The Internet is full of information. There are millions of websites on the internet that offer everything you may be curious about. And what better way to explore it than through online courses? Online courses are everywhere these days. With its popularity growing even more because of the recent outbreak of pandemics, this format has become more and more valuable for providing users with the knowledge they require. It’s also become more valuable financially, as the market for paid courses is gradually gaining momentum.
Today, we’ll be doing a review on Thinkfic is a well-known brand for online courses. Let’s see what it can offer, from the features and pricing to the integrations and interactions. At the end of the day, we’ll tell you whether it is worth a try or not. If you’re an instructor or an influencer searching for new ways to promote your content, stay tuned!
For those of you who prefer a more visual experience, here is a video review from SoftwarePundit’s YouTube channel. To get a comprehensive overview of Thinkific, you may still want to check out our article below.
Overview: What is Thinkific? Thinkific Employees
Thinkfic can be described as a well-known LMS (learning management system) platform which focuses on providing an accessible and effective learning environment for both the learner and the instructor. It’s a solid choice among entrepreneurs and businesses that specialize in selling online classes. With Thinkific, you get to create courses with tons of templates, formats, and lesson types to choose from. You may incorporate videos or images into your lessons allow your students to upload their work whenever you like, design interactive and fun quizzes, and even issue certificates to to those who made it through the entire course.
The process of putting your online classes up to sell has become simple. Thinkific allows budding edupreneurs such as you to manage how they are accessible. You can offer your classes for free or set up subscription fees so you can earn from providing your students with useful knowledge. Sharing and marketing tools are also available since they can be integrated with a variety of third-party solutions that range from automation to marketing and even e-commerce. Thinkific is used by more than 36,000 edupreneurs as well as businesses, including big-name companies such as Hootsuite, Samsung, Intuit, and more!
Thinkific The Pricing
Thinkific offers four pricing plans, starting with the Free tier that’s perfect for those who are just starting. The Basic plan at $39/month (if paid annually) is a big jump from the free plan that comes with added features. Premiere comes with the tools, integrations and features of all the previous levels at $399/month.
The Pro plan for $79/month offers all the functions any entrepreneur will need; in addition, there is an additional Growth package for a more enriched teaching experience for only $50 per month on top of the Pro tier. A free SSL certificate is offered in all four plans to guarantee security between students and teachers. A 30-day refund guarantee is also included along with the paid plans. If you’re not happy you can be able to get your money back 100 percent!
Thinkific Site Builder
Thinkific’s Site Builder is a page editor that allows you to create a stunning professional-looking collection of pages for your site of course. With this feature, you get the option to choose between any of the three themes available in the program or export themes from third-party vendors. Although you’re not able to be in complete control of the editing process for your site, you do have plenty of customizable options to experiment with. In addition to using templates for pages, you can include your own branding elements, such as designs and logos images, photos, and other forms of media to your website. You may even customize the URL to match your own! Thinkific Employees
What’s the need for a domain name when Thinkific allows you to create one without cost? Not only are you provided with a platform to develop a platform that you call your own. You’re also given more time to concentrate on the launch and making money from the content you create for your courses. The Site Builder allows you can choose your own page options for your site, such as:
- The homepage;
- The landing page that redirects you to your courses;
- The course page that allows students to choose from any of your courses;
- The pages for sales and checkout where transactions are being processed
- The sign-in page is for your subscribers students to sign in;
- The thank you page and
- Other pages, for instance,
- The dashboard of students for student information,
- The Coming Soon page will provide future course updates, as well as
- The page for student certificates.
In addition, you can configure what the course site will look like other than the usual desktop screen. You can also choose a mobile-friendly option that lets your students access and interact with your website via their mobile devices, however it is important to keep in mind that this feature is limited to admin users subscribing to the most expensive plans.
The Student’s Management and Interactions
Thinkific’s unique system helps edupreneurs like you build a solid relationship with students who are experimenting with the products you offer. The data collection features allow you to gain access to all your students’ primary contact information after they’ve logged into the system. Apart from the convenient data management features, Thinkific also has an option for groups that lets you to boost the revenue of your business and evaluate the success of your classes by dividing your students into groups based on cohort, company and time, as well as enrollment and the type of job.
All management left aside Thinkific can make it easy for you to manage teacher-student interactions without the added hassle of going to social platforms such as Facebook as well as Discord. Built-in Discussion feature lets you discuss the specifics of your classes, while the Communities and Spaces functions provide an opportunity to set up communities that are specifically designed for different topics and interests.
Notifications are a great option for you and your subscribers to be informed whenever something course-related comes up. You may configure the manner in which your students receive notifications through your administrator settings. You can decide to inform them about their progress on the particular course at a time whenever they finish the course, and every time a fellow student makes a comment on a discussion post and so on. Thinkific Employees
Online Courses, Lessons, and Credentials
The process of creating courses has been made easy as ever thanks to Thinkific’s unique online course editor can provide educators with a vast range of lesson plans and templates on top of the flexible customization possibilities we’ve mentioned earlier. They also offer credential and certificate tools that can be given to students who have completed any of your courses.
Thinkific offers a variety of templates for courses that you can use without having to think about creating a course from the ground up. Each one of them can be customized, and you can design one to fit the curriculum you’d like to present.
1. Flagship Course Template
The most popular course is a major online course that focuses on the instructor’s area of specialization. You can create an enriching curriculum based on whatever you specialize in. If you are an expert in creating content You can make a flagship course with details about the subject.
2. Mini-Course Template
Mini-courses are short, low-cost versions of the most expensive course. Imagine it as an introduction, if you will. The mini-course template is designed to attract potential students and generate leads for your full-fledged courses.
3. Template for Pre-Sell
The pre-sell template can be a fantastic method to determine how well your course is received prior to it’s completed. It lets you put up the landing page for your course to determine if your intended users are interested enough to take it on for them.
4. Digital Download Template
Digital download templates lets you make a course that is downloadable after your audience, say is on your mailing list. This is one effective way to increase leads and generate revenue when you want to extend your reach further.
5. Webinar Replay
The webinar replay template lets you to upload a recorded replay of your web seminar for your audience to review or catch up if the audience missed your presentation.
6. Blank Template
If you wish to create a fully customized course There is the option of a blank template so that you can start fresh. You can choose from a range of lessons, techniques and tools that will aid you in making the most of making your detail-rich course.
7. Membership Resource Library
The template for membership resources allows you to upload useful learning materials that are included as an added bonus. This handy feature is accessible if you run a membership/course bundle.
Lessons of Various Types
There are 12 types of lessons – or chapters – for you to choose from. The Course Builder provides instructors and mentors a broad range of lessons, each that can be adapted to each topic that is possible, starting from the chapter’s title all the way to the files and information that are ready to input.
Video lesson chapters are just an effective ways for students to gain knowledge. Thinkific supports all video formats possible including MP4 FLV, MP4 and MOV files. Once uploaded and integrated into the course outline, the videos are automatically saved to the Video Library, where they can be reused in subsequent courses.
This lets you add in the quiz components by typing in the questions that the students will be able to see, and then providing the solutions for them to select from. It is available in multiple choice, and you get to choose whether you want to provide one or more correct answers.
Multimedia chapters allow you to connect out to various streams of content beyond Thinkific. It is possible to integrate a variety of these, from the webinar tools like Zoom to the surveys and presentations, and even Google Docs documents. There is also the option of integrating with other third-party creators of courses like Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate however, this is only limited in pricing plans like the Pro or Premiere pricing plans.
The template for the text-based lesson doesn’t only allow you to type text characters. It lets you include images, audio downloads, files that can be downloaded, and even embedded hyperlinks for YouTube videos. Thinkific Employees
Thinkific’s specially built-in survey forms let your students chime in their comments, suggestions or other ideas into the analyzed data for you to view. It is possible to add this chapter either during or following the course. You have three choices available to you like rating-based, scale-based, or answer-based surveys.
This chapter allows you to upload zip files or PDFs, audio-visual files such as. for your students to download in the course player, so that they can have a readily accessible course-related guide to follow through.
Alongside downloadable files they can also be uploaded to your students to look over in the course. You may add PDF files and turn them into accessible lessons for students to view without having to download and then take them home.
Thinkific uses in-house tools to allow you to upload and showcase your slide slides – in PDF format for your students in the course. It is possible to add an download link for your students to download during their own free time, as well as an audio-over option which you could record on each slide.
With Thinkific, you may add videos presentation, PDF, and video documents among other things. You can also choose to add an audio-only chapter, by uploading MP3 files such as MP3, into any of your courses that your students can listen to.
Chapters for assignment lessons let teachers like you collect student submissions including reports, projects, written essays, and more. Be aware that this chapter type is only available in select plans that start with The Pro Plan.
Brillium Exam Lessons
Exam chapters allow you to choose from a much wider range of question types other than the typical multiple choice method, like filling with blanks. It is also possible to branch out to succeeding questions using the answers to prior ones, and receive comprehensive reporting information. All of this is only possible by integrating with Brillium, which is limited to the top-level plans beginning with the Premiere level.
Live lesson chapters was recently introduced to Course Builder. Since this is currently in beta mode, anticipate a few limits in terms of performance. In addition, the live feature is an excellent method for instructors to communicate knowledgeable information to their learners in real-time.
Credentials and Certificates
Only available in The Pro plan and above You can issue completion certificates and other certificates to students who completed the course you taught on Thinkific. This is made possible with its integration with credential specialist Accredible. There is a chance that you may encounter a Thinkific-themed certificate template that looks rather boring. This is where Accredible comes in by combining tools and editing features from both platforms, you can choose to customize how you want your certificates to appear visually starting from the borders up to the text.
Other Useful Course Builder Features
This Bulk Importer feature lets you drag and drop as many files as you want to include in your course in one go. Instead of uploading one by one, this allows you to work on other tasks. It is particularly helpful for edupreneurs who are very busy.
The Drip Scheduler, on contrary, lets you to set up your lessons to an exact time and date. This feature is handy in keeping your student audiences active and well-balanced when it comes to storing information.
Payment, Selling, and Marketing
The idea of marketing in selling products to your desired market can be difficult to grasp when you don’t have enough tools to get things going. Fortunately, plenty of LMS platforms, like Thinkific offer the majority, if not all, of the necessary features for merchants available for use.
If you are planning to make a profit from paid online courses, you may want to connect your Thinkific account with one or both of these payment providers which have been tightly integrated into the platform. Stripe and PayPal are usually required to handle transactions of your learners. Thinkific Employees
We’re all aware of what PayPal can be and exactly how it operates, as it’s one of the most used payment methods used around the globe. However, if you’re still not familiar with the process, PayPal is where you pay for products by transferring a portion of your balance funds to the company you’re buying from.
Stripe however, on the other hand, processes cashless transactions for many other e-wallet services across the globe that function similarly to PayPal. Additionally, it processes debit and credit card transactions for banks from different locations.
Pricing Options for Students
The decision of how much you’ll sell your course content to your subscribers to learning is an essential step in marketing and sharing your content across the globe. Whether it is available for free, or needs several payments, Thinkific offers four pricing options you can set up for the students that wish to utilize it such as free, one-time payment, subscription or membership, and monthly payment.
- Free – This allows you to offer content to your students at no cost. If you’re a business owner, it can be best used as a lead magnet or a bonus feature to any of your paid services.
- One-time payment – You charge students a single fee for the content of your course. As an option, you may also set up an enrollment timeframe for the length of time they will be able to access your learning material.
- Subscription/membership – If you’re in charge of a membership site, this option is the best one. Students are charged monthly fees to have access to all your content. Note that this option is only available for plans that start at the Pro level.
- Payments for monthly recurring payments – The entire price of your course is divided into monthly installments, to be paid by students, with no worry about breaking the bank for them. The option, similar to the subscription method is available only through the Pro plan and upwards.
If you’d like to develop several pricing models for one of the courses you offer, then you can achieve this by making use of the “Set Additional Pricing” option.
Other Methods to Market Your Content
Coupons can be used to promote your course’s content as well as the bundles that accompany it. They are available in all of Thinkific’s paid plans, however at the basic tier, you’re entitled to only one coupon for free. You may customize your coupons to be compatible with how many services you’re able to provide You can alter discounts, which you’ll apply it to, and the expiration date.
Thinkific includes a number of options that let you invite those who have subscribed to one of your courses as affiliates. They provide additional assistance as they promote your content to other prospective students. Additionally, they could earn commissions by sharing unique promo links to your courses online.
E-mail Marketing for Business Growth and Marketing
There’s no more effective method to sell your products online than using e-mail marketing. And Thinkific allows integration with plenty of third-party tools that specialize in it and include major e-mail-marketing platforms such as MailChimp, AWeber, and ConvertKit. There are many more marketing platforms to choose from and connect with on Thinkific’s App Store, which we will discuss in a moment. It doesn’t stop there either, since Thinkific offers the ability to gain your company and platform an important boost by connecting to the online growth platform Sumo as well as the API Tool.
Like other online course platforms , and, essentially, any other platform on the internet, Thinkific allows for seamless integrations with a variety of third-party online tools and services which all give a better experience for both the student and instructor.
Thinkific App Store
The Thinkific App Store is a recent addition to a long list of features available on the platform. All integrations with third-party solutions and services are now able to be easily accessed and utilized via the comprehensive app library. This is a major improvement in the way that integrations are handled compared to back then when they had to be done via the settings. This feature is available for all plans offered by Thinkific and each app on the store is free to use, although certain apps require a monthly subscription while others provide services that are totally free.
If you’re an educator with a paid teaching account it’s equally crucial to have access to tools designed to automate your tasks. And connect to tons more third-party software platforms at the same time. One of the services that let you automate with ease is Zapier. Zapier offers two key tools that can be useful for managing your account as well as your courses. The ‘Triggers’ feature is part of Basic and Pro plans. Basic as well as Pro plans, and, it can do simple tasks on your behalf, like adding people who signed up for your course to your mailing list.
The ‘Actions’ feature, in contrast, is jam-packed with more capabilities that it can offer however it is limited by the Pro + Growth and Premier plans. Alongside Zapier, there is also InfusionSoft, which lets you automatize your sales and marketing duties. InfusionSoft is an extremely well-known tool for automation for small companies that might not have enough employees or team members to manage marketing-related tasks. Thinkific Employees
The use of a variety of analytics tools is a good method to gain insight into how well your offerings are received, allowing you to keep or discontinue them, or even improve them. Thinkific allows integration with third-party tools that focus on gathering data. One such application is Mixpanel, which contains advanced tools that not only measure your views, but also analyse student activity between your courses.
Segment.io is another highly sought-after platform that lets you send the data instantly to marketing and data analytics services such as SalesForce, HubSpot, ZenDesk, and other services. In terms of providing precise and accurate analytics, Google Analytics ranks number first on the web. As it’s an essential part of online selling, it can easily be integrated with the Thinkific account by entering the Tracking ID. If you’d like to share your online course content further through social media, particularly on the most popular social platform Facebook, you can do so by integrating using Facebook Pixel.
Student Support and Achievement
Analytics, E-commerce, and automation aside, Thinkific can easily connect with several apps specifically designed for student success. Accredible, as previously mentioned is used to issue completion certificates and manage credentials. However, it’s only available with plans called Pro as well as the Premier plan. Brillium allows you to expand your examination possibilities, while Disqus is a great platform for teacher-student interactions.
If a payment powered by Stripe is in trouble, such as having your card declined, Stunning is there to save it from any possible transactional failure. Taxes will be inevitable when it comes to running an online course in business. Thankfully some platforms can help you with that easily like Quaderno.
Customer Support and Help Center
Thinkific provides a wide variety of customer service platforms you can contact anytime you require assistance. The customer support hotline is available via telephone or e-mail, with priority support for admin users who are subscribed to the Pro plan up to. However, contacting an expert isn’t possible in terms of time, since it’s only available between Monday and Friday. There is no sign for live chat service as well. Thinkific Employees
In spite of the absence of direct support options, Thinkific has a help and training center with information that will assist entrepreneurs in establishing and running admin accounts. It also offers a free course which teaches novices how to design, promote and sell their services efficiently as they can.
Alternatives to Thinkific
- Teachable. If you’re interested in selling and sharing your online courses with a wider public, Teachable has similar features similar to Thinkific and more, such as fast access through the mobile app, Teachable Payment as well as a built-in e-mail marketing tool. There are four plans available, including the most basic one, which costs $10 less than Thinkific’s, but they might charge higher transaction fees.
- Kajabi. Kajabi is a more suitable LMS platform for established entrepreneurial venture, and has the ability to customize options twice as extensive as the other options. In addition, it offers much more advanced features that match requirements of big businesses. That aside, Kajabi is also among the most expensive sites that cost as low as $119/month , and there is no free service.
- Podia. Podia is the most recent addition to the lineup of online courses platforms, with some decent features for a similar price as Thinkific. The only thing that some people don’t like so far about Podia is its lack of customizing tools and support options, but that’s normal since the majority of these features may be available soon.
- Udemy. If you’re thinking about an alternative LMS option that’s particularly beneficial for instructors with no experience, you may want to check out Udemy that is billed as the largest course marketplace with over 42,000 content creators and 30 million students. Although you’ll be able to benefit from the majority of Udemy’s essential functions, including unlimited courses for free, expect much higher transaction fees in the near future. Thinkific Employees
What We like about Thinkific
- Fantastic pricing plans. Starting with the Basic plan at as low as $39 per month any of the 3 tiers has tons of handy functions for a variety of requirements of entrepreneurs.
- Zero transaction fees. In contrast to LMS platforms, which charge more fees for transactions, Thinkific lets you enjoy the entire range of services offered without the need to worry about it.
- Flexible and convenient flexible and convenient customization options. You can pick from a variety of themes, course templates, and lesson types, and customize every one of them to the fullest extent possible.
- There are a variety of student payment options. Not only do you have the option to offer a one-time payment to your student audience and students, but you can also allow them to select the option of monthly membership or payments to encourage them to get the most value from what you offer.
- Faster and accessible integrations with third-party platforms. With the launch to Thinkific App Store Thinkific App Store integrations with third-party online stores automation, analysis, as well as educational websites haven’t been so easy.
- Smooth user interface. The web interface of Thinkific is fast in performance, from media playback to the course and the site builders.
What we don’t like about Thinkific
- No live chat support. While telephone support is a welcomed feature, Thinkific is quite lacking in the sense of providing the option of live chat support which allows users to speak directly with an expert about matters related to the platform.
- The difficulty of adding code-related snippets to classes. In case you’re knowledgeable in programming and programming and want to use Thinkfic to create your courses, it’d be best not to attempt this.
- There aren’t many built-in integrations. Thinkific does not have integrated e-mail marketing or sales funnel integrations. However it is possible to get these solutions through third-party applications that offer these integrations.
- Insufficient tools for continuing education credits. Thinkific could offer various kinds of credentials and certificates awarded at the end of each course, but it does not have enough functions to create one that allows for continuing to future lessons. Thinkific Employees
If you’re looking to step in the world of entrepreneurs, or take your business to higher levels You should consider giving Thinkific the chance! The LMS platform has taken huge steps to cater to users who wish to experiment with courses with the most effective features that other platforms do not normally offer. The best part is that you won’t have to worry about transaction fee upon transaction fee obstructing your way.
Coursemaking, as a whole is a major investment that can significantly impact your career prospects in the long term. What Thinkifc stands out from other courses is the Free plan that it offers. While limited as can be however, it comes with enough features to provide a way for beginners to test the waters and see whether it’s a good fit. It’s also risk-free therefore if you’d like to test it out, you can do so by signing up for the Free plan, you may check out Thinkific’s official site!
FAQ Thinkific Employees
Does Thinkific offer a no-cost plan?
Yes, it does! Thinkific has a beginner-friendly Free plan which includes access to its core features, including customer support as well as the course editor. However, it will only allow one free course. If you wish for unlimited course creation, you may try out the other three plans, all of which are paid.
Do Thinkific have transaction costs? And does it make a portion of my earned sales?
No! There are no transaction fees that are associated with any of Thinkific’s plans apart from the ones associated with payment options. It also does not require a substantial cut from your earnings since Thinkific earns most of its income from paid plans.
Can Thinkific be integrated with Zoom?
Yes – Integration with the communications service Zoom has been made available on Thinkific as of the middle of 2020. This is particularly useful in enabling Live Lessons, which also is one of the LMS platform’s latest features. Be aware however that they are only available to those who subscribe to the Pro plan and up.
Are you Thinkific mobile-friendly?
Yes. Although it doesn’t have an app specifically designed for mobile However, the Thinkific interface can easily be modified to make it more suitable for portable, phone-friendly browsing on mobile browsers such as Safari, with most of the same features available in its web-based counterpart. Thinkific Employees