Are you looking to move from Podia to ThriveCart? If yes, then you should read this article because I’ll show you step-by-step how to move from Podia to ThriveCart.
While Podia is a great platform for selling digital products and online courses, it comes with a recurring price tag. Thrivecart offers lifetime pricing and so many more features to help you earn like:
- Order bumps
What do you get with Thrivecart Learn
ThriveCart Learn is a powerful course hosting platform and it is included for free when you purchase Thrivecart.
However, if you want some additional tools, you’ll want to upgrade to Learn+. Again it’s a one-time payment, so you only have to pay for Learn+ once, there is no recurring subscription necessary.
With Thrivecart Learn you can:
- Easily organize your course and projects
- Give instant access or drip out content
- Customize the layout of the course
Organize by Project
If you have multiple sites or even just multiple areas you have products for, then being able to keep them organized by project is awesome.
I currently have 3 different sites that sell products, in Learn, I have a Project for each and the products are listed within, making it easy to find what I’m looking for.
Drip Course Content
If your course is meant to be delivered over a period of time, you can drip the content out according to your schedule.
Whether that this day by day, month by month, or even after a certain trial period.
Clone Courses or Lessons
When getting set up in Learn, one of the ways to make creating the content easier is by creating a template lesson or course and cloning it to ensure they are all consistent in their layout and styling.
This can also come in handy when moving over from another platform (like Podia), I’ll explain further momentarily.
Pro Tip: Before you clone a course make sure you have Google Tag Manager Installed and have set all the color/styles and formatting.
What is included in Learn+
Upgrading to Learn+ gets you additional features like the ability to create bundles of your products, or add team members to help you manage your courses. Other advanced features include:
- Custom domains
- Advanced sequences (rules/automation you can set up)
- Import Students via CSV
The custom domain feature allows you to add a URL prefix to your website. This would allow you to keep your brand identity separate from the Thrivecart platform.
The import students feature allows you to easily and quickly import students from another platform into Thrivecart Learn. com Note: if you’re just starting out this won’t matter much, but if you are moving over from another platform this feature is a must!
If you want to offer a bundle of your products the bundles feature is a great way to do it. One of the nice features is that if you later add something to the bundle everyone who has access to the bundle before will automatically get access to the new addition.
If you have help managing your course content, then being able to bring in your team to the platform to help with customer service issues or even just setting up the content in the new platform is extremely helpful.
What to Consider Before You Move to Thrivecart Learn
While I personally love Thrivecart Learn, there are a few things you want to make sure you consider before making the leap.
The first is to realize that Thrivecart Learn, unlike other platforms does not include file hosting. Meaning your downloads and videos will need to be hosted elsewhere.
Since I already pay for an annual subscription to Vimeo, this wasn’t an issue for me, and I still saved thousands by making the switch. I just copy the embed code for the videos and add them to the lessons.
Depending how much you’re paying for your current course hosting platform and how much you may need to pay for a video hosting tool, it may not be worth it. But depending on your video content, the cost of hosting it could be much lower than your current platform.
Additionally, if you have downloads like workbooks or other PDFs that you’ll want to make available, you’ll need to host them elsewhere, again this is something that may not add any costs to your business. For example, you could host them in Google Drive and create a public link.
Making the Move to ThriveCart Learn
Once you’ve decided that moving is the best thing for your business, it’s time to figure out the best way to do so.
If you’re looking to move quickly so you can stop paying for your current product hosting platform then the HTML method will be best.
If you’ve got time, or perhaps you’ve already moved with the HTML version and want to clean things up then the cloning version is best. Let’s walk through both.
The Fastest Way to Move Content to Thrivecart Learn
While Learn offers a great drag-and-drop builder, the styling doesn’t hold when you simply want to copy and paste the text.
As you can imagine, restyling everything can take a long time. This is where the HTML comes in.
Simply use a tool like WordtoHTML and you can paste the styled content into the word side and have it spit out the HTML code for it. Copy and paste this code into an HTML block inside Thrivecart Learn.
The downside to this method is if you want to go back and edit things later it requires searching through HTML code, which can be tedious.
So after you move everything you might want to work your way through building the content with the drag and drop elements, to make edits later on a lot easier.
Alternatively, you can build out the layout of the lesson and then use cloning to speed up transferring everything.
Formatting with Cloning
If all of your modules or lessons follow a certain format, then creating them once and then cloning can be a huge time saver.
Simply build out the layout using the drag and drop editor.
Then copy and paste the content into the appropriate places, again styling won’t carry over, so you may have to go paragraph by paragraph.
How long will it take to move content from Podia to Thrivecart Learn
It partly depends on the amount of content you have. However, if you use the HTML method it shouldn’t take more than a few days maximum, even if you factor in uploading to a video hosting platform like Vimeo (you can save 25% with this link).
If you’re using the cloning method it definitely takes longer. This is why I recommend HTML for a faster move, then set a recurring task inside your project planning tool to update 1 lesson into the drag-and-drop formatting, it will save you time later when you need to edit something.
Frequently Asked Questions About Moving to Thrivecart Learn
Still have some questions about moving away from your current product hosting platforms like Podia or Teachable, we’ve answered the most common questions below.
How do students access the courses?
Because Learn works directly with Thrivecart, you can set up your success page in Thrivecart to provide the link with access to the course.
If you are moving to the Learn platform from somewhere else, when you add a student to the course they will receive an email from the email address ‘firstname.lastname@example.org” but the “from name” will be your name.
As this can be confusing for students, I recommend notifying them via your email marketing service that you’ll be moving platforms and to keep an eye out for that email. Additionally, adding a login link to your ems email template can help those that just don’t see the previous emails.
What is Thrivecart?
Thrivecart is a product checkout platform. It allows you to create customizable checkout pages along with one-click upsells, funnels, down sells, and more. One of the benefits is that they don’t charge you any processing fees for the sales you make (though you’ll still need to pay a fee for stripe/paypal etc.).
One of the reasons Thrivecart has grown in popularity is the lifetime pricing they offer. They currently allow you to purchase the SaaS for a one-time fee. Currently, it costs $495 and includes a Thrivecart Learn.
If you want more functionality, the biggest being the ability to run an affiliate program for your products you’ll want to get ThriveCart Pro available for a one-time cost of $690.
If you also decide to upgrade to Learn+ it’s a one-time payment of $195. So in total to max out on all the functionality of Thrivecart with Thrivecart Pro and Learn+, you’d pay up to $885. But if you’re already using a tool like Podia (which doesn’t let you customize your pages nearly as much) you’re probably paying $900/year or $89/month. Which means you’d come out ahead within the first year.
Can I Still Use Zapier with Thrivecart?
Yes, Thrivecart integrates with Zapier to give you even more functionality than you already have with the platform.
I hope this article helped you understand how to move from Podia to Thrivecart learn and if it’s worth it.
I’ve been with Thrivecart for over 3 years and jumped on to Learn+ as soon as it was released, I’ve been really happy with it overall. While there are a few features I’m still waiting on being released, I’ve managed to make everything work well. I especially love all the money I’m saving not having to pay for a course hosting platform every month.
Got a question I didn’t answer? Ask in the comments!