New Zenler Alternatives and Comparisons

If you're researching the best platform for your online courses, you may have come across NewZenler as an option.

We'll dive into NewZenler so you can see the pros and cons of this online course platform.

We'll also take a look at alternatives and why you might consider them.

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Before We Dive In...

Who are we? Why do we write these comparisons? Great questions.

We're the creators of AccessAlly, an all-in-one WordPress plugin for courses and memberships.

We write these course platform comparisons because the marketplace is crowded and confusing.

We want to help you make the best long-term decision for your courses or memberships, even if that's not AccessAlly.

We'll share what we know about NewZenler based on our research. We'll also point out areas where AccessAlly shines.

So if you're in the market and considering going with this platform, AccessAlly might actually be a better fit.

You'll find out for yourself on the coming page.

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What is New Zenler?

NewZenler an online course platform built around sales and marketing.

It strives to be an all-in-one platform that allows you to run your business using as few systems as possible.

Here are some reasons why people choose this platform to create and market their online programs:

  • It's easy to get up and running. The plug-and-play platform allows you to purchase, log in, and start adding your content. You can create your sales page(s), courses, programs, and order forms using templates.
  • It has a variety of features. It's an all-in-one platform. It strives to be everything you need to run your online business. As long as you're okay with the feature limitations, you can use New Zenler for your sales pages, marketing, courses, and order forms.
  • It's easy to offer courses (not memberships). For folks who only offer courses, not memberships, it can be a great, out-of-the-box, solution.

How To Use New Zenler

For most businesses, the best way to use NewZenler is for a basic course delivery platform.

You can set up your school and add your course content to the template available. There are specific types of content that you can add.

If you have a simple school structure, with just one or two courses, then a platform like this can be a great option.

Since NewZenler is an all-in-one platform, you can set up your sales pages and order forms there as well.

You can choose to integrate with other systems, like a CRM, but you don't have to.

You have to be willing to fit your ideas into the available templates. You won't be able to have a say in things like the structure or flow of your course. Your design choices will be limited.

If you have an advanced members area with multiple courses and memberships, you'll outgrow NewZenler very quickly.

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Setup

Once you purchase, you'll log in to the platform and start plugging in your information.

From the business name, domain name, to fonts, colors, and your logo. This is a step-by-step process that is relatively quick to complete.

You may choose to integrate with a CRM, such as ConvertKit or Drip.

You'll have the choice to connect your Stripe and PayPal accounts.

By the end of the setup, you'll have what they refer to as your "school", similar to Teachable.

If you're setting up for the first time, this setup will be easier than if you're migrating from another platform or plugin. There isn't an easy way to migrate existing members on NewZenler.

Once you have your school, sales page, course, and order forms set up you'll be able to preview them and make any edits.

Course Creation, Delivery, Marketing, and More

NewZenler is a course creation, delivery, marketing platform.

When you create your courses, you'll find a step-by-step course template. You can choose the name of your course, and add an image if you'd like.

The basic structure is lessons, within which you add content. You can determine when the content is released, either right away, or on a drip schedule.

There's no way to customize the flow or structure of the course. It's determined for you and cannot be changed.

There's no out-of-the-box membership option. It can be achieved by setting up a "course" and manually adding content.

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NewZenler Sales and Page Builder

This is a platform built around sales, marketing, and courses. They offer email marketing features, similar to what you'll find in a CRM, like ConvertKit or ActiveCampaign. While these features will achieve basic functionality, they are not advanced features.

You'll find far more advanced features and possibilities in a CRM.

That being said, basic marketing and sales can be achieved with NewZenler. You can build basic marketing funnels, email automation, and follow-ups.

You can use their page builder to create sales pages for your courses and opt-ins.

Housing your contacts in NewZenler

All of your contacts will live on the NewZenler platform. When you want to look for access information, purchase history, or quiz scores, you'll go to the 'People' section of NewZenler.

This is another feature that isn't fully developed. You'll find far more in a traditional CRM, like ConvertKit, Infusionsoft, or Keap.

While there are advantages to everything being in one place, it doesn't work for every business. If you want to grow and have a customized, advanced members area with lots of different offerings, NewZenler won't work for you long-term.

It may be a good place to start, run your online school for a year, then you'll have a hefty migration on your hands. Migrations are costly, tedious, time-consuming, and rarely go 100% smoothly, even with the best of planning.

So consider your options before you jump on the all-in-one train.

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Using other systems with New Zenler

As mentioned, NewZenler is an all-in-one online course platform similar to Kajabi. It strives to be everything you need in order to run your online business.

If you have special use cases though, you may find NewZenler limiting. While platforms like NewZenler and Kajabi can be great for getting up and running quickly, their major downfalls come in lack of flexibility and function.

You may find yourself wanting to integrate with other systems, plugins, or software to complete your setup.

Pro tip: If you find yourself adding integration after integration to get the setup you really want, then NewZenler isn't the tool for you.

Remember that with each integration comes an added cost, another tech support team, another technical element of the integration itself, and potentially another problem.

Deal-breakers

There are a few circumstances where NewZenler just won't work for you. If you use certain systems, have a specific design, or have to have certain features.

You use WordPress

New Zenler is a platform (not a WordPress plugin). If you use WordPress, then NewZenler won't work for you.

We talk about a platform vs. a plugin similarly to renting vs. owning a home. A platform is more like renting. You may be able to customize the way it looks a bit. But you don't own the space. You cannot make significant changes to the overall flow, structure, and design when you use a platform.

Platforms are not as flexible as plugins. When it comes time to migrate your content, it can be a real pain migrating off a platform. There's usually not an easy way to export all your content and work and move it to a new site.

You use ActiveCampaign or Infusionsoft

If you use ActiveCampaign or Infusionsoft and want a deep integration, NewZenler won't work for you. They do offer some integrations, however, if you use either of these CRMs, you'll find yourself using a third-party connection tool. With this, you're unable to use the power of your CRM.

AccessAlly, on the other hand, does offer deep integrations with both Infusionsoft and ActiveCampaign, as well as Keap, Ontraport, Drip, and ConvertKit.

You want a custom design

If you want a custom design for your courses, NewZenler won't work for you. While they do offer branding choices, like logos, text colors, and fonts, they don't offer the ability to fully customize a site.

Furthermore, the structure of your courses is determined for you. If you imagine a customized flow, it likely won't be possible here.

The template they provide is straightforward. Once you create a new course, you can add content and lessons. You'll have the ability to release all at one time, or drip on a specific timeline.

This kind of strict limitation can be fine for businesses that offer a small course on the side. It likely won't be a good long-term fit for full-time course creators who want to offer unique options.

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You use advanced course features

NewZenler advertises itself as a full-featured online course platform. To be fair, they do offer great learning reinforcements (also known as learning management system (LMS) features). They don't however seem to offer the full feature. In a lot of cases, they offer just enough to "count", but not a fully developed feature.

For example, you can offer quizzes on NewZenler, but you cannot unlock new content based on the quiz result, provide additional learning if the quiz result is low, or track quick results in the CRM to earn points or send email communications about the quizzes.

You'll also find they offer course certificate features, but it lacks the ability for advanced progress tracking to know if someone completed the required materials or not.

You use PayPal for subscriptions

If you want to accept subscription payments or payment plan payments via PayPal, NewZenler won't work for you.

You can only accept these types of payments via Stripe. For some businesses, this is a deal-breaker. If that's yours, then dive into other LMS comparisons we have for you.

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You want to offer memberships

This is a big deal. You cannot easily offer memberships with NewZenler. This platform is focused on online courses: create, sell, and market them.

Some people run membership sites with NewZenler, created through the drip content feature.

We call this a duct-tape solution. Because you're paying top dollar for something that doesn't have a key feature that you really need. As your membership site grows, you'll feel the pain of this limitation.

I've tested dozens of membership plugins...

Niya Champaneria

"I'm really loving the ease of use and the features of AccessAlly so far.

I've tested dozens of membership plugins over the past 2 months, and this one by far has been easiest, most intuitive, and has the features that other plugins and platforms just don't think about."

-Niya Champaneria, BizMomLife

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New Zenler might be right for you if...

  • You're looking for a platform for course creation, marketing funnels, and sales features, all-in-one.
  • You don't have a custom design and you're willing to use the template provided
  • You want a basic structure and flow for your courses and will conform to New Zenler's limitations
  • You're okay using a brand new platform that doesn't have a large user base or the experience of a long-time running
  • You're willing to bypass or pay for a third-party tool for features like bulk course enrollment, affiliate program management, or member directories.
  • You're okay with a basic commenting feature for your community engagement
  • You're willing to migrate when you outgrow the platform

Why folks recommend New Zenler

Happy users: some recommendations come from folks that are using NewZenler and happy with the results. These are the best recommendations! Reach out to these folks if you can, and find out more about what and why they love it.

Affiliates: They might be affiliates for New Zenler. Since it's in beta, they've set up a rewarding affiliate program.

Some people get paid to write comparisons that try to sway you towards choosing this platform. (To be clear, that's not us!).

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Check the sources. Who's writing it? Why? Are they affiliated?

It could be well-intentioned advice. If you're brand new and looking for a template to run your online courses, then New Zenler may be a great place to start.

Dive into the feature, pricing, and design limitations fully so that you know exactly what you'll be able to accomplish.

If you start with a platform like this, it's a good idea to budget time and money, (and possibly medicine for your headache) for migration later on.

Compare New Zenler Pricing

No matter the plugin or platform that you choose, understand the full scope of pricing. Include the cost of any integrations, additional systems, or integration tools you'll need to complete your setup.

Pro tip: If you find your list of integration tools climbing to 4 or 5, it's time to consider a different platform or plugin.

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Pricing

Pro $1270 annually
Premium $5970 annually

30 day month back guarantee

They offer steep discounts with its beta version, up to 45% off of the standard pricing. They do offer a monthly payment option. You have to dig for it though, it's not easy to find.

The biggest limitations on Pro vs. Premium are in its marketing capabilities.

On Pro (the lower tier), you'll have 100k marketing emails and 25k leads.

On Premium (the upper tier), you'll have 500k marketing emails and unlimited leads.

Competitor Pricing Comparison

Kajabi $1490/year
Includes only 3 products, and limit of 10,000 contacts
$3990/year
100 Products, 100,000 contacts, limited email sending
Thinkific $490/year
Unlimited courses and students
$4990/year
Additional features and groups
Teachable $390/year
Plus 5% transaction fee
$4990/year
No transaction fees, includes bulk student enrollment
Podia $390/year
No memberships or affiliate functionality
$790/year
Includes 3rd party code and embedded checkout forms
Mighty Networks $280/year
Community forums only, no online courses, plus 3% transaction fee
$980/year
Includes online courses, plus 2% transaction fee
MemberPress + LearnDash $448/year
No course or student limits, basic functionality
$918/year
Includes group licensing, affiliate functionality
LifterLMS $299/year
Ecommerce and CRM addons included
$999/year
Quizzes, groups, and social learning
AccessAlly $990/year
Unlimited courses and students, affiliate, and bulk courses
$1290/year
All LMS functionality

It’s not just content protection, it’s also about the offers.

Chris Lema

One of the things I like most about AccessAlly is that they've thought about the entire lifecycle of supporting clients when you’re selling online courses or membership sites. It’s not just content protection, it’s also about the offers.

Most solutions are great about monthly billing but when you realize you need multiple offers (2, 3 & 4 payment options), things get tricker. AccessAlly is great about supporting installment payments.

AccessAlly isn’t really a plugin. It’s a business in a box.

Among all the WordPress plugins out there, AccessAlly may be the only one that thinks about billing in a way that matches the industry as it works today.

-Chris Lema, chrislema.com

Compare New Zenler Alternatives

Research can be tough. Especially when it's clouded with persuasive marketing material. We've done some research for you.

Explore in-depth comparison options here to find out what might be best for you. If you can't find what you're looking for, check out all of our LMS comparisons.

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AccessAlly vs. New Zenler

New Zenler Alternatives

If you're already using NewZenler and you've found it limiting, you may be ready to migrate.

Since tools like NewZenler, Kajabi, and Podia try to do everything in one place, you may need to replace them with a few tools when you migrate.

While some people see this as a drawback, the reality is that when you choose your tech stack thoughtfully, you're building your business to your advantage.

You're choosing the best tools to handle exactly what they're built to do.

We have a lot of users who are migrating away from these platforms, like NewZenler, Kajabi, Podia, and Teachable. Their number one complaint is that they were limited. They couldn't do the things they wanted to do because of these platform limitations.

When you're ready to rebuild your tech stack to your advantage, here are some helpful guides:

CRM Software

CRM software and an email marketing automation platform is important to both sell your courses and memberships, as well as deliver them.

Website host

If you’re going with the self-hosted membership site option, a reputable host will go a long way toward giving you a fast site that you have full control over.

Website Theme

One of the drawbacks of Kajabi is their design framework, so if you’re investing into the design then you’ll want to decide on the best theme or design options.

Subscription management

Taking payments is a key part of selling courses and memberships, and there are several different tools that allow you to take payments, and manage subscriptions.

Affiliate Management

If you want to give students and colleagues the ability to refer and earn a commission, an affiliate management solution can help you do just that.

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Finally, how you deliver your courses to help you teach and engage better is how you can set yourself apart in the marketplace, and help your customers succeed.

What matters most in online learning for 2021?

Make the most of online learning in 2021.

In 2020 so much changed, and business owners who started to create and sell online courses have come out ahead.

With the focus on online learning, some entrepreneurs realized their online course platform was limiting and lacked the features they really needed.

It's important that any LMS you choose gives you the ability to get started quickly and to be flexible enough to meet your needs as things change.

There are also ongoing updates to privacy laws like CCPA, GDPR, CalOPPA, that are on every digital business owner's mind.

With tighter budgets, transaction fees, integration with existing tools for email marketing, and landing pages need to be top of mind.

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