You can use MemberPress to create as many members only pages or sections on your site. You could deliver your paid content in the form of posts, pages, or downloads that are accessed through a protected “members only” page.
There’s no limit to how many different membership levels you can set up in MemberPress. You can define these however you like.
Shopify is an all in one platform for eCommerce. This means it handles everything for you such as your site hosting, updates, and security. You just pay a single monthly fee.
Shopify is really easy to get started with. You don’t need to buy hosting or even a domain name. You just sign up for an account with Shopify and start creating your store.
You can sell both physical and digital products using Shopify. This could be useful if you might want to offer physical products in the future.
There are loads of apps available for Shopify. These add functionality to your store. Most of these will cost you money, but some are free integrations with other software that you might be paying for, such as OptinMonster.
You can pick from lots of different Shopify themes (templates) for your site, or even buy a premium theme from the Shopify themes store.
There’s 24/7 support available through live chat, phone, email, and Twitter. There’s also lots of documentation, plus video tutorials and support forums.
You can’t easily integrate Shopify with WordPress, so it’s not a good option if you want to sell directly from your existing website.
Shopify has a built-in payment system called Shopify Payments. If you want to use third-party payment gateways, like PayPal or Amazon Payments, Shopify charges an extra 2% fee on these transactions.
Shopify costs $29/month for the basic plan. This gives you access to the majority of features that you’re likely to want, apart from reports and gift cards. Those are available on the next tier up, at $79/month.
Teachable is a platform where you can create your own online courses. It hosts your course for you, so you don’t need a website in order to use it.
Teachable is easy to get started with. It has a straightforward dashboard to guide you through the process.
There’s a generous free plan available, so you can get started without paying anything. This plan lets you have unlimited courses and students, and you can have a discussion forum and basic quizzes too.
It’s easy to arrange and organize your content in Teachable using the drag and drop interface.
You can upload your own logo, images, text, colors, and so on to customize how your Teachable sales pages looks.
Teachable can handle lots of different file types. It does a particularly good job of dealing with videos, which should look great whatever device your student is using.
There are great analytics that can show you how your students are doing. You can even track individual students’ progress.
You can communicate with students directly from your Teachable platform.
If you want to customize your course homepage using the Power Editor, you’ll need to understand HTML and CSS code.
Teachable is designed for courses. It’s not really going to work for you if you want to sell something like an ebook or software.
Teachable’s free plan doesn’t cost anything. However, you will pay $1 plus 10% for every paid course that you sell. That means that if you have a course costing $200, you’ll pay Teachable $21 on each sale.
The cheapest plan is $29/month. If you’re on this plan, you’ll also be charged an additional 5% on each sale. To avoid paying any commission at all, you’ll need to be on the Professional Plan for $79/month.
Choosing the Best Platform for Your Needs
The best platform to sell digital products depends entirely on your needs.
If you want to sell an online course, pick a platform like LearnDash or Teachable. These are specifically designed for online course creators, and it’s easy to use them to create a professional looking course.
Finally, if you’re also selling physical products, or might want to do so in the future, go with WooCommerce or Shopify. Both of these options make it easy to sell both digital and physical goods.