Online Course Platforms I Recommend
There are several online course platforms I recommend. Every online course creator has different needs and wants different features. I like to try and help each of them find the learning management system that fits them the best. That is why I recommend several different ones.
These are in no particular order, but I will list the stand-out features and why I recommend each one of these.
Podia is a feature rich learning management system. You can use it to sell online courses, create a membership platform or use it for training purposes. Podia is one of the better known online course platforms that has been around since 2014. Based out of the United States, Podia has one of the simplest pricing structures and amazing customer service.
Who is Podia best for?
Podia is best for someone that is ready to commit to making medium to large online courses and/or membership programs.
Podia is also great for people who want to sell other digital assets besides online courses.
Who is Podia not for?
Absolute beginners to online courses and selling digital products.
Podia is not free, and you will need to have something to sell to get a return on your investment.
Podia has a lot of great features. Easy to use drag and drop software with no technical skills required. You can upload and store videos, audio, PDFs and much more.
Podia has built in webinars, membership programs and you can add coaching sessions.
Podia integrates with Stripe and PayPal to make it easy to accept payments. Your students can pay a one time fee, a monthly fee or use a payment plan. Podia offers upsells and pre-sells.
If you are interested in learning more about Podia, check out my Podia Page Here. There is a full tutorial on Podia you can watch, pricing and a checklist you can download.
TalentLMS learning management system build with corporate training in mind. You can also use it to sell online courses. TalentLMS is one of the better known online course platforms for corporate training that has been around since 2012. Based out of the United States, TalentLMS is feature rich.
Who is TalentLMS for?
TalentLMS is for corporate, internal and large scale training.
Who is TalentLMS not for?
The casual course creator and creative type.
TalentLMS has so many features, it is hard to list them all here. The more advanced features you may be looking for are SCORM, several video conferencing integrations and advanced student tracking features. They also have a library of pre-made training videos that you can use in your course.
TalentLMS integrates with Stripe and PayPal to make it easy to accept payments. You can sell individual courses or use a subscription model.
If you are interested in learning more about TalentLMS, check out my TalentLMS Page here. There you will find a full video tutorial and pricing information.
Teachable is a full service learning management system. You can use it to sell online courses, create a membership platform or use it for training purposes. Teachable is one of the best known online course platforms that and has been around since 2014. Based out of the United States, Teachable has dominated the online course sales software market for a while.
Who is Teachable best for?
Entrepreneurs who already have some success in business and want to expand into courses.
Who is Teachable not for?
People that are just starting their own business and do not have an audience to sell to.
Teachable is an all-in-one learning management system that helps you create online courses with video, text and coaching. Teachable focuses highly on instructor education. This helps you build your course better, Teachable serves the everyday instructor.
One thing that Teachable does really well is dealing with taxes. Teachable will figure the VAT taxes on your products for you, so you don’t have to worry about those.
If you want to learn more about Teachable, check out my Teachable Page here. You will find a full video tutorial as well as pricing information and a getting started checklist there.
Systeme is an all-in-one business software that is a great option for hosting your online course. The creator wanted to come up with an all-in-one that was reasonably priced so that everyone could use it. It eliminates the need to link to other software outside Systeme.
Who is Systeme for?
It is for someone that is comforatable learning tech, funnels and automation.
Who is Systeme not for?
It is not for someone that gets overwhelmed easy with tech and business software.
Systeme has so many features, it is hard to list them all here. Being an all in one platform, Systeme will let you build funnel, create email campaigns, create a blog, build you site and so much more. That doesn’t even cover the cool features.
Systeme is setup for evergreen webinars, A/B testing, automation rules, and free migration from your current learning management system.
They also offer unlimited emails, blog posts and storage on all plans. They integrate with PayPal and Stripe.
If you want to learn more about Systeme, be sure to hop over to my Systeme Page here. You will find a review and demo video as well as pricing information.
Classtra learning management system build with live online training in mind. If you are looking to do your classes live, Classtra has a lot of the features you are looking for. They have a built in video conferencing system as well as SMS reminders to help your students make it to class on time.
Who is Classtra best for?
Classtra is best for people that want to teach live workshops online.
Who is Classtra not for?
People that are wanting to create a form of passive income.
Classtra has a lot of unique features such as being able to send your students a text message to remind them class is about to start. It has a built in video conferencing tools, so you don’t have to link to another software. It has an integrated calendar that your students can look at to see all the upcoming classes. You can also have guest teachers teach on your account. Classtra work on Android and Apple cell phones as well. Learning on the go is easy with Classtra.
Classtra integrates with Stripe to make it easy to accept payments. You can sell individual courses or use a subscription model.
If you want to learn more about Classtra, check out my Classtra Page here. I have a review and emo video as well as pricing information over there.
Online Course Platforms/Honorable Mentions
Gumroad is a platform I just recently started using for selling my membership community. It is also possible to sell an online course and much more on Gumroad. It is more of an ecommerce site, not a learning management system. Here is a tutorial I made showing you how to use it to sell online courses.
Book Like A Boss
Book Like A Boss is a booking calendar I have used forever. It is amazing for setting up appointments with individuals and groups. They recently added the ability to sell event tickets. These are live events and can be in person or virtual. This is a great way to host live course workshops. Here is a tutorial I made showing you just how to do that.
Udemy and Skillshare
Udemy and Skillshare are both online course marketplaces. There are very few times I recommend them to people I am working with, but there are circumstances in which they may be a better choice for some course creators.
When I do recommend an online course marketplace, I usually recommend using more than just one at a time. You can read more about that and online course marketplaces in This Blog Post here.
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