Today’s episode is a question from YOU! Recently I received a request to help someone figure out which online course builder to use…so I decided this was a great question to share with everyone who listens to the podcast.
If you are an online course creator looking to get their courses launched asap, this might just be your ticket…
An online course builder or learning management system allows you to pull together all the content you’ve created for a course, put it in a protected space, and then invite your customers and audience to join.
If you aren’t terribly techy and have heard there are some easier ways to get your digital product created, don’t have a team or work with one person – then finding the right course builder could be just the thing to kickstart your business.
So, if you’re ready to kick tech overwhelm to the curb, start creating online courses and digital products more easily, stick around.
In this episode we talk about:
- Why you might be considering either switching to or looking for a place to house your product
- Your options for creating an online course – plugins, done for you, oh my
- Questions to ask before you settle on one platform to be your permanent product home
- Some deeper considerations when looking at companies that offer course creation software or plugins.
After you listen to the episode, check out some of the articles we’ve gathered from around the web. You’ll probably find many more by going over to Pinterest and doing a search for specific plugins or by doing a simple search for online course builder.
Mentioned In This Episode
Additional Resources + Articles To Help You Choose Your Best Online Learning Platform
I was surprised to NOT find more about these platforms…even wishlist member, access ally…ones I use and have used didn’t have the type of dynamic content I was hoping to share with you! If you’ve written a review or article about your experience with a platform, please send it to us and we’ll add it to this list! We'll be adding more resources here too – so look at this as a living, breathing collection of useful decision making articles…
I’ll be honest. I don’t have a ton of experience myself using this platform, but what I do know is they have a proven track record. They’ve been around. Some of their early adopters and stand out case studies include author/teacher Jennifer Louden and also author Jenny Blake. The owner (Abe Crystal) really cares about their clients and customers of Ruzuku. I sat down and talked to him last summer and this was my immediate impression.
- The Inside Scoop on Ruzuku
- Case study: Building An Online Course From The Ground Up
- An Interview With Abe Crystal of the Ruzuku LMS Platform
You’ll find lots of great education, resources, and support over at Teachable. I’ve got my launch toolkit there as a free course — if you want to check it out, click here to take a peek.
I was initially drawn to Teachable because of friends and notable girl boss inspirations Melyssa Griffin and Think Creative Collective. My only piece of advice before you sign on is to look at what’s included and what’s not included. If you want analytics and to get paid instantly, you’ll need to grab the Professional membership.
- Review of Teachables Platform to Create an Online Course
- Filmora's Teachable Review
- Teachable Review From ZenCourses
I’ll say what Thinkific probably wishes I wouldn’t – this feels similar to Teachable. Pricing is comparable, but where they diverge and differ is simply reputation…and reliability. Word on the street (and I’ve asked) is that you’ll get a lot more support from Thinkific if things go wonky. Plus, you get instant access to your funds EVEN with the free membership level. In addition to that, you also get access to detailed analytics too in all levels…
I’ll be putting up a test course here soon so you’ll be able to check out this platform too!
- Aurora Meyer's Thinkific Review
- Filmora's Thinkific Review
- Episode 132: Nurture Your Business: Building Courses & Membership Sites with Dana
- How To Create A Killer FREE Online Course With Thinkific
Okay, my experience with Udemy is NOT comprehensive or current. I worked to put one of LKR Social Media’s courses up on the site several years ago. Here’s what I know and remember. The process was thorough… and took us much longer than we anticipated. That might be seen as a dealbreaker for you, but what it tells me is they are detail oriented, want all courses to follow a specific structure, and any “nit-picking” is done to make a course fit in with the Udemy brand and FOR the benefit of its students. Check out LKR’s course here to see what the platform looks like.
- How To Set Up Your First Profitable Course With Udemy
- Less Than 24 Hours On Udemy As An Instructor And I Am Close To Leaving
- Filmora's Udemy Review
- How to Earn a Side Hustle as a Part-Time Instructor
My experience with Kajabi has always been from a customer’s perspective…and I’ve loved every minute. While I don’t house my own courses or content on a site using Kajabi, I do think this is a viable option for anyone who wants a little more customization, a lot of support and education, plus the marketing expertise of a company like Kajabi running things. Kajabi is an online course builder on steroids with lots of extras. There’s great integration support for a variety of tools you might already be using…and I can’t speak highly enough based on my experience in multiple courses using Kajabi. It’s a little higher priced but still worth a try!
- Kajabi Review: Exciting and Frustrating All At Once
- Kajabi 2017 Best Membership Site Software
- 2017 Review Kajabi One Online Course Membership Platform
Misc. Online Course Builder Platform/Plugin Comparisons
- Choosing a Learning Management System Plugin For WordPress
- Best Online Course Platform Comparison
- Kajabi vs Ruzuku: Complete Comparison and Decision Guide
- Thinkific vs Teachable
- LearnDash vs Ruzuku: A Complete Comparison and Decision Guide
- Building Online Courses: Kajabi vs Thinkific vs Teachable vs Ruzuku
- Best Membership Software To Run An Online Program
- Learning Management Systems
- Ambition Ally: Creating Membership Sites
- Best WordPress Membership Plugins Match Budget
Wrapping Things Up
This is NOT an exhaustive list of resources and we’ve left some out here and there depending on how much was available in terms of reviews and case studies.
If you’d like me to do a full review, video walkthrough how I use my main online course platform/plugin which is Access Ally, let me know – I’m planning one already, but if it’s something you’re hot for right now, I’d love to know!
If you enjoyed this article and would like some more help setting up the systems for your next launch, make sure to check out my Launch Systems Cheatsheet.