When it comes to platforms that allow you to develop and sell your online classes, there are quite a few options out there that are available to you.
And Thinkific, we think, is among the best ones on the market.
However, that is not to say others aren’t as good. They all have their pros and cons, as does Thinkific. So today, we’re going to have Thinkific clash against some of the best out there, so that you can make an informed decision on which platform works best for you.
Everybody has different needs, capabilities and expectations.
Thinkific VS Teachable Learnworlds Vs Thinkific
First thing’s first, let’s get one of the bigger, and more difficult, comparisons out of the way. Thinkific and Teachable are equally great. They both offer the essentials you’ll need, easy to use whether you have experience or not, are fairly priced and are just really great solutions. They are quite similar so it makes choosing between the two of them a little bit more difficult, but we’ll try our best anyway.
Let’s start with who uses which platform! Though they both have a broad appeal that can cater to single individuals or companies and groups, there are preferences.
Because Thinkific’s main goal is to empower educators more, to help those who really care about their students’ experience, their clients are more often that not entrepreneurs — usually masters of a particular craft such as writing, or speakers and coaches — and companies who want to grow and develop their businesses through education for their preferred audience.
Teachable on the other hand honestly imbibes their mantra of “Everything is Teachable.” Their target market is still quite wide even crossing over to a few of those that Thinkific targets, but they also cover individuals who wish to begin educating online and earning through it.
So which are you? Who they appeal to can be quite revealing for what they stand for and what they can do.
Moving on to course creation and student engagement, both Teachable and Thinkific are really good at what they do. It’s really tough to go wrong with one or the other. There are of course differences between the two.
While Teachable offers you more flexibility with its course builder, extensive course reporting tools and an iOS app for your pupil, Thinkific can provide you advanced quizzing features, the ability to create surveys and assignments as well as a”communities” and”Groups” features.
Teachable is much easier to use from the two, and actually has more to offer when it comes to the sales and marketing features. It also helps that they have some pretty strong course reporting tools, and their checkout procedure is optimized — complete with 1-click upsells, support for Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc..
Thinkific really hones in on the side somewhat more, with a greater focus on students. You can see that in its stronger quizzing capability, how its built to support assignments. Create communities and manage your students.
It also wins out a little more in terms of its site builder, which is a major consideration if you don’t have an existing website already as it is.
Finally, in terms of price, Thinkific kind of wins since they have a plan that’s absolutely free. Sure it provides just the basics, but it is free. And that’s a big thing.
In regards to the paid portion though, Thinkific includes a more beginner-friendly prices, but it can actually end up becoming more costly than Teachable, based on needs and add-on features that might not be available on certain plans. Teachable however provides everything right off the bat, based upon your plan.
Thinkific can be a bit sneaky that way. But if you don’t need those additional bells and whistles, Thinkific is the less expensive choice between the two.
If we’re gonna have to provide the crown to someone, it would need to be Thinkific, with it barely beating out Teachable. It is so close that, at the end of the day, it is really more of a personal taste and contextualized need that will lead you to which of the two platforms you need to work with.
Thinkific VS Udemy
Thinkific and Udemy will be a little bit easier to compare than our previous match up, because of the fact that they are two quite different platforms with their own pros and cons. Learnworlds Vs Thinkific
With Thinkific, you really can design your site. Yeah, there are templates you can use, but if you choose so and are competent, you can take control of your website’s design and customize plenty of it. With Udemy, you do not really get that option. You are limited in your choices for design. You can pick your course graphic, but otherwise things like course layout and style can’t really be touched.
Udem does have a marketplace feature though, which can be quite useful. However, it’s a double edged sword. You own the course, but you can not take it out of Udemy’s marketplace, while with Thinkific, you can do whatever you want with your own courses.
You can price your course however way you see fit, offer any kind of discounts and when it comes to Affiliate programs, you decide how much the commission percentage is onThinkific. But with Udemy, you need to follow their pricing options, coupon system and all Affiliate Programs to your class are set at 50% commission.
There is more freedom and flexibility with Thinkific, enabling it to stand above the competition.
And that is why Thinkific kind of stands head and shoulders over Udemy for us.
Udemy is great to begin with from scratch, especially if you don’t really have an audience yet, or in case you don’t have experience in creating an internet course. It’s the basics of what you need and the marketplace is a wonderful starting point. It also helps that it’s pretty inexpensive.
However, Udemy isn’t ideal if you want to grow beyond that. If you want to expand, to take control or to simply go bigger, it is not the ideal platform for you.
We highly advise you to go with Thinkific instead, if that’s true.
If you would like, you do not even need to take our word for it. 1 good thing you can do is try it out yourself actually. Thinkific has their free plan with all the basics, while Udemy doesn’t charge you a monthly fee if you join. First Hand experience is always among the best ways to see if it works for you.
Thinkific vs Kajabi
The gap between Thinkific and Kajabi can be observed in their messaging.
Thinkific’s homepage says “Easily Create, market and sell your online course. You get complete control and great support.”
Kajabi’s says,”Sell Your Knowledge. Get Set up in minutes. Everything under one roof”
Kind of similar, yeah? Yes and no. We’ll get to it in just a bit. Learnworlds Vs Thinkific
But even here you can see what they focus on, and who they are for specifically. For one, from how it was structured and rolled out, it is possible to see that Kajabi was created for men and women who want to feature and sell individual pieces of content, rather than a more expansive and structured learning.
You go for Kajabi if you wish to teach someone let us say how to do Shakespeare really well. A masterclass in that specific topic.
Thinkific is for those who want to sell an entire structured course on acting, from its history, to its own techniques, to the different kinds and styles you will find out there in the world. We are by no means saying one is far better than the other in this regard, but rather saying that it really depends on your needs and exactly what it is you want to sell and teach.
Do you just have to sell a course, or an entire expansive curriculum? It’s up to you, and either or is fine.
Looking at the features, that is also reflected. Thinkific offers a great pure course builder, while Kajabi is more of a marketing platform with sales automation tagging features. With Thinkific, you are able to provide certifications, while with Kajabi, you can’t. Kajabi is accompanied by an email-builder and a landing page builder, while Thinkific doesn’t. Kajabi is the way to go if sales funnels are what you need with your software. That being said, Thinkific has a cool blog post about increasing sales for your online course here.
Again: What are your needs?
Kajabi s a fantastic all-in-one marketing solution, however it has a tendency to overextend its offerings, attempting to do too much and not really attaining it. And it does that while being more expensive that Thinkific, so that’s another huge consideration.
As we’ve mentioned before, Thinkific has a free plan you can avail of and not just test, but use indefinitely if it suits your needs. Kajabi has a 14 day trial and that’s it. If you want to give both a spin to see if it works for you, go ahead, but for this particular item, Thinkific clearly wins.
‘At the end of the day, Kajabi does indeed have an edge concerning the promotion suite if offers — and we can’t stress enough how important marketing is! Doesn’t matter how good a class is if your”classroom” is empty. However, if you will need to build a course, which is what we assumed you want, hence you researching all these choices, then Thinkific is the obvious option.
Thinkific is, at its core, the answer to everything you need in the first place: A platform to help you educate.
And The Winner is?
After going three rounds with some of the heavy hitters on the market, Thinkific with its core focus on its course builder, great plan options that even includes a basic free service, and it’s focus on making the experience of getting out there to create a strong online educational platform, clearly wins. Learnworlds Vs Thinkific
Give it a think and you’ll see what we mean.