- Online course creation platforms

I’ve been into online course creation for more than four years and I’ve seen many different trends. As an online course creator myself and course designer for others, I’ve explored many different platforms. This time, let’s review the differences between Teachable and Thinkific.

 

Online course creation is one of the most effective ways how to turn your existing skills and experience into passive income. And since the popularity of online course creation is growing rapidly, there are more and more new platforms getting into the game.

For my client work and my own business, I have tried platforms like Teachable, Thinkific, Udemy, CourseCats, CourseCrafts, New Kajabi and others. However, at the end of the day, two of the most well-known course creation platforms for online business owners are Teachable and Thinkific.

Both of them are rather similar in their offer and really can be hard to differ. But there still are several things to keep in mind before making the final decision on which platform to use.

If you’re stuck between these options and can’t really figure out which will be the best fit for you, I hope this review of the differences between Teachable and Thinkific will help!

 

The differences between Teachable and Thinkific

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The differences between Teachable and Thinkific

While it’s very true that the differences between Teachable and Thinkific sometimes are not as noticeable or have as big of the impact on your course, it’s still important to consider both options and understand which one will work the best for your business.

And it’s also one of the most important lessons I learned while creating my first online course: your chosen platform matters!

After all, it’s important that the platform is easy to update and fun to use, both for you.

CATEGORY #1: Content uploading & presentation

The most important part when it comes to online course creation is the way you can upload and present your content.

Therefore, let’s start with exactly that!

Both of these online course platforms offer a rather simple Content upload and presentation system. But here’s the main difference:

  • In Thinkific, the overall interface of the system is a bit more complicated so it might take a while more to figure out how to get things started.
  • At the same time, Teachable offers a simple layout that easily indicates where all of the necessary parts are located which makes starting out easy even for those who have no idea what the hell they’re doing.

The differences between Teachable and Thinkific

In Teachable, you have obvious and simple drag & drop interface where you can add PDFs, photos, videos or choose to add Text or Quiz as part of your content. Teachable has a rather limited type of content you can add but usually, it all works just fine and more options are not necessary.

The differences between Teachabke and Thinkific: content uploading on Teachable

In Thinkific, to upload the content you have to choose the type of it before doing the actual upload. This requests a bit more of the work if you plan to add different types of content for one lesson. The pro is that Thinkific offers more content variations, including exam and presentation which are not available on Teachable.

The differences between Teachabke and Thinkific: content uploading on Thinkific

 

Both platforms:

  • support videos and have HD quality available
  • have bulk upload possible
  • offer free preview & downloadable PDF upload

 

 

CATEGORY #2: Sales page builder

The style of the Sales page is the main reason why I’ve chosen Teachable as my favorite online course creation platform.

As many times as I have created Sales pages on Thinkific, they turn out to be either too simple or it’s too hard to make them look really professional.

The differences between Teachable and Thinkific

Teachable has one style of the Sales page available but you can easily adjust it to your branding and make it work for your business. You have the option to add customized banners, use specific colors, change text style and color. It’s really easy and simple to use both for starters and professionals! Cons: sometimes, all of the Teachable sales pages really feel all the same. But it’s obviously working! Besides that, if you’re into development, you can always add some more interesting features with code.

Thinkific has several style options but they are hard to customize in a manner that looks good. Some of the features are too complicated to figure out for starters. Their Sales pages also don’t have as good conversion rates as Teachable.

Since Sales page is one of the most important assets of a successful course, I suggest going with Teachable even if this is the only reason you’d do so. It’ll pay off!

Need help with your Sales page design? Get in touch!

 

Course Creation guide: create your first course with this step by step guide

 

CATEGORY #3: Pricing

Both Teachable and Thinkific offer a free plan. 

One of the differences between Teachable and Thinkific is that you don’t see Teachable’s free plan on their pricing list 🙂

Other than that, on both platforms, the free pricing plan gives you the option to:

  • Build & upload your course
  • Create your Sales page
  • Sell your course and enroll new students

So why should you care about the updated plans!?

Here’s what plan upgrades give you:

  • Custom domain name
  • Drip content
  • Faster payment
  • Affiliates
  • Lower transaction free
  • Course bundles

Would you need it as a starter? No! I mean, it’s totally possible to build and sell a course on the free plan. There’s no need to upgrade to get students or money. But some of the upgraded plan features are nice to have eventually!

Which course creation platform is cheaper?

Teachable. With Basic upgrade for $39.

The differences between Teachable and Thinkific

Teachable is a cheaper option when it comes to a matter of upgrading. However, Thinkific can be used cheaper for the free version since they don’t have additional transaction fees.

In this case, it’s important to understand what are the most important features for you. If you’re planning to stick with the free version, make sure that your chosen platform offers all you need for it.

If you plan to upgrade, I’d suggest investing in Teachable instead of Thinkific.

 

Teachable vs Thinkific feature comparison

 

CATEGORY #4: Payment getaway

Both of them can be used with PayPal and Stripe. Teachable has the payment fees while Thinkific has recently eliminated them (stepping up their game big time!).

The differences between Teachable and Thinkific

If you plan to charge a monthly subscription instead of one-time payment, only Teachable offers it in their free plan. Thinkific has the same offer in their Pro upgrade only.

Here’s an example from Thinkific:

The differences between Teachabke and Thinkific: Thinkific pricing setup

 

CATEGORY #5: User experience

One of the most important parts of having a successful online course is user experience.

If your students can’t easily access the content or have a pleasant stay on the platform, you won’t be able to make repeated purchases or create reputable feedback.

When it comes to providing easy to use the platform, both Teachable and Thinkfic have provided powerful solutions.

The differences between Teachable and Thinkific

On Teachable, you have control over the design of the page when it comes to colors. I find this design to be a bit easier on the eyes and less distracting compared to Thinkific. All the finalized lessons get tracked, therefore, you can easily restart where you left off the previous time.

It’s also possible to provide Drip content – open each new Module in a separate time, either once in a week or in any other timeframe.

It’s easy and convenient when it comes to creating the course’s structure and working with it.

The differences between Teachabke and Thinkific: Teachable User Experience

Thinkific looks a lot the same when it comes to user experience. However, the overall design feels a bit more outdated than Teachable’s. Keep in mind that samples offer a preview of different media: on Teachable, it’s an example of an uploaded PDF design while on Thinkific it’s a simple text.

The differences between Teachabke and Thinkific: Thinkific User Experience

 

How to choose the best online course platform for your business?

As you see, the differences between Teachable and Thinkific really aren’t that obvious. However, my vote still goes for Teachable.

I’ve been on Teachable for 4 years and I truly love their platform.

Their user interface is way more fun than Thinkific and I find them to be very supportive regarding any problems or issues. They’re always improving and updating their system and notifying you of the changes. Oh, besides that, they have free fun webinars and live FB videos!

You can learn more about why and how to create a free course on Teachable.

To sum it up, while you have all the freedom to choose whichever online course creation platform you want to choose, my vote goes for Teachable.

 

Have you started creating your own online course? Share in the comments!

2 Replies to “Course creation platforms: Teachable vs Thinkific”

  1. Michele says: November 19, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this. So very helpful as I am deciding between the two. i was leaning towards teachable for many of the reasons you mentioned. This just confirms my choice.

    1. Ieva Laicane says: November 19, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      I’m happy you found it useful! Let me know if you need any help with getting started on Teachable 🙂

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