Considering using Teachable to create an online course? In our hands-on Teachable review, we’ll help you decide if it’s the best spot for your course or if you’d be better off with another solution like WordPress.
In general, Teachable is great for people who want to create straightforward courses but don’t want to get bogged down in the technical details.
That could be because you’re not a very technical person or it could just be because you’d rather focus your energy on marketing and content creation.
For those people, Teachable offers all of the features most people need in a very slick and user-friendly package. It also makes it super easy to sell coaching services in addition to your courses.
The main downsides of Teachable are that it can be more expensive than using WordPress and it also lacks the flexibility that you’d get with a self-hosted WordPress course. Teachable is also not strong when it comes to more academic-focused features such as advanced quizzing, assignments, gradebooks, and so on.
Basically, it’s more focused on building knowledge-based businesses than serious academic uses.
To help you decide if the advantages of Teachable outweigh the negatives, I’m going to break this review into the following sections:
Let’s dig in…
Teachable Features Overview
Let’s kick off our Teachable review with a quick rundown of the core features in Teachable.
At a high level, Teachable helps you do two things:
- Create courses.
- Offer coaching services.
For both services, you can either charge money for access or offer them for free (or a mix of both).
You can also sell bundles that give access to multiple courses or coaching services for one price.
You don’t need to mess around with configuring payments or anything. Teachable handles all the details to accept the money and just sends it to you whenever you request a payout.
When you’re creating a lesson for your course, you can use all different types of content including the following:
- Video – Teachable will host the video file for you.
- File uploads – e.g. a PDF companion download.
You can either make all of the course content available right away or “drip” it out over time.
You can also create simple multiple-choice quizzes, though Teachable doesn’t support question types beyond that. Higher-tier plans also support grading those quizzes.
One area where Teachable excels is helping you optimize your revenue. For example, you can use order bumps to upsell your coaching services or a bundle, which can encourage users to spend more money.
You can also use marketing tactics like free trials and coupon codes to encourage people to join. Higher-tier plans also have a built-in feature to create an affiliate program to have people promote your offerings.
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on WPKube.