Thinkific Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Thinkific

Create, market and sell online courses with Thinkific

4.6/5 (82 reviews)

Thinkific overview

What is Thinkific?

Thinkific allows users to design, create and deliver courses on their own branded websites. The solution offers drag and drop themes which are fully customizable to match the look and feel of the company. Users can also dive in with full access to HTML and CSS.

Thinkific supports various file types, including PDF, audio, video, html, surveys, quizzes, and external resources such as Articulate, Storyline, Typeform and more. Lessons can be created entirely from audio or video files, and items such as handouts can be made available for students to download directly from within the course.

Thinkific lets users enroll students and track their progress, with comprehensive reporting and the option for pass/fail assessments, and has full e-commerce functionality. The option to drip release course content ensures that students on monthly subscriptions will have a reason to keep returning to their courses.

Support for multiple software integrations and plugins gives users access to analytics, advertising, automatic course content translation, marketing automation and more. Thinkific's user-friendly format is optimized for every platform and device so that students can follow along from anywhere in the world.
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Pricing

Starting from
$49/month
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Business size

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Markets

United States, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada and 9 other markets, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English
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Thinkific reviews

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Pamela Kay

This is where I have my courses

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-04-21
Review Source: Capterra

Anytime I have a problem their tech support is great. And I haven't had any tech problems with the platform - my students are happy and use it easily.

Pros
When I was researching all the different software for course hosting, I liked that this had a place to upload documents in the discussions. That might be really important for people teaching code or other products. Then I'm glad I choose this one because others take a % of income AND you have to wait longer for money.

Cons
The layout isn't as clean and modern as others - I'm hoping that will be updated at some point. It's a little ugly.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Fills a gap in this space with enthusiasm!

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2019-12-10
Review Source: Capterra

Blackboard Course sites, Moodle, and Instructure Canvas are great products, but you have to invest in additional solutions to collect payments, etc. for selling the online courses. Thinkific does all this in 1 system with more options for site design than the big education players do. Some of the features could be more well-thought-out, but for a non-LMS company, it is incredibly easy to set up and allows you to design instructional sound materials.

Pros
I liked that you could design the access portal, the courses, and the payment methods all in 1 interface without any needs for additional products. I particularly enjoy how easy it is to set the courses up if you have your curriculum designed.

Cons
I wish there was an option to be able to have access to all the course features without fees. We are a startup and just are not in a position to charge for courses yet, meaning this would be a huge investment for us that we are not willing to make. It would be great if you could get a 6month burn-in period to test and market before going live.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Korinne Le Page

Customer Service Very Disappointing

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-10-22
Review Source: Capterra

Very frustrating! Not a customer-friendly service. While they are friendly and say they hope you are having a nice day, they do not answer questions (or apparently read email chains). There is no support for European customers I fed this back to them when I first signed up around 2 years ago and nothing has changed. I have given them all of the feed back given here but they do not take any action. Waiting at least a day for an answer is totally unacceptable. What makes it even more frustrating is that, after waiting for a reply, they ask for information that was already included in your original email (and then you have to wait another day for a response). It just seems as though they work at their convenience, not the customer's. And yet they are happy to take the subscriptions when they are not providing an adequate service.

Pros
I was so excited to find this product and thought it would be ideal for my needs

Cons
The software is not user-friendly. I was hoping that it would be more straightforward and my staff have also commented that is it not user-friendly. There is nobody to call when you have a query and can only email. It takes them a day to get back to you. And we are based in the UK and with the time difference, we have to wait at least a day for an answer. What makes it even more frustrating is that, after waiting for a reply, they ask for information that was already included in your original email (and then you have to wait another day for a response). I sent a query on Monday asking how to do something and the reply said 'see instructions below' and there were no instructions there. In the same email, they asked me to confirm the email address (which I had emailed them on and they had clearly not tried this). I responded right away and just got an email asking how they could help me! (They clearly had not read the email chain). It is now 9pm at night on Tuesday and will be at least Wednesday afternoon with the time difference until I may get a reply and actually proceed.

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Likelihood to recommend: 1/10

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Shane Hartshorn

A great platform for the less technical

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-05-20
Review Source: Capterra

A really great platform that is easy to tailor to my business needs. Where I was unable to make a change to the system defaults, the customer service team made them with out any issues.

Pros
Very easy to use and has excellent customer support

Cons
For the plan I am on it is a shame there certificate functionality is not available

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Joe Gatto

The Best Online Course Creator

Used occasionally for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-09-07
Review Source: Capterra

We started with an idea to help colleagues and turned it into a course. Thinkific allowed us to get our idea out of our heads and into reality, and a usable product people could buy & use.

Pros
Thinkific made it easy to create & host our digital course for financial advisors. With any platform there is a learning curve at the beginning. Thinkific's support team was always quick to reply and help us learn the ropes.

Cons
I don't really have any complaints. It would be nice if the WYSIWYG editor were as good as Apple Pages, and turned out prettier text layouts in the templates. But, it's good enough.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Thinkific pricing

Starting from
$49/month
Pricing options
Free
Free trial
Subscription
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Free accounts available, with core features only

There are 3 subscriptions plans available:
Basic - $39 per month (paid annually) or $49 per month (paid monthly), +5% transaction fees
Pro - $79 per month (annually) or $99 or month (monthly)
Premier - $399 per month (annually) or $499 per month (monthly)

Thinkific features

API
Activity Dashboard
Assessment Management
Automatic Notifications
Class Scheduling
Content Management
Course Authoring
Customizable Branding
Data Import/Export
Learning Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration

Attendance Management (100 other apps)
Attendance Tracking (95 other apps)
Calendar Management (90 other apps)
Communication Management (115 other apps)
Registration Management (90 other apps)
Self Service Portal (88 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
This will ask you to sign in with LinkedIn

Videos and tutorials

Additional information for Thinkific

Key features of Thinkific

  • Course reviews
  • Course categories
  • Bulk email
  • Course bundles
  • Site-wide promotions
  • Student assessments
  • Drip release content
  • Customizable design
  • Multimedia support
  • Custom domains
  • Multi-language support
  • Voiceover tool
  • Custom form fields
  • White labelling options
  • Analytics and reporting
  • Single Sign On
  • User segmentation
  • Data export
  • Drag-and-drop interface
  • Completion certificates
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Benefits

Users can include audio content, video content, and directly downloadable files within courses, such as student handouts.

Mass emails can be targeted to relevant groups of students using Thinkific’s user segmentation, for example those who participated in the free trial of a course but did not go on to purchase.

Student reviews can be enabled for courses, allowing users to receive feedback on course content and student satisfaction. Users control which reviews are approved to appear on the course landing page, and which remain private.

Sales widgets let users to embed a branded button or card on third-party sites, giving potential students the opportunity to enroll on courses without needing to visit the course page.

Custom form fields enable users to collect additional information from students on signup, such as company, school, and Twitter handle.