Congratulations on turning your knowledge and expertise into a course! Creating an online course is a great way to leverage your knowledge and expertise.
Now it’s time to put it out there to reach a global audience and create the impact you desire on people’s lives. Not to mention to start earning yourself a passive income.
Sounds easy enough, right? But choosing where to sell your course can be overwhelming. There’s such a range of platforms on the market that it is hard to determine which one best suits you because each caters to different users’ needs.
In this blog, I have listed an overview of the best online course platforms on the market so you can make the best decision for you and your business.
To make it easy for you, these platforms fall into three different categories:
These categories will help you narrow your choices and not stay stuck in analysis paralysis! So, read on!
Learning Management Systems (LMS)
LMS is a software application that allows you to create, deliver and report on training courses and programs.
Thinkific is one of the most popular online course platforms that you can use to create and sell courses. It allows you to build a course with videos, rich text and images, and downloadable files. Thinkific currently helps more than 25,000-course creators deliver education in 164 countries.
Plans & Pricing: Thinkific has four pricing plans, each billed monthly or annually (20% discount); Free, $49, $99, and $499.
The most well-known online course platform provides a framework for everything you need to create and sell your course. Over 68,000-course creators use teachable with big names like Pat Flynn (Smart Passive Income) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Annapurna Living). Teachable is accessed by over 18 million students and has generated over $338 million in sales.
Plans & Pricing: Teachable has three pricing plans billed monthly or annually (20% discount); $39, $119, and $299. The Basic Plan ($39/mo.) charges a 5% transaction fee each time you make a sale.
Online course software provides everything you need to create and sell online courses, CRM management, etc.
Katra is an all-in-one solution for online business owners who sell courses online and want to make money online with digital products. It allows you to design, market, and launch your business using a single platform. Kartra is specifically an excellent option for new marketers and small businesses. Kartra replaces Leadpages, ClickFunnels.
Plans & Pricing: Kartra offers four different plans with either monthly or annual billing (25% discount); $99, silver at $199, gold at $299, the platinum at $499.
Kajabi is an elite “one-stop-shop” software for selling online courses. It’s used by over 25,000-course creators, including big names like Amy Porterfield (online marketing expert), Brendan Burchard (personal development coach), and Billy Gene (social media marketing guru). Kajabi has been accessed by over 33 million students and has generated over $650 million in sales.
Plans & Pricing: Kajabi offers a 14-day free trial. It has three plans with either monthly or annual billing (20% discount); $149, $199, and $399.
New Zenler is an emerging all-in-one online course software that allows you to build your online education business on a single platform. New Zenler is the best all-in-one option if you have a lower budget.
Plans & Pricing: New Zenler is the most affordable online course platform with a starting price of only $67/month for the Pro Plan and $197/month for Premium.
WordPress Website Plugin
LMS plugins for WordPress allow you to facilitate selling and managing online courses on your website.
LearnDash is a self-proclaimed “most trusted WordPress LMS,” meaning users can build their online courses and sell them to clients. It offers a powerful course builder, quizzes, membership sites, and payment processing. This is an excellent tool for universities, other educational institutions, training sites, or sites that want to provide onboarding training.
Plans & Pricing: LearnDash has three pricing plans, and billing is only annually; $159 for one site License, $189 Up to 10 sites License + ProPanel, $329 Up to 25 sites License + ProPanel.
MemberPress is the most powerful WordPress membership plugin with built-in features to easily create, manage, and even sell courses. It takes care of the design for you so that your course always looks great and has the highest completion rate. The course builder is built on top of the WordPress block editor, making it super easy to use for beginners.
Plans & Pricing: MemberPress has three pricing plans, and billing is only annually; Basic $179, Plus $299 Pro $399.
Online Course Marketplaces
An online course marketplace is a platform for education online that connects teachers with learners to provide contemporaneous courses to help them come across new things. Educators can list their courses online by charging only a significantly lower percentage for the service fee and are getting the commission for selling courses on various sites available on the internet.
Udemy is the leading online course marketplace, with over 7 million students. The platform has courses on a wide variety of topics. This platform is excellent for those who want to get their courses out there as quickly as possible.
Plans & Pricing:Udemy is 100% free for course creators. There is no limit to the number of courses you can create, free or paid: However if charge your student for your courses, you will need to APPLY to become a premium instructor.
- If a student purchases a course using an instructor’s coupon or referral link, the instructor will get a 97% revenue share.
- If a student purchases a course via Udemy advertisement, or browses the Udemy marketplace for courses, the instructor will get a 37% revenue share.
Skillshare is a marketplace that has grown an enormous following lately, mainly because of its accessible price and premium-feeling interface. Its courses cover various topics, but the marketplace focuses on the arts, creativity, and design. Skillshare is a great option if you are an artist, designer, or digital creator.
Plans & Pricing: Skillshare is free for course creators. There are two main ways you can earn income on Skillshare:
- Royalties – you earn royalties based on the number of paid minutes watched in your classes every month.
- Referral Revenue – for each new subscribing member you bring to Skillshare via your unique class referral link.
On a final note…
Not all platforms are made equal; each has its unique benefits and limitations. So I recommend choosing a platform based on its features, your business requirements, and budget.
Hopefully, you find the right platform for your needs.