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  • Bjorn Ahlen

    Member
    March 30, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    SaaS platforms like Thinkific, Teachable, Podia, etc. are a fast way to get going if you don’t need advanced quizzes or any of the other features you find in “building-block” oriented LMSes like LearnDash. It’s crucial to think through what you need now and what you will need soon.

    If you later decide that those platforms are not enough for you, then you will face a migration effort that can be daunting depending on your program structure. And if you have membership subscriptions handled by your SaaS platform, you may not be able to migrate those at all. You will just have to ask everyone to re-enroll.(unless they use Stripe or Authorize.net subscriptions, which they usually don’t).

    If you find that a SaaS platform would work for you, then look at Podia first. Best combination of good design and user-friendly interface.

    Teachable also has great designs for your membership pages, while Thinkific (well, look for yourself… 🤗).

  • Madeline Gabriel

    Member
    March 31, 2021 at 12:22 am

    I’m no expert – just starting myself. I’ve spent a couple of months playing around with Thinkific after finding LearnDash and the required membership, etc. add-ons to be too complicated for me to learn all at once while trying to work on my course content. You can get a free account at Thinkific and go ahead and test it out with no time limit. I think you get up to 3 courses on the free plan that you can actually build and sell if you want. I’m looking into Teachable as an alternative as I try to better understand the sales tax implications + I’m curious about Teachable’s new integration with Circle for communities.However, I’m here poking around to make sure I’m thinking things through before committing to building something I can’t move easily

  • David Risley

    Administrator
    March 31, 2021 at 9:30 am

    I’m definitely partial to having my own platform where I can do whatever I want and not be locked down by anything. But, obviously, that’s a matter of preference. It is also the DIY approach.

    In the end, many people like Thinkific for the convenience. And actually, once you add up the costs of the different plug-ins to self-build, you’re getting roughly into the same range annually as you would pay for the Pro plan with Thinkific. So, it isn’t even as if you’re saving much by taking the DIY route.

    So, it really comes down more to… basic desire to self-control everything, or a desire to give up some of that control for the sake of convenience.

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