While Podia may look pretty at first, Thinkific has all the functionality you can trust to grow your business. A drag and drop Site Builder, best in class customer support, tools to engage your customers, and much more. Check out the Podia vs Thinkific comparison, including a side by side feature table below.

 

Online Courses

Thinkific was born from an online course. Our founders were teaching online in 2011 and online course creators were reaching out asking to find out how we built it. Since then we’ve been learning from the 60,000+ course creators and 9 million+ students through our platform.

You can learn a wide variety of topics with Thinkific customers: Excel, English ESL, Social Media, Flying Drones, Accounting, Cooking, Yoga, Hula hoop, Video Marketing, 3D Animation, Spanish, Knitting, and the list goes on and on. Elizabeth Rider, HootSuite, Dana Malstaff (BossMom), Intuit, York University, and more run their online classes with Thinkific.

Memberships

Thinkific makes it stupid simple to create and grow an engaged community. While Podia has the basics in place, Thinkific is flexible and configurable to meet your needs. There’s a reason why the biggest names in the industry such as Lewis Howes, Grant Cardone, and Justin Brooke (AdSkills) run their membership programs on Thinkific.

 

Digital Downloads

With the flick of a switch, let your students download any of your course content. Or don’t. Your call. No special setup, nothing different to do.

 

online-course-builderDrag and Drop Site Builder

Make your site look exactly how you want it, without hiring a designer or a developer. We’ve recently launched Site Builder, a total game changer. Real control and customizations, not just uploading your logo and adding brand colours. Drag and drop sections, add smart sections, choose from multiple themes, styles, and templates. It’s incredibly easy, and powerful. Ps. It’s included!

 

Student Experience and Engagement

We’ve learned that what makes a difference in successful online courses is Student Experience and Engagement. We have lots of tools to help you do this with quizzes, exams, surveys, and discussions. Our competitors just aren’t there yet.

 

Bulk import

Upload all your content all at once. Videos, PDF’s, Audio, Text, Files, everything. Then easily organize it with drag and drop.

 

Integrations you can rely on

While Podia and Thinkific both have Zapier integrations, Podia has only two options, where Thinkific has nine triggers, searches, and actions to truly empower you.

We also have MailChimp, ConvertKit, Facebook, Google Analytics, AWeber, ActiveCampaign, Accredible, Discus, Sumo, InfusionSoft, Stunning, Mixpanel, Segment, and more coming soon.

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Webhooks & API

While you may not need our Webhooks and API if you’re just getting started, you’ll quickly learn how powerful and helpful they are as soon as you need them. If you’re not familiar with the terms, Zapier is basically a bunch of Webhooks working together. They provide a way for developers to easily build apps that receive information in near real time from your Thinkific site.

Our API enables developers to interact with every part of your Thinkific site (with the right authentication of course) without waiting on events or going through the user interface. This allows for almost unlimited possibilities and customizations.

 

True White Labeling

A true White-Label experience means your customers are going through their entire experience without noticing a reference to the company who made the product. When done correctly, it adds trust and authority to any size business. Podia doesn’t offer this. With Thinkific you’ll always look professional.

 

Support

We strive for inbox zero every day, and support is our #1 selling point. Don’t believe me? Read our reviews. Think we’re too big and don’t have a personal touch? Ask our private Facebook group of 12,000+ about Aaron, Rob, Ratha, Evelyn, Greg, Paddy, Mark, and more.

Reseller Ratings: 9.2 / 10 (175 reviews)

GetApp: 4.6 / 5 (39 reviews)

Capterra: 4.5 / 5 (39 reviews)

G2Crowd: 4.7 / 5 (7 reviews)

Facebook: 4.8 / 5 (80 reviews)

Google: 4.9 / 5 (34 reviews)

 

Podia vs. Thinkific Comparison Table

 

ThinkificPodia
Pricing (Annual)$99$79
Customer Support
PhoneYesNo
EmailYesYes
Student Experience
Send Personalized automated emails to your studentsYesYes
Student progress reportingYesNo
Quizzes, Surveys, ExamsYesNo
Built in Student DiscussionYesNo
Course reviews (social proof)YesNo
Multiple InstructorsYesNo
Storyline, Captivate and moreYesNo
Voice over presentationsYesNo
Completion certificatesYesNo
Marketing & Sales
Free, Paid and SubscriptionYesYes
StripeYesYes
PayPalYesLimited
Currencies135+13
Coupons & PromotionsYesYes
Upsells & BundlesYesNo
Groups

Bulk sell courses, manage students and track progress of the students in the group

YesNo
Advanced Marketing Integrations (ie: Mixpanel, InfusionSoft, Segment.io etc.)YesNo
Affiliate programYesYes
White LabelingYesNo
Features
Unlimited Courses, studentsYesYes
Drip ContentYesYes
Time-Limited CoursesYesNo
Prerequisite lessons and coursesYesNo
Bulk import course contentYesNo
Bulk Student Import / EnrollmentYesNo
Site Builder – Drag and Drop Page designerYesNo
Themes and Color pickersYesNo
Easily add externally hosted content & appsYesLimited
Custom DomainsYesYes
Private / hidden coursesYesYes
MailChimp IntegrationYesNo
ConvertKit IntegrationYesYes
Zapier IntegrationAdvancedBasic
WebhooksYesNo
Landing Page, Sales Page Custom HTML/CSSYesNo
Multiple Course/Site AdminsYesNo
SSL CertificateYesNo