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The 3 best online course platforms

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So you want to know the best online course platforms to host and distribute your digital course to the people who need it most? Well there is no shortage of platforms to host it.

Online education as of 2020 is a 220 billion dollar industry, and is projected to more than double by 2024.  With this boom, the market for hosting platforms is scrambling to meet the demand and as new providers pop up constantly, the increasing abundance of choice is becoming a burden for aspiring course creators. So how do you navigate this jungle of possibility to find the right one for you? The answer is a good old fashion, expert review. So here it is!

Formator.io

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One of the best platforms that we can recommend at the moment is Formator.io. Made in France the creators of this platform wanted to provide an intuitive solution for online course hosting at super affordable rates. Fortunately, Formator.io succeeded in doing just that, offering a clean and efficient SaaS software, providing new and established creators a sleek and low-cost platform from which to sell and host their courses.  

The first thing you’ll notice about this software is how simple it is to use. Everything is optimized to get straight to the point! The site offers rich and diversified training courses, accessible in a few clicks. The settings are practical and the software offers tons of easy-to-navigate features including a super responsive after-sales service for your students. In short, nothing to complain about.

In addition to this overall very positive note, Formator.io offers one of the cheapest deals on the market. Starting at only 9€ per month for the limited version, you still get all the features you need, without necessarily having to upgrade to a higher version.

ClickFunnels

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ClickFunnels is a well-known platform for online training. Since 2014 this marketing software allows anyone to sell their course subscriptions using Clickfunnels’ membership area. What’s really great though, is that it really allows you to optimize your conversion funnel and offer additional products and services. 

The site offers real added value, but suffers from a bad reputation as a course hosting platform due to the often poor use of this added value. Conversion work requires prior work on the value proposition, marketing and communication. Not everyone is able to use ClickFunnels to full effect.

However, ClickFunnels is a real plus for those who take the time to learn everything it has to offer and can really help boost sales through conversion optimization and the sales funnels you can build with the site. In fact most people who have substantial experience selling their courses online know this quite well, and have established their own sales funnels using web builders like ClickFunnels to often double and triple their sales. 

As for the price, the software is considered rather expensive: the basic version is $97 per month or 81€. It certainly requires a slightly bigger budget, but someone who takes full advantage of the software will be laughing all the way to the bank. 

Thinkific

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Thinkific is a platform that allows you to create and sell your courses online. Easy to use, it allows a certain freedom in terms of design, marketing and sales but not as much as Clickfunnels.  

Thinkific is an e-learning platform that offers training courses in all fields. You can create your course in a few clicks, and without any coding knowledge, and then distribute it directly on the platform. Unlike Clickfunnels, prospective students can browse Thinkific and discover your course.  In other words it allows you to take advantage of Thinkific’s brand authority and organic traffic to generate sales in a way that Clickfunnels cannot. 

As for the price, Thinkific offers a free version that will allow you to try the platform and get familiar with it. If it seems to suit you, you can then switch to a basic package at $39 a month, or €33. For such a complete tool it’s a rather interesting price, especially considering the possible organic traffic and conversions that it can generate. 

Have you decided which is best for you? 

Keep in mind that most if not all of these solutions offer some kind of super inexpensive and often free trial version which you can quickly try and decide for yourself which is right for your specific needs. The important thing is that you’ve now narrowed down your options, and can start making decisions, and before you know it, selling courses. 

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