Through this article, I attempt a back-to-front comparison of Podia vs. Kajabi, the two sought-after e-content hosting platforms flourishing in the arena of digital learning.
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Podia helps to build a website for a brand or product. Also, create online courses and upload them in any form like pdfs, videos, and so on.
Kajabi is an all-in-one marketplace for your online course creation needs. It is the right platform for your business.
Podia is an easy to use platform but not better than Kajabi
When it comes to ease of use, then I would prefer Kajabi as it comes with a mobile app, so it is easy to work anywhere.
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Introduction to Podia vs Kajabi
Are you confused as to which platform to use to create a catalog of e-contents? Then you’re in the very right place.
Give it a read and in the end, you will be able to choose among Podia and Kajabi in sync with your business requirements and individual preferences.
Initially, I developed my virtual learning enterprise with Podia and in the due course of time, I shifted to Kajabi after my business gained a formidable momentum.
And hence, I’m surprisingly familiar with both of its features and limitations, pros and cons, and pricing plans, inter alia.
Through this article, I’ll attempt to cover in detail:
- A basic overview of Podia and Kajabi
- Some of the best features of Podia vs Kajabi
- What are the benefits of using each platform?
- Pros and cons of each platform
- Pricing features- are they worth the penny you pay?
- Finally, we will see which one is better for you.
Overview of Podia Vs Kajabi
Are you a debut e-content creator? Then, you might’ve surely heard of Podia. It’s a platform through which you’ll be able to host and sell courses, downloads, memberships, and much more.
Through Podia, you can offer:
- Online courses
- Digital downloadable files
You can drive your business forward via Podia. It will aid your business as it offers you:
- Landing pages
- Online courses, downloads
- Membership community
- Payment portal
- Email marketing
- Powerful integrations
- Podia Affiliate Marketing
Are you in possession of a colossal e-content catalog? Are you an experienced businessman aiming to create an entire virtual school? Here is Kajabi that is an all-in-one platform where you can sell:
- Online courses
- Coaching programs
- Virtual products, etc.
The most glamorous feature of Kajabi is a well-integrated, dynamic dashboard from which you can manage everything related to your business.
Moreover, you will be able to build your website using fully customizable eye-catching premade templates.
Seamless automation, lead tracking, affiliate program, and Kajabi University are other noteworthy features.
The powerful email marketing feature of Kajabi will help you build beautiful cum interactive emails that can be embedded with:
- Count-down timer
- Event calendar, etc.
The powerful reporting system is also in the limelight that offers precise, real-time data concerning:
- User forecasts
- Customer progress
- Customer engagement
- Course completion reports
- Assessment results
and much more.
Stay tuned to know about all these features in detail. Come, let’s begin our journey. Bon Voyage!
Features of Podia vs Kajabi
1. Course Creation, Structure, and Delivery
When it comes to course features, Podia allows you to set up unlimited courses and have unlimited customers.
When I was using Podia, the feature that attracted me the most was pre-launching my products. However, Podia doesn’t charge any transaction fee.
Coming to course tools, Podia may give you a major setback as you’ve no pre-designed course structure and you’re supposed to start from a blank whiteboard. Nonetheless, it allows you to host three types of e-content with ease:
- Online courses
- Digital downloads, videos, etc.
Coming to Kajabi, in my experience, I’ll declare it as an all-in-one, self-sustained, and powerful online course cum marketing arena.
Like Podia, it doesn’t charge any transaction fee but it has course ceilings based on the plan you opt for and it allows you to have only a limited number of members.
Unlike Podia, Kajabi is embedded with admirable product blueprints and well-built templates that are highly customizable and user-centric.
You needn’t start from scratch but if you’re an experienced course creator and are familiar with creating content, you’re free to start from scratch as every magnificent artwork starts from a simple dot.
Kajabi allows you to host three types of course content:
- Evergreen Course
Both Kajabi and Podia are robust platforms for creating and selling your e-content. While Podia allows you to host unlimited courses and unlimited customers, Kajabi imposes a ceiling on both.
On the other hand, when you’re supposed to start from scratch in Podia, Kajabi offers you pre-made and extensively customizable templates.
Hence, as far as course features are concerned, declaring one as the winner will be solely dependent on your preferences and business requirements.
2. Video Hosting
It’s really difficult for my students to digest the course content in the absence of eye-catching and interactive videos. Hence, I attribute a considerable priority to this feature.
Podia allows you to upload unlimited videos without a file size limit. However, it’s recommended to keep the file size below 1GB.
Moreover, Podia lacks certain sophisticated video player features like quality adjustment, etc.
Kajabi uses Wistia for video hosting. As far as I’ve used it, it comes with an admirable streaming quality. You can host unlimited videos but you’ve to adhere to the size ceiling of 4GB.
Kajabi video player offers your members an automatic quality adjustment feature where the video quality will be automatically adjusted in sync with the internet speed of your users that will ultimately result in hassle-free and uninterrupted playback.
Both Kajabi and Podia allow you to host unlimited videos but in my opinion, Kajabi holds all the cards when it comes to more refined playback features like an automatic quality adjustment that will offer your customers a hassle-free video experience.
I get frustrated when I see my videos endlessly loading and breaking at intervals and so, I’d recommend you Kajabi if you’re planning to create a course content focusing more on video files.
3. Member/Student Progress
As far as I remember using my Podia dashboard, you’ll be able to view individual student progress in terms of videos watched, course completed, completed quizzes, etc. by clicking the customer profile.
However, Podia tracks the progress of your customer only when they watch a video, attempt a quiz, or complete the course. You cannot track partially completed contents, half-watched videos, and quizzes left in the middle.
Moreover, Podia doesn’t offer you a complete data analysis of the same and you’ve to sit for hours analyzing individual student performances that’ll drive you nuts in the end.
Coming to Kajabi will provide you with an easily comprehensible, eye-catching, and well-arranged progress report of all your students as a whole. You can also check the individual performances through your dashboard.
Kajabi with its ever-so-powerful analytics tool tracks lesson progress and video progress and provides you Kajabi overview reports that clearly states student progress in terms of completed contents, partially completed contents, and incomplete contents.
Moreover, the feature I liked the most is student segmenting. You’ll be able to track the inactive students and analyze the reasons for the same- it may be because of your complex content, lack of interactiveness, or anything else.
This will serve as your progress report and you’ll be able to identify and settle such discrepancies with immediate effect.
When it comes to effectively tracking and powerfully analyzing the progress of your members, I’d say that Kajabi has an upper hand over Podia.
While it offers you precise, up to date overview reports of student’s progress, Kajabi converts it to an analysis of your performance.
4. Assessments/ Surveys/ Quizzes
While I was using Podia, it frustrated me that I could assess my students only through multiple-choice questions.
However, one of my friends was happy about this feature as his course was designed in such a way that only multiple-choice questions will suit it.
It simply means that this feature is a boon for some and bane for others and it solely depends on your course structure.
Moreover, your students will be able to view their score before proceeding to the next section and you, in the capacity of an admin, can view the performance of each student through your dashboard.
However, you’ll be able to see only completed/incomplete quizzes and not partially completed or opened but incomplete quizzes.
One of the major drawbacks of this feature is as I had mentioned earlier, you cannot assess your students through a short-answer or paragraph type question.
In addition to that, your students won’t be able to upload their assignments or submit any link/file as an answer.
When I shifted to Kajabi I found that Kajbi will let you assess your students via a variety of options like:
- Multiple-Choice type questions
- Multiple-option type questions
- Fill in the blanks type questions
- Paragraph/Short-answer type questions
- Images, etc.
You will be able to provide long answer/essay-type or research-based assignments to your students and they can submit their work in the form of PDF, Word document, Excel sheet, image, audio, video, links, or any other format.
You’re also enabled to set up a custom grade requirement to proceed to the next session or to continue the course.
However, if you aren’t interested in the same, you can set the grade flooring to 0 and your students will be able to continue irrespective of the marks they score.
With powerful email integrations, Kajabi automatically sends the test result to your students via their mail and you can also set custom email notifications for your students that will notify them of their assigned works and deadlines.
You can add a personalized survey sheet anywhere on your site- i.e. on the product page, sales page, thank you page, course page, or quiz page so that your clients can offer you valuable feedback based on which you can make timely modifications in your content.
When it comes to assignments, quizzes, and surveys; I’d like to declare Kajabi as the winner. The ability to assess students via different question formats and email notifications makes Kajabi a cut above Podia.
5. Digital Product Themes
Coming to product themes, I’ll say that Podia themes are oversimplified. It will offer you only three default themes- i.e. normal, light, and dark with limited or no possible customization.
I’m a liberalist and I cannot afford to compromise freedom for anything else. Here, you’re deprived of your freedom of customization.
Moreover, you’ll be able to make only very basic and extremely fundamental alterations to the main theme. Some of the alterable domains are:
- Heading and Body font
- Background color
- Text color
- Branding shade customization, etc.
In contrast to the oversimplified Podia themes, Kajabi offers you a colossal theme library with:
- Six impressive website-builder templates
- 20+ landing pages templates
- Customizable marketing email templates
- 10+ course/product theme
These themes are not as static as Podia themes but are easy to customize, unbelievably flexible, and user-centric.
Who doesn’t want to be unique? This feature will allow you to use different themes for different features and the Kajabi theme editor and code editor glorifies this feature.
Coming to product themes, it’s undeniable that Kajabi is an unparalleled winner. With a plethora of eye-catching themes, it also allows you to edit them and customize them in sync with your business requirements.
6. Website Builder
When I started using Podia website builder, I was dumbstruck seeing a whiteboard as clean as a whistle in front of me. Didn’t get me?
Well, Podia requires you to start from scratch and you don’t have pre-designed templates and that’s gonna eat up hours of your valuable time. As mentioned above, your theme choice is limited as you’ve to choose from Simple/Normal, Light, and Dark.
Above all, you are supposed to choose pre-designed blocks to add to your website like:
- Subscribe/ Email newsletter sign-up
- Column, etc.
The greatest demerit of this feature is that you won’t be able to add your blocks to your website. Again, it frustrates my liberalist soul.
Coming to Kajabi, first of all, you’ll be provided with six impressive, dynamic, and scintillating website-builder templates that come with unlimited customization.
Its user-friendly editor and dynamic themes are well pronounced in the arena of e-resources.
In contrast to pre-built, static blocks of Podia, you’ll be able to add:
- A beautiful site header
- Video background/ Moving background
- Custom forms
- Call-to-action buttons
- Future updates and highlights
- Sales page
- The blog page, etc.
to your website and you are also enabled to set pop-ups, lightboxes, and custom blocks to your website.
Comparing the features of websites builders of Podia and Kajabi, it’s obvious that Kajabi offers you much much more than what Podia can offer and this makes me declare Kajabi as the winner.
7. Landing Pages
In my experience, Podia fails to differentiate between a website builder and a landing page builder.
After hours of taxing hard work if you manage to create a landing page, you’ll be disappointed to find it to be similar in design and structure to your home page. Moreover, Podia doesn’t offer you any templates or designs for building your landing pages.
Coming to Kajabi, it offers you about 20+ eye-catching and customizable landing page templates. Its sophisticated landing page builder will enhance your conversion rates and ROI.
Being pre-designed, you’ll be able to create an adorable, impressive, and alluring landing page with the least effort from your side.
Declaring Kajabi as the winner when it comes to landing pages doesn’t even require a second thought for me. Podia even fails to differentiate its website builder from the landing page builder.
Fully customizable landing page templates and a sophisticated landing page builder makes Kajabi a much better choice.
8. Email Marketing
As far as I’ve used it, the in-built email marketing feature of Podia has only very basic capabilities. It lacks a sturdy email management system and you cannot set automation rules for email marketing. In my experience, you’ll be able to perform only two basic tasks:
- Send emails to students
- Trigger a basic marketing campaign
However, you’ll be able to segment your members based on:
- Pre-launch signup
- Course/Product purchase
- Subscription, etc.
When it comes to Kajabi, in my experience, it’s well-built with much more refined email marketing features. With 15+ fully customizable templates, it offers you seamless and powerful analytics that will keep you abreast of:
- Number of clicks
- Number of views
- Delivery rate
- Product purchase rate, etc.
You’re also enabled to add interactive buttons, videos, and count-down timers in the mail.
Moreover, the Kajabi email marketing provides you with a subject line validation that will validate the influence/power of your subject line and offers you suggestions for improving the same.
Also, you’ll be able to schedule webinars or events and notifications and reminders regarding the same will be triggered automatically.
Finally, you’ll be able to track the spam rate of your marketing/promotional emails and your email notifications and you’ll get valuable suggestions and expert opinions in avoiding the same.
Similar to Podia, you’ll be able to segment your members based on much more refined yardsticks like:
- Inactive members like those who haven’t opened your mail for the last three months or so
- Undelivered mail
Or you can create custom email segments like:
- Use coupon code
- Visited your site within the last 48 hours, etc.
When it comes to in-built email marketing features, Kajabi is the real winner. In contrast to a simple mailing system, Kajabi brings with it more powerful and refined features that are required to propel your business forward.
9. Sales Funnels
What’re sales funnels? It’s nothing but marketing campaigns that will aid you in selling your products online.
Coming to Podia, in my experience, the entire concept of sales funnels is confined to email drip campaigns that include a link to your product sales page.
It lacks sophisticated techniques to create sales funnels and Podia, as always, upholds its simplicity.
Coming to Kajabi, you’re provided with six pipeline blueprints for:
- Sales pages
- Product launch
- Coaching activities
- Webinars and events
Moreover, you can start a pipeline either from scratch or you can seamlessly edit the fully customizable templates and mold them to your requirements.
With its advanced AKA automated email marketing campaigns, you just need to schedule an event and everything else will be looked after by Kajabi.
Your subscribers/members/clients/contacts will get timely email notifications, reminders, and promotional emails that are automatically triggered.
Finally, you’ll also get a well-structured analytics report for your marketing campaign.
Coming to sales funnels, it’s pretty clear that Kajabi is the clear winner. With its AKA automated marketing campaigns and fully customizable pipeline blueprints, Kajabi proves to have an edge over Podia.
10.Live Events, Virtual Summits, Webinars and Livestreams
Coming to event management, Podia will offer you:
- Webinar support
- Integration with Zoom
- Integration with YouTube Live
- Scheduling events and a custom event calendar
- Automated sales pages
- Remainder emails by integrating with third-party mailers
Coming to event management, Kajabi will offer you:
- Live events, virtual summits, evergreen webinars support
- Add countdown timers to landing pages and emails
- Custom email notifications, reminders, and promotions
- Fully customizable webinar pipeline
- Automated visual funnel builder- automatically creates registration, confirmation, sales, and thank-you pages and emails
Coming to webinars and events, I’d like to declare both as winners if we consider only hosting. However, if you’re interested in email reminders and promotional activities, I’d go with Kajabi.
Nonetheless, Podia can cover this demerit with its powerful integration with other email marketing service providers. Therefore, I’d declare it as a deadlock.
Integrations of Podia vs Kajabi
Considering the Integrations available, I’d like to say that both Podia and Kajabi perform equally well. It’s difficult to declare any one of them as the winner.
Benefits of Podia and Kajabi
- It comes up with an easy follow the step guide. With help of it, users can understand its functions.
- It allows you to customize the website appearance that indicates your brand.
- It gives only customer support, available 24 hours a day.
- It allows you to create a marketing list of your product.
- Add as much data and products in the form of the file, video, audio, and many more.
- If you are using Kajabi for your website setup then you can easily migrate the content.
- You can add your logo, pictures, and so on your website.
- All of its themes and features are mobile-friendly. Also, it can be operated on a tablet and computer.
- Easily get details about your product buyers and product sales.
- You can create as many pages for your websites to provide information to the users.
- Add file downloads, upload files, documents to your product page.
Customer Support at Podia & Kajabi
If I talk about the customer support services of podia then they have impressive customer services.
According to their various pricing plans, they include live chats, pre shooter videos, and email services. The response is quick, they take about 2 minutes to reach their customers.
Their live chat services are available from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. They also provide assistants if required. If you send an email or any message through their websites they will respond to you in a very fast manner. On Podia’s official website there is also a help portal where they have given informative articles to help their customers.
Also, it contains a helpful guide that contains lots of common ” how-to” queries like “how to create membership websites” and many more. They also give toolkits to their users. They will answer your queries and assist you with every problem.
Kajabi has a big team of supportive folks. They will deliver a quick response. If you have any other plan instead of the basic plan, they provide you with 24 hours live chat service. It is available for a specific period.
They will take care of your every question and problem that appears while using it. They have a team of trained representatives that will help you out with every problem.
Also, they have illustrative articles on basic topics like payment methods, website designing, etc. You can also send your queries to them via the chatbox on their website.
You can also check their official blog. There they have mentioned topics like pricing, how to enhance consumer engagement, and much more usual topics.
For users who have subscribed to their pro plan get experts academy and Kajabi university also for step by step guide to their customers.
No doubt that both the software includes a spectacular team of people to assist their customers with any problem or queries.
Podia provides users with live chats, pre-recorded videos, and email services via the official website. Whereas, Kajabi also provides a live chat to 24-hour service.
When it comes to choosing between them then one must check out their several components and subscription program according to one’s requirement.
Ease of Use
In my experience, Podia is a user-centric platform and is unbelievably friendly to debut content creators.
The Podia dashboard is festooned by a simple easily-comprehensible array of tools and features and has a plethora of explainer resources.
When I shifted from Podia to Kajabi, it was frustrating in the beginning. An All-in-one dashboard with dozens of built-in applications and hundreds of options to choose from will leave you utterly confused.
The complexly arranged dashboard and most of the salient options may be unnoticeable to an amateur eye prima facie.
Coming to ease of use and user-friendliness, I believe that Podia is a cut above Kajabi. With its simple dashboard, Podia overshadows the complex Kajabi dashboard thronged with hundreds of options and dozens of in-built features.
As per customer reviews, Podia is easy and fun to manage.
The whole setup is so simple and not so confusing. It is worthwhile, whatever the customer has doubt or problems it has a solution for every problem.
It has several functions that have helped many users while using it for the first time. It doesn’t matter what your product is, whether an online download or a webinar, they will always help you with each query.
Their staff is accommodating and supportive, they will always take care of your problems no matter big or small.
Many users have said that there is nothing to dislike about it but sometimes it delays in the response but that too a minor delay.
Also, they recommend Podia if someone wants to sell their product online or anything because according to them it is not so expensive and available at affordable rates. It has various payment options and subscription plans.
One can choose as per one’s need and budget. Podia users also like its creative program section and functions as it helped them in creating videos that can also be converted into an online course.
There is one thing that customers want that Podia should have a free version to test and understand its working and functions.
But overall, it provides sufficient data and knowledge to its users that makes it easy to run and convenient.
What customers like most about Kajabi are that it is an awesome place to start online courses and teaching classes.
It is easy to record and its output is constant without any fluctuations. It gives an option to put mp3 of the content.
One can also include its transcript and download. Many users have said that it is incredible software and works in the background without hindering the work.
It provides a mixture of functions or services that are helpful while customizing the websites.
About Kajabi’s customer support, users have responded positively that it gives 24/7 services. The representatives are supportive, knowledgeable, and attentive.
Many of its users claim that it is used by many people that’s why all the courses by various users are added to its library and can be used easily when needed.
That means all the required things at one platform. There are few things that users want to get modified like; a variety of templates get limited sometimes and also email services.
Many customers like a membership program. They say its features are best and simple to use. As per many customers, it is time-saving and they recommend it if someone wants to sell online courses online with great features and wanna save their time.
In total, I would say that both of these software carries positive reviews. Both have stood upon their customer’s requirements and offer amazing features.
One must go through their pricing and other required features to choose between Podia and Kajabi.
Pricing of Podia vs Kajabi
|1||Monthly pricing||$39 per month||$79 per month|
|2||Annual pricing||$390 per year||$790 per year|
|5||Digital file downloads||Yes||Yes|
|7||In-built email marketing||Yes||Yes|
|9||Extra teammates||$20 per month||$20 per month|
|11||Support||7 days a week||7 days a week|
|12||Q&A sessions||Daily, live||Daly, live|
|12||Webinars and Events||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|13||Ready to use templates||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|14||Assessments (Quizzes and Surveys)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|15||Chat Support||Yes||24×7||24×7 Chat|
|17||Branding||Kajabi branding||Can remove Kajabi branding||Can remove Kajabi branding|
After analyzing the pricing plans of both Podia and Kajabi, it’s undeniable that Podia is much cheaper than Kajabi. The Mover plan of Podia can be purchased for a year with the price of the Kajabi Pro plan for a month.
However, if you consider the features of both Kajabi and Podia, it’s obvious that Kajabi has more sophisticated features and is worth the cost.
Therefore, I’d suggest you Podia only if you’re a debut course creator and like me, you can shift to Kajabi after your business gains considerable momentum.
FAQs | Podia vs Kajabi
🙋♀️ Do both the software come with a mobile app system?
Ans. Both Kajabi and Podia are amazing software but don't have any mobile app service whereas Kajabi provides mobile apps both with Android and iOS versions. Kajabi is an all in one platform where you can form websites and get various email marketing options.
🤷♂️ Does Kajabi allows its users to sell physical products.
No, Kajabi only gives a chance to sell and create product sales online. You can build online courses and sell knowledge digitally.
🙆♀️ Which one is cheaper among Podia and Kajabi?
Well, when it is about pricing or subscription plans both Kajabi and Podia have different amounts with different features. According to that, Podia is quite affordable than Kajabi. But Kajabi has a 30 days return policy; you can cancel your subscription if you want to within 30 days.
🙇♀️ Why should I choose Podia?
Podia is one of the leading platforms for selling courses and digital products online. It proves to be a great competitor for online learning.
💁♂️ Does Podia offer a free plan?
No, Podia doesn't offer free plans but they offer a huge discount of up to $158 on the annual purchase of the membership.
🙎♀️ Is Podia Certification worth?
Podia does not offer online certifications but it has different automation tools connected with Podia for generating online certificates.
Conclusion | Podia vs Kajabi 2022
In the above article, we have mentioned various features, benefits, pricing plans, etc of Kajabi and Podia. No doubt that both provide amazing services to their customers.
Both the software contain fabulous features. That helps to build a website for a brand or product. Also, create online courses and upload them in any form like pdfs, videos, and so on.
But when it comes to ease of use, then I would prefer Kajabi as it comes with a mobile app, so it is easy to work anywhere.
According to the various needs of customers. If you are concerned about pricing then I must recommend Podia over Kajabi because it is cost-effective and easy to use.
While Kajabi comes with fabulous features, it is an amazing platform if you are going to start a business.
Podia is much better for online course makers who want to sell their lessons online.
Hence, overall both the platforms are nice and have different features. So one can select them according to their needs and requirements.