Oh my, why am I doing a WordPress LMS Versus Teachable blog post?
It’s a good question, primarily because 99.9% of my business is with users of the Teachable platform. Let me sit here in Costa Coffee, in Mallow, Ireland and try to explain why a WordPress LMS vs Teachable post makes sense.
I’ve used Teachable for going on five years back since it was called UseFedora and I still thoroughly recommend it. Here’s my shameless affiliate link to a weekly webinar on why you should use Teachable. Make sure to say ‘hi’ to Cameron from me; he’s been a great help on a few Teachable related things over the years.
So, I started with a WordPress Learning Management System (LMS). I quickly found it to be cumbersome and difficult to manage despite being pretty adept at using WordPress. Getting plugins to work together without causing problems elsewhere was a real pain. Back then, you even had to find a plugin to get YouTube videos to play inside your lectures. Remember, I wasn’t a front-end web developer back then, this was a significant problem for me.
Add to that, if you were using a theme that received an update this could easily break your site and prevent students from being able to view the courses they’ve purchased. Even a minor update to one of your plugins could break your site. To be fair to the Teachable platform, this can still happen, and with complicated WordPress sites like I’m running my website with, I’m constantly battling with plugin optimisation as well as speed issues.
WordPress LMS vs Teachable: I’ve Moved Back to a WordPress LMS
I use my Teachable site as an experimental development platform for my clients.
So, I have a Teachable school, and I have some courses on there, but I’ve moved my focus to my main business website here at purplehippo.io. I did this because I use my Teachable site as an experimental development platform for my clients. My school’s snippets area has 2400 lines of CSS and over 100 lines in each of the head areas. Not to mention almost every template has been edited and customised to some extent. All this customisation is due to creating plugins for my clients and testing out my ideas for new plugins.
I did a recent audit of my Teachable school. I found that some of the code that I’d written initially was not working. The breakdown was all due to fiddling with new ideas and tweaking code. The most significant recent change was to update my Favourites Plugin to work with Amazon DynamoDB instead of Google’s Firebase Database. Now, some pages don’t load the correct version, and the system doesn’t work.
Ideally, I should have a second school to do all this work but, I need access to the Power Editor and don’t want to pay another $99 per month for this feature. Even better would be a ‘localhost’ version (basically, a local copy of the site where everything works from my computer) but that’s a pipedream.
WordPress LMS vs Teachable: The Big Move
I’m in the process of moving all the courses, lectures, themes and sections from my Teachable school over to this WordPress LMS and will use my Teachable school to continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible with Teachable platform.
I expect this move from Teachable to WordPress will take a few weeks, if not a few months. Not because I have a lot to move, but client work takes precedence. I may do a few late nights to get things migrated over but, this has to be planned a little bit on my side, so it’s doesn’t affect my day to day business tasks.
I thought a direct comparison between Teachable and a WordPress LMS site would be beneficial so voila, here it is.
- Ease of Use
- Transaction Fees
- Theme Customisation
- Unbranded Website
- Teachable Support
Teachable Tribe Facebook Group
I Need Teachable Help Facebook Group
if school is after 9/OCT/18 then 2%
You will need a Teachable developer
Custom domain available but secure checkout still uses 'sso.teachable.com'
- < $9.99/month hosting
Depends on the WordPress LMS theme
Likely you will have Stripe or PayPal Fees
Swap themes or WordPress theme designer needed
As I think of more pros or cons, I’ll update the table to reflect the change.
WordPress LMS vs Teachable: Summary
I still think when you look at the table above, using Teachable makes more sense. That is unless you enjoy twiddling with plugins and playing around with optimising your WordPress site (like I do), you’re better off with the platformed designed for delivering online eLearning courses.