Thinkific

Thinkific

Create, market and sell online courses with Thinkific

4.6/5 (59 reviews)

Thinkific Overview

Thinkific allows users to design, create and deliver courses on their own branded websites. The solution offers drag and drop themes which are fully customizable to match the look and feel of the company. Users can also dive in with full access to HTML and CSS.

Thinkific supports various file types, including PDF, audio, video, html, surveys, quizzes, and external resources such as Articulate, Storyline, Typeform and more. Lessons can be created entirely from audio or video files, and items such as handouts can be made available for students to download directly from within the course.

Thinkific lets users enroll students and track their progress, with comprehensive reporting and the option for pass/fail assessments, and has full e-commerce functionality. The option to drip release course content ensures that students on monthly subscriptions will have a reason to keep returning to their courses.

Support for multiple software integrations and plugins gives users access to analytics, advertising, automatic course content translation, marketing automation and more. Thinkific's user-friendly format is optimized for every platform and device so that students can follow along from anywhere in the world.

Pricing

Starting from
$49/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

English

Thinkific Reviews

Overall rating
4.6/5
95% positive reviews
39
Excellent
17
Very good
2
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
Linda H.

With Thinkific as our Platform, we have successfully launched three very different online courses.

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2017/12/07
Review Source: Capterra

We are at the beginning stages of offering a high quality course to students from around the world.

Pros

We researched many Platforms before choosing Thinkific.

We love that Thinkific is Canadian.

We love the journey that students take from first encountering the site landing page, going to the course landing page and then immersing themselves in the course.

I appreciate the helpful support from the Thinkific team. They do a great job of answering our many questions.

I am fortunate that Thinkific rebuilt their course editing software quite soon after we began developing our course. Their new software is quite easy to use and easy to revise.

I really like their flat-rate monthly subscription fee with no hidden costs.

Cons

I wish students could purchase this course in the currency of their own country.
I wish we could pay for our subscription in Canadian funds instead of American.
We have had to purchase a separate Discussion Forum because their Disqus Plug In is a social media plug in that is not confidential, and their built in Discussion Forum is very awkward and poorly organized with no ability to search, edit, or even manage posts.
Thinkific focuses much more on supporting marketing than on supporting online course development. We were fortunate that we had already taken two excellent courses in online course development that we could apply to the Thinkific Platform.
Thinkific is less responsive to good ideas for improvement than I would like them to be. For example, despite many, many requests from many course developers it is still not possible for the course author to copy, paste and edit quizes and so there is a lot of unnecessary labour involved in inputting quizes

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Wendy F.

Thinkific works for me!

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2019/04/08
Review Source: Capterra

No benefits realized yet as I just got my first course up and published. I have several courses written but finding the right software for me and my students was my Catch 22... never considered that would hold me back. I kept working on the courses... and finally, the solution was presented to me.

I have tried so many different teaching platforms already and never actually published. Just wasn't confident in knowing the site well enough -- but in no time at all, I am published on Thinkific and so thrilled I made the leap. Finally!

Pure FUN!

Pros

Thinkific is easy to use. Add a new Module, one click to add content, module after module. So easy!

Better yet, I LIKE how it looks to the user. I LIKE how the site can look like mine -- not another platform. It does look different, but MY site name is on top, visible, so users know where they are immediately. I've tried others and never quite liked the look as I work with seniors who have retired... and wanted simplicity. This time I found just that. AND YET -- very functional, with every content option I'd like to add.

Thinkific has a great Facebook group too. Very active and helpful, learned how others are doing their classes so gives me new ideas. Some groups were full of people whining about what the software didn't do or needed to be corrected... that didn't work for me either, yeah, picky picky! :)

Cons

I only had to ask Support one question while adding my first course. My only question was: how to add a manual student who paid me privately (or complimentary class) if they didn't purchase through Thinkific itself. I know its there, just chose to ask instead of searching! :)

I didn't even use HELP pages to learn how to use it... it was pretty intuitive for me and I love that! Please don't think that means its not a fully integrated teaching service, it really is. They simply "got it" where the user (me, the instructor) and the other user (student) is concerned. Someone did the work to think about how both users will interact with the software. Kudos!

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Anne Z.

Thinkific is everything you need to publish online courses. There are different levels , even FREE!

Used Weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2017/11/09
Review Source: Capterra

It allows a person to publish an online course and customize everything, including the price you sell it for. Thinkific has everything you need to be successful. AND they offer lots of webinars and training as you need! I look forward to using it more as I grow my online publishing business!

Pros

I like that it is customizable. I like that Thinkific offers lots of webinars and help with all aspects of publishing online courses. It allows a couple ways to collect money for your courses. They spell out exactly what to do! For a newbie like me, I began setting things up months ago while I was working on my course. As I completed it, I began uploading the lectures and made some changes to my text and landing page and other info. Easy to make it your own. I am happy with how professional it all looks. Now I will get busy with the marketing end and Thinkific can help with info about that too! Customer service is awesome and they reach out frequently to see what they can do to guide you! I highly recommend this solution for getting an online course published. I am at the entry level, but am testing the waters until I need to go further and unlock more features.

Cons

As expected the free version is basic, so in order to get to some of the good stuff, you have to upgrade. Not a big deal really, since I am producing my first course and need to go slowly.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Dan W.

Good for small, basic needs

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2017/08/15
Review Source: Capterra

Value for the money, attractive front end with little effort.

Pros

The way Thinkific presents content, from landing page to course completion page, is beautiful and appealing to the user. There are ample ways to connect with the user through various integrations if desired. It's also useful that you can customize the branding and even your own site theme if you have the available resources to do so! After switching from a sub-par LMS, our users are more engaged and more excited about signing in to consume our courses.

Cons

Reporting leaves much to be desired - best count on using Zapier to pull data into a 3rd party for analyzing user progress and completion rates. It's also frustrating that I have to wait for some reports to be emailed to me after requesting them. Perhaps the most frustrating part is that the front-end is designed using Liquid, which is difficult for a novice with basic CSS / HTML knowledge to navigate in order to make small text changes across the site.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

7.0/10
Waleed A.

No brainer choice of course management software

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/05/03
Review Source: Capterra

I researched so many LMSs out there and finally found my soulmate 😝 On Thinkific I am launching my first, course, the way I want it to be.

Pros

Free to get started
Get paid via Paypal without being charged by thinkific
Perfectly beautiful themes
Add anything you can imagine, quiz, pdf, presentation, text, anything
Support for Rich text e.g. make important words bold or italicized
Available to anyone, not just Oxford or Harvard Professors
boy, i am in love with literally every feature of thinkific

Cons

user statistics are (so far as I understand) not recorded with quizzes. this could have been very great. so that students would know the level of difficulty of the quiz.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

Thinkific Pricing

Starting from
$49/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Free accounts available, with core features only

There are 3 subscriptions plans available:
Basic - $39 per month (paid annually) or $49 per month (paid monthly), +5% transaction fees
Pro - $79 per month (annually) or $99 or month (monthly)
Premier - $399 per month (annually) or $499 per month (monthly)

Thinkific Features

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Assessment Management
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Catalog
  • Customizable Branding
  • Data Import/Export
  • Learning Management
  • Progress Tracking
  • Reporting & Statistics

  • Activity Tracking
  • Attendance Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Communication Management
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Self Service Portal
  • Time & Attendance Tracking

Additional information for Thinkific

Key features of Thinkific

  • Analytics and reporting
  • Bulk email
  • Completion certificates
  • Course bundles
  • Course categories
  • Course reviews
  • Custom domains
  • Custom form fields
  • Customizable design
  • Data export
  • Drag-and-drop interface
  • Drip release content
  • Multi-language support
  • Multimedia support
  • Single Sign On
  • Site-wide promotions
  • Student assessments
  • User segmentation
  • Voiceover tool
  • White labelling options

Benefits

  • Users can include audio content, video content, and directly downloadable files within courses, such as student handouts.

  • Mass emails can be targeted to relevant groups of students using Thinkific’s user segmentation, for example those who participated in the free trial of a course but did not go on to purchase.

  • Student reviews can be enabled for courses, allowing users to receive feedback on course content and student satisfaction. Users control which reviews are approved to appear on the course landing page, and which remain private.

  • Sales widgets let users to embed a branded button or card on third-party sites, giving potential students the opportunity to enroll on courses without needing to visit the course page.

  • Custom form fields enable users to collect additional information from students on signup, such as company, school, and Twitter handle.

  • Thinkific FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Thinkific.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Thinkific offer?

    Thinkific offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: $49/month

    Pricing model: Free, Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Free accounts available, with core features only

    There are 3 subscriptions plans available:
    Basic - $39 per month (paid annually) or $49 per month (paid monthly), +5% transaction fees
    Pro - $79 per month (annually) or $99 or month (monthly)
    Premier - $399 per month (annually) or $499 per month (monthly)

    Q. What are the main features of Thinkific?

    Thinkific offers the following features:

    • Analytics and reporting
    • Bulk email
    • Completion certificates
    • Course bundles
    • Course categories
    • Course reviews
    • Custom domains
    • Custom form fields
    • Customizable design
    • Data export
    • Drag-and-drop interface
    • Drip release content
    • Multi-language support
    • Multimedia support
    • Single Sign On
    • Site-wide promotions
    • Student assessments
    • User segmentation
    • Voiceover tool
    • White labelling options

    Q. Who are the typical users of Thinkific?

    Thinkific has the following typical customers:

    Freelancers, Mid Size Business, Small Business

    Q. What languages does Thinkific support?

    Thinkific supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Thinkific offer?

    Thinkific has the following pricing plans:

    Free, Subscription

    Q. Does Thinkific support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices Thinkific supports

    Q. What other apps does Thinkific integrate with?

    Thinkific integrates with the following applications:

    APIANT, AWeber, AWeber, ConvertKit, Mailchimp, Retently, Thryv, Vbout, Wordpress, iSpring Learn

    Q. What level of support does Thinkific offer?

    Thinkific offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials