I know it can be very confusing to choose an online course platform, there are tons of options available!

Also, although some of these platforms look similar on the surface, they are actually very different and are best suited for different types of online course entrepreneurs, which adds even more to the confusion.

In this guide, we will present you with the best platforms available, and we are going to give you a concrete answer to what type of platform is better for you, depending on your needs.

The decision of where to publish your course may even seem at first like an unimportant one. After all, you can always change your mind… right?

Actually, changing course platforms when you already have an established audience can be a huge pain.

You would have to migrate all the users and their enrollments, and you would end up breaking a ton of links which is bad for SEO (search engine optimization).

This is just something that you want to avoid at all costs. It's much better to do some extra initial research and choose the best platform for you and stick to it, and that is where this in-depth guide comes in. 😉

Another thing that you want to make sure is that you choose the right platform for your business.

There are several different types of online course platforms out there, and choosing the wrong type for you might have large consequences in the long term, and also be quite expensive.

I've been creating online courses since 2016, and one of the most important decisions that I ever took almost by accident was to decide to publish my courses on my own website.

But I also ended up publishing them on marketplaces for complementary revenue.

If you want to learn more about my story as a course creator and where I publish my courses, check out also this post: How I Made $1,615,000 Selling Online Courses (So Far).

You can also check out all the free guides that you have available in the Course Creator Academy by clicking on the Academy link on the top menu bar, our goal is to give you all the information that you need as a course creator for free.

So without further ado, let's get started in our comparison of all the best platforms that you have available to publish your courses.

Table of contents

What are the best online course platforms?

These are all the best online course platforms that you can use this year:

  1. OnlineCourseHost.com
  2. Thinkific
  3. Teachable
  4. Podia
  5. Kajabi
  6. Udemy
  7. Skillshare
  8. LearnDash
  9. LearnWorlds
  10. Ruzuku
  11. Teachery
  12. Academy of Mine
  13. Systeme
  14. WizIQ
  15. Pathwright
  16. Xperiencify

Let's now dive deep into the details of each and every one of these platforms, by giving you some highlights, screenshots of both the course creator and the student experience, an overview on pricing, pros and cons and a final verdict.

What are the different types of Online Course Platforms?

First of all, what is an online course platform?

An online course platform is a specialized website where you can publish and sell your own online courses typically under the form of a sequential series of videos, and create a community of students.

There are several types of online course platforms, all very different from each other.  The two major categories of online course platforms are:

  • self-publishing platforms: these are more like specialized white-label website builders, that allow you to quickly create a website to sell your online courses under your own brand. So the website is yours and the brand is yours, they just give you the tools that you need to create your website. You can even use your custom web domain if you want to.
  • online course marketplaces: these are marketplaces like Amazon where you can upload, publish and sell your courses, potentially to an established audience. Unlike self-publishing platforms, the key difference is that in marketplaces your courses are sold right next to the courses of other creators. Also, the marketplace will typically take a huge commission on each sale, and even set the sales price for you in most cases, and the sale happens on the marketplace website, not yours.

As you can see, these are two completely different types of platforms with their own pros and cons. If you want to learn in detail the advantages of each type of platform, have a look at these guides:

Where Should You Publish Your Online Course? (Self-Publishing vs Marketplaces)

What are the different types of self-publishing platforms?

Inside the self-publishing platforms, you have also very different types of platforms available, and some are likely better suited for you than others:

  • Standalone Online Course Platforms: This option is the most common, giving you access to all the tools you need as a course creator to create, publish, sell and promote your course (examples include OnlineCourseHost.com and Thinkific).
  • All-in-One Online Course Platforms: This option includes all the tools needed to create your online course, but also an array of other website-building tools (examples include Kajabi and LearnWorlds)
  • Self-Hosted Online Course Platform: This option offers you a completely blank slate to create the online course you desire. You get more freedom, but a lot less support (examples include WordPress plugins like LearnDash)

Ultimately, these different platform types provide you with the same solution: to host your course material.

Some of these course platforms are more relevant to you than others, depending on many factors, as we will see.

The Best Online Course Platforms of 2022

In this guide, we dissect a selection of the best online course platforms that you have available.

When we cover each platform, we are going to clearly identify the type of platform, and what are its major pros and cons.

OnlineCourseHost.com

I've been creating online courses for a while now, and I felt as a course creator that most self-publishing platforms available were either extremely expensive, or aimed mostly at other types of professionals like internet marketers.

The typical online course creator like me is usually someone with no design or technical skills. I personally have no use for a complex drag-and-drop website builder that costs me several hundreds of dollars per month, I need something way more affordable and easier to use.

I need to be able to focus on what matters to my online course business: building new premium courses and creating free content to attract students for the courses.

And so this is how OnlineCourseHost.com was born. 😉

OnlineCourseHost.com is a standalone online course platform that gives you access to all the tools you need to create and sell your own online courses, and host them in your own website under your own domain, with no marketplace middleman.

This platform is disrupting the online course platform market in the sense that it's by far the most affordable on the market, with an incomparable quality-to-price ratio. Let's dive into its features.

Core Features & Benefits

For a full list of current features, visit the features table.  Some of the core features I personally love include:

  • Top-Notch User Experience: Both you and your students will have the best course-taking user experiences available. Your students will be able to watch your courses in a beautiful responsive course player, on both desktop and mobile. This user experience is at the level of the best online course marketplaces out there, but it's hosted right there on your own website.
  • Ease of use: The platform is designed to be super easy to use, so that literally anyone regardless of their technical skills can create a course.
  • Free Helpdesk: Independently of your plan, you have full support from the Helpdesk throughout your whole online course journey.
  • Affordability: The price of a paid plan is at a fraction of the price of other platforms, for a comparable set of features.
  • Community: the students can engage with each other in the student discussions section right below each lesson, and have powerful full search capabilities for looking for questions and answers from other students in the whole course. These search capabilities are essential to have an active discussion among students, and they are often missing in other platforms.
  • Fast Video Hosting: The video hosting service is super reliable and fast
  • Engagement Tools: Keep your students engaged in your course by creating quiz lessons or assignment lessons that they need to submit for your review.
  • Sales & Marketing Tools: Sell your courses in all sorts of ways, including one-time charges, via discount coupons, subscriptions, Lifetime plan, Team plans, course bundles, subscription discounts and more.
  • Facebook Ads Integration: The platform is fully compatible with Facebook Ads. Just drop your pixel Id and start running conversion campaigns straight to your course page (no technical skills needed).

What does the user experience look like?

Here is what your course dashboard will look like, after starting the course creation process:

This interface is super easy to use,  you can create new course lessons in minutes, and you have support for all types of lessons:

  • video lessons
  • Digital downloads (PDFs, etc)
  • Text-only lessons (including images)
  • Quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Audio lessons

How easy is it to create a course?

Creating a course landing page is as easy as filling in the title, a description, uploading a thumbnail and entering some benefits and FAQs:

Why this simplified approach?

Many platforms provide you with a complex drag and drop builder, which seems like a good idea on the surface, except that it's not.

The problem is, a drag and drop visual editor is a professional design tool.

You need to have some solid notions of design in terms of spacing, choosing colors, and other design notions in order to be able to use the tool properly and create a professional-looking course page, and these are design skills that most course creators don't have as it's not their key expertise.

Good design is a super-critical factor for determining how well a course landing page converts.

So giving a drag and drop design editor to a non-designer is really asking course creators to shoot themselves in the foot. The end result is almost always a messy and poorly converting course page.

We avoid all these problems altogether by asking you just to enter a few key elements, and we will take care of the rest for you.

The end result is a very clean, professional, and high-converting landing page 👇👇


What does the course player look like?

Here is the course player in action, you can check out the live example here:

Your students’ experience is super important. It's what helps make them keep taking the course, enjoy it, and buy other courses in the future.

Students can use the course player to ask questions, interact with other students and the course creator, conveniently search for questions and answers, and more.

Another key feature is that you can display some lessons for free and the rest behind a paywall. This means you can hook your student with a free module and give them easy access to the rest of the course with the click of a button.

Pricing

Here are the current prices of OnlineCourseHost.com:

The free trial gives you access to all the tools you need to create your first course, and really try out the platform in an in-depth way.

The paid plans are very competitive, and cost only a fraction of the paid plans of other platforms for a very similar set of features.

Final Verdict

In short, OnlineCourseHost.com offers you a super easy-to-use online course platform, that gives you one of the best user experience for both you and your students.

It's designed by course creators and for course creators, and its ease of use is unmatched, with it anyone can create a course.

The platform gives you all the promotional tools that you need to sell your courses, including coupons, subscriptions, Lifetime plans, Team plans, course bundles and subscription coupons.

The platform allows you to either use a free url or use your own custom domain, and allows you to accept payments in both Stripe and Paypal.

The platform charges no commissions, so if you sell a course by $100, all of it will show up directly in your Stripe or Paypal account, and you can withdraw it immediately if you want to.

The price of the paid plans is currently unmatched on the market, making this platform a very attractive option for both new and established  course creators.

Thinkific

Similar to OnlineCourseHost.com, Thinkific provides a course creator with access to all the essential tools you need to create, publish, and sell your course(s), so it's also a standalone online course platform.

Core Features & Benefits:

For a full list of features, visit this page. Some of the essential ones that stand out include:

  • Engaging Tools: Making sure your students do the work is more than half the battle. Thinkific caters toward this with a selection of tools like quizzes, surveys, and assignments that engage students throughout.
  • Community Access: Ensuring your students don’t feel alone is important. Thinkific tackles this with a selection of features that allow you to build engaging communities, forums, and memberships to bring people together.
  • Course Bundles: As you create more courses, it’s important to cross-sell and up-sell. Thinkific makes this easy by offering course bundles and tailored add-ons.

The User Experience

Thinkific provides a simple yet powerful experience for course creators and students alike:

For Course Creators…

As a course creator, you get easy access to all your courses from a single dashboard. The left-hand sidebar is where the magic happens, allowing you to update site-wide changes as well as individual course tweaks.

Although simple enough, there is a lot going on in this dashboard.

It can be a little overwhelming at first and takes time to get familiar with it.

For Students…

The student experience is quite standard, although you can only search for lesson titles. It's currently not possible to search for questions and answers.

A clean sidebar gives students access to all the course material, whereas the main part of the screen showcases each individual lesson—allowing them to watch videos, take notes, and mark their progress.

Pricing

Although Thinkific provides access to a lot of features, it comes at a price.

Notice that the prices of most platforms are marked per month, but this is the adjusted value if you choose the Yearly plan. So the price for the Pro plan on the screenshot above is not $79/month, it's really $79 *12 = $948 a year.

This is standard practice to better highlight the value of the yearly plan compared to the monthly plan, and most platforms present the prices this way.

Like it's often the case the Free Plan is limited, leaving most course creators having to upgrade if they really want to use the platform, which is normal as the free plan is just meant to try out the platform.

For example, you can't create coupons to promote your courses in the free plan.

If you want subscriptions and course certificates, which are all more or less essential features that you will want sooner rather than later, you are looking at a Pro plan of  $99 on a monthly, if you don't want to invest a full year ahead by purchasing the yearly plan.

And if you want the ability to import existing students or send bulk emails, you need to add a Growth package add-on on top of the Pro plan, which is another $50 a month on top of the Pro plan, for a total of $149 a month.

If you subscribe to their email list, you will eventually be proposed a training plan to learn how to become a course creator which prices around $300.

You see what I mean when I said that the platforms out there are often quite expensive? Especially for course creators just starting out and that are still growing their audience, this is all quite a bit of money.  

Pros vs Cons:

Pros…

  • Good customer support and service (access to lots of training resources, too)
  • Great ability to up-sell, cross-sell, and bundle different courses together
  • fast video hosting (as well as reliable and robust)

Cons…

  • Expensive!!
  • An overwhelming amount of features
  • Limited possibilities on the free plan

Final Verdict

Overall, Thinkific is a great standalone course platform that gives you access to all the tools you need.

But this does come at a price. It also isn’t an all-in-one platform, meaning you have to invest in other tools to create funnels and sophisticated marketing campaigns if you need them.

For established courses creators with a proven product and audience and that can afford the premium price, Thinkific is a solid option.

Teachable

Teachable is another popular standalone platform, which began life in 2013 by Ankur Nagpal.

It provides access to an array of features that allows a course creator to create, publish, and  sell their courses.

Core Features & Benefits

For a full list of features, visit this page. Some of the main ones that stand out include:

  • Intuitive Interface: Teachable gives you access to an easy-to-use user interface that lets you quickly and efficiently create, edit, and update courses. It’s largely based on drag-and-drop editors so you do need some design skills to make everything look professional.
  • Tracking: There are some nice tracking and analysis tools inside Teachable, letting you dive into your numbers and measure your progress. This is an often forgotten feature, but an area where Teachable thrives.
  • Coaching Capabilities: One of the standout features for Teachable is that you can run one-on-one (or even group) coaching sessions with your students—directly from the platform. This lets you turn your course into a more layered and valuable program.

The User Experience

Teachable provides a good user experience for both creators and students.

For Course Creators…

There isn’t much difference between Teachable and Thinkific, this platform once again provides an easy-to-use dashboard that gives you access to everything you need in the left-hand column.

It takes a little time to appreciate where all the various features are, but overall it’s clear and clean.

For Students…

Once again, the difference between Teachable and Thinkific is minimal from a student’s perspective.

There is also no full search capabilities to be able to search for questions and answers provided by other students, which does not help with community-building and student engagement.

They have a degree of control over the video player and can access all their course material on the left of the screen. It’s clear to use and gives a student everything they need.

Pricing

This is where Teachable differs from Thinkific, as it provides a much better Free Plan.

With the free plan, you can create unlimited courses and onboard unlimited students (and, in general, have access to all the core features you need).

The downside to this is they take $1 + 10% of each course sale.

Upgrading to a Basic Plan removes the $1 transaction fee, although you still have to give them 5% of each sale (plus $29 per month).

It isn’t until you upgrade to the $99 plan that you get full access and freedom.

Notice that these monthly prices are if you opt to commit for a full year. If you prefer to pay month to month as most course creators do, the Teachable Pro plan will cost you $119 per month.

So although there’s greater freedom to test and validate before fully committing, Teachable is actually slightly more expensive than Thinkific, depending on if you need or not the extra Growth plan on Thinkific.

If you need more help choosing the best Teachable plan for you, check out this in-depth article: Teachable Pricing: Need Help Choosing The Right Plan?

Pros vs Cons

As with any platform, there’s the good and the bad:

Pros…

  • Great interactive features like the coaching capability option
  • The ability to create unlimited courses (with unlimited students) on the free plan
  • Easy to use platform for course creators and students alike

Cons…

  • You have to share a part of your revenue with the platform until you upgrade to the $119 per month plan
  • No integrated email marketing until you upgrade to the Basic plan
  • A LOT of features—likely more than you’ll ever need or use

Final Verdict

Teachable is a solid standalone platform that gives you access to all the features you will ever need, and it comes at a premium price, although it's not the most expensive platform.

If you don't make use of all those features and your audience is still small, then the platform can become one of your largest expenses.

Podia

Podia is another well-known standalone platform, having been founded in 2014.

As well as online courses, Podia’s a platform that caters to digital products in general, as well as online membership sites. It’s another complete platform that gives you access to all the tools you ever need to create, publish, and promote your course(s).

Core Features & Benefits

For a complete list of features, visit here. Some of the core Podia features that stand out include:

  • Robust Marketing: Compared to other standalone platforms, Podia offer more in terms of marketing/promotional features (email marketing, etc…). It still isn’t an all-in-one option like Kajabi, but they go above and beyond compared to most.
  • Rich Engagement: Like Teachable, Podia gives you access to some great, engaging features that allow you to build more than a course (with communities, memberships, coaching, etc…).
  • Affiliate Marketing: This is a simple yet important feature as Podia makes it easy to set up partnerships with other online influencers. Affiliate marketing is always worth considering when building an online presence. With Podia, you don’t have to purchase third-party apps.

The User Experience

Podia is another platform that offers a good, clean experience for course creators and students alike:

For Course Creators…

Podia has a clear and easy-to-navigate dashboard. As a course creator, you get everything you need from the tab at the top of the page.

Everything’s separated into different sections (products, memberships, email, etc…).

Creating a new course is also simple as Podia provides a step-by-step process.

All in all, it’s a great UI that’s easy to adjust to.

For Students…

For the student, Podia provides a similar experience to Thinkific and Teachable. They get access to everything they need in the left-hand column, and, as with other platforms, can change certain video settings, mark lessons as complete, and leave notes.

There are also no questions and answers search capabilities for students, making it hard to build community engagement in the comments.

Pricing

Price is maybe an obstacle in Podia —especially for new course creators.

There is no Free Plan (although they provide a 14-day free trial), meaning you don’t get to test and validate your course as much, but this should give you a good idea about the platform.

For established course creators, this may be fine. But for someone just starting out, it’s far from ideal—costing you a minimum of $39 per month from the offset.

Also, notice that if you need your assistant to do tasks for you on the platform without sharing your password, like creating coupons or other tasks, that will cost an extra $20 / admin user.

Also, in their basic plan, you can't sell coaching and the number of topics in your community is limited to 15. So this means that sooner rather than later you will eventually need their $89 / month plan, which is where their pricing structure is leading you to very quickly.  

Pros vs Cons

Although a good platform, Podia has its drawbacks:

Pros…

  • Unlimited everything (courses, students, etc…)
  • Engaging features such as the ability to coach from inside the platform and build memberships
  • A very user-friendly interface for both students and course creators

Cons…

  • NO free plan!!
  • Minimal freedom when it comes to design and page settings
  • Far from great email marketing/personalization

Final Verdict

For a course creator looking for more marketing and promotional features, Podia is a good option. It doesn’t offer the same capabilities as a platform like Kajabi, but it does go further than many.

Still, all this comes at a bit of a price tag.

If you can afford the monthly price then Podia is a very nice choice compared to other alternatives.

If you want to read an in-depth review of all the features available in the Podia platform, check out this article: Podia In-Depth Review (Fully Updated).

Kajabi

Kajabi is an all-in-one solution that not only allows you to create, publish, and sell your courses… but also creates funnels, extra websites, landing pages, and seemingly anything else to promote your course.

So it's not just an online course platform, it gives you everything that you need to create your online business, whether it's an online course business or not.

It’s one of the most popular and well-known platforms, first hitting the market in 2010.

Core Features & Benefits

For a full list of features, visit here. Some of the standout features Kajabi offers includes:

  • Sophisticated Marketing: The main draw of Kajabi is the ability to create funnels that complement your online courses. With most course platforms, you need additional tools to create the complete process. With Kajabi, everything you need in principle exists under one roof.
  • Customization: Compared to other options, Kajabi takes customization to another level—allowing you to not only build the course you need, but custom websites, marketing funnels, and more. This means also that more design and technical ability is expected from the user, to be able to use all these powerful tools correctly.
  • Big Picture: in short, Kajabi gives you the freedom to build what you want to (and what your students need). From start to finish, this platform lets you build layer after layer. Before long, it becomes much more than just a course.

The User Experience

With so many features, let’s dive into what Kajabi’s like to use for course creators and students alike:

For Course Creators…

As you can imagine, you get access to a lot of features in Kajabi’s interface. Yet they categorize everything in the left column, using dropdown menus for each sub-section. This makes it much easier to navigate—although it still takes time to get used to this platform as it's so powerful.

Beyond this, much of Kajabi’s built around a drag and drop process. This is good, for freedom, but bear in mind that it can also be quite overwhelming—especially if you have limited design/tech skills.

For Students…

Overall, Kajabi provides your students with a clean and clear experience—although this does largely depend on how many features and layers you use.

Similar to other online course platforms, the main lesson/video has center stage.

They can then access other lessons/features in the left-hand menu.

But again, with so many layout options available, the final view your student  comes down to your ability to create it using their tools.

Pricing

Kajabi is certainly one of the most expensive options available, if not the most expensive.

Although it’s important to remember it includes the ability to build funnels, websites, email marketing, and much more—this means fewer third-party tools to use.

There isn’t a free option, though (just a free trial with credit card needed), meaning you have to be all in from the beginning.

I believe that for many course creators, this could be seen as a red flag, as this is quite unusual.

I mean, I'm very fortunate to be making six figures per year selling courses,  and I would never pay this much for an online course platform. It's just too much for me.

And notice that those prices  in the screenshot as usual are prices for plans billed annually, meaning you need to commit upfront for a whole year.

If you want to pay on a month-by-month basis, then it's $199 / month, by far the most expensive platform on the market.

Pros vs Cons

As with any platform, Kajabi has both the good and the bad.

Pros…

  • A true all-in-one solution that lets you scale your course(s)
  • Lots of customization and the freedom to build the product you desire
  • A large community of other course creators, which offers help and support

Cons…

  • Price!! It’s expensive and offers no free plan
  • There are so many features that this platform quickly gets overwhelming and might be well beyond the needs of a typical online course creator

Final Verdict

Although Kajabi offers you almost everything you ever need to create and scale a course, I'm afraid it might simply be overkill for most course creators.

It’s an overwhelming platform that offers access to way too many tools that you likely might not even need and that need some design or technical skills to use properly, at a huge price.

This platform is more aimed at established course creators with large audiences, to professional marketers and to course creation specialists that create course websites on behalf of creators that can afford such premium personalized services.

Given its price tag, this is just not the platform for the typical course creator solopreneur that does not rely on a team with a designer, assistant, etc.and are doing almost everything themselves.

Udemy

Udemy is the most popular online course marketplace in the world, with 40 million students, 480 million course enrollments, 7,000+ enterprise customers, and courses shared in 65+ languages and across 180+ countries.

To make it clear, Udemy is a marketplace, and not a self-publishing platform like OnlineCourseHost.com or Thinkific, and it's not an all-in-one platform like Kajabi.

I’ve already written about my experiences with Udemy in the past, including this comparison with Skillshare (more on that platform soon): Udemy vs Skillshare for Online Course Creators: Where To Publish Your Courses?

Core Features & Benefits

For a full list of Udemy features, visit this page. Some of the core features include:

  • Huge Marketplace: One of the biggest benefits of Udemy (and any other marketplace) is the immediate access you get to their existing audience. Each day, users visit Udemy in search of specific courses. In addition, Udemy emails their huge list with offers. When you’re starting out, this kind of access helps (a lot!!)
  • Easy Course Builder: Overall, creating a course on Udemy is as simple as it comes. It’s a simple and intuitive process that saves you time and stress, much like the OnlineCourseHost.com course builder. There are downsides to this, though, as we’ll explore later.
  • Free: Unlike most other options on this list, Udemy is completely free for you to use as a course creator. No trial or free plan, but of course nothing is really free, this comes at a cost of the platform essentially setting the price to your courses, charging a 63% commission on sales, etc.

The User Experience

Udemy provides an easy to use platform for both you as a course creator and your students:

For Course Creators…

There’s a slim sidebar in your dashboard where you can access your courses, core settings, and analytics. Because Udemy only gives you so much freedom by design, there’s not much you can do in the backend other than creating courses, editing them, and tracking certain metrics.

It’s all very simple and far from an overwhelming experience overall.

For Students…

One of Udemy’s core goals is to make the whole experience as simple as possible—especially for students, but also for course creators.

Everything takes place inside their platform with no third-party apps or software.

Everything centers around each lesson’s main video, and an easy-to-navigate sidebar.

Pricing

As a course creator, Udemy is free (and likely to remain that way forever).

Almost anyone can create, publish, and sell an online course (in a matter of minutes). The downside to this is that you have limited freedom on how to price your course and what kind of royalties you receive.

I dive deeper into these details in this article where I review this platform in depth from the point of view of a course creator: Udemy vs Skillshare for Online Course Creators: Where To Publish Your Courses?

Pros vs Cons

I’ve used Udemy for several years and I really like the platform and recommend it. It does have its downsides, though:

Pros…

  • Free to create, publish, and sell your course
  • Easy to create, publish, and sell your course (a truly fast and simple process)
  • Instant access to a large and engaged (global) community of students

Cons…

  • Limited revenue potential due to platform policies and commissions, inability to do value-based pricing and charge higher prices
  • Everything happens inside Udemy, making it hard to establish your brand outside of it
  • Limited freedom to price your course how you like—a lot of the actual sales happen in site-wide promotions (many sales are $10 to $12 minus the commission, which can make it hard to make a significant of revenue on Udemy).

Final Verdict

Personally, I recommend Udemy to most course creators, but in a mixed model where you publish your courses on your own website using a standalone platform like Teachable or OnlineCourseHost.com, while you also generate complementary revenue on Udemy.

So you focus your promotional efforts on bringing traffic to your website, while you also generate additional revenue organically from the Udemy marketplace existing audience.

For this, Udemy is a great choice, but if you choose it as your only source of income, the large commissions and the inability to do value-based pricing will make it hard to make a living just from there in the long term.

Skillshare

Skillshare is another popular online course marketplace just like Udemy, although one that largely caters to the creative community.

I’ve written about this in-depth here: Udemy vs Skillshare for Online Course Creators: Where To Publish Your Courses?

Core Features & Benefits

For a full list of Skillshare features, visit this page. Some of the core features include:

  • Engaged Marketplace: Similar to Udemy, publishing your course on Skillshare instantly places you in front of a large, engaged audience of students—specifically aimed at the more creative industries.
  • Easy To Create: As with Udemy, Skillshare makes your life as a course creator simple, providing a step-by-step process to create your course. In particular, Skillshare places a heavy focus on videos (good for some course creators more than others).
  • Free To Use: Unlike many platforms, Skillshare is free to use for course creators. So long as you meet their guidelines, you can test, experiment, and publish the courses you desire.

The User Experience

In the same way Udemy does, Skillshare provides a simple and clear experience for both creators and students:

For Course Creators…

As a course creator on Skillshare, you’re walked through a series of steps to build out your lessons. It’s very much templated, leaving you little freedom to do as you wish.

This is a downside for many, although it does reduce a lot of overwhelming steps.

It’s very much a guided by the hand approach…

For Students…

For your students, Skillshare provides a clear interface. In fact, it’s a platform that differs from many marketplaces because students subscribe to a one-time fee and can then access whatever courses they desire.

This means it’s easier for students to test new courses, browse, and get a feel for the right one for them. As such, simplicity is key to Skillshare's user experience.

Pricing

As a course creator, teaching on Skillshare is free—and as with Udemy, it’s likely to remain this way.

I go deeper into this here: Udemy vs Skillshare for Online Course Creators: Where To Publish Your Courses? — including greater insight into your potential earnings and how you make money.

Pros vs Cons

Overall, Skillshare is a great marketplace. But it’s better suited for some more than others:

Pros…

  • Access to an existing, large, and ever-growing marketplace of students
  • Free to use—making it ideal for testing and validating your course
  • Super simple experience that saves you a lot of time (and money)

Cons…

  • Caters mainly to creative industries (if this isn’t what you teach, it’s likely not a good fit)

Final Verdict

Although Skillshare is a solid platform with a great community, it isn’t for everyone.

If you’re not part of the creative community, you may find yourself out of alignment with their target audience.

Plus, the way Skillshare pays its creators makes it hard to make a good living on the platform in the long term.

Just like in the case of Udemy, I recommend publishing on Skillshare on a non-exclusive basis, and also publishing on your own website using a standalone platform like Thinkific, Teachable or OnlineCourseHost.com.

I explain why this mixed publication model is better in greater detail in this separate review: Udemy vs Skillshare for Online Course Creators: Where To Publish Your Courses?

LearnDash

LearnDash is a self-hosted online course option that utilizes the WordPress ecosystem.

So this is a different thing than both marketplaces, standalone course platforms and all-in-one platforms, this only makes sense if you use the Wordpress ecosystem.

It’s a Plugin that integrates directly with your WordPress website and is one of the most popular used by the likes of Tony Robbins, Digital Marketer, and Keap.

Core Features & Benefits

For a complete list of LearnDash features, visit here. A few standout features include:

  • Freedom: The biggest feature of LearnDash is the simple freedom it affords you. In the same way, WordPress gives you the ability to design almost any website you like (using themes and templates), LearnDash places all the control you could ever ask for at your fingertips, which is great if you have the right design and technical skills to use it correctly.
  • Sophisticated Marketing & Sales: As well as the freedom to create the course you want, LearnDash opens up a world of possibilities with different marketing/sales features, plugins, integrations, and systems.
  • Stacks of Integrations: Unless you use an all-in-one solution like Kajabi, you need other tools to create and sell your courses. LearnDash has a truly comprehensive list of integrations with almost any online tool you can imagine.

The User Experience

Compared to many other online course platforms, LearnDash provides a rather unique user experience.

For Course Creators…

If you’ve used WordPress in the past, the LearnDash experience will feel familiar to you. As it all takes place in your WordPress dashboard, adding new courses, updating lessons, and making edits is similar to creating any page/post.

However, as with most plugins, there are other settings and features to dive into—many of which can complicate a bit the process.

For Students…

As for your student’s experience… well, that depends on you. When you create a course using LearnDash, you get the freedom to design pages and the general layout as you want.

This largely depends on the WordPress theme you use and the overall design.

You have the freedom and flexibility to create a completely unique experience, unlike no other site! But you also need the right skills to be able to use these powerful tools properly, or hire someone to do it.

Pricing

You can access LearnDash’s ecosystem for as little as $159 per year (this includes a license for one site). Overall, this is an affordable approach that allows you to upgrade as you scale your business.

However, it’s important to note this price only includes the LearnDash plugin. Your website hosting, the use of other software/tools… all that’s separate, meaning the cost of this approach quickly adds up.

Pros vs Cons

As with all other options, LearnDash provides both positives and negatives.

Pros…

  • The sheer freedom to build the course you want is a huge plus for most course creators
  • Through LearnDash, you can start small and scale your site/operation over time
  • Access to hundreds of integrations that cover the entire course-building process

Cons…

  • With so many features (and freedom), using LearnDash can quickly get overwhelming
  • The cost soon stacks up with this approach as you add new tools and integrations
  • With this approach, you’re on your own—everything from hosting and site speed to overcoming troubles and technical issues, it’s on you to fix it (or hire someone to do so)

Final Verdict

LearnDash is great, and the potential of building the course (and overall site/business) you want is appealing. Yet the reality is less so once you dive beneath the surface.

For this approach to work, you need a solid budget (and ideally a team with the right skills to support you).

Great for more established course creators… less so for someone starting out in terms of both budget and the skills needed to use it properly.

LearnWorlds

LearnWorlds is an all-in-one online course platform that allows you to not just create and sell courses, but establish and grow an entire business around them.

Similar to Kajabi, it gives you access to tools that cover the whole process of bringing online courses into the world. It also integrates with almost any tool/piece of software you can imagine, placing lots of freedom at your fingertips.

Core Features & Benefits

For a full list of features, visit here. A few core features to note include:

  • Sophisticated Interface: Although somewhat overwhelming and complicated, LearnWorld’s dashboard and the interface give you access to everything you need to create, publish, sell, and market your courses.
  • Unique Learning Experience: With a few unique features like automated transcripts, LeanrWorlds places a lot of focus on your student’s experience—helping you build trust and engagement.
  • Design Capabilities: From landing pages to the actual video player, you get to tweak much of the design throughout the process. This lets you not just create a course, but one that aligns with your brand.

The User Experience

When it comes to the user experience, LearnWorlds provides one unlike any other.

For Course Creators…

As you can see in this detailed breakdown, LearnWorlds has placed a lot of emphasis on its interface recently. It’s an incredibly detailed backend that not only gives you full freedom to create the course you want but an entire website dedicated to your courses.

The downside to this is, of course, overwhelm.

It takes a while to get your head around this—and that’s an understatement!

For Students…

As with many of the options we’ve covered so far, LearnWorlds provides a simple interface for students.

The left-hand column shows their progress and lets them access each lesson, whereas most of the screen then highlights the video.

Clean, simple, and built around keeping attention.

Pricing:

There’s no free option with LearnWorlds (although there is a free, short trial). This means it requires an instant investment—not just your money, but a lot of time as you learn how to navigate the platform.

The entry-level tier gives you access to most of the features you need, although there’s a $5 charge on top of each course sale (that’s on top of your monthly subscription).

To remove that, you need to upgrade to the $79 tier that brings in additional features like affiliate management, form builders, and the ability to offer memberships/subscriptions.

Again, these monthly prices only apply if you pay for a full 12 months ahead, if not we get to the typical $99 a month for their Pro plan with no transaction fees, which is the one that you will want sooner rather than later.

Pros vs Cons

There’s a lot to like about LearnWorlds… although there are also a few drawbacks.

Pros…

  • The freedom you have to not just create the course you want, but an entire ecosystem around your courses is one of the biggest selling points of LearnWorlds
  • You get access to some seriously impressive analytics that goes above and beyond most other platforms
  • From funnel builders to sophisticated landing pages, you get access to some great marketing and sales tools

Cons…

  • In short… this is one of the most complex platforms to use, due to its advanced customization feature (it can be overwhelming for a beginner)
  • For the entry-level price, other platforms make more sense. To get the most out LearnWorlds, you need to upgrade to one of the more expensive plans
  • There are just so many features on offer, and it’s unlikely you’ll use most of them, but still pay for them

Final Verdict

LearnWorlds is a very good platform that gives you everything that you need to create and sell online courses.

It provides a lot of customization options, and it has a price point more or less similar to the other platforms.

A great platform, and just like other platforms I find that the price point is a bit high for the typical online course creator that is just starting to build an audience.

Ruzuku

Ruzuku is somewhat of a hidden gem, an easy-to-use standalone online course platform created by Abe Crystal and Rick Cecil in 2012.

In particular, Ruzuku seems to cater in their marketing toward the creative industries—although it offers all the features anyone would need to create, publish, and sell their courses.

Core Features & Benefits

For a full list of features, visit here. Some of the standout ones to focus on include:

  • Focussed on The Course Creator: Overall, Ruzuku strives to make your life as a course creator as simple as possible. It gives you the features you need, but without all the headaches. Customizable, but not in an overwhelming way.
  • Community Focus: Engaging your students is more important than ever. Ruzuku takes this into account with several community-rich features that help you build your tribe.
  • Great Support/Training: Ruzuku’s commitment to their course creators is clear, with a wide array of training material—as well as a support team that actually gets back to you.

The User Experience

Although Ruzuku focusses on a simple process for course creators, they ensure a solid experience for students too:

For Course Creators…

Similar to other standalone platforms, Ruzuku provides access to an easy-to-navigate dashboard that lets you create and edit courses, add lessons, and tailor your student’s experience.

You can access most of what you need via the top menu.

It’s all rather intuitive to use, especially compared to other platforms.

For Students…

Ruzuku provides limited freedom to customize your course—at least in terms of how it looks.

It provides a simple experience for students but is far from eye-catching.

It’s good and offers everything it needs to. But falls short compared to other platforms.

Pricing

Ruzuku doesn’t offer a Free Plan (although it does provide a free 14-day trial), and even the most affordable option costs you nearly $1,000 per year.

It’s certainly not the cheapest option available, although Ruzuku does offer a lot of the features you need.

Pros vs Cons

As with any platform, Ruzuku has both pros and cons:

Pros…

  • From a course creators perspective, it’s a simple platform to navigate
  • You get access to some interesting features like webinars, polls, quizzes, and surveys
  • You don’t have to split your commissions with Ruzuku (customers pay directly into your account)

Cons…

  • For the price you pay, you’d expect a little more in terms of customization
  • As good as Ruzuku’s support is, it’s all done via email (no number to call)
  • Due to its price, Ruzuku makes it hard to test and validate your course before pulling the trigger

Final Verdict

Overall, Ruzuku is a solid platform. Easy to use, for course creators and students alike.

It also gives you access to all the features you need to build, publish, and sell your course—and they do so in a way that doesn’t overwhelm you.

Yet the price is a factor.

If you’re just starting out, it’s a major investment.

If you have a validated course and a clear plan for the future, Ruzuku could be for you.

Teachery

Teachery is another standalone platform that gives you access to all the features you need to create, publish, and promote your course.

Founded in 2014, it’s another that’s been around for a while, offering course creators a chance to share their wisdom with the masses.

Core Features & Benefits

For a full list of features, check out this page. A few of the features that stand out the most include:

  • Unlimited Everything: One of the best features of Teachery is that you have the freedom to make as many courses as you like… as many landing pages… as many checkout pages… and to onboard as many students as you like (no limits!!)
  • Drip Content: Another great feature is you can drip your content over time, rather than giving your student access to the whole course at once. For some courses, this is a neat feature.
  • No Additional Fees: As you’ll soon see, the price Teachery offers is simple, to say the least—with no additional fees beyond your subscription.

The User Experience:

The user experience on Teachery has evolved over the years for course creators and students alike:

For Course Creators…

Similar to other platforms, Teachery offers you access to everything you need in the left-hand column—as well as a nice drag-and-drop feature that makes organizing your course a breeze.

For Students…

Although similar to other platforms, Teachery provides a somewhat unique view for students.

It allows them to see the progress they’ve made at the top of the page, as well as access different lessons on the left of the screen.

Pricing

As I hinted at earlier, Teachery makes this simple: two tiers, one you pay monthly and the other annually.

Although there is no free plan, you do get to enjoy a 14-day trial period.

And look, this isn’t one of the cheapest platforms around, but it’s also not the most expensive.

When you factor in not having to split commissions with the platform (or any other hidden fees), Teachery is an affordable option.

Pros vs Cons

Although a good platform, Teachery isn’t perfect:

Pros…

  • No extra fees—even if you scale your business, the price remains the same
  • Solid support system with lots of useful training guides/videos
  • An easy-to-use backend that keeps everything simple for you

Cons…

  • Teachery only integrates with Stripe (which is far from ideal as Paypal converts better)
  • Although their training material is good, customer service can be a little slow
  • Good customization features, but still limited flexibility compared to other platforms

Final Verdict

All in all, there’s a lot to like about Teachery. It isn’t the cheapest option out there, but it is affordable enough that most new course creators can take advantage of it.

It’s great for scaling your business, too, as the price you pay remains the same.

Not integrating with Paypal is it's biggest issue.

Academy of Mine

Academy of Mine is a standalone online course platform that mainly caters to larger organizations.

It’s business-centric, and very much built for educational institutions or companies that do online training, rather then for the typical online course creator.

Core Features & Benefits

For a full list of features, visit here. A few of the standout features worth mentioning include:

  • Highly Customizable: Although much of the UI involves drag-and-drop builders, Academy of Mine gives you almost complete customization to build the pages, layout, and experience you want (although this does require some technical skills and know-how)
  • Very Secure: As you can expect with a platform built for large organizations, security is a big deal for Academy of Mine—offering TLS 2.0 encryption and SSL as standard
  • Certification: Another nice feature of this platform is the ability to create certificates and awards for your students, allowing them to progress with your course(s) over time.

The User Experience

As I’m sure you can imagine, Academy of Mine offers many features, making the user experience for both course creators and students more complex than most…

For Course Creators…

Considering the size of the platform, Academy of Mine does a good job of reducing your overwhelm.

You access everything you need via the left-hand column, with most features built around drag-and-drop functionality.

There’s just so much to this platform. It takes time to get used to what’s in front of you.

For Students…


Overall, the experience for students is simple enough.
They’re given access to a single dashboard that lets them see all the courses they’re signed up for. It’s easy to navigate, clean, and shows them how much progress they’ve made.

Pricing:

Let’s be clear… if you are the typical online course creator creating courses alone or with just some ocasional help, there’s a good chance this platform isn’t for you.

There’s no free plan. No free trial. At the very least, you can expect to pay $7,000+ per year.

This is a platform for large organizations to create an entire eLearning ecosystem.

Pros vs Cons

Academy of Mine brings a lot to the table, but arguably far too much for most the typical course creator:

Pros…

  • You get access to a lot of reports and data tools as part of this platform, so that organizations can monitor the usage of the courses by their internal teams
  • You can customize just about anything using Academy of Mine

Cons…

  • The price!! It is, let’s be honest, a lot
  • There’s just too much to this platform, which makes for an overall complicated user interface
  • For the price you pay, there’s limited access to marketing/promotional tools and features

Final Verdict

In short, I imagine this isn’t the platform for you if you are a typical course creator. Unless you head up a large organization and have plans for in-depth training, it’s a platform that is just not meant for you.

But if you are representing a large organization looking to create an in-house training academy, then this platform is just what you need.

Systeme

Systeme is an all-in-one solution that competes against the likes of Kajabi.

Founded in 2018, it's a platform growing in popularity.

Core Features & Benefits

For a full list of features, visit this page. Some of the main ones that stand out include:

  • All-in-one solution: The main selling point of Systeme is that you won’t need many (if any) other tools. From building your course to email marketing, sales funnels, websites, blogging, webinars, membership sites, and digital products… this platform takes care of everything.
  • Scaleable: one of the best features of Systeme is that it grows with you. As you scale your business, it gives you continued access to the tools you need.
  • Affiliates: Without the need for third-party software, you can set up affiliates and partnerships directly from Systeme—again, a great tool for scaling your business to the next level.

The User Experience:

As you can imagine, an all-in-one solution like this can take a while to get used to, but it's very intuitive for the amount of features it offers.

For Course Creators…

Systeme does its best to keep things as simple as possible.

You get access to all the various tools via the top menu, which then leads to sub-menus, sections, and pages. It’s easy enough to navigate, but it does take time to get used to where everything is.

For Students…

Overall, the experience is simple enough for students—a similar layout to platforms like Thinkific.

Obviously, this depends on how you use Systeme and how many tools you use (products, memberships, layers to the funnel, etc…).

It’s a clean layout that gives them access to their course material via the left-hand column.

But again, how complex this becomes for them largely comes down to you.

Pricing:

Considering what you get access to, Systeme is great value for money.

There’s a Free Plan, which allows you to create your first course without having to invest any money. This comes with all the tools you need, too—although there are limitations to how many steps your sales funnel can have, etc…

Still, the point here is that Systeme grows with you.

You can validate your first course, get a feel for the platform, and invest in higher plans when necessary.

Pros vs Cons

Although there’s a lot to like about Systeme, it also falls short in a few areas:

Pros…

  • This platform gives you access to just about everything you need to build, publish, and sell your courses—not just now, but in the future as you scale
  • It’s an affordable platform when you consider the number of tools you get access to
  • There are some great automation features that save you a lot of time

Cons…

  • Simply put… it can be a little bit overwhelming. This is true of any all-in-one platform. You get access to everything in one place, which makes for an intense user experience
  • Because Systeme gives you everything you need, you cannot integrate other third-party tools. This may be fine, yet if you’ve used an email marketing platform, for instance, you’ll have to migrate everything over

Final Verdict

Systeme is ideal for professional digital marketers, that sell their own products or sell done-for-you services for building a website and the corresponding sales funnels.

It does support online courses, but the main focus of the platform is to be the basis of your whole online business in general.

The platform is not specific to online course creators, as courses are just one but a small feature of the platform.

If you are planning to run multiple websites with lots of different landing pages for all sorts of digital products like E-books, courses, etc. then this platform is a good choice.

But if you are a typical course creator that just wants a simple solution to quickly set up an online course page and start selling it with minimal customization needed, then maybe this platform is not designed for you.

All in all this seems like a platform whose target audience are mostly professional digital marketers, that have the need to build complex sales funnels.

I think this platform is more comparable to ClickFunnels rather than Thinkific, OnlineCourseHost.com or Teachable.

WizIQ

WizIQ is a standalone online course platform that caters largely to larger organizations, educational institutions, and training companies.

It provides access to the tools you need to create an online course, as well as live training experiences.

Core Features & Benefits:

For a complete list of features, visit here. A few standout ones include:

  • Virtual Classroom: Although you can create a standard online course, WizIQ also lets you build virtual classrooms so you can teach students in real-time—complete with video conferencing (similar to what you can achieve with Zoom).
  • Tests and Assessments: When it comes to producing tests and assessments for students, this platform stands out against most other competitors.
  • Advanced Analytics: WizIQ lets you dive deeper than many platforms so you can track and evaluate individual students, as well as your course’s success as a whole.

The User Experience

As you’ll see, WizIQ provides a nice user experience…

For Course Creators…

Overall, this is a platform that seems to cater more toward academics, or someone that needs to run a lot of live classrooms.

It’s functional, but a lot of the page gets lost in the details. It isn’t the easiest to navigate and not the most visual—especially when compared to most other platforms on this list.

For Students…

Seen as WizIQ’s designed for live classroom experiences, it looks different from most other platforms.

Pricing

There are two types of plans at play here: one that gives you access only to Live Classroom features, and the other that lets you build a complete Learning Management System (LMS).

You’ll likely need the latter, which seems to cost more. Prices start at $25/month, but you have to speak directly to WizIQ—this is a bit surprising as many of us don’t want to talk to a salesperson.

There is a free trial, but overall it’s a site that caters to B2B (not the consumer).

Pros vs Cons

WizIQ offers both the good and the bad:

Pros…

  • The ability to create a live classroom experience is certainly a positive
  • The analytics and reporting gives you much deeper insight than most platforms do, which allows you to figure out exactly who your ideal student is
  • For more academic-focused course creators, this gives an experience your students likely crave

Cons…

These are really not cons in the absolute, but they might be if you are a typical course creator running your course business mostly on your own:

  • This is a platform that caters to larger organizations
  • Not only is the price of this platform not publicly available, but there are additional fees throughout (including storage, bandwidth, and based on the number of students you have)

Final Verdict

Unless you’re a course creator with plans to replicate more traditional education, this platform likely isn’t for you. It’s built for organizations and educational institutions that need to create live classrooms.

It’s an interesting platform with its own specific market, but one that is just not designed for most online course creators.

Pathwright

Pathwright is a standalone online course platform that goes deep into the learning experience.

As well as all the features you expect with a platform like this, Pathwright goes above and beyond to ensure you can teach your students what they need in a way that suits your specific and unique style.

Core Features & Benefits

For a full list of features, visit this page. A few of the best features include:

  • Learning Experience: Pathwright goes to the next level when it comes to student learning. As well as the usual features you come to expect, they provide students with the ability to take notes, ask questions, and implement what they learn.
  • Engaging Tools: There are a number of engaging tools such as assessments and tests to help both you teach and your students progress.
  • Learning Blocks: With Pathwright’s “learning block” system, you can create unique, interactive elements for your students—you really can let your imagination roam free.

The User Experience:

This is where Pathwright excels, providing a unique experience for both students and course creators.

For Course Creators…

When using Pathwright, you feel like you’re building a website more than a course.

It’s very visual and user-friendly, although can take a while to get used to. If you’re not technically inclined (or struggle with anything design-related), this platform may overwhelm you a bit.

For Students…

As well as providing a visually appealing experience for students, Pathwright ensures everything remains simple. Compared to most other platforms, Pathwright looks very different.

If you want to stand out and create a unique experience, it could be the ideal platform.

Pricing

Pathwright isn’t cheap, although you’ll likely get access to all the tools they need via the $99/month plan—if you wish to scale up and build a community, you may need to upgrade to the $199/month tier.

There’s also no free plan (or free trial), so you have to invest in this platform from the offset.

Pros vs Cons

As with all the platforms on this list, Pathwright offers both the pros and cons:

Pros…

  • A learning experience for students that allows you to give them the path to success they need
  • Lots of freedom and customization options to create the course, site, and overall style you want
  • Flexibility to create different payment plans/subscriptions (great for testing and validating)

Cons…

  • The drag-and-drop nature of this platform can feel a little overwhelming and complex
  • The lack of a free trial or free plan is not ideal
  • One of the more pricey options on this list

Final Verdict

Although Pathwright is a great platform with lots of freedom to grow, it comes at a price.

You have to be ready to invest in this from the offset, meaning it’s important to have a validated and ready-to-go course (ideally, several courses).

For new creators, this may not be for you—yet.

Xperiencify

Xperiencify is a standalone online course platform unlike any other.

Although it helps you build and sell your course (as most other platforms do), Xperiencify centers most of its focus around student engagement—using gamification and psychological triggers to bring their learning experience to life.

Core Features & Benefits

For a full list of features, click here. Some of the core features that stand out include:

  • Gamification: Xperiencify’s mission is simple… to make online courses fun and engaging. They tackle this with a series of gamification tools that get your students competing (both with themselves and others).
  • Experience Engine: The way Xperiencify’s set up, much of the process—once you’ve built it—happens behind the scenes. It uses certain psychological triggers to keep students progressing, engaged, and motivated to complete your course.
  • Third-Party Integrations: Although this platform has many of the tools you need, it also integrates with software like Zapier to ensure you can give your students the exact experience they crave.

The User Experience

As you can imagine, Xperiencify is all about providing a memorable experience.

For Course Creators…

Although the dashboard is simple enough (and similar to many other platforms), using Xperiencify does take some getting used to.

You get access to tools that are likely foreign to you, so there’s a large learning curve before you get the hang of things.

For Students…

In a word, Xperiencify ensures your students have fun.

Through welcome messages, celebrations, badges, awards, and much more… they work through your course in a way that keeps them engaged and motivated throughout.

When it comes to your students’ learning experience, Xperiencify has set a new standard!

Pricing:

Overall, Xperiencify is an affordable tool that comes with a free trial—which is good because you’ll want to test this platform before you commit to it.

For a lot of course creators, the $42/month tier should suffice.

Although in time you may need to upgrade to the $117/month plan.

Pros vs Cons

This platform is quite unique.

Pros…

  • It’s simply unique and unlike any other online course platform available
  • The numerous psychological triggers allow you to create a truly memorable experience for your students
  • The freedom to let your imagination run wild appeals to many course creators, opening up a world of opportunities, experimentation, and much more

Cons…

  • You might need to know at least a bit about gamification in order to know how to use all the features properly
  • There is a lot of focus on the gamification aspect itself, so if you want to create a traditional online course with minimal gamification features, it might not be a good fit
  • There aren’t huge training resources available (yet)

Final Verdict

Although Xperiencify is unique and interesting (and lots of fun), it might be not be ideally suited for the typical course creator, due to it's heavy emphasis on gamification features, that a lot of people won't know how to use properly.

For the typical course creator looking to package their knowledge in some simple videos and maybe some powerpoint slides with voice over and focus mostly on the teaching aspect itself and not the gamification, the platform might not be the best fit.

Which is The Best Online Learning Platform?

So… which is the best online course platform? Which one should you choose?

In general, leveraging a marketplace like Udemy makes sense for most creators—especially those starting out—but you can never solely rely on a marketplace.

They change the rules, the commission structure and all of a sudden that compromises your business.

Marketplaces are however a great complement to a self-publishing option like Thinkific, Teachable, or OnlineCourseHost.com.

So if you’re just starting out, I recommend you build momentum with the most relevant marketplaces available for your course topic, on a non-exclusive basis.

But the marketplace is meant to be used as a complement to your main efforts, which should be to bring people to your own website, where you can practice value-based pricing, and sell your courses according to the transformation that they provide to your student's lives, without being compared to several other $10 courses on the same page.

For this, you have a couple of options available:

  • self-hosting platforms
  • standalone online course platforms
  • All-in-one online course platforms

The platform that makes the most sense to you depends on the exact features you need.

I think self-hosting platforms (like Wordpress plugins for example) will rarely make sense for most course creators, as if you can you should avoid having to have to upgrade your servers and plugins.

There are way simpler ways available today for running an online course website, that don't involve having to deal with all of that.

Wordpress is great though to build a website like a blog for example, or other generic types of websites. But to host your online courses its not ideal, it was just not designed for that specific task.

As for an all-in-one platform like Kajabi, you likely want to hold off on this if you’re in the early stages.

These are designed for experienced digital marketers that not only have a proven product (ie: your course) but a fully-fledged sales funnel, and even a team to help them out to make the most of all those advanced design tools.

I personally think that the best fit for most course creators is a standalone online course platform, that is affordable, easy to use, and provides a great user experience for both you and your students.

As you can see in this guide, there are multiple options available, all with similar features.

If you’re still finding your feet, I highly recommend you try OnlineCourseHost.com. The entire platform was built from the ground up to make your life easier.

You get the freedom to customize your site and build the course you need without all the complex design features that trip many people up.

For most course creators, it’s the simplest, friendliest, and it's by far the one that gives you the most value for the price.

Not that there's anything wrong with the other platforms.

It's just that for the typical course creator trying to set up an online course business on their own with minimal help from others, and still in the process of building an audience, I think that OnlineCourseHost.com is just a much better fit both financially and user-experience wise.

Besides the platform, we also provide all the information that you need to become a successful online course creator, for free.

Just check out our Academy for a complete list of guides and tutorials we have to offer. A few that help you get started in the most efficient way include:

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I hope you found this post helpful, let me know in the comments below what other topics you would like me to cover, or any questions that you have?

Thanks for reading… enjoy the course creation process! 😉


Vasco Cavalheiro

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