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What Is Thinkific?

Thinkific is an all-in-one online course platform that empowers anyone to quickly create and deliver stunning courses on their own branded site. Whether your goal is to educate your customers, to sell courses to earn revenue or to simply grow your brand and engage your audience, Thinkific makes it easy.

Join thousands of consultants, experts, authors, speakers, trainers, teachers, coaches, professional associations, and companies, and start selling courses on Thinkific today.

Who Uses Thinkific?

Everyone from small businesses, creatives, consultants, coaches, authors, speakers, and trainers to professional associations, larger companies and universities use Thinkific today.

Where can Thinkific be deployed?

Cloud, SaaS, Web-based

About the vendor

  • Thinkific
  • Located in Vancouver, Canada
  • Founded in 2012
  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China and 18 others

Languages

Brazilian Portuguese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch and 24 others

Thinkific pricing

Starting Price:

US$49.00/month
  • Yes, has free trial
  • Yes, has free version

Thinkific has a free version and offers a free trial. Thinkific paid version starts at US$49.00/month.

Pricing plans get a free trial

About the vendor

  • Thinkific
  • Located in Vancouver, Canada
  • Founded in 2012
  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China and 18 others

Languages

Brazilian Portuguese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch and 24 others

Thinkific videos and images

Thinkific Software - Your website and courses can be viewed on any device and with any browser.
Thinkific Software - Thinkific's drag and drop course builder makes it easy to create engaging courses.
Thinkific Software - You can build an entire product, from content, to landing pages, to checkout in the Thinkific course builder.
Thinkific Software - Thinkific Advanced Reporting gives you deeper insights on your business so you can make smart decisions quickly. You can analyze everything from which course is bringing in the most revenue, transactions from new students versus existing students and more
Thinkific Software - Now with the launch of the Thinkific App Store,  you can educate your customers, sell courses or engage your audience with value-added content exactly the way you want.
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Thinkific video
Thinkific Software - Your website and courses can be viewed on any device and with any browser.
Thinkific Software - Thinkific's drag and drop course builder makes it easy to create engaging courses.
Thinkific Software - You can build an entire product, from content, to landing pages, to checkout in the Thinkific course builder.
Thinkific Software - Thinkific Advanced Reporting gives you deeper insights on your business so you can make smart decisions quickly. You can analyze everything from which course is bringing in the most revenue, transactions from new students versus existing students and more
Thinkific Software - Now with the launch of the Thinkific App Store,  you can educate your customers, sell courses or engage your audience with value-added content exactly the way you want.

Features of Thinkific

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Audio/Video Recording
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Management
  • Class Scheduling
  • Content Library
  • Content Management System (CMS) Software
  • Course Authoring Software
  • Course Management
  • Course Publishing
  • Course Tracking
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Employee Engagement Software
  • Feedback Management
  • Gamification Software
  • Gradebook Software
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Learning
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Media Import
  • Mentorship
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Multi-Language
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Quizzes
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Screen Sharing Software
  • Self-Learning
  • Self-Service Content Curation
  • Social Learning
  • Storyboarding
  • Student Information/Records
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Template Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Training Management
  • Video Management Software
  • Virtual Classroom Software
  • eCommerce Management

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Reviews of Thinkific

Average score

Overall
4.6
Ease of Use
4.4
Customer Service
4.4
Features
4.3
Value for Money
4.4

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

Find reviews by score

5
65%
4
27%
3
6%
2
2%
Pamela
Pamela
President in U.S.
Verified LinkedIn User
Entertainment, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

This is where I have my courses

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: 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.

Alternatives Considered: Teachable

Reasons for Switching to Thinkific: Thinkific had the ability to upload docs in the discussion area of courses. And doesn't charge a transaction fee.

Yadah
Educator in Ireland
E-Learning, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Beautiful Course Platform for Online Education

5.0 last year

Comments: A stunning product which I would have been happy to use (even with all the workarounds for certificates, email and quizzes). The support is quick with responses and the tutorials provided really are next-level amazing. A consistent and impressive LMS.

Pros:

This is an absolutely beautiful platform. Thinkific has been in the elearning industry for years and it shows - the portal is easy to navigate and set up courses. The tutorials section is robust and detailed, giving step-by-step information on how to set up various course features and troubleshoot any issues that may come up. There is the ability to issue certificates of completion, add an assignment section for students to upload their work, basic quiz functionality, drip-scheduling as well as compulsory lessons which need to be completed before the student can move on. The lessons can consist of videos, text, PDF's (which can be downloadable or not), or quizzes. You can embed videos and links from other sites too. The course analytics allow you to see how much of a course/lesson was completed before a student drops off, giving valuable insight which enables the course creator to edit and adapt the courses to make them more engaging for the students. There is also a 'community' feature which gives students the chance to chat and give/feedback away from an external site (like a Facebook group). Thinkific does not take any of the course fees and allows the course creator to keep 100% of the profits earned. There is also a free version which has a lot of features included.

Cons:

The certificates are quite basic and it's necessary to be design-savvy and tech-savvy to create a certificate which would be accepted in the upload process. The quizzes are very basic and do not support time-limits, limited retries or anything more robust than true/false or multiple choice. Should you want to integrate with a more robust quiz software, their native integrative party is quite pricey! There is no built-in email functionality aside from the notifications that can be sent to existing students. As email is becoming more popular among other learning management systems this is quite a big negative point against them. The option to whitelabel the site completely is only available on the 'Growth' plan which over and above the 'Pro' plan which is already $99.

Alternatives Considered: Ruzuku, Podia, Kajabi and LearnWorlds

Reasons for Choosing Thinkific: Option to do upsells and order bumps with Thinkific. Option for assignment uploads for students. All-round more robust LMS.

Switched From: Teachable and CourseCraft

Reasons for Switching to Thinkific: Value for money and number of features offered. It's an established product with years of market research and expertise.

Stella
Founder in U.S.
E-Learning, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Great to have free tier but lacking in user experience

4.0 3 weeks ago New

Pros:

Great to have free tier to test out the functionality of the platform

Cons:

The overall navigation is confusing. I often found myself not knowing where to go to find things.

Farah
Business Owner in U.S.
E-Learning, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Good overall with critical limitations for teaching online live

3.0 2 years ago

Comments: Good. They have excellent customer support and they responded to me quickly even during busy times. I actually recommended them for a company that has recorded videos and could benefit from using a modern LMS to share their recorded lessons.

Pros:

I think I like the idea of the software. There are alternatives. I think I picked Thinkific first because they have clear description about their software, seemed reputable and seemed like they have good customer service and responsiveness. Their website is nicely responsive for different screen sizes. Although the theme itself is limited, and you are on your own to customize it, I felt that the drag and drop choices for the editor covered everything I need.

Cons:

There were critical limitations that I felt decreased the value of the software for my business. The first thing that made me feel uncomfortable is that the website you build for your business through their LMS software would publish to the public immediately as you save the changes. I look thoroughly through the website theme settings, but there was no way to keep the website as "password protected" or "private" before it is published. As a result, I felt I should hold on about sharing important details until I write the entire content of the website, then drag and drop the content for the layout, and then put the content. After that first issue, I felt less excited. There were other limitations that resulted in me losing interest. I didn't feel like I want to pay to customize my website with HTML and CSS. importing your own website website was not a convenient option. My courses were live online but their website had no way of sharing the time on the website based on the user local or system time. I would have to pay for their Pro plan and do it myself with javascript. I could look up and learn how to do it, but I didn't want to. I felt like the software was good for only recorded content. The price they were asking for was not convincing anymore. Slowly and slowly I lost interest. Finally, I saw that they charge a flat fee for each student plus their monthly fee, for any student after the 100th student. I decided not to move forward with them.

Alternatives Considered: Teachable, TutorBird and Kajabi

Reasons for Switching to Thinkific: I ended up not choosing Thinkific and went with an alternative.

Lucky
Founder/CEO/Content creator in Nigeria
E-Learning, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Thinkific LMS platform. An honest review

5.0 3 months ago

Comments: Thinkific is a great LMS with many inbuilt integrations. Even though most of the integrations are not free, they help in building a better LMS all round.

Pros:

Other than being a good Learning management platform, students could upload video contents and gifs in the communities of a thinkific school. This isn't possible with other LMS I've used. I think this is a great advantage in my opinion as videos drives conversations better.

Cons:

If I could upload SCORM/HTML5 contents it'll be a better product for me. Also, the course builder layouts are not as sleek as I expected in comparison to other products.

Alternatives Considered: LearnDash

Reasons for Switching to Thinkific: I didn't want to get involved in the technical stuffs involved in building an LMS from scratch. I preferred using a SAAS platform (in this case Thinkific) that would cater for the technical aspects of the platform while I cared about creating contents for my students.