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Overview

Category Leaders

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

Video & Screenshots

Pricing

Starting from

0

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

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Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.5

151

5

4

3

2

1

97

41

9

3

1

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
92%
would recommend this app

4.4

142

5

4

3

2

1

85

35

13

5

4

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
85%
would recommend this app

Pros

Thikific is really easy to use even if you are not a technological boffin. It has great features and the support is awesome.
My experience has been fantastic to be honest and I intend to continue using it further.
I'm not tech savy so this program fit like a glove. Thank you so much for your committment to helping others by creating an incredibly user friendly and highly functional program.

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.
I like the helpful tips and how useful they are. I also like how I can put my information on slides, so I can create my courses.
I love the aesthetics and the User Interface. It's all very clean and feels comfortable.

Cons

But the uploading can be quite slow and my speed is 160mbps. So, I doubt it's my problem.
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.
There's nothing that stands out as a real negative.

Cons

Very depressing especially when they see. Know and hear that you are struggling over and over and over and still are unable to cancel on your own.
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.
I dislike that the free option is going away for users with more than 10 students. I also dislike that Teachable still takes a cut of sales, even with paid options.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review6 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review11 days ago

Key features

  • Total features75
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Management
  • Class Scheduling
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Compliance Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Profiles
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Feedback Management
  • Gamification
  • Gradebook
  • Instructor-Led Courses
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Media Import
  • Mentorship
  • Mobile Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Language
  • Multimedia Support
  • Performance Management
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Quizzes
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Screen Sharing
  • Self-Learning
  • Self-Service Content Curation
  • Single Sign On
  • Social Learning
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Survey/Poll Management
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Training Management
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies
  • Total features51
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Management
  • Class Scheduling
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Compliance Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Profiles
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Feedback Management
  • Gamification
  • Gradebook
  • Instructor-Led Courses
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Media Import
  • Mentorship
  • Mobile Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Language
  • Multimedia Support
  • Performance Management
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Quizzes
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Screen Sharing
  • Self-Learning
  • Self-Service Content Curation
  • Single Sign On
  • Social Learning
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Survey/Poll Management
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Training Management
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies

Integrations

  • Total integrations45
  • Authorize.Net
  • CANVAS
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom Meetings
  • Total integrations41
  • Authorize.Net
  • CANVAS
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom Meetings

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

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

Reviewed 5 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

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Thinkific

Great interface

Reviewed 3 years 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 5 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.

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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Teachable

Poor support, steep learning curve

Reviewed 3 years 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 6 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 a year 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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  • Likelihood to recommend3/10

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Teachable

Hoping there is a better software out there.

Reviewed 5 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.