Online Course Platforms
Creating and hosting online courses used to be very technical and expensive. But in recent years, a number of relatively affordable and easy to use online course platforms have entered the market.
While I (Kirk VandenBerghe) am a strong advocate of WordPress as a content management system, for many reasons I don’t like to use it for e-commerce, including online training courses. Thus, none of the following solutions are self-hosted WordPress plugins. Instead, the options listed below are all hosted by the companies who provide the service.
None of the offerings in my list below are expensive and complex “enterprise” (corporate) learning management systems (LMS’).
My personal favorite is New Kajabi, although it’s more costly than many of the other choices. When it comes to cost, I think in terms of value.
Before choosing an online training platform, I feel it’s essential to write out a detailed list of requirements. If you’re unfamiliar with available features, visiting each website and creating your own list of features can be useful. And some of the companies offer a free trial if you’d like to dive in (just remember to bring a towel).
As I continue to learn, I’ll update this post so it becomes an “evergreen” resource.
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Hosted Recorded Course Marketplaces
Your content and content other than yours
Hosted Recorded Course Platforms
Only your content
Hosted Live Content Platforms
I haven’t include any online meeting or webinar solutions in this list. The entries below are focused on online training and have added “live” (real time) support for their course delivery.