If you’re on the quest to find the perfect course builder for your needs, you’re in the right place.
In this post, we’ll talk about LearnWorlds and Teachable and see which one stands as the best.
LearnWorlds vs Teachable
LearnWorlds is an all-in-one platform for creating and selling online courses.
It was founded in 2014 by George Palaigeorgiou, Fanis Despotakis, and Panos Siozos, its current CEO. He is a doctor in Educational Technology and a policy adviser for research and innovation in the European Parliament so he knows one thing or two about online learning.
Unlike other course builders that are much more simplistic, LearnWorlds’ software is aimed at seasoned professionals that want to set up an entire school.
And its several awards are proved of its quality and ease of use.
Teachable is an online course platform that has existed since 2015. Its predecessor, Fedora, a place to sell online courses, was born in 2013 when a recent graduate of UC Berkeley decided to build his own course platform.
Teachable is currently home to more than 100,000 creators that use it either to sell courses, coaching sessions, or digital downloads. It’s a popular solution amongst solopreneurs, bloggers, and creators that want to monetize their expertise.
Both platforms have drag-and-drop course builders that are super user-friendly and come with multiple customizable templates.
Teachable has page revisions so every time you save, a revision is created and you can take a step back if you don’t like where you’re heading.
It also has Unsplash integrated into its page builder so you can access its whole library and use it on your online course.
If you don’t have the time to build your sales page, you can get in touch with Teachable and let them build one for you. The process typically takes a week.
LearnWorlds doesn’t require you to hire any designer since advanced editing is much easier. It also has a significantly higher number of templates and widgets and includes a WordPress SSO plugin.
With LearnWorlds you can create multiple versions of your website in a flash. For example, you can build a version of your website for Black Friday, activate it and switch back to your regular website with just a click.
In terms of gamification, both platforms are pretty weak.
LearnWorlds only has badges and Teachable offers quizzes and certificates of completion.
If you want to access more useful gamification features, you’ll have to integrate with a third-party app.
Moving away from social media and having a built-in social network page helps you build a solid and strong community among students.
LearnWorlds has a Community feature where you can post and do pretty much anything you do on Twitter. Post, mention other people, create polls to get to know other users, and more.
They also let you create private and course discussion groups and upload images. Keep in mind, however, that these features aren’t available in mobile apps.
Teachable doesn’t offer any community features.
Since both platforms integrate with Zapier, you can access different automation, for example, engagement triggers which allow you to automate responses to a learner’s specific action.
LearnWorlds also lets you schedule automated reports on its upper plan.
Both Teachable and LearnWorlds include coaching sessions on all their plans.
LearnWorlds contemplates live one-on-one and group coaching sessions using Calendly, Zoom or Webex.
However, Teachable beats LearnWorlds here. It comes with in-built video conferencing functionality, which means you don’t need to rely on Zoom or any other external tool to teach your students.
Both LearnWorlds and Teachable let you sell digital downloads.
You can create, upload and sell podcasts, newsletters, customizable templates and even music.
LearnWorlds’ upper plan comes with course insight reports and progress reports. You can filter and export learner segments with more than 70 different filters. Plus, you have the option of sharing the learning insights with your learners so they can lead their own development.
On Teachable, on the Pro plan and up, schools can access course reporting tools. They provide detailed information about students’ lecture completion rates, quiz scores, video stats and student leaderboards.
You can also filter course reports by using tags. This allows you to segment your reports by specific cohorts or groups of students.
LearnWorlds lets you accept payments from popular payment getaways like Stripe, PayPal, Google Play and Apple Pay.
Teachable, however, also has two native payment getaways. One is teachable:pay, which automatically handles US sales taxes, EU VAT tax and other digital content taxes outside of the US and EU. The other is called Monthly Payment Gateway.
Schools that are unable to set up teachable:pay are eligible for the Monthly Payment Gateway.
Both LearnWorlds and Teachable let you offer free courses to generate leads as well as sell your courses and membership subscription plans
LearnWorld also has a Form Builder to help you capture leads and even cross-sell physical products. It has 16 different question types, powerful file upload, webcam capture, tagging based on answers, easy customization, Zapier triggers, URL redirection and a rich template library.
LearnWorlds has a Mobile App Builder that lets you create your own white-labeled app for both iOS and Android at an extra fee. Students can make in-app purchases, use it offline and receive push notifications.
Teachable offers mobile apps but not a white-label apps.
LearnWorlds also has a directory of industry-leading consultants and agencies.
Teachable and LearnWorlds are closed systems. So you don’t have the flexibility to add all the extensions you want that open-source do have. But you might not need it.
LearnWorlds integrates with Zapier, Stripe, Vimeo, Google Analytics, and more. It has a freshly upgraded HubSpot integration to fuel your customer relationships, inbound marketing, and automated campaigns.
You can also develop your own custom integrations with its API and Webhooks.
Similarly, Teachable integrates with Mailchimp, Zapier, ConvertKit, Google Analytics, Segment, and more. They also have a public API.
Teachable supports English and lets you translate text fields.
And with LearnWorlds you can also easily translate your academy’s user interface from a growing list of available languages or input your own.
Support and resources
LearnWorlds has plenty of resources, from tips and checklists, templates, and e-books to an academy and daily webinars. You can contact them via email 24/7 or get in touch via social media.
Teachable has workbooks, checklists, a blog, and a podcast. They also have a Community but it’s not on Facebook. You’ll have to pay for a membership to be a part of it.
For support, you can contact them via email and upper plans have live chat support and live group coaching.
LearnWorlds has four premium plans and they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. Unfortunately, there’s no free plan but they do have a 30-day free trial, no credit card is required.
- Starter: $29 per month. There’s a $5 fee per course sale. It includes 4 payment getaways and one admin.
- Pro trainer: $99 per month. No transactional fees, unlimited free and paid courses, and 5 team members.
- Learning Center: $299 per month. It integrates with Webhooks and includes API access.
- High volume and corporate: custom. Get unlimited admin and premium onboarding.
Teachable, on the other hand, has a free plan that lets you have unlimited students but it has a transactional fee on sales of $1 and 10%.
Then it has three premium plans:
- Basic: $59 per month. The transactional fee is 5% and it comes with unlimited coaching and unlimited digital downloads.
- Pro: $159 per month. No transactional fees, a public API and affiliate marketing features.
- Business: $665 per month. Includes 20 admin users, advanced theme customization and migration services.
LearnWorlds Pros and Cons
- White-label mobile app.
- Community and group features.
- Form builder.
- No built-in video conferencing features or payment gateways.
- No free plan.
Teachable Pros and Cons
- Built-in video conferencing feature.
- Built-in payment gateways.
- Might require hiring a web designer.
As you can see, LearnWorlds and Teachable have a lot of similarities, but each one has unique features related to its target teachers.
Teachable focuses more on the interface and monetization features. Its built-in payment gateways make it a more straightforward option to receive your money.
Whereas LearnWorlds shines thanks to its community features and mobile apps. So it’s the perfect option for anyone that has a big group of students.
The only reason you should go with Teachable instead is if you’re planning to make one-on-one coaching sessions.
So tell us, which one is it for you?
LearnWorlds or Teachable?
Tell us in the comments!