Teachable vs. Zippy Courses: a comparison

The marketplace is flooded with platforms and software options to support your online learning environment.

The features, pricing, and customer support on each option vary greatly. It can be challenging, and frankly overwhelming to make heads or tails of which option may be right for you.

In this article, you’ll find a side by side comparison of two all-in-one membership platforms, Teachable vs. Zippy Courses, to help in your research.

Why we're creating this online course platform comparison

We’ve tested so many course software solutions for our business over the years.

When we couldn’t find a solution that would do what we needed, we dusted off our Software Engineering chops and developed AccessAlly.

And to this day, we continue to test and review the options on the market so we can share that knowledge.

Teachable and Zippy Courses are two platforms that can support your member’s area, online courses, membership site, and/or protected content.

By the end of this article, you’ll have a clear understanding of how Teachable and Zippy Courses are similar, how they differ, and which could work best for your business.

How do Teachable and Zippy Courses Differ?

The truth is that Zippy Courses and Teachable are quite similar. They’re both all-in-one platforms that aim to support your online business from hosting your online courses, taking payments, and sending follow-up emails.

The differences between Teachable vs. Zippy Courses come in specific features, capabilities, and pricing.

It’s also important to mention that Zippy Courses actually has two offerings: a stand-alone, all-in-one platform, and a WordPress plugin available on the market. In this comparison, we’ll focus on their platform, and talk about why this matters as we delve into the comparison below.

Two All-In-One Membership Platforms

Zippy Courses states their main objective is to combine your sales and teaching tools into one seamless platform that handles everything.

Teachable states their main objective as building your business with easy-to-use features and fewer tech headaches.

Here are some of Zippy Courses’ main features:

    • Build your course quickly with the drag and drop builder
    • Sell different versions of your course with access tiers
    • Create launch windows
    • Drip your content or release at one time
    • Send automatic follow-up emails
    • Customize templates to match your brand

Here are some of Teachable’s main features:

    • Customize the online school experience with the power editor
    • Link your existing website to Teachable under a custom domain
    • Numerous integrations available
    • Provides reporting stats and metrics
    • Quizzes and course completion certificates

If keeping everything under one roof and using as few integrations as possible is what you’re looking for, Zippy Courses might be a better fit for you.

If offering the best learning experience which includes quizzes and course competition certificates is what you want, then Teachable may be a better fit for you.

Teachable is more feature-rich than Zippy Courses is. For example, with Teachable you can use coupon codes, have more learning retention features, see advanced reporting, and have an integrated affiliate marketing program.

four devices showing screenshots from Teachable and Zippy Courses

Pricing limits on members, courses, and products

Teachable provides 3 plans while Zippy Courses offers 2. We’ll take a look at their two most popular plans and limitations so you can see which will work best for your business.

Teachable

    • Pro plan is $119 per month

    • Unlimited students

    • 5 admin users

    • LMS features

    • Advanced reporting

    • Integrated affiliate marketing

Zippy Courses:

    • Standard plan at $99 per month

    • Unlimited paid courses

    • 1 admin user

    • Choose theme variants

    • 10k emails per month

    • 100gb file storage

On both Teachable and Zippy Courses you can save money when you pay annually instead of monthly.

Note that on the Teachable Basic plan, you’ll pay $39 per month, but you’ll be charged a 5% transaction fee by Teachable. This transaction fee is on top of any fees charged by Stripe or PayPal.

When you’re researching Zippy Courses, since they have both a plugin and a platform, you’ll see two different pricing pages. Make no mistake about it, this is confusing.

Pro tip: check the URL and make sure it doesn’t contain the word “plugin”. That’s usually an indication that you’re in the right place when researching the Zippy Courses platform.

Extensibility

Both Teachable and Zippy Courses are trusted, reputable names in the world of online learning. As we’ve discussed, there are benefits and drawbacks to the features and limitations they both have.

Zippy Courses takes a hit here though, because of their WordPress plugin and all-in-one platform offerings. They could do a better job at making it clear that there are in fact two options, the clear differences in each, and which may be best for you. We didn’t cover the plugin feature at all here, we only discussed what’s possible using the platform.

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"AccessAlly is the better option, hands down

“Honestly, Teachable, Thinkific, or Kajabi would have been the *easier* option, but AccessAlly with my WordPress theme is hands down the *better* option. It’s going to grow and scale with me over time, and that’s unbeatable.

AccessAlly allows me to provide a dashboard for all members, and it also allows me to create a member-directory (great for forming that community), an editable profile, plus lots of gamification features that can help members track their progress and reward them for their achievements.

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Customer support and Documentation

Teachable’s customer support and documentation far outweigh Zippy Courses in overall layout and organization, ease to locate what you’re looking for, and transparency around what to expect. 

For starters, with Zippy Courses, you’ll find mixed documentation on their platform vs. their plugin. When we were researching this comparison article, we knew exactly what we were looking for, and it was still hard to find. Frankly, they do a poor job of clearly stating that there are two options, and where to find support for each one. Even the Pro-tip we mentioned above doesn’t stand true here. Their documentation site URLs don’t contain the word plugin or platform. 

Zippy Courses does offer a contact email from within their platform, but it’s quite difficult to find. If you’re looking for hands-on, responsive support, the Zippy Courses platform may leave you feeling disappointed. 

Teachable’s knowledge base is well laid out and it’s easy to find what you’re looking for through its organized topics or the search feature. They offer chat and email support once you’re logged into your account. They also have a contact page in the footer of their knowledge base site, which is lacking on the Zippy Courses platform page. 

Overall, if you’re looking for a well-organized documentation center, and direct customer support, Teachable is going to be a better option for you.

Integration

Both Teachable and Zippy Courses offer integrations that are pretty similar.

Teachable has slightly more integration options that are a bit nuanced. For example, integrations for videos, Zoom for coaching, Sumo for list building, and Segment for analytics. If you already use these specific systems, then Teachable is going to be a better fit for you.

Most of Teachable’s integrations are done via Zapier, which is a third-party connector tool. That means you’ll be paying a monthly cost for Zapier in addition to needing to learn that system, how to troubleshoot, and where to reach out for support.

It’s also important to note that integrations through Zapier are one-way integrations. That means that information is pushed from one system to another, but there’s no two-way communication between the systems.

With integrations, the last thing you want to do is enter a loop of Zapier telling you to talk to Teachable, and Teachable telling you to talk to Zapier.

When you can keep integrations to a minimum, or choose a software that doesn’t require any Zapier integrations, you’re avoiding potential time-consuming problems before they arise.

Zippy Courses platform integrates with ActiveCampaign, AWeber, Campaign Monitor, Constant Contact, Convertkit, Drip, GetResponse, Infusionsoft, Mailchimp, and Ontraport. When you choose these integrations, you set them up from your Zippy Courses dashboard instead of using something like Zapier.

Using this type of platform-supported integration outshines Teachable’s use of Zapier. Integrations set up from a dashboard of the platform or software are generally better connected, have fewer tech hiccups, and are better supported.

For payment integrations, both Teachable and Zippy Courses platforms integrate with Stripe and PayPal. Teachable integrates with Infusionsoft payments as well.

All in all, integration options for Teachable vs. Zippy Courses are pretty similar. If you want to avoid using Zapier, then the Zippy Courses platform is a better fit for you. If you’re open to using Zapier, or you have specific systems that you already use, then Teachable may be a better fit for those integrations.

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Learning reinforcements: quizzes, progress tracking, homework, and certificates

Teachable has more options when it comes to learning reinforcements. You can create assessments, quizzes, and course completion certificates. Its quiz options are limited to multiple-choice, either graded or non-graded. 

Teachable also allows for course completion before moving forward. So you can require your users to complete certain lectures or content before they move on to the next. 

Teachable takes on more of a school environment, so the fact they have more learning reinforcement options is in alignment with their philosophy. 

Zippy Courses platform does allow you to create multiple choice quizzes, and while you can see the stats from your Zippy Courses dashboard, they can’t be graded or non-graded, pass or fail, or require completion before moving on. 

They don’t offer course completion certificates or assignments.

If learning reinforcements are important to you, then Teachable is a better choice than Zippy Courses.

two devices showing learning reinforcements from Teachable

Membership site and course design flexibility

With Teachable, you’ll have templates to choose from which you can then customize to match your brand look and feel. You’ll be able to change things like fonts, sizing, images, and navigation bar links, and placement. There’s no coding required to customize these templates.

If you choose Teachable, be sure and check tier limitations, because on the lowest tier you have customization limits, and you cannot remove Teachable’s branding.

While the Zippy Courses platform is similar in offering themes, they offer fewer themes and limited color variations. With Zippy Courses, you risk looking like a cookie-cutter membership site.

You’ll have two themes to choose from, one of which has 5 color variations. One theme is built with a focus on video content and has more advanced menu options.

No matter which of the two themes you choose, your design flexibility is limited here. If you have a robust idea of what your course will look like and feel like, the Zippy Courses platform isn’t for you.

Templates can be a great start, but when you’re working on a platform, you’ll almost certainly run into limitation designs based on the platform’s capabilities. This is true with both Zippy Courses and Teachable.

If you want full design flexibility, AccessAlly is for you

Because AccessAlly is a WordPress plugin, you can use any WordPress theme or builder you like.

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bulk course enrollment and umbrella accounts

Neither Teachable nor Zippy Courses offers a fully integrated bulk course enrollment feature.

You can duct tape this kind of enrollment in Teachable by creating a product and setting an allotted number of purchases. The team leader could then purchase, and pass out a coupon code for their team to join.

While this may be a fine solution for a one-off team, it’s not a sustainable solution for regular team enrollments.

If you plan on offering corporate training, team courses, or any kind of umbrella account, neither Teachable nor Zippy Courses will work for you.

E-commerce and affiliate functionality

There are some significant differences between Teachable and Zippy Courses when it comes to e-commerce options.

Teachable outshines Zippy Courses platform here because they offer more customized payment options, use of coupon codes, as well as payment accepted via Google Pay or Apple Pay.

Teachable has its own payment processor called Teachable Payments for schools operating in the US, Canada, UK, or Germany. It uses Stripe Express to process credit card or debit card transactions.

If you’re ineligible for Teachable Payments, then you can use Teachable’s Monthly Payment Gateway option. The important distinction here is that you’ll receive payouts monthly due to Teachable’s 30-day refund policy for courses. If you’re not willing to wait 30 days for payouts, and you’re not willing to use a custom payment integration, then Teachable isn’t a good fit for you.

Teachable also offers a service called BackOffice, which can be enabled if you use Teachable Payments or a Monthly Payment Gateway. BackOffice cannot be used with custom payment gateways, which may be necessary if you’re ineligible for Teachable Payments or a Monthly Payment Gateway.

If you use BackOffice, you’ll be paying a 2% transaction fee, but you’ll have access to services like automated affiliate & author payouts, automated affiliate & author tax form collection, and enabling PayPal as a course payment option.

Zippy Courses platform also integrates with Stripe and PayPal. They don’t have a true coupon code feature, and you’ll lack the ability to create trials, add taxes, or have an abandoned cart sequence.

Using the integration between Zippy Courses and Stripe or PayPal, you can accept one-time payments or subscription payments.

If payment flexibility is important to you, and you want to use coupon codes, trials, and upsells, then Teachable is a better fit for you.

Two devices showing e-commerce options for Teachable Vs. Zippy Courses
Two devices showing Teachable Vs. Zippy Courses

Both Zippy Courses and Teachable offer a built-in affiliate management feature, but they both look a little different. 

Teachable’s affiliate management feature is a bit more advanced, and for an additional transaction fee of 2%, you can make affiliate payouts automatically, collect tax forms and issue 1099s.

Note that this is all for an additional fee. It’s also important to note that while automatic payouts for affiliates can be a nice feature, there’s also a benefit to having yourself, or someone on your team, double-check and approve affiliate amounts before they’re automatically paid out. 

Sometimes there are cookie tracking issues, or someone might need to be manually reassigned, and a double-check before payouts happen can save you costly (and embarrassing) mistakes.

On Zippy Courses, you can create a signup page, affiliate dashboard, and payout preferences for your affiliates. 

If you want to share copy, images, and other marketing materials and details with them, you’ll have to use a different method because there’s no way to create a seamless dashboard that contains these materials.

Zippy Courses doesn’t offer automatic payments or tax forms like you can get with Teachable’s BackOffice feature.

your workflow on Teachable vs. Kajabi:

Teachable logo
  1. Setup your storefront and/or website pages
  2. Use Teachable’s domain or connect your own 
  3. Customize the look and feel of your pages 
  4. Upload your content and customize the look and feel of your course pages
  5. Connect any additional integrations needed with your email automation tools or setup emails in Teachable 
  6. Enable your payments and setup terms of purchase 
  7. Add any additional learning enhancements such as quizzes or certificates. 
  8. Stay up to date on platform feature changes and make changes accordingly
Zippy Courses logo
  1. Setup a subdomain containing Zippy Courses (yoursite.zippycourses.com) or use your own domain
  2. Connect your payment provider 
  3. Create your course’s homepage and lessons for your course
  4. Add protected content, images, video, and/or audio files to your course
  5. Setup the most basic LMS features or integrate with a third-party system to achieve a true LMS
  6. Setup and test the registration system
  7. Connect a third-party CRM or setup basic student communications with Zippy Courses
  8. Stay up to date on platform releases and make changes accordingly

See How Teachable and Zippy Courses Features Compare

We’re a digital marketing software company built by marketers and software engineers. With our particular background and expertise, we’ve designed our membership and LMS plugin AccessAlly, to give you everything you need in an easy to use, powerful package, you’ll see where Teachable and Zippy Courses fall short or shine in comparison:

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The true cost of Teachable vs Zippy Courses

Screenshots of Zippy Courses and Teachable pricing pages

The true cost of Zippy Courses is paying a comparable market price, but lacking valuable features like learning reinforcements, offering bulk course enrollment, and creating the design of your courses and programs how you wish. 

The true cost of Teachable is that you’re building your entire business on a platform. That means they own the space you’re set upon. If you outgrow Teachable or simply want a more engaging membership site for your users, you’re looking at a tedious migration.

In Summary

Teachable might be right for you if...

    • You want a basic course-website and have no plans of expanding your offerings in the future
    • You’re not attached to a specific design and willing to flex your vision when met with system limitations
    • You don’t have a CRM setup and have no plans of setting one up in the future
    • You won’t mind setting up your business on ‘rented land’ and manually migrating when your business grows

Zippy Courses might be right for you if...

    • You’re looking for a platform instead of software
    • You don’t have a specific design or brand presence in mind
    • You’re okay with a basic course setup with limited LMS features
    • You plan to have a basic payment structure with no intention to offer coupons or order bumps.

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