Are you wanting to implement funnels in your business? And you did some research, you came across ClickFunnels, and you thought, “Holy cow. $300 a month. That’s a lot of money. I need a ClickFunnels alternative.” Well, if you’ve had that thought go through your mind, in this video, I’m gonna piece together a perfect, and what I believe to be a more powerful ClickFunnels alternative.
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Let’s first take a look at what ClickFunnels is, so we can look at exactly what ClickFunnels is offering. ClickFunnels is essentially six different things. It’s hosting, it is a page builder, it’s an email marketing automation platform, it’s a form builder to collect leads and you can collect information from an application. It’s also a payment processing tool or a checkout system where you can sell pretty much anything.
Now let’s talk about what people love about ClickFunnels. The first thing that they love is that it’s a hosted solution in the cloud, an all-in-on put together tool for you. The idea in peoples’ minds might be that it will be easier because it’s all integrated together, this perception that there might be less of a learning curve.
The next thing that people love about ClickFunnels is the founder, Russell Brunson, who is an expert teacher, and expert marketer, he is amazing at really taking this concept of funnels that you see everywhere in the real world and bringing them to a digital world. People love the books that he has authored, and he teaches about funnels, he teaches about becoming an expert in your field. Lastly, because of him, he has created some of the most helpful, insightful training on funnels that there is.
Now let’s talk about what people don’t like about ClickFunnels. By far, the number one complaint that I have read over and over is that it’s buggy. Many times things don’t work the way it should, and it can be quite frustrating.
The next big complain about ClickFunnels is that the templates are ugly. Here you could be the judge on that, to each their own. Some people might respond to a certain template or design more than somebody else. I’ll let you be the judge on that one.
Another big thing that people don’t like about ClickFunnels is that its features are limited. Essentially what I mean by that is if you need ClickFunnels to do something that it doesn’t currently do, they are never gonna probably add that feature. You’re just gonna be out of luck. You’re just gonna have to learn to live without what you want to run your business if it doesn’t currently offer it.
The next thing people don’t like about ClickFunnels is that it’s a locked proprietary system. Your data is locked in there. They are in full control, they own your data. If they were to go out of business, let’s face it, they’re not gonna go out of business. But if they were, so goes your data to get it out of their system and into another system. To migrate, it’s gonna be a bit of a pain. This also ties into that last point about it being a close lock system where if you need ClickFunnels to do something that it doesn’t currently do, there is nothing that you could do about it.
The last thing that people don’t like about ClickFunnels is a big one, and that is the cost. They have two plans and the starter plan is $97 a month. But the plan that you really need to be on if you’re a ClickFunnels customer is $300 per month. Holy cow, that adds up really quick, especially if you’re just getting started.
With all that said, let’s find a perfect alternative to match all of these features that you find in ClickFunnels, but an alternative that will be more scalable and much better for you as the user, so the solution’s gonna be based on WordPress.
WordPress powers 1/3 of the internet. It is an open platform, which essentially means you own it. It’s really a rent versus own scenario. With ClickFunnels, you are renting your digital home. With WordPress, you own your digital home. It really comes down to this rent or own scenario. For me, I rather always be in a position of owning, so WordPress itself is going to be free.
Now the next thing that you’re gonna need is web hosting. Here is SiteGround. The reason I am choosing SiteGround is because they have phenomenal support, and their hosting is the top quality, top-notch. Now you might already have a hosting account, but to be fair in this ClickFunnels alternative, we need to include every aspect of what you’re gonna need.
Now with SiteGround, the plans are very affordable. I would recommend this middle plan that is $6 per month. We’ll just go ahead and round that up. We’re looking at $6 per month. With that, you can also host your company’s website, as many websites as you want, your blog, but also your funnels.
Now the next thing that you need to have a WordPress website is a WordPress theme. We could use the Astra theme. It is one of the top themes for WordPress. It also happens to be free. The have a paid version of it, but we don’t need it in order to have a ClickFunnels alternative. The free version of the Astra theme is perfect how it is. You can use it on unlimited websites, it comes with nearly 100 completely done for you website designs all for free, and it also integrates perfectly with learning management systems, page builders and e-commerce systems.
Now the next tool that we’re gonna need will do most of our heavy duty lifting, and that is a page builder tool. We’re going to use Elementor. There’s a free version of Elementor, but we’re gonna use the paid version of Elementor because it comes with some very powerful features that we’re gonna need, including a form builder, a popup builder, dozens of marketing elements such as countdown timers. It is incredibly easy to use, incredibly affordable, and it’s currently being used on nearly three million websites. We’re gonna add Elementor. It’s only gonna cost $4 per month.
I know right here, you see it say $5 per month. This is for a single site license. It’s gonna be $49. But if you see down here, it says the $5 are actually rounding it up, so it’s really in the low 4s, like maybe $4.08. They’re rounding it up to be super fair, and that’s only gonna cost, let’s just say $4 per month to add the page building functionality with forms, with marketing elements, and there’s also a lot of advance things that it does, such as website personalization, it has templates in it as well. It’s a pretty amazing page builder and marketing tool.
Now the next thing we’re gonna need is a funnel building tool, as well as a checkout system. For that, we’re gonna use CartFlows. CartFlows is a full-featured funnel building system with checkout that includes templates. If you want to add a funnel to your website with just two mouse clicks or so, you have a fully built out funnel for you with a design that you can edit in Elementor. It has advance marketing features such as cart abandonment, emails, two-step checkout. It also has split testing that they are building and is coming soon.
It includes all the features that you would expect from a shopping cart, such as one-click upsells, order bumps that you can place in multiple locations, and it’s extremely extendable. That example I gave earlier about ClickFunnels not doing something that you want, you’re just gonna have to learn to live without it. That’s not the case when you’re using this solution with CartFlows.
Like I said, we have checkout templates here. You can see, it is seriously a design upgrade when you compare this to what you get out of ClickFunnels and their designs. But the reality is, you can make any type of design with this ClickFunnels alternative that I’m detailing out.
Now CartFlows itself comes in at 299 per year, which adds a monthly cost of $25 to this ClickFunnels alternative stack that we’re putting together. Another thing that CartFlows is adding to the mix is their own training platform that they say will launch very soon called SkillJet. Now the unique nature of SkillJet is if you have CartFlows, you get access to SkillJet where they’re normally gonna sell access for 399 per year. You get that included for free.
There are training courses in there that are gonna help you in every single area of having an online business and being an online entrepreneur. Now and that goes beyond just understanding funnels. There will be courses on advertising campaigns, they’ll be courses on creating video content. There of course will be funnel courses. It aims to be a learning platform that will help you in every single area of having an online business.
Now some of the next items that I’m gonna go over are optional. You might not need them, they are included with ClickFunnels when you pay 299 per month. It’s gonna be an optional purchase for you.
The first one is gonna be subscriptions. If you are going to sell a product or a service where you need to bill the buyer on a monthly basis, a subscription, you will need to purchase WooCommerce Subscriptions, and this is gonna be coming in at around $17 per month. Like I said, this might be optional for you if all of the items you sell, whether it be physical or digital goods, are gonna be one-time purchases, then you might not need this at all.
The next tool is gonna be an affiliate management platform to integrate into this. If you are going to have an affiliate program around your products or services, around your funnels, then you might need this as well. I will say, this is the industry leading affiliate management platform. It is a full-featured.
Now the cost of this, there are several plans. The only one that you’re going to need is this least expensive one which is $99 per year, which comes out to $8.25 per month. Let’s just round that up to $9 per month. Of course, this is optional. If you don’t need an affiliate program, you don’t need this, and there’s also some other alternatives out there that might be less expensive.
Now the last thing that you’re going to need is an email marketing automation platform. Now I will say with this that even though ClickFunnels includes an email marketing automation platform, that most of the people that subscribe to the 299 per month package with ClickFunnels do not use their email marketing automation platform, and I’m gonna use their words instead of mine. Basically the consensus is, is it sucks.
This is in something that you play for with ClickFunnels. You don’t have an option to not pay for it. It’s included in your plan, but no one actually uses it. They instead use the platform that they may already have all their data in that is reliable and works exactly how they need it to work. Then they just integrate the two. Even though for this ClickFunnels alternative video, we’re gonna include the monthly cost of a marketing automation platform, the vast majority of the people that are getting that with ClickFunnels will not use their marketing automation platform.
There’s lots of alternatives for this, and this is the best thing about not getting everything from ClickFunnels, is you could choose the best of the best, and so this, everybody has their opinion of what’s best from ActiveCampaign to MailChimp maybe, to AWeber. But for the purposes of this video, we’re gonna use SendinBlue, and let’s take a look at what this is gonna cost for Sendin.
They bill differently here, which is what I like. They bill you based upon how many emails you send, not on how many contacts you actually have. The plan right here is $25 per month, and this is gonna allow you to send 40,000 emails per month. Most other email marketing automation platforms, they charge you monthly based upon how many subscribers that you have, but SendinBlue doesn’t bill that way. That’s why I am recommending it in this ClickFunnels alternative video.
I will give you an alternative, and that’s this tool called MailPoet. It plugs right on into your WordPress-based website. It’s very affordable as well. This will cost you $99 per year. But the good thing is, if you’re just getting started with your funnel, there is a free version that is limited up to 2,000 subscribers. The only time you start paying is when your list gets over 2,000, and then you’re looking at $99 per year, which once gain is $8.25 per month. You would essentially be connecting this in with your email sending service provider. I personally use Amazon SES because it costs next to nothing to send emails through that service.
That’s pretty much all of it. Let’s go ahead and recap everything that we’ve put together here. We’re gonna be using WordPress, which is free. We are gonna get a web hosting account with SiteGround. There’s lots of other web hosting providers. We’re gonna say SiteGround, and that was $5.95 per month. We’re gonna use the free Astra theme. You could optionally purchase it, it’s $59, but we could get away with using the free Astra Theme.
Then we are going to buy Elementor. That’s gonna cost $4.08 per month for the site license that we need. This is gonna be our page builder. It’s gonna give us popups, it’s gonna give us very flexible contact forms. It is an amazing tool. I just love it. I use it personally on all of my websites.
We’re gonna get CartFlows, and this is gonna be our checkout system, our funnel builder, all of that. It’s gonna give us beautiful sales to funnel templates, and it’s going to give us a cart abandonment, A/B split testing. It’s also gonna include SkillJet’s Academy learning platform. That’s gonna cost $25 per month.
Next, optionally, if you’re gonna be selling products and services that are gonna be reoccurring subscription basis, you need WooCommerce Subscriptions, which will run you $17 per month. Next, optionally, is for an affiliate program. We were gonna use AffiliateWP. That’s gonna be $8.25 per month. Then we tacked on an email marketing automation platform, SendinBlue, that comes in at $25 per month.
All of that for a grand total of around $85 per month, which is a lot less expensive than 299 per month, but you know what, it doesn’t matter the amount of the money to me. What matters is the functionality that you get. With this ClickFunnels alternative tech stack, this is what you can expect: much better results; you can expect a much more flexible and powerful solution that you can extend however you need to extend it, it’s all up to your own imagination; it’s easy to extend it as well because we’re talking WordPress, and there’s so many WordPress developers out there.
In that rent versus own scenario, you become an owner versus ClickFunnels’ just being a renter. You have zero lock-in, no one controls your data, you’re not locked into any platform. You get a full training platform. All of this for the low cost of $85 per month.
Now of course, it might not even be $85 per month. If you don’t need some of those components, or you already have some of those components, if you already have a business website you could put your funnels there. If you already have an email marketing automation platform, you can just use that. But to be fair to ClickFunnels, this is coming in at $85 for what I believe to be a much better and a much more powerful solution.
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Thanks for watching. If you have any questions for me about this tech stack that I’ve put together, feel free to ask in the Comments section down below. Other than that, thanks for watching this video. I hope that you make it on over to the setup video. Thanks for watching. I’ll see you in the next one.