Thinkific

Create, market and sell online courses with Thinkific

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Thinkific Overview

What is Thinkific?

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.

Thinkific Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$49,00/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

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 others, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico
Supported Languages
English

Media

Thinkific allows users to reorder their courses to highlight which they wish to be seen first
Students are able to review courses on Thinkific
Users can set up both site admins and affiliates with Thinkific
Thinkific's progress reports show how students' course completion over various time periods
Thinkific's user segmentation can be used in conjunction with mass emailing to target emails to the relevant students
Thinkific's drag and drop themes are fully customizable to match the look and feel of the company
Take full control over site design, content, course pricing, student information, and more
Thinkific video Thinkific screenshot: Thinkific allows users to reorder their courses to highlight which they wish to be seen first Thinkific screenshot: Students are able to review courses on Thinkific Thinkific screenshot: Users can set up both site admins and affiliates with Thinkific Thinkific screenshot: Thinkific's progress reports show how students' course completion over various time periods Thinkific screenshot: Thinkific's user segmentation can be used in conjunction with mass emailing to target emails to the relevant students Thinkific screenshot: Thinkific's drag and drop themes are fully customizable to match the look and feel of the company Thinkific screenshot: Take full control over site design, content, course pricing, student information, and more

Thinkific Reviews

Thinkific Reviews

Overall rating
4,6
/
5
Excellent
57

Very good
25

Average
5

Poor
1

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4,5
Features
4,3
Ease of Use
4,4
Customer Support
4,5
93% recommended this app
Pamela K.

This is where I have my courses

Anytime I have a problem their tech support is great. And I haven't had any tech problems with the platform - my students are happy and use it easily.


Verified Reviewer

Fills a gap in this space with enthusiasm!

Blackboard Course sites, Moodle, and Instructure Canvas are great products, but you have to invest in additional solutions to collect payments, etc. for selling the online courses. Thinkific does all this in 1 system with more options for site design than the big education players do. Some of the features could be more well-thought-out, but for a non-LMS company, it is incredibly easy to set up and allows you to design instructional sound materials.


Korinne L.

Customer Service Very Disappointing

Very frustrating! Not a customer-friendly service. While they are friendly and say they hope you are having a nice day, they do not answer questions (or apparently read email chains).

There is no support for European customers I fed this back to them when I first signed up around 2 years ago and nothing has changed. I have given them all of the feed back given here but they do not take any action.

Waiting at least a day for an answer is totally unacceptable. What makes it even more frustrating is that, after waiting for a reply, they ask for information that was already included in your original email (and then you have to wait another day for a response).

It just seems as though they work at their convenience, not the customer's. And yet they are happy to take the subscriptions when they are not providing an adequate service.


Joe G.

The Best Online Course Creator

We started with an idea to help colleagues and turned it into a course. Thinkific allowed us to get our idea out of our heads and into reality, and a usable product people could buy & use.


Enrrique P.

Project your career by making your courses known on the net

An excellent way to place and sell your courses on the net, making you gain prestige in the online educational area.


Pamela K.
Industry: Entertainment
Company size: Self Employed

This is where I have my courses

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2020/04/21
Review Source: Capterra

Anytime I have a problem their tech support is great. And I haven't had any tech problems with the platform - my students are happy and use it easily.

Pros

When I was researching all the different software for course hosting, I liked that this had a place to upload documents in the discussions. That might be really important for people teaching code or other products. Then I'm glad I choose this one because others take a % of income AND you have to wait longer for money.

Cons

The layout isn't as clean and modern as others - I'm hoping that will be updated at some point. It's a little ugly.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Fills a gap in this space with enthusiasm!

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2019/12/10
Review Source: Capterra

Blackboard Course sites, Moodle, and Instructure Canvas are great products, but you have to invest in additional solutions to collect payments, etc. for selling the online courses. Thinkific does all this in 1 system with more options for site design than the big education players do. Some of the features could be more well-thought-out, but for a non-LMS company, it is incredibly easy to set up and allows you to design instructional sound materials.

Pros

I liked that you could design the access portal, the courses, and the payment methods all in 1 interface without any needs for additional products. I particularly enjoy how easy it is to set the courses up if you have your curriculum designed.

Cons

I wish there was an option to be able to have access to all the course features without fees. We are a startup and just are not in a position to charge for courses yet, meaning this would be a huge investment for us that we are not willing to make. It would be great if you could get a 6month burn-in period to test and market before going live.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Korinne L.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Customer Service Very Disappointing

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/10/22
Review Source: Capterra

Very frustrating! Not a customer-friendly service. While they are friendly and say they hope you are having a nice day, they do not answer questions (or apparently read email chains).

There is no support for European customers I fed this back to them when I first signed up around 2 years ago and nothing has changed. I have given them all of the feed back given here but they do not take any action.

Waiting at least a day for an answer is totally unacceptable. What makes it even more frustrating is that, after waiting for a reply, they ask for information that was already included in your original email (and then you have to wait another day for a response).

It just seems as though they work at their convenience, not the customer's. And yet they are happy to take the subscriptions when they are not providing an adequate service.

Pros

I was so excited to find this product and thought it would be ideal for my needs

Cons

The software is not user-friendly. I was hoping that it would be more straightforward and my staff have also commented that is it not user-friendly.

There is nobody to call when you have a query and can only email. It takes them a day to get back to you. And we are based in the UK and with the time difference, we have to wait at least a day for an answer. What makes it even more frustrating is that, after waiting for a reply, they ask for information that was already included in your original email (and then you have to wait another day for a response).

I sent a query on Monday asking how to do something and the reply said 'see instructions below' and there were no instructions there. In the same email, they asked me to confirm the email address (which I had emailed them on and they had clearly not tried this). I responded right away and just got an email asking how they could help me! (They clearly had not read the email chain).

It is now 9pm at night on Tuesday and will be at least Wednesday afternoon with the time difference until I may get a reply and actually proceed.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 1.0/10

Joe G.
Industry: Financial Services
Company size: 2-10 Employees

The Best Online Course Creator

Used Other for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/09/07
Review Source: Capterra

We started with an idea to help colleagues and turned it into a course. Thinkific allowed us to get our idea out of our heads and into reality, and a usable product people could buy & use.

Pros

Thinkific made it easy to create & host our digital course for financial advisors. With any platform there is a learning curve at the beginning. Thinkific's support team was always quick to reply and help us learn the ropes.

Cons

I don't really have any complaints. It would be nice if the WYSIWYG editor were as good as Apple Pages, and turned out prettier text layouts in the templates. But, it's good enough.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Enrrique P.
Industry: Telecommunications

Project your career by making your courses known on the net

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/04/23
Review Source: Capterra

An excellent way to place and sell your courses on the net, making you gain prestige in the online educational area.

Pros

A very easy to use application that projects your career as an instructor and educator, you can sell the courses to students or companies, allowing you to take better advantage as it allows you to enlarge your professional profile, showing the courses you have done and who and how many have seen, making you notice in the professional area, it is quite complete and easy to use, with an attractive cost for the market.

Cons

I think they should improve a little the visual and design area, to make it more pleasing to the eye, allowing you to customize more each course and let your imagination fly to catch a larger audience, doing this would improve even more this excellent application.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

User recommendation
8,7/10
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Thinkific Pricing

Thinkific Pricing

Starting from
US$49,00/month
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)

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)

Value for Money
4,5/5
Based on 88 user ratings
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Thinkific Features

Thinkific Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Blended Learning
Calendar Management
Communication Management
Content Management
Course Authoring
Customizable Branding
Data Import/Export
Learning Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Reporting & Statistics
Self Service Portal
Third Party Integration
Features
4,3/5
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Additional information for Thinkific

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

    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: US$49,00/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:

    Small Business, Freelancers, Mid Size 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, ConvertKit, QPage, Qualified, Retently, Thryv, VBOUT, Website Toolbox, Wordpress

    Q. What level of support does Thinkific offer?

    Thinkific offers the following support options:

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