What is Teachable?
Teachable is a course hosting platform and possibly one of the most well known of its kind.
It’s been around since 2014 and quickly became one of the most used in the market with over 100,000 users (according to their website)
Features: What Can You Do With Teachable?
Teachable does the basics of helping you host, deliver and sell an online course:
Not a whole lot as you can see and that’s obviously not what Teachable is pretending to do!
Most people choose Teachable because of its ease of use and a plain and simple solution to a problem: hosting an online course.
So a wide range of features is not the #1 mission of the company: the course builder allows for little customization and the minimum needed.
Same thing with the page builder improved recently: a block builder with the different elements you may need to present your course.
Don’t look there for fancy designs or the most convertion-oriented funnels, although a basic upsell feature is available.
Similarly for the blog, although doing its job, won’t be your greatest ally if you’re trying to optimize that content to rank in search engines (SEO).
What this all means for you as a course creator, is that you will most likely need some 3rd party tools to really be able to market your course online. At the very least you will need an email software, which Teachable doesn’t provide.
You may have understood this already, Teachable does what you need to get your course up and running quickly and not much more.
A great recent feature Teachable has added that's pretty much unmatched on other platforms is the Coaching product.
This is a essentially a seperate part of your Teachable platforms where you will be able to welcome coaching clients and deliver these services with assignments, milestones, etc.
This can be super useful and a great way to upsell your services from your digital courses!
User Experience: Is Teachable Easy To Use?
The minimalist approach to the back-end does have some good sides. As all-in-one and features loaded platforms can be confusing to get your head around, Teachable is very easy to use!
It is a trade off however with customization and how much of the end-user experience (the students buying the course) you can really influence. The platform is mostly made to be used out of the box with little changes beyond basic branding and coloring.
On the student’s side, you won’t find different themes option or layout for the course, which remains basic but simple.
Affordability: How Much Is Teachable?
This is probably why the platform is so widely used. Teachable is fairly affordable!
You can get started with a free account and just paying transaction fees or on the first plan which remains accessible.
How is the Support & Community for Teachable?
This is where things get a little dicey. Teachable has become notorious for its poor support.
Clearly, the platform has seen massive growth and hasn’t had time to grow their support systems with it.
Tickets can take several days and weeks to be answered and aren’t always the most helpful. You can however find a lot of questions answered through their knowledge base, but anything else will have to be something you can hopefully wait on.
Because of its large number of users, you will be able to find many fellow Teachable course creators.
In mid-2020, Teachable has moved away from their Facebook Group, which are widely used by online platforms as an easy to access support hub where users can ask questions and get answers from either the community or admins (employees).
Instead, they have built their own forum and private community directly inside the platform, allowing for topics to be created and other functionalities…
It’s too early to say if this decision will improve the support and community interaction, but this bold move is to closely look at.
Our Overall Rate: 7.5/10
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There is good reason why Teachable is one of the most used platform: it's easy to just do what you came for - setting up and delivering an online course.
But some user might feel frustrated with the support or the lack of customization to make their courses look even better! I guess you just need to know what you're looking for.