Thinkific is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that lets users create, market and sell online courses. Key features include course creation, marketing and sales and security.
In Thinkific, users can build multimedia courses and embed video, audio, PDF, voice-over slide presentations, and downloadable attachments. Users can drag and drop their content into Thinkific’s course builder.
Thinkific offers users custom domains and brandable sites, and users can edit their own CSS and HTML if they choose. Thinkific courses include in-course discussions where 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 on a per month subscription basis. Support is offered through the knowledge base.
Katie from Katie McBrien The Sea Shaman
Employees number: 1 employee
I got leads into students who enjoyed this platform. I really loved setting up courses and I think this is a great product.
I really like how easy this system is; they have done a lot to make their platform easy to use. The free plan is good.
Easy to use & navigate
Helpful webinars and manuals to help you get the most and market your courses
Clean crisp look
Responsive for mobile, tablet, and pc's
Pricing for me was the only con; I had purchased a lifetime subscription to another course building platform and decided to switch to that otherwise i'd still be using thinkific.
Shannon from Plus One Virtual Solutions
Setting up a course and getting started quickly is a plus with Thinkific.
The dashboard is easy to use. Setting up a course is straightforward and there are plenty of tutorials if you get stuck.
I had a tough time with the site builder. I found it cumbersome and limiting compared to other builders with few customizations. The site themes are nice but limited as well.
Kaylyn from 123 Credit Consultants
Good for holding course and training content for on-boarding.
Free-trial allows you to upload course content (a good amount) and make available to new-hires in training.
Uploading video content is limited to size and file type. A few times certain video's would not play or only play a few minutes and crash.
Rocky from Mirasee
Employees number: 11-50 employees
It's just a great piece of software to deploy an online course without having to rely on a expensive developer (like myself.)
I deploy Thinkific to my clients who need to an online course, but don't have the expertise or resources to recruit someone with technology skills. It's really easy with a short learning curve. If building a website with drag/drop tools is easy to you - this is even easier.
Their support is fantastic! Their response time is quick, their team is helpful, and their reply is always clear and coherent. I've spoken to them as both a user, and a developer - and they were always willing to find a way to help me solve things.
For the scenario of building a training program - Thinkific is great - no issues. If I had to say something, like anything - the only thing I can think of is, as a developer - I wish I can build add-ons to extend Thinkific's features. I'm probably in the 1% who wants it, which shows how much Thinkific really thought things
Monica from Learn By Design School
I have produced more than 200 online courses and used several platforms. Thinkific is my favorite. I have three schools there. It's easy to use, clean design, and the upgrades are customer-centered.
I don't like the new admin organization. It's text heavy and not intuitive. I prefer simple headers like courses, users, admin, etc.
Susan from Getting Out from Going Under Publishing
Employees number: 1 employee
I was able to easily launch a free flagship course. It enabled me to provide a needed service to students without having to charge them by giving me the option to host the course at no cost.
I searched and searched for an affordable way to host my free Fearless Budgeting training program for compulsive spenders. I tried a couple of sites before launching, but they all had problems and were difficult to use.
When I found the free plan on Thinkific, I was blown away. It was so easy to set up and everything just flowed. I had one issue with the sort order of multiple download files. Customer service was great and helped me figure out how to sort them properly within a couple of hours.
It was incredibly easy to set up the two courses (total of 50 lessons) and two additional products. My products and courses look professional. Oh, and I love the student discussion forum, which I've used to let students know about an update to one of the courses and an upcoming Q&A call. Plus, I was able to easily integrate my mailing list into the program.
I couldn't be happier with the service and support. I heartily recommend Thinkific. For me, it blows away the competition!
Nothing. Not one thing. It's perfect for my needs.
The fact is, I'm amazed at all the features I get with the free option. It's working out great for me and my students.
Ricardo from Ocean Rig
Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees
Easy to use, I may host my videos directly with no extra cost, visual is fantastic and intuitive. The software is complete which include marketing, learning and webpage tools. even the hosting is included.
The use of SCORM could be have more functionality like others with hosting direct in the thinkific like they do for videos.
Susan from Susan McVea Consulting Inc.
It's mobile friendly for my students. It's a very simple to use a system which means even if you're, not super tech you can make it work.
I get awesome student feedback on how easy Thinkific is to use, especially on the go.
It's got great reporting and you get paid right away instead of having your money held up. Even on the free account which is awesome to better manage cash flow needs.
I also love that you can see how your students are progressing and where people might be getting stuck on your content.
Probably the only big negative for me is that is I want to include writing below my video training it doesn't show the student how long the video is or even that there's a video there at all.
So sometimes people have missed training parts because of the formatting of their system. Not the biggest deal, but I like to streamline my lesson by putting a small blurb under the video and the easiest way to do this means it doesn't show up as a video on the sidebar for the student.
Barbi from Upwork
Employees number: 201-500 employees
Thinkific is a great program to use to create course content. It offers flexibility and various options when creating courses for others.
The ease of use in creating course content - adding lessons, videos, images, and more. It is a great program to start with even if you are new to creating a course.
It would be nice to see more options in how your "course" appears to others, such as having themes to choose from.
Enrrique from CANTV
An excellent way to place and sell your courses on the net, making you gain prestige in the online educational area.
A very easy to use application that projects your career as an instructor and educator, you can sell the courses to students or companies, allowing you to take better advantage as it allows you to enlarge your professional profile, showing the courses you have done and who and how many have seen, making you notice in the professional area, it is quite complete and easy to use, with an attractive cost for the market.
I think they should improve a little the visual and design area, to make it more pleasing to the eye, allowing you to customize more each course and let your imagination fly to catch a larger audience, doing this would improve even more this excellent application.
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.
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