassing images, audio and video can be imported in from popular cloud storage including Dropbox, while administering high and low level updates. A revised Course Page Editor simplifies editing, although more advanced HTML/CSS development can be performed via the integrated Power Editor.

Advanced publishing features for subsequent plans include custom domains, affiliate programs, webhooks and various white-labelling features. Introduce responsive learning tools such as blogs, quizzes, forums, forms and surveys – all automatically optimized to look and perform consistently across every device. Learning content is then made marketable with eCommerce tools for selling content access, running coupon campaigns, accepting global payments and increasing conversions with custom landing pages. A comprehensive administrator dashboard provides analytics monitoring student signups, revenue totals and lecture completion rates. Contact lists can be managed and exported alongside revenue reporting, while managing the payment of multiple course authors.

With course content securely hosted by Teachable, automated backups and 24/7 monitoring reduces the chance of downtime. Student and payment data is made safe due to SSL certificates and level-1 PCI compliancy, while instant updates keep features current. Creators also retain ownership of course data, ideal for lecturers and authors concerned by relinquishing intellectual property.

Pricing

Starting from
$39/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

English

Teachable Reviews

Overall rating
4.6/5
93% positive reviews
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A great online course platform that's improving all the time

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 4/21/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

My favourite thing about Teachable is it 'just works' out of the box. Most of its functionality is intuitive and it doesn't try to add a million features that most people won't use. It's a software tool that knows what it is and who it's for. It makes it very easy to make a good looking site and get a course up for sale. Anyone can get started and be able to do most of what they need to be able to do to create a profitable online course business easily.

Cons

The drawback is in that final 5%. It's easy to make a good looking site, but not easy to make an amazing looking site. I have in the past had some issues with their affiliate system and with their support staff, but to be fair this was in late 2016 and they have made big improvements since then. I would like to see them roll out new features more consistently so that their users are on the cutting edge of online course technology rather than just slightly behind. Teachable is also best for people that don't want to integrate multiple tools. This is also a good thing as it stays focused, but I think it's worth noting here as a potential user should consider that what they get with Teachable is what they get. Don't start using it expecting to link it with a forum later if you don't love how their commenting system works (for example).

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

Good in some areas. Poor in others.

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2/22/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Leadership of the company tends to focus on the money angle but I guess that's to be expected. ("You can make mega-$$$ with your courses!" and some have.) You won't find information on crafting your course but you will find plenty on how to give it a high price tag. If you can avoid the hype and have a third party email app you like to use, then Teachable is a good option. I've found it to be affordable and profitable in spite of the email problems.

Pros

The teaching platform (curriculum videos, PDFs, etc.) is good and uploads are easy. I found that building a sales page was not difficult and sending people to the sales page with discount coupons was a smooth process. Payments were collected and paid out promptly at the end of the month (for my plan). Support is by email only (no chat) and took a couple days but the answers were helpful. The plans are reasonably priced for individual teachers and consultant.

Cons

I have experienced serious problems with their built-in email application. Since this is the primary way teachers communicate with students, it should be a priority for them. There were days when it wasn't working when I needed to send links to live classes and webinars. It's difficult to customize "Welcome" emails and there's no way to schedule sends or save drafts. They recently announced that all emails would come from a strange looking email address that belongs to them (and has been labeled "spam" by my email hosting service). I've drawn their attention to these problems several times. The response is polite but there has been no move to improve the service. It's a very amateurish response. I would recommend looking at other services first OR be prepared to use a third party email service every time you want to reach your students, including new sign-ups.

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Likelihood to recommend

4.0/10

Some Important Features Missing but Great Customer Service

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 12/31/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Teachable has solved the problem I was having using self-hosted WordPress with WooCommerce's suite of very expensive plugins that are continually updated with breaking changes that they often had to be resolved by tinkering with PHP code. Having my school hosted in the cloud takes care of all of the software and security headaches.

I do feel bad leaving a lukewarm review for the product, as the customer service is extraordinarily nice and has bent over backwards to help me overcome some of the limitations.

Also worth noting that perhaps my situation is unique, in that I am mostly using Teachable as sort of online school with content from other authors, as opposed to just being a place for me to sell my own courses without involving anyone else.

Right now, there doesn't seem to be a platform that's super-focused on creating your own online school with multiple teachers (or is there?), so Teachable is getting the job done, but I regret not having done a bit more research on the front end, as some other solutions might have offered me more of what I was looking for.

Pros

* Customer Service
* Ease of use
* Pretty nice admin interface
* Although there is not much you can do to theme your school without getting into code, what they have out of the box is pretty tasteful in terms of typography and layout

Cons

* No built-in contact form capabilities, and I don't know that you could code your own (if you're tech savvy enough), so that leaves you with a cheesy free embed form that will have someone else's branding on it, or paying at least $10 a month for a white-labeled contact form. I mean, what sort of paid online school doesn't have a "Contact Us" page with a form (as opposed to just an email address)?
* Hefty fees if you want to have payments automatically sent out to other authors automatically (wish I knew this before I signed up!).
* No ability to sell gift certificates without going through a very manual convoluted process

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Likelihood to recommend

6.0/10

Fantastic platform for online schools.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2/28/2018
Review Source: Capterra

I was able to create my own online school, website, landing pages and payment portal with ease. I highly recommend Teachable .

Pros

Easy to set up, very reasonably priced and great tutorials and advice for marketing your courses. If you have online curriculum you'd like to share with the world, this is a very seamless process.

Cons

Unable to add HTML features within the curriculum itself. They do not do any marketing (like Udemy), whereas they would market globally and the school owner would get a smaller percentage of the sales. I think this is good for reaching a larger audience.

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

I host video training courses on Teachable and love their platform.

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 6/5/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Teachable allows me to quickly and easily organize my video course content in a logical manner. This makes course deployment simple and my courses still retain a professional look/feel.

Pros

Teachable is very user friendly and they offer an intuitive user interface. They have features like drag and drop or duplicate that make creating training courses a breeze. I've used other course creation software and I find that Teachable is easier to understand. They also have a lot of documentation and offer support. Also, check out their facebook group...there's lots of valuable info exchanged there about course creation.

Cons

I'm on the basic plan and I think it's a little pricey, but I get it; they're in business to make money. I wish they had a plan between the free plan and the basic plan with less features than the basic as this would probably be a better fit for me.

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Teachable Pricing

Starting from
$39/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Free: $0/month plus $1+10% transaction fee for paid course sales.
Basic: $39/month (paid monthly) or $33.25/month (paid annually), plus 5% transaction fee for paid course sales.
Professional: $99/month (monthly) or $83.25/month (annually)
High Volume: $299/month

Transaction processing fees of 2.9% + 30¢ apply to all plans.

Teachable Features

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Assessment Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Customizable Branding
  • Data Import/Export
  • Learning Management
  • Progress Tracking
  • Reporting & Statistics

  • API
  • Activity Tracking
  • Attendance Management
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Calendar Management
  • Communication Management
  • Course Catalog
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Self Service Portal
  • Time & Attendance Tracking

Additional information for Teachable

Key features of Teachable

  • Advanced pricing options
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Content import
  • Coupon creation & management
  • Course creation
  • Course page editor
  • Customizable domain
  • Discussion forums
  • Drag-and-drop website builder
  • Feedback collection
  • Multi-language
  • Multiple instructor support
  • Payment processing
  • Quiz management
  • Refund processing
  • Reporting & analytics
  • Sales page templates
  • Student & revenue dashboard
  • Student enrollments
  • Student list segmentation

Benefits

  • Create and sell online teaching courses, producing website experiences and managing branding, student data and monetization.
  • Teachable assumes no prior coding experience, using a template-based Website Builder to re-brand and customize themes.
  • Import PDF, image, audio and video assets from Dropbox, Box and Udemy to produce rich multimedia lectures.
  • All-new Course Page Editor enables intuitive, quick updates while the more advanced Power Editor adds HTML/CSS development.
  • Unlimited courses and students from free signup, including email marketing, progress tracking and eCommerce features as standard.
  • Upgrade to paid to add custom domains, affiliate programs, third-party integrations, webhooks, white-labeling and advanced reporting.
  • Add blogs, quizzes, discussion forums and student feedback forms while extending support with Zapier-based integrations.
  • Dashboard-based analytics visualize student signups or transactions, offering data insights into lecture completion and enrollments.
  • Reliable, secure cloud-hosting ensures regular data backups, technical support and instant automated updates.
  • Teachable FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Teachable.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Teachable offer?

    Teachable offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: $39/month

    Pricing model: Free, Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Free: $0/month plus $1+10% transaction fee for paid course sales.
    Basic: $39/month (paid monthly) or $33.25/month (paid annually), plus 5% transaction fee for paid course sales.
    Professional: $99/month (monthly) or $83.25/month (annually)
    High Volume: $299/month

    Transaction processing fees of 2.9% + 30¢ apply to all plans.

    Q. What are the main features of Teachable?

    Teachable offers the following features:

    • Advanced pricing options
    • Affiliate marketing
    • Content import
    • Coupon creation & management
    • Course creation
    • Course page editor
    • Customizable domain
    • Discussion forums
    • Drag-and-drop website builder
    • Feedback collection
    • Multi-language
    • Multiple instructor support
    • Payment processing
    • Quiz management
    • Refund processing
    • Reporting & analytics
    • Sales page templates
    • Student & revenue dashboard
    • Student enrollments
    • Student list segmentation

    Q. Who are the typical users of Teachable?

    Teachable has the following typical customers:

    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business

    Q. What languages does Teachable support?

    Teachable supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Teachable offer?

    Teachable has the following pricing plans:

    Free, Subscription

    Q. Does Teachable support mobile devices?

    Teachable supports the following devices:

    iPhone

    Q. What other apps does Teachable integrate with?

    Teachable integrates with the following applications:

    APIANT, ActiveCampaign, ConvertKit, EngageBay, Fomo, FreshBooks, PayKickstart, Post Affiliate Pro, Proof, Retently

    Q. What level of support does Teachable offer?

    Teachable offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials