Best For Individuals and organizations that want to dive into online courses and membership websites with a smart online course platform.

Product Details

They say the best way to learn is to teach. With the popularity of online courses growing by the day, you can leverage the power of online courses to impart knowledge, perfect skills, and even make it a full time job. To start a successful online course, you will need the best online course platform, Thinkific is among the household names.

Thinkific is an end-to-end solution that helps individuals, businesses, and organizations to create online courses and membership sites, market them, and deliver content to the target audience under their brands. Whether you want to start an online copywriting course or a fitness training club, Thinkific has got you covered with all the tools you need to publish, price, and promote your online course.

This online source platform has helped over 40,000 creators make $200 million+ on the Thinkific platform, where 53 million+ online courses have been taken so far. Some of the big names using Thinkific include social media management company Hootsuite, renowned health and wellness expert Elizabeth Rider, and Jason Yee, a celebrated ice hockey coach.

Build Online Courses
Thinkific comes with all the tools you need to design and brand your online course without touching any code. You can customize the curriculum, and how your course system runs, and even use rich multimedia course content, including text, video, quizzes, surveys, etc. As a membership platform, you can also have private and hidden courses.

A Website that Converts
You definitely need a website to showcase your course and provide a learning platform for your students. Thinkific helps you sell and teach with confidence with websites designed using themes tailored explicitly for online courses. The themes come with full access to HTML and CSS.

Full Suite of Marketing Tools
Marketing can make or break your education business, and that’s why Thinkific integrates a suite of marketing tools to help you market and sell your product. The platform has an affiliate program and integrates with over a thousand apps, including your email service provider. The advanced data tracking also helps you optimize campaigns by making data-driven decisions. The pricing options and payment methods are very flexible and guarantee best-in-class security.

Engagement is Everything
For students to succeed, Thinkific offers a rich learning environment where students can learn at their convenience. The platform has features such as unlimited replays and language control. You can also track progress and motivate students by celebrating their little wins.

Contact Details

  1. Thinkific
  2. Founded in 2012
  3. thinkific.com
  4. Located in Canada

Thinkific Pricing Overview

There is a free version of Thinkific and a free trial. Pricing for the paid plans starts at $49 a month, and all paid plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. See the additional pricing details below.


Starting Price
$49/month
Free Trial
  • No
Deployment
  • Android
  • Cloud
  • Installed – Mac
  • Installed – Windows
  • iPhone / iPad
  • SaaS
  • Web-Based
  • Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
Training
  • Documentation
  • In Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
Support
  • 24/7 support
  • Chat support
  • Email support
  • Phone support

Thinkific Reviews

Showing 5 of 6 reviews

Overall 4.1/5
Ease of Use 4.0/5
Customer Service 4.0/5
Martin .
CEO, Martin Marketing AB
Used the software for: 6-12 months

7/10
Likelihood to Recommend

August 3, 2020

Overall Rating 3/5
Ease of Use 3/5
Customer Service 2/5
Features 4/5
Value for Money 3/5
“Poor Customer Service”
Overall:

I was very frustrated. They are not friendly to clients. In their marketing campaign, they claim to prioritize customer needs, but far from reality. They don’t answer or replace my queries. There is no support to clients from Europe. This is my second time to subscribe, but then again, I’ve experienced the same issue. I already posted my concern on their website but sad to say there is no action taken yet. As a company, you have to wait for your clients for a few days, which is unacceptable. Another frustrating is that, after waiting for a few days for their response, they ask for details that were already integrated into the original email. Once you need to wait for a couple of days for the response, it seems like I am the one that should adjust to the time. This is not worth my time, money, and investment. I told you guys, don’t waste your time and money on this platform.

Pros:

This product was introduced to me by my friend. First, I was very excited to use, thinking that it will provide all my needs. What is more, there are a lot of good reviews I’ve read from previous clients. 

Cons:

This is not user-friendly. I anticipate that it would be easier, and my work has also encountered the same issue in using Thinkific. No staff or customer service to call is you have problems, and the only email allowed, wherein you need to wait for a couple of days for the response. They are not consistent, and they didn’t prioritize the needs of their clients. They are just after the payment. I send a query on Tuesday asking them to carry out something, and they just told me to read the instruction wherein no instruction given at all. They are requesting me to confirm the email add. I answer immediately and receive an email asking how they could assist me. I think they aren’t reading my email. I sent an email on Tuesday, and I receive their response Thursday night. 
I have no plan of using Thinkific in the future. They don’t deserve my attention and time. I am begging you, and please look for the same LMS if you don’t want to experience the stress and pressure I’ve experienced. The features are fine; it is just the customer service that has an issue. 

Mike L.

Used the software for: 1-2 years

7/10
Likelihood to Recommend

August 3, 2020

Overall Rating 5/5
Ease of Use 4/5
Customer Service 5/5
Features 5/5
Value for Money 5/5
“The Best Out of the Box Solution”
Overall:

At my past clients, I settle on Thinkific to create and design a model for a course my officer wished to try prior to commissioning an app. While the end product is not that smooth as we are working towards, it looks amazing for a digital course and is also light years further than the competition. It was user-friendly and integrated amazingly and beautifully with other apps. This is the best LMS I’ve tried so far in my whole life. I will definitely recommend this to my friends. Good job, guys!

Pros:

The best thing about Thinkific is that it was very easy to do a professional course. The whole thing was laid out properly and made the entire process enjoyable and easier on my part. I was particularly pleased and happy with the website turned out. It is easy to integrate my course, and it is really amazing.
We began with an idea to assist my friend and turned it into a course. This system permitted us to make our idea a reality. This is a very usable product people could buy and utilize at this point. 
With this tool, it made it simple to produce and host our online course for financial advisors. With all types of platforms available, there is always a learning curve at the start of the process. The support team was very friendly, open, and welcoming. They respond fast to my query and help out team learn the ropes. 
I love the free function as it allows me to set up the program without spending a dime. This will not break your bank account. It is ideal for startups. 

Cons:

I have a small concern about the way they handle customer queries. You can’t reach them via phone, so you need to send an email. After a few hours, I received a response, but some of my colleagues told me that the reply took a few days. 
Also, there was a small thing I don’t like about this platform. I also find it hard to tailor the course, and it takes me so long. On the other hand, I could always find a workaround. 
In general, I would like to commend the guys behind this product for a job well done. 

Adrienne K.

Used the software for: Less than 6 months

9/10
Likelihood to Recommend

August 3, 2020

Overall Rating 5/5
Ease of Use 5/5
Customer Service 5/5
Features 5/5
Value for Money 5/5
“Great Platform to Sell Courses Online ”
Overall:

Thinkific is an all in one digital course platform that empowers me to instantly and immediately make and deliver stunning and remarkable courses on our own branded website. It doesn’t matter if your objective is to educate your clients, offer and sell courses to earn some profit, grow and develop your brand, and engage your audience, this tool makes the whole thing easier and simpler. I want to invite you guys to join thousands of experts, consultants, authors, trainers, speakers, coaches, teachers, professional associations, and agencies and begin selling courses on this platform. In general, a remarkable way for us to get started. Very useful and does integrate with a lot of platforms and very beautiful templates. You will surely find this tool amazing. 

Pros:

This tool allows me to begin producing courses without spending any single amount. And the best thing is that keep them free forever. This is a remarkable way to learn course development without spending a huge amount of money. Just do the things for your audience and no risk other than the time you spend. 
This is only the tool that we started to use during the Pandemic, and you know what? It makes our life easier and comfortable. Courses were more exciting and fun, entertaining, and easy, most particularly for our older students. Teachers and educators also love using it in making their classes as well as in sharing their content. 

Cons:

Some to other software with the same capability has been free to use. However, this one comes with a basic package that you need to pay for. The price isn’t that high, but considering circumstances, I believe prices should have been lower. 
While the free version looks good, you will instantly see how all the other features will assist you in developing an audience. In case you do not have an email list and a space to offer your course, you may need to rethink the free version. Who is going to view your program or course, how will you market it? Once you make it, they will not come unless you look for a way to get their attention. 

Jennifer G.

Used the software for: Less than 6 months

7/10
Likelihood to Recommend

July 28, 2020

Overall Rating 4/5
Ease of Use 4/5
Customer Service 4/5
Features 4/5
Value for Money 3/5
“Very Different from other Providers ”
Overall:

For me, Thinkific is the best cloud-based learning management system today. With this, I was able to create a market as well as sell courses online. It is integrated with the best features such as course creating, sales, and marketing as well as security. In this course, I was able to build and develop multimedia courses. I was also able to embed video, PDF, audio, voice-over slide presentations as well as downloadable attachments. It makes dragging and dropping my content easier and faster on my part.

Pros:

There are many good things about this learning management system. I’ve been searching for LMS for a few months until I found this one. I liked that this had a place to upload my documents in the discussions. That may be really essential for those teaching codes as well as other products. Then I am happy I picked this one as others take a percentage of profit and you need to wait longer for money. This allows me to upload documents in the discussion area of courses, as well. The best thing above all, it does not charge a transaction fee. Terrific, isn’t it?
Another pro of this system is that it is easier for me to design my access portal. I is also easy for me to access the courses as well as the payment schemes as the whole thing is in one interface without the need for extra products. I love how simple and easy it is to set up the courses when you have your curriculum designed.
Thinkific provides me custom domains as well as a brandable website, and I was able to edit my own HTML and CSS. The courses offered in-course discussions where teaches are able to track students’ progress as well as reward them with a certificate of completion.
Students can start their courses on a single device, and this system will automatically save the places, even when they change to a different device. Another good thing about this tool is that the price is on a per month subscription basis. Support is provided through the knowledge base.

Cons:

There are many good things about this learning management system. I’ve been searching for LMS for a few months until I found this one. I liked that this had a place to upload my documents in the discussions. That may be really essential for those teaching codes as well as other products. Then I am happy I picked this one as others take a percentage of profit and you need to wait longer for money. This allows me to upload documents in the discussion area of courses, as well. The best thing above all, it does not charge a transaction fee. Terrific, isn’t it?
Another pro of this system is that it is easier for me to design my access portal. I is also easy for me to access the courses as well as the payment schemes as the whole thing is in one interface without the need for extra products. I love how simple and easy it is to set up the courses when you have your curriculum designed.
Thinkific provides me custom domains as well as a brandable website, and I was able to edit my own HTML and CSS. The courses offered in-course discussions where teaches are able to track students’ progress as well as reward them with a certificate of completion.
Students can start their courses on a single device, and this system will automatically save the places, even when they change to a different device. Another good thing about this tool is that the price is on a per month subscription basis. Support is provided through the knowledge base.

Bryan S.

Used the software for: 6-12 months

8/10
Likelihood to Recommend

July 27, 2020

Overall Rating 4/5
Ease of Use 4/5
Customer Service 4/5
Features 4/5
Value for Money 4/5
“Take the Pressure Out in Making a Course”
Overall:

How simple and easy it is to make a course and get everything up and working. Worry no more about technical development, for we can concentrate on creating amazing and great courses. I love this LMS. No other tool can beat Thinkific when it comes to features and reliability. Two thumbs up!

Pros:

This platform comes with premade templates that make it so easy to create easily and quickly. There are many choices of kinds of lessons you are able to make, and even with the free version. This allows you to put together a full course, which flows perfectly and nicely. Students are presented on how to utilize the program prior to even starting, which makes it a remarkable experience for them and likely to recommend the course made.
We were utilizing a custom-built course program on Word. It involves a lot of work and constant development required, which made it so hard to concentrate on just making amazing and remarkable content. So, we decided to opt to Thinkific, and the whole thing was easier, not only for us as well as for our students. It comes with a course builder, which is simple and so easy to utilize. The format, on the other hand, works well for us as well as for our students. Now we can put our time and energy into creating amazing courses.

Cons:

I wish the landing pages had more customization, or which rather the tool would allow you point to page on your site. Our team ends up developing our landing pages on our website as we have more options and controls. On the other hand, if wish to utilize the affiliate functionality, we need to use a workaround of needing the landing page redirect to our landing page that makes for a difficult and awkward experience for the students as they begin on the one page and after a while get redirected to another page.
Also, there could be many choices to customize the design and elements of the course in a simple manner, which even those who aren’t great with design can handle and use.
However, if you want a simple way, especially if you aren’t great technically to navigate the course, then this tool was able to give a user-friendly design for students and the instructor as well.

Bernardo B.
CEO, Bernardo marketing
Used the software for: Less than 6 months

7/10
Likelihood to Recommend

July 15, 2020

Overall Rating 4/5
Ease of Use 4/5
Customer Service 4/5
Features 4/5
Value for Money 4/5
“Both Positive and Negative: But it is Up to You to Decide ”
Overall:

Thinkific provides a reliable and efficient digital platform that is cheap for a start-up. I find it workable. This is a simple to use course creation system that any beginners are able to use to develop courses for their digital school. What i love about this tool is it simplifies making and creating modules, uploading a video, image, and PDFs. Since its announcement on the alteration of price plans, i believe it is a good way to go. I love the fact that there is now zero commission taken by this tool on plans, as well as the restrictions on the number of courses on hand on the free plan. Both are remarkable. This way, those who are utilizing this platform for free is able to concentrate on making high quality content, which is packed with value instead of just getting as many courses made. For me, it is quality over quantity. I highly recommend this product to anyone!

Pros:

This amazing platform provides relatively few options for designing your courses as well as your site that makes for an uncomplicated procedure. If you have many courses, it is relatively simple and easy to learn and use. It is great to be able to copy a course, and then the instruction is easy and straightforward in most instances.

Cons:

Support can provide a thoughtful workaround to annoying and frustrating process. If you are used to greater option in design, reporting as well as search functions, Thinkific limitations are annoying. Uploading content is minimal and would be a remarkable addition. We asked HTML coding freelancers to improve our website and would have opted to have many choices to make the changes ourselves. Usually, support gives basic replies even when you are prepared to do an extra job. They don’t seem to have a knowledge base to assess as I have varied replies to the same query.
Another thing I don’t like is the limitation on the size of videos you can upload. For me, too much time is wasted waiting on the upload and then informed me that it is too big and needs to be compressed or adjusted. I am looking forward the someday they will make some adjustments to this matter. But, in general, the experience was exceptional. I highly recommend this tool to everyone. Try it to know what I am saying.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is an online course platform that helps individuals and organizations run successful online courses from the start to the end.
Yes. The platform is available as a free and paid product. The free plan allows you to host unlimited students and supports up to 3 courses, quizzes and surveys, content hosting, instant access to funds, and customer support.
Yes. Purchasing the annual plans tags along with a 20% discount. There are also discounts for nonprofit organizations.
No. Thinkific has been designed to simplify the online course creation process using drag and drop builders.