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.
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.
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!
- 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.
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!
Update: I'm currently using Kajabi as my membership platform and LOVE IT LOVE LOVE IT!!! Try it out for yourself.
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.
Got questions about these platforms? Leave a comment below and I'll answer them for you!
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See ya there!
Renee Cook says
I want to know about access ally right now! LOL 🙂 Working on a relaunch of my site after taking a break to have babies and I plan to include an online course or 2. or 10. Wondering if I should just go with access ally from the get-go or plan to mostly go through an offsite platform like teachable. Don’t really want to move things around in the future… any input you have is great! thanks!!
Wondering what your experience with Kartra has been or what you’ve heard on the street?
I’ve been tossing up wether to use active campaign for email, deadline funnels and a teaching platform, or whether to just roll it all into one with Kartra?
Dan, thanks for your question. I know people how are on the Kartra platform and they like it. I don’t have anything more to add. Here’s what I know about systems…no one system is going to be perfect. I do think about giving up Active Campaign, Deadline Funnel, Leadpages, WordPress….often just to stick with my Kajabi platform, but the truth is…I like things about each that Kajabi can’t deliver for me just yet. WordPress and Leadpages might be the first to go so all my pages are in one place… What systems/tools do you use now?