Thinkific vs Udemy vs Teachable: Which Online Course Platform is Best?

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Online courses have become huge over the last couple of years. With people’s busy schedules, online courses make it easy to learn from the comfort of your own home at your own pace. Whether your course is meant for your staff members, students in school, or just sharing your knowledge with individuals eager to learn, it is important to look for which platform best suits your needs for what you are offering.

Three of the most popular course creation platforms include Thinkific, Udemy, and Teachable. In this blog, we will be comparing the three different platforms and making our recommendations.

Plan Pricing & Features

Thinkific Pricing & Features

Plans

What Does the Plan Offer?

Who is This Plan Recommended For?

Offers a FREE plan with basic features

  • 3 Courses
  • Unlimited students
  • Quizzes & surveys
  • Content hosting
  • Instant access to your funds

Individuals looking to test the course platform

Essentials Plan: $49/month

  • Unlimited courses & students
  • Coupons
  • Email students
  • Affiliate reporting
  • Custom domain
  • Email integrations
  • & More!

Starters with minimal course creation experience

Business Plan: $99/month

  • Unlimited courses & students
  • 2 Site admin accounts
  • 5 Course admins/authors
  • Private & hidden courses
  • Memberships and bundles
  • Certificates
  • Assignments
  • & More!

For course designers that are building a successful online course

Advanced Plan: $279/month

For advanced businesses ready to build an education realm

 

To learn more about Thinkific’s plans and features click here.

Udemy Pricing & Features

Plans

What Does the Plan Offer?

Who is This Plan Recommended For?

FREE Plan

  • Unlimited Courses
  • Video Lectures
  • Audio Lectures
  • Quizzes/Exams
  • Text Lectures
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Q&A
  • Coupon Codes
  • & More!
For course designers that are building a successful online course

Team Plan: $240/month

  • Branded Dashboard and Custom URL
  • Video Lectures
  • Audio Lectures
  • Quizzes/Exams
  • Text Lectures
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Q&A
  • Coupon Codes
  • Unlimited Courses
  • & More!

 

Small teams of 5-20 users that will be contributing to course

Enterprise Plan: Must Contact Udemy for Pricing
  • Branded Dashboard and Custom URL
  • Create and Host Custom Content
  • Create and Share Learning Paths
  • Custom Categories
  • Video Lectures
  • Audio Lectures
  • Quizzes/Exams
  • Text Lectures
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Q&A
  • Coupon Codes
  • Unlimited Courses
  • & More!

Bigger teams of 21 or more users

To learn more about Udemy’s plans and features click here.

Teachable Pricing & Features

Plans

What Does the Plan Offer?

Who is This Plan Recommended For?

Offers a FREE plan with basic features

  • Unlimited Video
  • Unlimited Courses
  • Unlimited Hosting
Individuals looking to try out the course creator

Basic Plan: $29/month

  • Unlimited Video
  • Unlimited Courses
  • 5% Transaction fees
  • Instant Payouts
  • Unlimited Hosting
  • Unlimited Students
  • Course Creation Training
  • Coupon Codes
  • Integrated Affiliate Marketing and Email Marketing
  • & More!

Starters with minimal course creation experience

Professional Plan: $79/month

  • Everything in Basic PLUS:
  • No Transaction Fees
  • 5 Admin Users
  • Product Support
  • Graded Quizzes
  • Course Completion Certificates
  • & More!

Small teams of 5 that will be contributing to the course

Business Plan: $399
  • Everything in Professional Plan PLUS:
  • 100 Admin Users
  • Manual Student Imports
  • Bulk Student Enrollments
  • Custom User Roles

Large teams of up to 100 that will be contributing to the course

To learn more about Teachable’s plans and features click here.

Which Course Platform is Best?

In our opinion, after investigating the three platforms, we have decided that Udemy is best. We think Udemy is best for several reasons. For us, we have a small team and therefore don’t require the more expensive plans that allow for a lot of team users to build to content for the course. The free courses for Teachable and Thinkific do not appear to have as many features as the free version of Udemy. After reading many reviews online for all three of the platforms, we found that majority of people who used Udemy said that they built up a large following due to the built-in promotion engine that Udemy offers. If you’re a starter, Udemy is definitely the best option.

In Conclusion

While Udemy would work best for smaller businesses, it definitely is not the realistic option for larger companies and corporations that have many contributing team members. It is important to do your own research on different platforms to determine which would work best for you and what you are looking to achieve.

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