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If you’re thinking about selling memberships, electronic Downloads, or online classes, many options are offered for you. One of them has come across my radar called Podia. It is a system intended only for constructing a website in one of those three categories–which is pretty cool considering it is possible to cut out the remainder of the jumble of e-commerce. In this Podia review, we will outline the best attributes, along with areas like pricing, templates, and marketing. Mockup Paper
Upon first glance, Podia Provides a clean interface to get Designing your site. It is simple enough for beginners, and because it’s just for memberships, digital downloads, and online classes, the choices are more consolidated for users in these industries.
The pricing looks a little steep, but it is not all that bad. In addition, the default theme formats your website easily, offering an elegant design and easy web design elements.
So, keep reading to learn more about Podia and also to See whether it is ideal for your site.
Unlike most Crowdfunding sites, Podia does not guide you to choose a particular campaign specialty (tech, games, music, etc) when you sign up. Instead, they simply ask you to set up a membership. Those who want your articles subscribe to access to it in exchange for a monthly subscription. You’re also offered the opportunity to market online courses and electronic downloads on a one-off basis. If you’re in the business of producing digital information and monetizing it, then this gives you more flexibility in how you want to offer your creations than does Patreon.
The Best Features and How They Function
As for the internet course features.
It all starts with a basic theme, which seems contemporary and clean. You get assistance for an unlimited number of courses, customers, and earnings. The trickle material is ideal for sending out courses and lessons within a particular time frame. Not to mention, you can upload almost any type of document to your online course.
One of the main reasons I like the Podia online Course module over some competitors is because it’s a built-in sales page for collecting money and handing out coupons. Additionally, but Podia includes a presales page if you’d like to pitch your classes and collect email addresses from potential students.
Features for a membership website.
First of all, Podia lets you create and provide Multiple plans with various rates, content, and perks. You can stay in contact with your members by sending out emails or even resorting to images, video, and sound upgrades.
Bundling products is a portion of the membership package, and It supports both digital downloads and internet courses.
Podia helps you build a beautiful membership Website Without any requirement for coding skills. It supports a wide selection of file uploads (video, MP3, text, PSD, PDF, and much more).
Finally, each membership content webpage is organized In a reasonable fashion, and the members may communicate with all admins and other members in the comments area.
Email marketing attributes.
Email marketing Is Truly integrated in the other Modules like digital downloads, online courses, and also the membership websites. Consequently, if you want to recover emails from prospective (and current) users and students, it is possible no matter what.
The drip attempts are sent out automatically through emails. Podia also provides email newsletters for if you’d like to put together a few content and keep people engaged. Tracking is accomplished by checking the click out rates, open rates, and unsubscribe rates. Last, the email advertising tools consist of opt-in forms for putting on your storefront and prelaunch pages. Mockup Paper
Digital downloads features.
The digital downloads features include things for selling Anything from eBooks to audio. Some of the documents it’s possible to sell include checklists, PDFs, eBooks, videos, sound, and cheat sheets.
The quick checkout is optimized to enhance your Conversion rates, along with the checkout process doesn’t require people to create an account.
Marketing and sales have been made easy with the complimentary Earnings page. Here, it is possible to insert a movie, FAQ, and email opt-in form. Finally, there is obviously a characteristic for selling your electronic downloads, but you could also flip the switch to provide the things away for free.
Templates and Layout
As we talked about briefly, the templates are all preset for Making your checkout, sales page, membership webpages, and track webpages the best they can be. The fantastic thing is that it’s one of the simplest design processes I’ve ever noticed.
Your course content, and all of other modules you place On your website, are coordinated for you. Furthermore, the preset templates seem amazing.
I would say this Will frustrate some specialist Developers who want full control over their layout environment. But, it’s still a wonderful solution for all abilities levels due to how rapidly the Podia builder sets together your website.
Benefits of Use
Since Podia is provided to you for 30 days without Any credit card, it gives you a chance to have fun with the resources and find out how easy it is to use.
I would argue that Podia gets the perfect user-experience For novices, intermediates, and advanced users. It makes sense that some developers would like to utilize Magento or WordPress for more advanced features, but I truly don’t see the point if you are just going to make something such as a membership or internet course website.
The hosting is included, and the dash is fitted with Some fun and simple to comprehend steps for creating your site. Consequently, if I wished to make an internet course, I would start with the Online Course button.
Then, the majority of the attributes are merged on 1 page, with a few tabs to your sales page, preferences, and earnings. It shows the number of sales you have currently earned, and you’ll be able to click the Preview button to get a look at your website.
The Main buttons include the options to Insert Documents, Insert A Link, and Insert Text. That’s pretty much of it. I know for a fact that some people will not be that pleased with all the limited design alternatives, but that’s kind of the purpose of Podia. It cuts back on the complex process of building an online course or membership website, and it’s all done by providing you a beautiful theme to start off with.
The payments are processed via either PayPal or Stripe. It is possible to select. Mockup Paper
Although this is really limited, Stripe and PayPal Cover a wide variety of states. You should not have any troubles with the fees or services.
Marketing is constructed in with the email advertising module. This sends everything out from class updates to email newsletters. What is cool is that you can brand them into the best of your ability and choose whether you want to send out the manual or automatic messaging. The drip content is configured on the automated end of all things.
Additionally, a sales page is provided for listing a Product description, headline, and cover photo. I enjoy this for people who wish to link from advertisements on Google and Facebook. Feel free to upload a debut video and create an FAQ region. You can integrate your shopping cart and email marketing as well.
The Client Support
1 drawback of Podia is the lack of telephone support. You have the choice to email Podia or undergo the 24/7 live chat area. The Shaker program even has onboarding and migration assistance if you intend on moving from a different platform.
Together with a blog, documentation and also a Resources page, Podia support is about as good as it can get without call support.
Your Podia checkout is protected by Stripe and PayPal. Podia does not collect any info when among your clients goes through the checkout, and also the checkout pages are completely secure. The trades are routed through an encryption process and protected by 128-bit SSL encryption technology.
I’d like to see some fraud protection, because Membership and online course sites often see people attempting to game the system.
1 benefit is that both pricing programs have SSL Certificates for locking down trade security.
Setting up a Podia accounts is straightforward and mostly surprise-free. You are going to need to connect to some Stripe (see our review) accounts to enable memberships, however.
Should you set up a Podia account, you’ll be able to start Selling memberships, digital classes, and digital downloads once you finish the account setup process. Podia’s terms of service prohibit copyright infringement, misleading/fraudulent articles, spamming, and libel.
The TOS also put out a policy contrary to Material that”contains or depicts nudity, contains or depicts sexual activity, or is otherwise inappropriate as determined by us at our sole discretion.” This might appear to preclude all content that could be considered”adult.” This is somewhat curious, considering Podia promotes itself as a more creator-attuned alternative to Patreon, which will allow some kinds of adult content. At least in this respect, Podia is more prohibitive of creators than Patreon, not less.
Customer Service &Technical Support
Podia Provides a Series of articles that will help you through various aspects of working with the service. Concerning direct assistance, Podia provides email support and live chat. In fact, Podia’s founder offered to meet up with me in the NYC area once I signed up for this ceremony!
Revenue & Advertising Transparency
Podia Discloses relevant information about its services on its site, and the data seems comprehensive and complete. Mockup Paper
Favorable Reviews & Testimonials
The Aforementioned video review of Podia was quite positive overall, praising the design, aesthetics, and community-building features of this system.
Negative Reviews & Complaints
I could not find much in the Means of feedback regarding Podia. Among the only reviews I could find online — a video review posted to YouTube — noted that unlike some competing platforms, Podia doesn’t allow for multiple writers within a single account. Another review mentioned that the platform”isn’t the cheapest solution on the market.”
As mentioned, the Podia system provides a 30-day Free trial without needing to type on your credit card information. What’s more is that if you update to an actual plan in five days of beginning your free trial, then a 15% lifetime discount is thrown on your plan.
Annual and monthly billing plans are revealed, so obviously, In the event you pay for Podia on a yearly basis you’re going to get a better monthly rate.
Although Podia isn’t the cheapest way to create an Online store, the pricing is not bad at all. Also, it makes up for the cost with all the wonderful features and simple user interface.
1 thing I enjoy about Podia is it only has two Pricing plans. Consequently, you’re not confused when trying to figure out which features you want to cover.
Here is what’s available concerning pricing.
The Mover Plan — $33 a month for all basic Podia features and drip course content.
The Shaker Plan — $67 a month for most basic Podia features, advanced traffic, onboarding, migration assistance, drip course content, affiliates, and memberships.
All plans have the following.
0% transaction fee to Podia. This doesn’t include the fee you’ll have to cover Indices or PayPal.
Email newsletters for sending out guide and automated emails.
Prelaunch product pages.
Infinite digital downloads.
Drip email content.
A high-conversion checkout page.
Several integrations like ConvertKit and Zapier.
Payouts that immediately go to your own bank account.
Data exporting tools.
A customized domain to sell items from your own website.
A payment protection program.
Who Should Consider Podia?
I like this program for People Who have discovered that Gumroad, or other competitions, are either too intricate or they force you to pay large transaction fees. Podia supplies a wonderful user experience together with a quick launch process for online classes, digital downloads, and membership sites.