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If you are Considering selling memberships, electronic Downloads, or online courses, many options are available for you. One of them has come across my radar called Podia. It’s a system intended only for constructing a site in one of those 3 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 features, together with areas like templates, pricing, and marketing. Sketch Wireframe
Upon first glance, Podia offers a clean interface to get Designing your website. It’s simple enough for novices, and since it’s only for memberships, digital downloads, and online classes, the options are somewhat more consolidated for users in those industries.
The pricing looks a little steep, but it’s not all that bad. In addition, the default theme formats your site with ease, offering an elegant design and simple web design components.
So, keep reading to Find out More about Podia and also to See if it is right for your site.
Unlike most Crowdfunding websites, Podia does not direct you to opt for a specific campaign specialty (tech, games, music, etc) when you sign up. Rather, they just prompt you to set up a membership. Those who want your content subscribe to access to it in exchange for a monthly subscription. You’re also offered the chance to market online courses and digital downloads on a one-off basis. If you’re in the company of generating digital content and monetizing it, then this gives you more flexibility in how you want to supply your creations than does Patreon.
The Best Features and How They Work
As for its internet class features.
Everything starts with a basic theme, which seems contemporary and clean. You get support for an infinite number of classes, clients, and earnings. The drip content is perfect for sending out courses and lessons over a particular time frame. And of course, you can upload just about any sort of file to your online class.
Among the main reasons I enjoy the Podia online Course module above some competitions is because it’s a built in sales page for collecting money and handing out coupons. Not only that, but Podia includes a presales page if you want to pitch your classes and collect email addresses from potential students.
Features for a membership site.
First of all, Podia lets you create and provide Numerous plans with different prices, content, and perks. You can stay in contact with your members by sending out emails as well as resorting to pictures, video, and sound updates.
Bundling products is a portion of this membership package, and It supports both digital downloads and internet courses.
Podia helps you build a Gorgeous membership Website Without any need for coding skills. It supports a vast range of file uploads (video, MP3, text, PSD, PDF, and more).
Ultimately, each membership content webpage is organized In a logical fashion, and the members may communicate with admins and other members in the remarks area.
Email advertising attributes.
Email marketing Is Truly incorporated in the other Modules such as digital downloads, online classes, and also the membership sites. Consequently, if you want to retrieve emails from potential (and current) users and students, it is possible no matter what.
The drip campaigns are sent out automatically through emails. Podia also provides email newsletters for if you want to put together a few articles and keep people engaged. Tracking is accomplished by checking the click out rates, open rates, and unsubscribe rates. Finally, the email advertising tools include opt-in forms for placing on your storefront and prelaunch pages. Sketch Wireframe
Digital downloads attributes.
The digital downloads features include things for selling Anything from eBooks to audio. Some of the files it’s possible to sell include checklists, PDFs, eBooks, videos, audio, and cheat sheets.
The quick checkout is optimized to enhance your Conversion rates, and the checkout procedure doesn’t require folks to create an account.
Marketing and sales are made simple with the free Sales page. Here, you can add a movie, FAQ, and email opt-in form. Finally, there’s obviously a characteristic for selling your digital downloads, but you can also flip the switch to give the items away at no cost.
Templates and Design
As we spoke about briefly, the templates are all preset for Making your checkout, sales page, membership pages, and course pages the best they can be. The fantastic news is it’s one of the simplest design procedures I’ve ever seen.
Your course content, and all of other modules you put On your site, are coordinated for you. Furthermore, the preset templates seem beautiful.
I would say this Will frustrate some professional Developers who want complete control over their design environment. But, it’s still a superb solution for all abilities levels due to how rapidly the Podia builder puts together your website.
Ease of Use
Since Podia is provided to you for 30 days without Any charge card, it offers you a chance to have fun with the tools and see how simple it’s to use.
I would argue that Podia has the perfect user-experience For beginners, intermediates, and advanced users. It seems sensible that some developers would want to use Magento or WordPress for more advanced features, but I really don’t see the point if you’re just planning to make something like a membership or online course website.
The hosting is contained, and the dashboard is fitted with Some fun and easy to comprehend steps for making your site. Consequently, if I wished to make an online course, I would begin with this Online Course button.
Then, Nearly All the attributes are consolidated on One page, with a few tabs to your sales page, settings, and sales. It shows the amount of sales you’ve currently brought in, and you’ll be able to click the Preview button to get a peek at your site.
The primary buttons include the options to Add Documents, Insert A Link, and Insert Text. That is pretty much of it. I know for a fact that some folks 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 complicated process of constructing an internet course or membership site, and it’s all done by giving you a gorgeous theme to start off with.
The payments have been processed via PayPal or Stripe. It is possible to select. Sketch Wireframe
Although this is extremely limited, Stripe and PayPal Cover a huge variety of countries. You should not have any problems with the fees or services.
Marketing is constructed in with the email advertising module. This sends out everything from course upgrades to email newsletters. What is cool is that you can brand them to the best of your ability and select whether you want to send out the manual or automated messaging. The drip content is configured to the automated end of all things.
Additionally, a sales page is provided for record a Item description, headline, and cover photograph. I enjoy this for people that want to link from ads on Google and Facebook. Feel free to upload an introduction video and create an FAQ area. You are able to incorporate your shopping cart and email advertising as well.
The Customer Service
1 drawback of Podia is the lack of phone support. You have the option to email Podia or undergo the 24/7 live chat place. The Shaker plan even has onboarding and migration assistance if you intend on moving from a different platform.
Along with a blog, documentation and a Resources page, Podia service is about as good as it can get without call support.
Your Podia checkout is protected by Stripe and PayPal. Podia doesn’t collect any information when one of your customers goes through the checkout, and the checkout pages are totally secure. The trades are sent through an encryption process and protected by 128-bit SSL encryption technology.
I would like to see some fraud security, because Membership and online course sites often see people attempting to game the system.
1 advantage is that both pricing plans have SSL Certificates for locking down transaction security.
Establishing a Podia accounts is simple and largely surprise-free. You’ll need to connect to some Stripe (see our review) account to allow memberships, however.
If you set up a Podia accounts, then you will Have the Ability to start Selling memberships, digital courses, and digital downloads once you complete the account setup process. Podia’s terms of service prohibit copyright infringement, misleading/fraudulent content, spamming, and libel.
The TOS also lay out a policy contrary to Substance that”contains or depicts nudity, contains or depicts sexual activity, or is otherwise inappropriate as determined by us at our sole discretion.” This might seem to preclude all content that could be considered”adult” This is a bit curious, considering Podia promotes itself as a creator-attuned alternate to Patreon, which will allow some forms of mature content. At least in this regard, Podia is more prohibitive of creators than Patreon, less.
Customer Service &Technical Support
Podia Provides a Series of articles that will help you through different aspects of working with the service. Concerning direct guidance, Podia offers email support and live chat. In fact, Podia’s creator even offered to meet up with me at the NYC area once I signed up for this service!
Sales & Advertising Transparency
Podia Discloses relevant information about its services on its site, and the information seems comprehensive and complete. Sketch Wireframe
Positive Reviews & Testimonials
The Aforementioned video review of Podia was quite favorable general, praising the layout, aesthetics, and community-building characteristics of this platform.
Negative Reviews & Complaints
I could not find much in the way of feedback regarding Podia. One of the only reviews I could find online — a movie review posted to YouTube — noted that unlike some competing platforms, Podia does not allow for several authors within one account. Another review noted that the system”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 info. What’s more is that if you upgrade to an actual plan in five days of starting your free trial, then a 15% lifetime discount is thrown onto your own 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 find a better monthly rate.
Although Podia is not the cheapest way to create an Online shop, the pricing isn’t bad at all. In addition, it constitutes for the price with the awesome features and simple user interface.
One thing I like about Podia is that it only includes two Pricing plans. Therefore, you’re not confused when attempting to determine which features you need to cover.
Here is what’s available in terms of 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 attributes, innovative visitors, onboarding, migration assistance, drip course material, affiliates, and memberships.
All plans have the next.
0% transaction fee to Podia. This doesn’t include the fee you’ll need to cover Indices or PayPal.
Email newsletters for sending out guide and automatic emails.
Prelaunch merchandise pages.
Unlimited digital downloads.
A high-conversion checkout site.
Several integrations such as ConvertKit and Zapier.
Payouts that immediately go to your bank account.
Data exporting tools.
A custom domain to sell items from your own website.
A payment protection plan.
Who Should Consider Podia?
I like this program for People Who have discovered that Gumroad, or other competitions, are too intricate or they induce you to pay high transaction fees. Podia offers a wonderful user experience together with a rapid launch procedure for online classes, digital downloads, and membership websites.