I would like to give two disclaimers before I start this review:
- I’m a member of the BuyOutFuture program offered by Jason and Caroline, so I got Teachery for free. I also get an insider’s perspective to how Jason thinks, how he treats his customers, and how hard he works to make great products, so while I will do my best to provide a non-biased review, it’s hard to do that when you know so much about him.
- I am an affiliate for Teachery. If you make a purchase through my links, I will get % of your purchase at no extra cost to you. You don’t have to use my links. I won’t be hurt at all. However, please let me know how I can make this review better and contact me if you have any questions about Teachery and I’ll do my best to answer them!
- Ease of Use – 10/10 100%
- Value for the Price – 8/10 80%
- Quality of Support – 10/10 100%
- Number of Features – 6.5/10 65%
Teachery doesn’t host videos for you or have as many advanced features as Teachable or Udemy, but they’re not aiming to compete with those companies.
Their goal is to offer a simple, no hidden fees way of creating online courses while creating a great customer experience.
Simplicity and great user experience is key for them, so if you’re looking for course-creation software with hundreds of bells and whistles, it’s not for you.
However, if you’re looking for a quick way to get your course up and running and a support team that will run through walls to help you, Teachery is for you.
They have a free 14 day trial, so you can check the platform out before shelling out your hard-earned money.
There are three pricing options and all of them give you access to the same exact features.
- $49 per month– Great if you don’t want to pay a lump sump right away. However, if you like the platform after the free trial, I recommend doing the $470/year plan to save money. After all, if you create a course on the platform, you wouldn’t want to stop paying and take away your student’s access to it! This would only work if you move the course somewhere else, but if you start on Teachery and like it, you’ll probably use it for all of your courses.
- $470 per year – This saves you 20% every year over the $49/month plan. I recommend starting with this one unless you have the money for the lifetime plan and are sure that you’ll stay with Teachery for a long time.
- $900 for life– Get access to everything Teachery has to offer forever. Pick this one if you’re planning on using Teachery for more than 2 years!
What makes Teachery unique and why you would want to use it 🙂
- They have no transaction fees on their platform. You’ll still have to suffer through Stripe’s 2.9% + $.29 per transaction fee, but that’s it.
- You can create an unlimited number of courses and lessons and have an unlimited number of students with all of their plans. Want to create 1,000 courses with 1 video each? Go ahead! You’ve created an amazing course that gets 1,000,000 paying customers? AWESOME! You don’t have to pay $$ for every student that joins because it’s all included.
- Their customer service is amazing. They’re happy to help you with any question you might have, and Jason still answers customer questions all the time. (His attitude is so very awesome and contagious.)
- Their team cares about the success of their customers. They’ll tell you if Teachery isn’t the right platform for you and they won’t try to squeeze every single dollar out of you. (That’s why there’s no transaction fees!)
- Their simple setup lets you create courses quickly without getting bogged down in details and tech problems.
- Their free trial requires no credit card details.
- A doze of fun when you’re working on your course at 4 in the morning and want to tear your hair out. (You’ll see what I’m talking about in a bit.)
Why you might not want to use Teachery 🙁
- They don’t host your videos, images, or presentations. (Except for your logo/header images.)
- Only 2 available themes. You can customize the themes they provide however much you want, but they only have 2 of them so far.
- Mail integration with MailChimp or Convertkit only.
- You have to use Disqus for student discussion and comments.
- Student’s can’t upload materials or answer questions unless you embed OfCourseBooks or something similar, but that costs extra.
The Complete Review
The above should give you some general info about Teachery, but if you’re like me and want to know everything before buying, the below info should help you. 🙂
Here’s a video review of those who prefer that over text:
The Home Page
When you first login you’ll be greeted by three buttons that ask you to “Create a Course,” watch the Teachery intro video, or create an outline.
On the right of that you’ll see your created courses and total course revenue once you actually have a live course.
If you’ve purchased any courses through Teachery, you can scroll down to find them.
Here are a couple example courses I own that were created with Teachery!
Creating an Outline
If you’re struggling with outlining your own course, Teachery can help.
It won’t help you outline your entire course, but it’ll help you get started which is often the hardest part.
I love the grayed out button once you’re done and the message that comes up when you save the course.
Simple enough, put in a name:
Also pretty easy. Just a quick description and that’s it.
Only 3 topics? Sure, I can do that!
Hmmmm, I have to explain things now? Oh well, they said “I’m not etching it in stone,” so I don’t have to worry about it too much!
Rinse and repeat.
Rinse and repeat. Some motivational words for ya.
The grayed out button doesn’t work and gives you a boost of motivation to continue.
Wow, that was easy!
Thanks for reminding me to go get groceries! :/
The Main Page
This is you base of operations for editing the course.
Here you can change the course font, change the front page of the course, and set the drip schedule for the course.
On the left you have your trusty dashboard that will follow you around the site hoping that you click it and do something.
Teachery uses a WYSIWYG editor (What You See Is What You Get) which makes editing how your course looks a breeze.
However, they only have two themes and you can change the colors of your course, but now the positioning or other parts of it.
You can edit more colors for the default theme, but it’s definitely a bit more busy and “older” looking. The minimal theme is very sleek and modern, but you also have less color editing options.
The Default theme:
The Minimal Theme:
Here’s what editing the main page looks like.
As you can see, you can upload a logo (this is one of the only things they let you upload), remove or add an intro, remove or add a get started section, change the text in all the fields, upload your profile picture, and change how the lesson view looks.
Here’s an example of the grid lesson view:
And here’s an example of the stacked lesson view:
You can set the course to start on a specific date using the drip schedule feature, but if you want each lesson to start a certain time after someone buys a course you’ll have to go to the lesson section.
The Lesson Section
This is where you’ll add content to your course and change your lesson names and materials.
You can add lessons:
And you can add sublessons:
You can also edit both lessons, and sublessons in the same exact way:
As you can see, you can edit the title, add video, audio, or whatever other embed code content you would like to add, add a transcript, comments (using Disqus) and remove the lesson completed button.
You can also sort the lessons and put them in order. My biggest annoyance here is that it only shows “lesson 1, lesson 2, etc…” so you don’t actually know which lessons you’re sorting if you want to keep the titles of your lessons numbered.
If you name them simply “How to Be a Cat,” that’s how they’ll look in the lesson dashboard, so then it looks a bit weird.
Of course, can always title them “Lesson 1- How to Be a Cat” or “1. How to Be a Cat,” but I feel like that’s a work-around and not a good solution.
Here’s what it looks like when you add a YouTube video to the lesson content section. As you can see, there’s also a caption and you can add more videos per lesson if you want. From what I could tell, there was no maximum.
You can also add a drip schedule so each lesson opens up at a different time.
This is useful if you want people to do something every day without looking ahead, or if you want to limit their access to the entire course for whatever reason.
Here’s what adding a drip feed looks like:
Look at the sidebar on the left and you’ll see that lesson 1.5 is locked for 1 day, and lesson 2 is locked for 4 days from the start of the course.
You can create as many landing pages as you want, but there’s only one template.
Their info page states that they plan on adding more templates later, but I’m not sure if that’s in the works or not.
For now, you can just assume that there’s one template and that’s it!
Adding a landing page:
Oh no, am I getting Rick Rolled?
Never would’ve expected this, would ya?
Here’s what the completely collapses landing page looks like:
As you can see, you’re pretty limited by what you can add, but if you like your landing pages super long, you can add as much content as you want to the “main body” part.
You can also create unlimited payment pages.
This is what a payment page looks like:
As you can see it’s pretty standard.
When adding a recurrent payment you can edit the price, the duration, and the frequency.
If you create a recurring order, this is what it looks like:
You can add an unlimited number of promo codes.
They can be a percent discount or a dollar amount discount.
You can also limit the number of uses for each code and set an expiration date if you’re having a limited time sale.
Here’s what adding a promo code looks like:
And here’s a page with a couple promo codes listed.
You can send out a welcome email, a course completed email, and a “recurring payment failed” email.
You can edit them however you want, and they don’t require you to integrate with MailChimp or a ConvertKit.
Here’s what the welcome email looks like:
Here’s the course completed email:
And here’s the recurring payment email!
You can style your course and make it look as beautiful or as ugly as you’d like it to be. 😉
There are different styles for the landing page, the overview, the lesson pages, and the payment pages.
Landing Page Styles
You can edit the color of every part of the landing page.
Look at how beautiful I made mine! 😉
Here’s the “masthead” edits.
The general content edits:
The author edits:
The lesson edits:
And the pricing package edits:
This is what the main page of your course looks like.
There’s a lot of stuff to edit here color-wise, and it can actually be a bit confusing as to what changes what.
When editing lessons you can change the intro, sidebar, transcript, and sub-lesson colors, but I only showed the intro picture below because the rest is the same as the overview page edits.
Payment Page Styles
Just like everywhere else, you can edit the view of the payment page to your heart’s content!
There’s also a general settings page where you can edit your course name, our default template, your comment theme, default course page, and add a custom homepage URL.
You can add a body tag tracking code, a G analytics code, and also delete the course if you’re unhappy with it.
The Final Verdict
While Teachery definitely isn’t the most powerful course creation platform out there, it’s simplicity and ease of use is welcome over other bulky products.
However, if you like having a bunch of extra features and don’t care about getting great support from the founder of the tool, then Teachery probably isn’t for you.
All in all, I have a lifetime plan with them already, so I’ll create a couple courses on their platform and move on if I don’t like it. However, I’m about halfway done with one of my courses right now, and I’m enjoying using Teachery.
I’ve previously tried creating courses for Udemy, but they’ve always been incredibly inconsistent and picky.
It’s nice to have control for a change.