Last Updated on November 19, 2020 by scottkandh
11 Online Course Platforms to build your online course. This post provides you with a pricing overview for the online course platforms. For a good graphic on how bloggers make money, visit: “Show me the money.“
Update: For a list of Top 40 Blogs that are influences in Pinterest, visit: Top 40 Pinterest Blog Influencers in 2020.
There are one of two “principal” ways to make money for your blog (other than products that your selling):
- Selling Pinterest Templates – Why you need to use Canva for creating Pinterest pins. If you’re into making pins, let me suggest two blog posts for you:
2. Offering online courses – that’s where this post comes into play.
Of the 11 platforms, there are six (6) that are Recommended for you to try (identified by an “*” at the end of the heading). Speaking of recommended, you might want to consider looking at this related article: “Attention Pinterest users – How to grow your Pinterest followers.”
Update: I did design an online course using the program outlined further below called CourseCraft. To learn more about my Online Course, visit my front page: PinArtwork.
As of yet, I haven’t designed an online course. The sole reason being that I’ve only tried one online course (Teachable) and I wasn’t very fond of the program. Although I have seen it used on many different blogging websites it’s not my cup of tea but merits another look because of it’s high praise.
I want to be able to get into a program, feel comfortable using it, and being able to do what I want without having to rely on trial and error, or hunting and pecking. Therefore, I’ve found 10 other online course platforms so that we can find the one that best suits your needs (for me, its ease of use, and not costing an arm and a leg).
List of online course platforms
This was a very easy choice to make, as soon as I looked at the astonishing price of $9,997 per year I was off of this website so very fast. I don’t even want to try the demo. Nor did the program offer any other plans at different prices.
(my apologies if you ran across this part of the blog earlier, my cat must have stepped onto the keyboard and I didn’t notice the characters repeating). At a cost of $0 per month, the Free plan looks like a good alternative for blogs that don’t have a lot of traffic. But it does come with a 9% transaction fee. The main distinctions between the Free and Club are: unlimited uploads, the capability to add forms and quizzes, and the transaction fee drops down to 5%.
The Society plan would be ideal for blogs that have a lot of subscribers that are buying the online course with a 0% transaction fee. Overall, compared to the other plans (in terms of price) the Society plan looks like it might be the best to try (after you’ve signed up for the Free version and are liking it of course). Recommended to try.
With three plans ranging in price per month from $119, $159, and 9.00 this does have a 14-day free trial. Personally, I don’t like the fact that you have to put in your credit card information for a 14-day free trial. So I moved onto the next online course platform: Khan Academy.
This is more of an online teaching platform for teachers, not bloggers that have free online courses.
What I liked about this is the two videos depicted below that look like you can quickly learn how to use LearnDash. For now, I haven’t opened the video’s (I’ll be doing that later). However, the pricing of the three plans to purchase are: Basic at $159/mo, Plus Package at $189/mo., and lastly Pro Package at $329/mo. At the prices above, the video better make the program relatively look like it’s easy to use.
Additionally, you can sign up and try the 30-day free trial.
No credit card required. My kind of plan. Worth giving it a whirl for 30 days and then convert to the Starter plan for Newbie course creators.
Recommended to try.
Has a 14-day trial and also no credit card required. Recommended to try.
This has a 14-day trial period with no credit card required. Recommended to try. A little on the expensive side though, provided you don’t have any polls and quizzes the best option appears to be the Bootstrapper plan. Recommended to try.
What I didn’t like about this program is that it wasn’t very easy to navigate. Maybe after playing around with some other online learning course platforms, it’ll be easier to navigate. So it’ll require another in-depth look.
The only reason that I’m giving this an asterisk to review is that it’s highly rated by other bloggers. Recommended to try.
Has four plans to choose from. The Free version doesn’t allow you to send emails to your students and is limited to 3 courses. Recommended to try.
Anytime that I see Contact us for pricing and pricing terms aren’t listed, that’s not a place that I would recommend. They do have a 14-day trial period but you’ll need to decide for yourself if it’s even worth the risk if they don’t list their prices up front.
I hope that you find a program that’s of your liking for your online course.