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White-label Online Course Platforms Under $50/month – A First Time Course Creators Guide

I was looking at choosing an online course creation platform for a project. It was unclear how quickly we would scale, so I wanted to check out some of the cheaper options from the main course builder services. 

At first glance, it seemed like everyone was offering the same thing. But, as it turned out, the under $50 packages were more varied than it seemed.

Each of these online course platforms provides a bevy of other features, however, I wanted to focus on the main features that would be important for someone hosting a single course for the first time and for a small audience initially.

Teachable
Free
Teachable
Basic
Thinkific
Free
Thinkific
Basic
Learnworlds
Starter
Podia
Mover
Monthly Price  (there is often an annual discount)Free$39/moFree$49/mo$29/mo$39/mo
Transaction fees (ex-payment processor)$1 + 10%5%0%0%$5/sale0%
# Students10UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
# CoursesUnlimitedUnlimited3 CoursesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
# VideosUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Recurring MembershipsYesYesNoNoNoNo
Branding on your site?YesYesYes exampleYes exampleYesYes, can be removed by request on annual plan or for a fee
Mailing list integrations*SumoMailchimp, ConvertKit, SumoNoneMailchimp, ConvertKit, Constant Contact, Aweber, SumoSumo, MailchimpMailchimp, ConvertKit, Aweber, Sumo
Data/API Integrations*NoneSegment, ZapierNoneSegment, ZapierNoneZapier
Quizzes?Basic (not graded)Basic (not graded)Yes (not sure of limits)Yes (not sure of limits)YesYes
Custom DomainNoYesNoYesYesYes
Free courses allowedYesYesYesYesNoYes
All this information is subject to change. Hopefully it’s accurate as of June 2020. Please let us know in the comments below if anything is incorrect. * may not be a complete list

We didn’t consider because minimum monthly cost was above $50/mo: Kajabi, Ruzuku.

Did we get anything wrong? Is there anything else that should be included? We’re generalists… not perfect. Let us know in the comments below. Same thing if there is a great LMS we didn’t consider.

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