Thinkific is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that lets users create, market and sell online courses.
In Thinkifc, users can build multimedia courses. The system has support for video, audio, PDF, text, HTML, voice over slide presentations, surveys, quizzes and downloadable attachments. Users can drag and drop their content into Thinkific’s course builder.
Users can offer either free or paid courses. They can design promotions and offer coupons. Student purchases are immediately deposited into users’ accounts through the system.
Thinkific offers users custom domains and brandable sites, and users can edit their own CSS and HTML if they choose. Thinkific courses can include in-course discussions. Teachers can monitor students’ progress and reward them with certificates of completion.
Students can begin their courses on one device, and Thinkific will automatically save their places, even if they switch to a different device.
Thinkific is priced per month. It is available worldwide. Support is offered through YouTube tutorials and the Thinkific blog.
Jonathan from WalletWin
I can easily and quickly get my online courses up and running and sell them easily to my students and corporate clients.
I LOVE all the features Thinkific has to support my online course. Completion certificates? Check. Achievements? Check. SINGLE SIGN ON FOR WHEN I SELL TO CORPORATE CLIENTS? CHECK!
But really, the feature list is pretty long and extensive. And the price is pretty good compared to other platforms.
Now, Thinkific won't host all your marketing needs, but it will nail your online course, and I'm a big fan of that.
They also offer GREAT webinars and opportunities for professional development, which I really appreciate. I really do feel like they want me to succeed.
I wish there were more options for how my course pages are laid out. It's pretty much all standardized with the course online on the left of the page and the content on the left. That course outline is ALWAYS there. Now, that might be really handy for students, but I wish I had some options and maybe could make things a little prettier. (It's not ugly or anything, I just would like another option or two to choose from)
Kate from Booming Eye Healing Arts
I really like how simple it was to create an online course. All I had to do was create the content and Thinkific supplied the platform to present it in a clarified and seamless way. Also, the customer support has been outstanding!
I haven't had too much natural traffic come across my course. Maybe upping the marketing game a bit so I have other marketing resources to connect with. Not necessary, just a thought.
Daniel from Pencil Kings
I've been able to sell multiple learning products to 200+ students. This has enabled them to learn and see their progress as they go. It has also allowed me to create and use quizzes for my students.
This software is quite flexible and enabled me to take over 200 students through 15 learning modules. Each module has multiple videos and pictures. Thinkific enabled me to include assignments, which I used Airtable to integrate with. Enrolling students in that course is extremely simple.
There are no big cons with Thinkific. That said, the progress bar has been confusing for some of our students. Replaying courses can be slightly confusing for them too.
Christina from CAG Connect
I love the pricing which gives us "options" on how we want to spend our money. The platform is very user-friendly. Plenty of training videos for the most technically challenged user available. I used this platform before and it has been greatly improved since then.
Shannon from Plus One Virtual Solutions
Great course building platform with great customer service. A win-win on all fronts!
I wasn't familiar with Thinkific when I began my search for online course software, and going in, I was fairly certain which popular brand I would choose. I'm so glad that I did my research. I've been very pleased with Thinkific. The dashboard has an easy flow. The drag and drop editor makes course creation a breeze and so far the customer support has been amazing. It's obvious that they are big on educating their customers and that's greatly appreciated.
The basic pricing is a little higher than some of the other popular platforms but for what they offer, it's not such a bad deal.
Akhilesh from Notes for IAS
1) Thinkific is one of a kind platform that has something to offer to everyone. Even if you have zilch money to start with, thinkific has a plan for you. The free plan has so many features that one has to wonder at times if he needs to upgrade ever :) . Many other free plans try to give you a taste of the software and then nudge to upgrade. Not thinkific . They give you all the tools you need even on a free plan and then when you decide to upgrade , they add awesome value to your investment.
2) Ease of use is just awesome . They have explained the tiniest details with videos . Learning curve at best can be surmounted in a single day with the resources they offer.
3) The course player is just terrific and can host almost anything imaginable including content made on authoring tools . The interface is very mobile friendly.
4) Unlimited video hosting even on free plans ! This is as good as it gets . The video player is high quality . I suspect they use Wistia for playing videos .
5) Customer support is great and very responsive
Haydee from Construction
Peace of mind. Great customer support.
Its customer service. Its friendliness. Its accessibility. Its genuine concern for the customer's success.
I wish you could promote more than you have so that I could have found you sooner. Maybe by using the leverage of big-name entrepreneurs. I think that you have a great service that can compete with any of the other ones on the market.
Can easily get started and put your course up and available for enrollment. Like the theme options made available.
Not very mobile friendly, where it is difficult to navigate and adjust video playback. Not as aesthetically pleasing.
Kyle from Digital Conversion Labs
Employees number: 2-10 employees
- Easy to use
- Nice UX // UI
- Pretty flexible user experience customization
- Customer support is great
Oh, and I know the owner Great (great guy) so you'll be in good hands! ;-)
Wish that the software had more rich customizations & options for creating a richer user experience for your course takers. However, they have it right in terms of the basic design of the course experience for your members for the time being.
Linda from Inclusive Leadership Co-operative
Employees number: 2-10 employees
We are at the beginning stages of offering a high quality course to students from around the world.
We researched many Platforms before choosing Thinkific.
We love that Thinkific is Canadian.
We love the journey that students take from first encountering the site landing page, going to the course landing page and then immersing themselves in the course.
I appreciate the helpful support from the Thinkific team. They do a great job of answering our many questions.
I am fortunate that Thinkific rebuilt their course editing software quite soon after we began developing our course. Their new software is quite easy to use and easy to revise.
I really like their flat-rate monthly subscription fee with no hidden costs.
I wish students could purchase this course in the currency of their own country.
I wish we could pay for our subscription in Canadian funds instead of American.
We have had to purchase a separate Discussion Forum because their Disqus Plug In is a social media plug in that is not confidential, and their built in Discussion Forum is very awkward and poorly organized with no ability to search, edit, or even manage posts.
Thinkific focuses much more on supporting marketing than on supporting online course development. We were fortunate that we had already taken two excellent courses in online course development that we could apply to the Thinkific Platform.
Thinkific is less responsive to good ideas for improvement than I would like them to be. For example, despite many, many requests from many course developers it is still not possible for the course author to copy, paste and edit quizes and so there is a lot of unnecessary labour involved in inputting quizes
Abigail from PROVESTIA
Employees number: 11-50 employees
I get to sell my courses to students directly and receive a hire percentage than I would on Udemy and Skillshare.
I needed to create online courses to sell directly to students rather than putting all my eggs in one basket... in this case 2 baskets; Udemy and Skillshare. I began looking for cheap or free LMS system, and after vetting my options I was down to two choices Thinkific and Teachable. Thinkific isn't as popular as Teachable so I was already partial, expecting less from it than Teachable. I was surprised that Thinkific was the better option.
Thinkific is easy to use, intuitive and very user-friendly, they have lots of resources on how to create courses. I hit a snag in the video production phase of my courses and I was surprised when they reached out to me, I explained that I hadn't been online as I was still creating my course and they sent links to resources that would help. That was a biggy for me, as I really needed that.
The staff and the software itself has been amazing.
Non really, at least for now. I'm on the free plan which has limited features, I'd need to upgrade to fully explore its capabilities but for now, I'm content
Gary from a Touch of Chi
Easy to use. Very good instructions. I was able to create an online course very quickly with no experience, just by following their instructions.
Was a little slow in loading course pages, especially the Landing page. I was using Microsoft Edge browser. Later switched to Google chrome and was faster.
Alberto from Dell EMC
My course was up and running in a week (after I made it) without me having to think and organize landing page, payment methods, download pages, etc.
Easy to understand and use; it guides you through a predefined pattern customized for the provisioning of online course
Few customizations available.... but it in some cases it's better so! If you like to make your own pages, you know html/wordpress etc you may want to develop your own platform
Kofi from Unlimited impact Coaching & Leadership
Employees number: 1 employee
Further motivation to pursue the training and hopefully the course.
I want to acquire the same customer relations skills that they seem to effortlessly have and exhibit.
So far in my understanding . I am encouraged to pursue y search further.
The step by step guide is very helpful. Also the staff is all over you wanteing to give a helping hand. I am of the view that the software will help me develop a great course and to teach it or them
The software could do with some simplification and streamline oftions made available. The great thing is that it does not have too many negative characteristics. Also when members of the team contact audiences they could indicate their relationship with the rest of the team, in particular the individual one just contacted.
Anne from A to Z Pirate Booty
It allows a person to publish an online course and customize everything, including the price you sell it for. Thinkific has everything you need to be successful. AND they offer lots of webinars and training as you need! I look forward to using it more as I grow my online publishing business!
I like that it is customizable. I like that Thinkific offers lots of webinars and help with all aspects of publishing online courses. It allows a couple ways to collect money for your courses. They spell out exactly what to do! For a newbie like me, I began setting things up months ago while I was working on my course. As I completed it, I began uploading the lectures and made some changes to my text and landing page and other info. Easy to make it your own. I am happy with how professional it all looks. Now I will get busy with the marketing end and Thinkific can help with info about that too! Customer service is awesome and they reach out frequently to see what they can do to guide you! I highly recommend this solution for getting an online course published. I am at the entry level, but am testing the waters until I need to go further and unlock more features.
As expected the free version is basic, so in order to get to some of the good stuff, you have to upgrade. Not a big deal really, since I am producing my first course and need to go slowly.
They are constantly improving and have great training webinars and videos. They have a more down-to-earth "vibe" than other similar programs, and you can post just about any kind of teaching material you can think of in lots of ways - video, audio, quizzes, surveys, multimedia, etc.
It is hard to navigate, a little too busy, and syncing the sign-ups I get with my email software has been confusing. Also, replying to student posts doesn't always go through - a student never got my response to her long post.
Rocky from HeyItsRocky
I highly recommend Thinkific to anybody who wants to build an online course. Other LMS platforms are focused on enterprise space, or require a bunch of tech professionals to set it up for you. For thinkific, I recommended it to 50+ year old teachers who were able to navigate the platform and build courses. It's incredibly easy!
Not much. Thinkific does have a short learning curve, which they cover in their training. But it's pretty drag and drop.
Gordon from Firemark Enterprises
Employees number: 1 employee
It works, gets the job done, and you're up and running quickly.
Easy to use, flexible, and it's a hosted solution, so you're not managing your web server, CMS, LMS, etc., Leaves you time and energy to focus on course content
Simple, and limited to a few themes for look-and-feel. Payment processing charges are barely competitive.
Dan from TUNE
Employees number: 201-500 employees
Value for the money, attractive front end with little effort.
The way Thinkific presents content, from landing page to course completion page, is beautiful and appealing to the user. There are ample ways to connect with the user through various integrations if desired. It's also useful that you can customize the branding and even your own site theme if you have the available resources to do so! After switching from a sub-par LMS, our users are more engaged and more excited about signing in to consume our courses.
Reporting leaves much to be desired - best count on using Zapier to pull data into a 3rd party for analyzing user progress and completion rates. It's also frustrating that I have to wait for some reports to be emailed to me after requesting them. Perhaps the most frustrating part is that the front-end is designed using Liquid, which is difficult for a novice with basic CSS / HTML knowledge to navigate in order to make small text changes across the site.
You can start absolutely free and develop your own html pages with their online tool.
In addition, you get great support even from the owner himself.
Nothing like this ever existed.
Perhaps adding support to develop with npm might be a nice addition.