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Overview

Thinkific is an online course platform that allows users to create, market, & sell courses on their own branded websites...

Teachable is an online teaching course creation tool, spanning design, publishing, hosting, eCommerce and analytics for free...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from
$49/mo.month
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
Starting from
$39/mo.month
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

83

29

7

2

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
94%
would recommend this app

5

4

3

2

1

69

31

7

3

4

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
89%
would recommend this app

Pros

Thinkific is easy to learn, has great customization and superb customer service. Even on the free plan they answer your questions immediately and incorporate feedback you give them in their updates.
Support for Rich text e.g. make important words bold or italicized. Available to anyone, not just Oxford or Harvard Professors boy, i am in love with literally every feature of thinkific.
Thikific is really easy to use even if you are not a technological boffin. It has great features and the support is awesome.

Pros

Overall, my experience has been great. Their customer service team is super helpful when you need them and the platform is very familiar to a lot of other bloggers and online business owners.
Overall, I love creating content with this site. If you have questions, they can help you and help you figure it out.
Incredible customer service, drip content, beautiful platform, awesome reporting, great editing features, and a bunch of integrations.

Cons

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.
I sent a query on Monday asking how to do something and the reply said 'see instructions below' and there were no instructions there.
There was very little I disliked about the platform. It was difficult to tailor the course quite the way I wanted it at times, but I could always find a workaround.

Cons

More worrying at the time of writing is that the platform seems to suffer occasional downtime, most significantly on Black Friday, which will have inevitably lost course creators money.
No autosave of your work, I lost hours to a system glitch where you press enter and it just deletes your course text and there's no autosave to backup to.
The pricing of this program makes it lack feasibility for my school or classroom.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review25 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review19 days ago

Key features

  • Total features84
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Affiliate Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Automatic Backup
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Class Scheduling
  • Commenting / Notes
  • Compliance Management
  • Content Management
  • Conversion Tracking
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Custom Development
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Discount Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Profiles
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Feedback Management
  • Gamification
  • Instructor-Led Courses
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Media Import
  • Mobile Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Language
  • Multimedia Support
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Online Forums
  • Order Tracking
  • PCI Compliance
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Promotions Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Quizzes
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Sales Reports
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Self-Learning
  • Self-Paced Courses
  • Self-Service Content Curation
  • Single Sign On
  • Social Learning
  • Student Management
  • Survey/Poll Management
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • URL Customization
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Widgets
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies
  • Total features65
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Affiliate Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Automatic Backup
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Class Scheduling
  • Commenting / Notes
  • Compliance Management
  • Content Management
  • Conversion Tracking
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Custom Development
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Discount Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Profiles
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Feedback Management
  • Gamification
  • Instructor-Led Courses
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Media Import
  • Mobile Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Language
  • Multimedia Support
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Online Forums
  • Order Tracking
  • PCI Compliance
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Promotions Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Quizzes
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Sales Reports
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Self-Learning
  • Self-Paced Courses
  • Self-Service Content Curation
  • Single Sign On
  • Social Learning
  • Student Management
  • Survey/Poll Management
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • URL Customization
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Widgets
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies

Integrations

  • Total integrations30
  • Authorize.net
  • Canvas LMS
  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Wordpress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom
  • Total integrations34
  • Authorize.net
  • Canvas LMS
  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Wordpress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom

Security

  • Encryption of sensitive data at rest
  • HTTPS for all pages (web-based apps)
  • Reports/alerts for security breaches
  • Multifactor authentication options
  • Customer data removed upon service cancellation
  • Encryption of sensitive data at rest
  • HTTPS for all pages (web-based apps)
  • Reports/alerts for security breaches
  • Multifactor authentication options
  • Customer data removed upon service cancellation

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Thinkific

How Thinkific Changed My Life For The Better..

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

The best thing about Thinkific is they push you to finish your course. I needed that extra push! There are some many things to learn in business that people want to learn and people want to teach what they know. I am taking a course to learn how to teach a course. Online learning is the future.

Cons

I think that their sign-up and sign in page could use improving. There is always going to be room for improvements, I hope people are able to get past issues, as nothing is perfect. There is a saying in the startup world that says " If your product is perfect you launched too late."

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Thinkific

In general a pleasant warm and positive experience

Reviewed 3 years ago

Further motivation to pursue the training and hopefully the course. I want to acquire the same customer relations skills that they seem to effortlessly have and exhibit. So far in my understanding . I am encouraged to pursue y search further.

Pros

The step by step guide is very helpful. Also the staff is all over you wanteing to give a helping hand. I am of the view that the software will help me develop a great course and to teach it or them

Cons

The software could do with some simplification and streamline oftions made available. The great thing is that it does not have too many negative characteristics. Also when members of the team contact audiences they could indicate their relationship with the rest of the team, in particular the individual one just contacted.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Thinkific

Thinkific is easy to use, the interface is friendly both for the administrator and for the users.

Reviewed 3 years ago

I get to sell my courses to students directly and receive a hire percentage than I would on Udemy and Skillshare.

Pros

I needed to create online courses to sell directly to students rather than putting all my eggs in one basket... in this case 2 baskets; Udemy and Skillshare. I began looking for cheap or free LMS system, and after vetting my options I was down to two choices Thinkific and Teachable. Thinkific isn't as popular as Teachable so I was already partial, expecting less from it than Teachable. I was surprised...

Cons

Non really, at least for now. I'm on the free plan which has limited features, I'd need to upgrade to fully explore its capabilities but for now, I'm content

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Thinkific

Great interface

Reviewed a year ago

Intuitive and easy to use! They nailed the course creation experience, in my opinion.

Pros

User and admin interface are easy to use and very intuitive. I feel like it's much better than Teachable or Kajabi in terms of UI. Also very easy to design your curriculum and draft your courses. You can make a sales page with a countdown timer in minutes, which is great to use for quick launches.

Cons

Page blocks for sales pages are not as customizable as I want it to be, although honestly, it's very clean design-wise.

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Teachable

Teachable is fantastic if you need to get a course up and running without the technical know-how

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

The two LMS platforms I recommend to entrepreneurs are Teachable/Thinkific. Everything around a online course can be built on Teachable. That way, you can focus on making course content and teaching your students.

Cons

The lack of mobile responsiveness, and embedded content is hit or miss. I had trouble embedding a online form for quiz taking, and the workaround didn't work.

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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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Teachable

Poor support, steep learning curve

Reviewed a year ago

I was working with two friends to create a course for financial advisors. We tried Teachable first, but the site went down at an unfortunate time, we got locked out of our account at another critical time, and its interface was just too convoluted. eachable's support was very unhelpful in the early stages. So, we switched to Thinkific and were much happier.

Pros

You can create very nice looking courses and have access to all the features students might expect.

Cons

Like any similar software, there is a steep learning curve. It isn't so difficult, but at the beginning there are inevitably many questions until one gets used to the interface. Teachable's support was very unhelpful in the early stages.

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Teachable

Teachable Is Great!

Reviewed 5 years ago

I've tried out Ruzuku, Thinkific, Kajabi (Abnormally expensive), and a ZippyCourses, along with a couple more wordpress plugins. Teachable is hands down THE BEST platform I've found (and it's oddly cheaper). The team is great, agile, and when you join you become part of the teachable community, that is ALWAYS there for you. It's not just the software that makes Teachable so great, but the connections and information you get as well. They work with a huge network of incredible influencers and entrepreneurs that I've personally networked with and now worked with, and their information is top notch.

Pros

Incredible customer service, drip content, beautiful platform, awesome reporting, great editing features, and a bunch of integrations.

Cons

Ankur sometimes takes a while to get back to you. But he IS the CEO. I'm surprised he even answers our questions.

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Teachable

Never buy this product

Reviewed 2 months ago

Pretty bad, the software is fine, but if you have any problems with your account, payouts, software glitches or anything really they are 90% of the time unhelpful. It's like they don't care that you are a customer that's paying for their product. Frequently, I'll be in the middle of troubleshooting a problem by email with them and they'll just stop responding. DO NOT BUY THIS SOFTWARE or you will lose your mind like I have. Also if you are an international company that doesn't work in USD, they aren't really set up to deal with other currencies well. I've set up 6 courses on teachables, but I'm going to move them all to Thinkific this year.

Pros

It was pretty easy to set up your course, add video etc. I liked the courses on marketing/etc that they sent out weekly to join for free.

Cons

Not very customizable, customer experience is just okay. Many were confused as to how to login etc initially. No autosave of your work, I lost hours to a system glitch where you press enter and it just deletes your course text and there's no autosave to backup to.

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  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend3/10

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Teachable

Hoping there is a better software out there.

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Good structure to course, nice layout. Good analytics. We have not launched our course yet but have been using it to set up for the past month.

Cons

Video uploads take forever. Like 10 times what it take to upload to Youtube. One video of 150 MB can take 1.5-2 hours to upload on extremely high speed internet. (17mb per sec download speed). We have talked to support and they say if our videos are over 500MB then it can take a long time. And if your computer falls asleep it will stop...or it can just stop anyways and you have to start to whole process over again. The bulk uploader is a joke. If you want to upload 10 video plan on staying on your computer for 15 hours. The only reason we have stuck with it is that once you invest 100 hours you hate to throw it away. Also, thinkific doesn't have great analytics, so we feel there is no better option at the moment. If only Google would create good platform.

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