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If you have been on the online learning platform hunt for a while now, you probably already realized that there are a handful of options to choose from out there.
Online learning platforms come at different types, features, and sizes but your goal is to choose the best one for your individual or company needs.
To help you out, we have prepared a thorough comparison list of the most popular and top performing online learning platforms in the eLearning market.
This is a comparison between LearnWorlds, Teachable, Thinkific, and Kajabi.
Spoilers ahead: LearnWorlds gets the most positive reviews from review sites. More on this below. You can get a free 30-day trial of LearnWorlds to test the platform out yourself!
Now, ready to dive in?
To help you get an idea of what each platform offers, we decided to analyze some of the most important selection criteria that you will need to take into consideration when choosing one:
Course Creation – the ease with which the platform allows you to create online courses and the ability to incorporate the material you want to include in them, focusing on the educational features it comes with and the learning experience it can offer.
Website Building – the ability to build a dedicated eLearning website from which you can sell your online courses calculating the degree of design customization it allows.
White-Labelling – removing the online learning platform’s branding from your website to make it your own.
Sales & Marketing – the features that allow you to promote and sell your online courses.
School Administration – the features that regulate the degree to which you can view and manage the progress of your students or customize their learning experience.
Scalability – the capacity to support a growing amount of traffic and simultaneous users as you grow your business or the ability to support enterprise accounts.
Pricing – the price of each online learning platform compared to its offering.
Here’s how each platform scores in each category in a nutshell:
|Sales & Marketing||⭐⭐⭐⭐||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
*When comparing the differences between the two platforms, we use a ✔️ to identify where a feature exists and a ❌ where it does not. A slightly darker background indicates where a platform has a better or more advanced version of the feature. Both cells are dark where features are slightly different but equivalent.
Overall, as the table shows, Teachable and Kajabi are the weakest when it comes to course creation while LearnWorlds and Kajabi are the most powerful regarding website building.
LearnWorlds is the only platform that offers a truly white label option for your elearning/ school website.
All platforms offer a high level of administration capabilities with slight differences in implementation and what they offer.
Lastly, Kajabi is the most expensive option by far compared to the other three learning platforms but offers the most comprehensive marketing tools and automated funnels.
LearnWorlds aims to improve the way educators, professional trainers and companies teach online.
LearnWorlds’ customers are entrepreneurs, educators and small to mid-sized businesses who value education and look to offer the best learning experiences to their students, customers and employees.
Teachable supports the idea that ‘Everything is Teachable’ and encourages everyone to create online courses.
Teachable’s customers are solopreneurs, creators, bloggers, youtubers and artists who are interested in starting a course business, adding a side-income or looking for ways to make money online.
Thinkific aims to enable professional course creators and midsized businesses.
Thinkific customers range from entrepreneurs to mid-sized businesses looking to grow their companies with education for their audiences.
Kajabi aims to make all processes of every online business easy, helping out entrepreneurs sell their products.
Kajabi’s customers are non-techy online courses creators, digital entrepreneurs, small businesses, freelancers, creators, and individual instructors who want to sell simple format courses and downloadables.
To get an objective view on all four platforms, we have looked at what independent review sites have to say. We have looked at reputable review sites with a learning platform or LMS category specifically:
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While all platforms retain an averagely high remark, LearnWorlds appears to have the highest. This makes it clear that users (admins) have a better experience using LearnWorlds over Teachable, Thinkific and Kajabi, especially on the Elearning Industry which is a specialised website with reviews from users experienced in online courses and training.
All reviews point to LearnWorlds as being the best platform to create, manage and sell online courses. A better all-around platform to host your business and responsive support/customer care that values its customers has earned high remarks across all major review sites.
First and foremost when it comes to course creation, all platforms – LearnWorlds, Teachable, Thinkific and Kajabi offer basic features such as:
But there are also some differences between the platforms that are worth pointing out:
|Ease of Course Creation||✔️||✔️||✔️||❌|
|Prerequisites and completion rules||✔️||✔️||✔️||❌|
|SCORM* & HTML5||✔️||❌||❌||❌|
Highly customizable, modern player
(Basic) Not customizable.
Limited options to customize it.
Kajabi has a post player based on themes for courses with minimal customizations. This is not a real course player.
Add watermarks for both video & pdf
Kajabi offers the least in educational capabilities with only basic support for video and quizzes. No course completion checks or as you will see below certificate issuing is not available, making it not suitable for real educational content.
LearnWorlds on the other hand has developed a comprehensive set of features to support SCORM files, making it a more ideal alternative for an expensive LMS, and protect your online content.
This makes LearnWorlds the only course platform offering such built-in copyright protection functionality, meaning you don’t have to spend time and money on third-party products to get a similar result.
Interactivity in Learning
LearnWorlds goes a step beyond traditional course platforms with the addition of interactive features on top of the learning activities.
You can use LearnWorlds’ interactive video editor to add engagement to videos, transcripts that follow speech and much more.
Interactive video editor to increase course engagement (buttons, questions, labels, and other elements etc).
|Automatic Video Transcription
Creating transcripts and subtitles automatically from your video.
|Video Captions & Interactive Transcripts||✔️||❌||❌||❌|
Increases course engagement with highlights, notes, starring sentences and more.
In an online learning platform, you are looking to assess the students’ progress. You will need to test and report the results of their progress. Here is how LearnWorlds, Teachable, Thinkific and Kajabi compare in this:
|Exams / Assessments||✔️||✔️
|Assignments (open-ended questions)||✔️||❌||✔️||✔️|
As the table shows, LearnWorlds comes with all the necessary features every course creator needs. In contrast to the other platforms, it offers grading capabilities and a more advanced assessment system.
Kajabi comes as the weakest in course creation because the process is more complicated compared to others while its major drawbacks is the lack of ability to create certificates.
Lastly, as a course creator you should be interested in a webinar functionality that will allow you to deliver your educational content in an engaging way. This can be done through live classes or with the ability to add embeddable webinars in your course material:
|Live Classes / Meetings / Webinars (Through a Zoom Integration)||✔️||❌||✔️||✔️|
While Teachable offers basic features on course creation, it misses out on the ability to integrate with Zoom as the other platforms do.
Social Learning Abilities
Learning does not happen in a vacuum, but rather in a social setting. An additional capability that is important for every online learning platform to have is social learning, that comes with elements such as the following:
|Study Group Creation||✔️||❌||✔️||❌|
Such features are important to consider before choosing your online learning platform because of the very nature of learning.
Since learning is rarely an activity that happens in a vacuum, it is foremost a social activity, and students need to interact with a teacher, their classmates, and the broader community.
While all platforms have course discussion capabilities, only LearnWorlds ticks off all of the social learning requirements. As such it comes with a robust built-in social and community building feature that allows you to create a community of learners and communicate with them directly either 1:1 through the community inbox or through group discussions.
Next up is website building and design capabilities. This is another important feature you need to look out for when conducting your research. As a course creator and essentially an edupreneur, you will need an attractive and functional website that will accommodate your courses. How you decide to present your courses online is crucial to your course sales and success.
All platforms offer an easy to use system to build, customize, and white-label your elearning website. And, with all platforms, you can:
However, there are a few differentiations when you dig into the details of what is actually offered by each platform:
|Building & Editing Landing Pages||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️|
|Branding & Identity (Customize the look and feel of your site)||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️|
|Page design templates||✔️||✔️||❌ (limited)||✔️|
|Lead capture zones (built-in)||✔️||❌||✔️||✔️|
As you can see most platforms offer a set of website templates to choose from, helping you build your unique site. Unlike Thinkific which has limited options on page design templates, LearnWorlds comes with a large collection that allows you to combine templates to achieve the desirable functionality of your site.
Also, LearnWorlds recently launched a whole new website builder. It is easier to use and offers more control over your website:
If you are already using WordPress – like the majority of people, LearnWorlds or Kajabi are going to be more suitable solutions as they offer plugins to easily integrate with them, unlike Teachable or Thinkific.
White-labelling gives you the opportunity to customize the look and feel of your website to suit your brand. So instead of presenting the platform’s logo on your site, you have the ability of showing your branding only.
This is possible to some extent on all platforms, but LearnWorlds takes the lead and goes one step beyond what an average online learning platform can offer.
All of LearnWorlds’ white-labelling options come at the Learning Center plan and offer a thorough removal of the LearnWorlds’ brand mention and logo from the student-side of your school.
Let’s find out how all four platforms score at the white-labelling option:
|Custom Domain www.yourwebsitename.com or academy.yourwebsitename.com||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️|
|Remove Branding From:|
|Terms & Conditions Page||✔️||❌||✔️||✔️|
|Custom White-labelled App for your online school
That being said, not only LearnWorlds offers a white-label option with social logins and email notifications that have the customer’s brand, but also offers further customization for checkout pages, terms and conditions pages and a custom white-label app for your online school.
If you are reading this, then you are looking to sell online courses, and, for this you will need a platform that has ecommerce features as well as marketing tools.
LearnWorlds, Teachable, Thinkific and Kajabi offer a multitude of sales and marketing tools like, common to all platforms like:
Then, there are some differences:
|1-click sales funnels||✔️||✔️||❌||✔️|
|Email Marketing||❌ (email notifications only)||✔️||✔️||✔️|
|Mobile App Marketplace (non-branded)||❌ (limited)||✔️||❌ (limited)||✔️|
All platforms are backed up with the essentials when it comes to marketing and selling your online courses.
The subtle difference between the platforms here is the course marketplace and the mobile app that are only available from Teachable and Kajabi.
However, using their mobile apps takes a lot from any white-labeling, as using those means you lose any white-labeling they might offer and your courses are viewed alongside your competitors.
While selling online courses, you need to also be able to get paid. A payment gateway is a hugely important part of offering payment processing.
All platforms offer a number of payment gateways, allow instant access to your funds while they make sure to offer Stripe & PayPal integrations.
From all the platforms, only LearnWorlds offers localized payments for specific countries. Read more about it here. Also, LearnWorlds and Thinkific offer the option to add two or more payment options at the checkout. For example, your customers will be able to choose to pay with PayPal or Credit Card.
But as the following table shows, the similarities end there:
|EU VAT handling with Quaderno||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️|
|Two or more payment gateway options for customers to choose from.||✔️||❌||✔️||❌|
|Sofort – Bank Transfer (8 EU countries)||✔️||❌||❌||❌|
Administration is a factor that you can’t ignore when searching for an online learning platform. With it, you have better access to student data and increased control of student management.
For example, you can oversee the progress of your students, download them and analyse results as well as customize their learning experience.
Here’s how each platform performs in this category:
|Different levels of admins||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️|
|Advanced user reporting||✔️||❌||✔️||❌|
|Customizable options for student login||✔️||❌||❌||❌|
|Control who can communicate with whom in private messages||✔️||❌||❌||❌|
|Set School Language||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️|
|GDPR & Data Security||✔️||❌||❌||❌|
|Account Sharing Protection||✔️||❌||❌||❌|
|24/7 Email Support||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️|
Having advanced reporting capabilities allows you to get a greater insight into the performance of your students which can make your job a lot easier. LearnWorlds andThinkific is both offering this capability.
But what Thinkific is not offering is GDPR compliance which LearnWorlds excels at.
LearnWorlds is the only e-learning platform that offers full GDPR capabilities and can disable multiple sessions that increase account protection.
When your business is growing you want to make sure that the platform can withstand the weather and face just about any obstacle in the way.
This includes the ability to support huge amounts of traffic and simultaneous users as well as meet corporate level requirements.
|Dedicated Account Manager||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️|
|Dedicated servers for high volume accounts||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️|
|SLAs by request||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️|
While all platforms can do all three and respond well to the high demands, there are differences between the premium services each platform offers such as flexible invoicing options and DPA.
They also differ in the level of daily backups, a very important feature for schools with high traffic. LearnWorlds offers multiple daily backups to high volume accounts and Thinkific offers daily backups, but no mention about the backup frequence from Teachable & Kajabi.
Finally, the pricing of each platform is another – if not the most- important factor to look at. If you are working on a budget you are probably looking for an affordable price and this is where LearnWorlds comes into play.
As you can see below, LearnWorlds offers the most affordable solution compared to the other options:
|Higher Plan||$299 per month||$299 per month||$499 per month||$399 per month|
|Middle Plan||$99 per month||$119 per month||$199 per month||$199 per month|
|Starting out at||$29 per month||$39 per month||$99 per month||$149 per month|
|Enterprise / High Volume Plan||✔️||❌||✔️||❌|
Apart from that, it comes with a 30-day trial that allows you to try out the platform for free and offers enterprises the opportunity to create their own academy with a dedicated plan that matches their unique requirements.
Check out some of the testimonials we got from LearnWorlds instructors:
To wrap up, it’s only fitting to say that each of these four platforms are offering the best service they possibly can and we have a big respect for them. Undoubtedly, each has its own strengths and weaknesses and it’s entirely up to you to choose the one that meets your requirements best based on the given criteria.
Deciding on any elearning platform is not a straightforward decision because it all depends on what you are after. In this respect, it doesn’t always come down to capabilities but what you expect the platform can do for you.
LearnWorlds is the choice of top course creators, picky educators and serious corporate trainers who care about their learners.
As LearnWorlds, we believe that we are doing an excellent job and one of the many proofs is the success of our very own customers. We are very proud of the platform we offer and we are committed to constantly getting better every day.
As you can see from the detailed comparison charts, LearnWorlds exceeds expectations in most areas of online learning and can guide you through the exciting journey of creating and selling courses.
Start your own journey with LearnWorlds for free with our 30-day trial and discover where this can take you!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
– How much is Teachable per month?
Teachable has the following monthly pricing plans:
– Is the teachable free trial good compared to other options?
Teachable no longer offers a free trial, but it comes with a free plan that is very limited in terms of capabilities. Teachable’s free plan allows only 1 admin user and 1 course to be created. Also, it has a $1 + 10% transaction fee on every sale.
– Does Teachable integrate with Shopify?
Yes, Teachable integrates with Shopify through Zapier.
– What is the best option for video hosting for online courses?
There are many video hosting services available, but using those compatible with your chosen course platform or LMS is always recommended. For example, LearnWorlds has its own video player and library, allowing you to connect your Wistia or Vimeo account.
– What are the pros and cons of Kajabi?
– What are Kajabi transaction fees?
Kajabi does not have transaction fees, but standard payment processing fees apply.
– Can you remove Kajabi branding?
You can remove Kajabi branding on your custom domain and other parts of your website, but you can not do the same for email notifications, social logins, or mobile app.
– How can I cancel my Kajabi membership?
Here’s how to cancel your Kajabi subscription:
- Open the Settings tab from the Dashboard.
- Select Billing from the Account Settings section.
- Scroll down to Subscription.
- Click Cancel subscription.
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Kyriaki is a Content Creator for the LearnWorlds team writing about marketing and e-learning, helping course creators on their journey to create, market, and sell their online courses. Equipped with a degree in Career Guidance, she has a strong background in education management and career success. In her free time, she gets crafty and musical.