15 Platforms to Publish and Sell Online Courses (and Counting)

As I argue in Leading the Learning Revolution, it’s  a whole new world out there if you are an individual subject matter expert or a small training/education organization looking to sell online courses.

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It used to be that you had to master an authoring tool, license a learning management system (LMS) – or come up with a workaround –  figure out hosting and e-commerce, and then somehow deal with end user support. These days, you can get across the finish line with little more than a Web cam and an Internet connection.

In this post I take a quick look at some of the options that are out there for helping you distribute and sell online courses and instructional videos on the Web.

Sell Online Courses: The Options

I update this list pretty frequently (last time: May 2, 2016).

Keep in mind that this is a rapidly growing area. There is no way I can keep up with or know about every platform designed to sell online courses. Be sure to check out the comments for additional choices and opinions. And if you have had experience with one of the platforms, please share anything constructive you can about the experience – i.e., what was good or bad about it and WHY.

Also, keep in mind that I don’t specifically endorse any of these platforms. Within each category, they are listed alphabetically, not ranked. I have vetted them at a very high level to make sure they seem like a good fit for subject matter entrepreneurs and smaller education and training businesses. I encourage you to comment and share your experiences with them – good or bad.

Teachable-smWhile I don’t endorse specific platforms (see above), I do understand that the range of choices can be confusing and it can be helpful for an expert to just say “look at this one, it’s a top choice.” So, here’s one of my top choices: Teachable.  Check it out. You can create a free course right away, and I know you will like what you see. – Jeff

Solopreneur | Small Business

These are platforms geared toward individual subject matter entrepreneurs or small businesses that want a relatively turnkey way to create their own branded site to sell online courses. While the feature sets are relatively similar, they can be very different in their “look and feel” as well as in how focused they are on helping course entrepreneurs succeed – e.g., by providing good resources, educational content, strong support. Be sure to check out the free trial options, where available, so that you have a chance to kick the tires before committing.

Academy of Mine

One of the things I have found interesting about the Academy of Mine folks is that they are doing an excellent job using many of the very tactics I encourage in Leading the Learning Revolution to grow their own learning business, including a very active blog, podcasts, and Webinars that provide value to their audience. They are also very focused on blending marketing tools with learning tools in the administrative interface for their system. I have gotten feedback from some users that the learning curve to get up and running on the system is pretty steep. That said, if you can make your way up the curve, you will have pretty powerful set of tools at your disposal. Pricing starts at $199 a month.

Link: http://www.academyofmine.com

Digital Chalk

Digital Chalk offers a variety of plans for getting courses online as well as production services to help you do it. If you’ve got the expertise, but don’t want to have to deal with the nuts and bolts of producing a course, this is a choice to consider. The company charges a $399 set up fee and then $4.95 per registration for a basic course. The platform appears to be chock full of great features.

Link: http://www.digitalchalk.com


Tip of the hat to Tom over at http://currancrew.tv/ for pointing this one out to me. I have not had time to fully check it out yet, but looks like another very full-featured system worth considering for anyone who wants to sell online courses. (Appears to the the U.S. version of http://www.patience.io/) Free 7-day trial and then $99 per month for the basic version.



With its CampusPay LMS services Educadium offers a way to add a simple e-commerce solution to its EasyCampus platform. EasyCampus is, indeed, an easy platform on which to get up and running, but is nonetheless a relatively feature-rich LMS with a range of options for adding on features and services that fit your needs. Pricing for the platform starts at $39 per month and e-commerce fees range from 6.5% to 10% of sales, depending on which subscription package you choose.



I had the pleasure of interviewing Pathwright co-founder Paul Johnson on the Learning Revolution podcast, and he also connected me with Jason Blumer, who is using the Pathwright platform with great success. There’s a free Pathwright 101 course that gives a good overview of the platform and using Pathwright is completely free up until the point you start selling. (The company makes money off of taking a percentage of sales once you do start selling.)

Link: http://www.pathwright.com/


One of the things I really like about Ruzuku is that they put a LOT of effort into helping subject matter entrepreneurs use their platform successfully – including everything from designing a great course, getting it online, and marketing it effectively. Their “Up and Comer Plus” plan also includes unlimited Webinars.  If you are looking for an easy-to -use platform combined with a soup-to-nuts approach to helping you be successful with it, this is a great option. I recommend you sign up for their free trial today to give you an idea of what the platform can do.

Link: http://ruzuku.com/


“Don’t let building courses intimidate you,” say the folks at SkyPrep. The company focuses on providing easy tools for getting a course online and delivering it globally. You can license the platform to use as you like, or you can elect to just sell your courses through the SkyPrep marketplace – in which case the company charges a $9 monthly e-commerce fee and takes a 10% commission on sales.

Link: http://skyprep.com/


My understanding from an article in Forbes is that Teachable (formerly Fedora) got started out of frustration with Udemy (listed below) – in particular, with the way in which Udemy controls information about and access to students. In response, the Fedora team has created a platform that enables you to “host courses on your website and control your branding, student data, and pricing all from one place.” I like the pricing model. they offer. You can use the platform for free and pay $1 + 10% for all transactions. Or, you can choose to pay a monthly fee, which eliminates the $1 per transaction fees and also reduces the percentage paid to Fedora based on what level of monthly fee you choose.

Link: http://teachable.com/


Thinkific provides an all-in-one solution to help you create, deliver, and market and sell online courses – including a $0 starter plan (based on taking a 10% commission on your sales). A big vote of confidence for this platform is that my friend Dorie Clark – a bestselling author multiple-times over, guest on the Learning Revolution podcast, and generally very smart and business savvy person – is using it for the online course she is currently developing. Definitely worth checking out.

Link: https://www.thinkific.com/


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Marketplace | Syndication

These are platforms that, in addition to providing ways to author/assemble courses, also provide a an existing marketplace in which to sell online courses.


With Coggno, you can create courses or upload existing content – including SCORM files. You also have the option to deliver these courses privately or to distribute them through the Coggno marketplace. Coggno also provides the useful twist of enabling organizations to use a branded instance of the Coggno platform for free to offer courses to their target audience (e.g., employees, members) – thus providing yet another distribution option for your content. Organizations that use the LMS in this way pay only for the content they use. For course developers looking to sell their content, pricing starts at $24.95 per month plus 10% of sales.

Link: http://coggno.com/lms/sell-courses


If video is your thing, MindBites is a great option. The site provides tools and guidance to help you create and publish how-to videos. These can be promoted in the broader MindBites marketplace, but the company also provides the option for you to set up your own customized storefront that you can link to off of your main Website or blog. A free plan is available, and paid plans start at $14 per month.

Link: http://www.mindbites.com/sell


OpenSesame is the first out of this group (as far as I can tell) that allows you to upload courses that you have created using a standards-based (SCORM, AICC)  course authoring package like Articulate Presenter. If you happen to be an expert, or manage experts (e.g., if you represent a training firm or association) that is developing offerings at this level of sophistication, it might be the first place you want to check out. You can also upload video, and the company claims that courses published in its system can be accessed by any learning management system (LMS). So, for example, if you know there are businesses out there that would want your content, but are going to want it on their own LMS, this could be a very powerful option. The company takes 40% of any sales you make through its platform.

Link: https://www.opensesame.com/sell-online-elearning-training-courses


The folks at Udemy say “Our goal is to disrupt and democratize education by enabling anyone to learn from the world’s experts.” From what I can tell, they have been doing a pretty good job making waves lately. The Udemy platform gives subject matter experts a simple, straightforward way to assemble content like PowerPoint slides, PDF documents, and YouTube videos into a coherent course experience.You can then publish into the Udemy marketplace and use a variety of tools to promote your masterpieces. Udemy is free for instructors – the company makes it’s money through a 50/50 split whatever you sell. Apparently, as ThinkTraffic reports, some some instructors have been having quite a bit of success.

Link: http://www.udemy.com/teach

E-commerce Add-ons

These are e-commerce engines and plug-ins that make it possible to sell online courses through common open source platforms like Moodle.


If you happen to have already gone down the Moodle path (widely used open source LMS) for your course delivery needs, then you may want to check out CourseMerchant. While Moodle itself provides a very basic e-commerce option, CourseMerchant helps you take things to a much more sophisticated level – including the ability to bundle courses, offer discounts, and sell multi-seat licenses that allow for the seats to be easily allocated to learners. The CourseMerchant folks are also behind CourseIndex.com, a network that enables you to promote and sell online courses through affiliate marketers.

Link: http://www.coursemerchant.com/
Link: http://www.courseindex.com/

Extended Enterprise | Academic

These are platforms that tend – in my opinion – to be more oriented towards corporations and/or academic institutions but do, nonetheless, provide an e-commerce engine for selling courses. While they are not out of the question for solo entrepreneurs, they are probably a better fit, in most instances, for small-to-mid-sized businesses (our big businesses, those aren’t really a target for this site. Some of these also overlap into the trade and professional association category, but if you represent an organization in that category, I strongly recommend the association LMS list at Tagoras.


While most of the options here have some level of content authoring capabilities, EZLCMS aims to take things a step further with its Adaptive Course Authoring PowerPoint Plug-In. The company says the plug-in ‘will convert your presentation into a mobile-friendly HTML based courseware product that can be delivered on computers and mobile devices.” If you happen to be delivering serious assessments as part of your offerings, EZLCMS also offers item analysis as part of its reporting capabilities. There’s a free 15 day trial and after that pricing starts at $199 per month.

Link: http://www.ezlcms.com/index.php/e-commerce/


Inquisiq steps up the game quite a bit by offering features like multiple branded site instances (e.g., so that you can set up branded training portals for your business-to-business course sales) and a variety of discount code options for purchasers. Like Litmos, it also provides for issuing certificates to users who complete/pass courses. If you sell primarily to business (as opposed to individual) buyers, you want to be sure to check out this option. There’s a free trial available (for an unspecified period of time), then pricing starts at $200 per month.

Link: http://www.inquisiqr3.com/solutions/sell-your-courses-online/

Learning Cart

As the name suggests, Learning Cart is all about hooking e-commerce up to your online courses. The platform can be used to sell just about any kind of online content, and I like the fact that it also has an integrated blog engine to help you with your content marketing and SEO. It also has a number of nice integration – with GoToWebinar and Google Analytics for example. All in all, it is quite sophisticated for $149 per month.

Link: http://www.learningcart.com


Litmos offers a relatively full-featured LMS with built-in e-commerce options for selling your content (including SCORM courses). If you don’t care about having a marketplace for your content, and are looking for good flexibility for offering both live and on-demand training as well as integrating with other platforms (like, for example, Salesforce), it’s definitely worth a look. There’s a 14-day free trial followed by monthly pricing staring at $49 per month for the Starter edition.

Link: http://www.litmos.com/learning-management-system/sell-online-courses/


ProProfs give you tools to add media, quizzes, and certificates to your existing documents, videos & presentations – and then put them into a market place that the company claims reaches more than a million users. Monthly packages start at just under $75 ($60 if you commit to a year) and the company takes 9.5% off of sales through its marketplace.

Link: http://www.proprofs.com


For experts who want to deliver live and on-demand Webinars, WizIQ is an old standby. The company provides a platform through which you can easily offer a live Webinar session – with slides, desktop sharing, audio, and video – that can also be recorded for on-demand access by learners. Courses can be published and sold in WizIQ’s online marketplace. There’s a free 30-day trial, and then paid plans start at $19 a month. It’s unclear from the Web site whether the company also takes a percentage of course sales.

Link: http://www.wiziq.com/

If you have used/had success with any of these, or have others you would like to see on the list, please comment and share. Please note: I get a LOT requests for advice on which platform to use, how to handle specific functionality needs, etc. I simply can’t justify taking the time to address all of these requests for free here – I have a family to feed and a mortgage to pay! If you really need help, you can set up a call with me through Clarity.fm.


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  1. Thanks so much for these awesome resources. Some of the very best, clean and easy to use I have found in my research. Cost is always a factor since I am an independent trainer. I have started on Udemy. Will see how it goes. I am also exploring pathwright at the moment. Clean interface, still have to see how it works.

    • Thanks for commenting, Carol – If you have a chance, drop back by at some point, please drop back by and let folks know how your experiences went with Udemy and Pathwright. – Jeff

      • Udemy have given me nothing but grief over the last 3 months. Nit-picking re my courses and I have degrees in 2 different subject areas! Udemy has severely wasted my time – around 400 hours worth.

    • Hi Carol, please tell us about your experiences with online course platforms. I’m actually researching which platform to start with. I’ll be teaching some pretty different topics, and I’m just like you that independent teacher/trainer. Thanks a ton! – Ton

    • I just saw your comment and I thought you might be interested in Gumroad. It is similar to Udemy, but they take a smaller slice.

  2. Lindsey H says:

    Don’t forget DigitalChalk from Asheville, NC as well! http://www.digitalchalk.com 🙂

  3. Late to the party but AT the party is DojoLearning! http://www.DojoLearning.com 🙂

  4. BrainCert Makes E-Learning And Passive Earning Painless. BrainCert allows instructors to create courses and upload tests easily and quickly. Once that’s done, the platform integrates with PayPal and Stripe, allowing you to profit from the information you’ve provided. BrainCert is generous with that, too, giving you 90% of the sales revenue from whatever you sell. – https://www.braincert.com/

  5. Thanks for the excellent info.
    I feel that nowadays it isn’t difficult to build your own training website using Paypal as the payment gateway.
    What do you think could be the disadvantages of going your own way?

    • Dinesh –

      Just using Paypal as a payment gateway and one of any number of approaches to managing access to content (like, for example, a membership plugin) can work just fine. The platforms listed here all manage access rights as an integrated part of the software and have done a good bit to streamline the e-commerce process. Many of them also streamline authoring of educational content and make it easier to integrate content, assessments, and social interaction (e.g., discussion boards) into a single educational experience. It all depends on what learning models you plan to use and how adept you feel at taking a more DIY approach. – Jeff

  6. Thanks, Jeff for the great list! I know this will be a valuable resource for many folks.

  7. Jeff —

    Thank you for including OpenSesame on your list. If you or any of your readers have questions or would like to know more, please let me know!

    • Can anyone help in suggesting ways in which we can sell our courses with discount websites, such as amazon.local and places like that? I have been suggested to use affiliate marketers, but am unsure really of what this means?

  8. Before rushing off to Udemy….you should read this. Not as great as everyone says.


    Some pretty angry instructors in the comments area.

    Hope this helps

  9. Jeff — I am the Publisher at Siminars. I’d love to get your feedback on our platform. Please check out siminars.com and email me if you have any ideas or questions. Thanks and have a great year ahead!

  10. Hello,

    Have you heard of EDU 2.0 ( http://www.edu20.org). EDU 2.0 is an LMS that has a beautiful user interface and a lot of features that many of the companies you mentioned here doesn’t have. Please check out a tour of EDU 2.0 https://www.edu20.org/info/tour and maybe you can add it to your list. Thank you.

  11. Thanks for the excellent article.

    For the pretty angry instructors on Udemy pricing model, i’d like to suggest Kunerango (https://kunerango.com).


  12. Hi Jeff,

    I have one question, if you can help. Security is always a challenge in e-learning content. Any suggestions to ensure that viewers can not download the video.

    • Most of the video oriented services (e.g., Udemy, MindBites) are going to present the video in a way that it cannot be downloaded. Or you can use something like JPlayer in WordPress, or Vimeo with the download capability turned off. Of course, there’s pretty much nothing you can do to prevent someone from making a screen recording if they really are determined to.

  13. amazing article. There’s another company I just found while searching on the web. They take away 30% better than udemy’s 50/50.

    it’s called scooltv. https://scooltv.com

  14. What about Udacity?

    • Not sure Udacity is really a fit for the type of thing I’m talking about here. I’m not aware that you can create/deliver whatever you want on Udacity – you basically have to be selected by them or one of their partners to do a course. Correct me if I am wrong, though. – Jeff

  15. Is the platform at iteachers.com (which forwards to http://www.myonlinecampus.org/) something that you’ve looked at, Jeff?

    How does it compare to these others?

    Mahalo for this fine information!

  16. I was wondering if you have specific recommendations for platforms suitable for teaching language courses. I’ve looked at several on this list so far and they look very interesting, but it’s not immediately clear to me how well they would integrate with a webinar tool for live meetings/discussions. It’s also not clear which has the most powerful quiz/testing/tracking capabilities.

  17. stephane caron says:

    Hey Jeff,

    Thanks so much for those great infos. That should most definitely help me with my plans to start up a training platform. Thanks to your infos, I can now narrow my search for the best tool to use.

    I wish to put online downloadable checklists, videos and emit certificates. And one thing also that I wish to be able to do is allow my trainees to download mobile device friendly version of my lists and videos.
    Any obvious suggestions ?

  18. Hi Jeff, this is a great list. Click 4 Course is another relevant one to add… especially for companies looking for a very cost-effective platform (starting at just $19 per month). It also includes a company-branded website for students to access the course. It’s super easy to use as well. http://www.click4course.com

    Thanks! Jacob

  19. Many good solutions out there – I’m adding ours to the pile – worldclass.io is a platform with built in quizzing, MOOC, gamification and commerce modules + rich analytics and user mgmt.
    We’re 100% customisable and you can configure the front-end to go with any design or hosting service you’re currently using.

  20. Hello, Jeff – great list, thanks for the detailed insights. A question for you: do you know which of these companies and systems will provide sales and distribution of my existing courses in my existing LMS? It appears that most (all?) required the content to be converted to or loaded into their LMS/CMS.


    • Bob – Apologies for the delay in responding. I was not notified of the comment for some reason. As far as I know, none of these support pulling content from another LMS. That has always been somewhat tricky territory – hopefully something that will be addressed as emerging standards (Tin Can) gets more broadly adopted and implemented. – Jeff

  21. Good list Jeff, its missing us though, Firmwater LMS has been built specifically for training companies to sell, deliver, track and report their online training courses. Here is a link to our patnership with Shopify – http://www.firmwater.com/lms/features/sell-courses-online.php – let me know what you think, I hope to see us added to the list.

    • Thanks, Sean – I’ll check it out. Planning to update the list soon.


    • Just running down this list as well as the comments, I’d be interested to know why FirmWater.com feels entitled to charge so much more than their competitors. If you’re offering unique features that others dont, perhaps you should highlight that on your website so that it justifies the exponential price increase.

  22. If you are looking to sell videos from your website take a look at http://www.HostStreamSell.com, they even have wordpress plugins for easy integration.

  23. Great resources Jeff. It will make it easy for Selling online courses in various platform.

  24. Thanks for the post, Jeff! The info on Udemy is not current, late last year the pricing structure changed. Right now, instructors get 50%. And depending on other factors, you might only get 25%.

  25. Hi Jeff, I know you are planning to update this list soon. When you do please add Skilljar to the list – (www.skilljar.com).
    Thanks! Keegan

    • Skilljar is what I was going to suggest too, but see it was already suggested. Still not on list though. It is the best, IMHO. Low fees, highly responsive, host all the files and process all the payments, many types of content allowed, coupons, etc. etc.

  26. Don’t forget Lightspeedvt.com. They specialize in creating interactive video training courses for speakers, consultants, and other experts. They’re based out of Las Vegas and have done work with Bravo (Top Chef’s Cooking Courses), GM, and countless speakers. They’re start-up fees are a little steep for most people, but it’s definitely what you’re talking about in the article.


  27. Michael says:

    Pathright catalog seems to be dead.

  28. Great info!! We also provide a platform for instructors to promote their online courses. http://WWW.crunchadeal.com

  29. I’ve had my course at Udemy for awhile, but now they are starting to delete legitimate reviews due to their “spam review filter.” How does that make you feel to work hard for your reviews as well as your course, then have a system work against you?

  30. Hi Jeff,

    We sent a note to you in May about adding Click 4 Course to this list, but we’re not sure if you got it. Would you be able to at it? Based on services you’ve listed, it would be a great addition to this list. We hope to hear back from you, and also see our service on your list!


    Jacob Bradley
    Support Team

  31. Out of the gate your first resource is simply a version of WPLMS theme found on theme forest. There is not even a business behind the associated link to academy of mine. I find that really odd. Their demo video talks about the unique platform and marketing presence, yet they have no product, or classes. I just find that strange.

  32. Great list Jeff! This industry is really growing! Don’t forget to add LFE.com, or Learning from Experience, is a great FREE only platform for experts in all fields to make money off their expertise.

    We provide all the tools and then leave all the decisions on your course business up to you. Sell your courses from your website or your Facebook fan page. Don’t have a website? We partner with Wix.com, the best and easiest website creation platform, so all of our authors can have their own free professional site.

    All of these tools come free – we only make money when you do. When you have a sale you keep 85% and we get 15%. That’s it.

    You can go to http://www.lfe.com/the-lfe-platform/

  33. Hi Jeff, just wanted to say many thanks for mentioning Course Merchant on the list.

    We would love to show you a demo some time if you had a spare hour or so, be great to get your detailed thoughts.

    Once again, many thanks for the mention.

    All the best and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Martin Broughton

  34. How about MATRIX LMS? I thin they definitely should be included in the list, they have e-commerce integration with Stripe, Paypal and Authorize.net, not to mention that the platform looks amazing

  35. Roy Nelson says:

    While looking for some other providers I came across this one.
    They have decent enough platform, have gone through their own MOOCs hosted on platform.
    Some points about them i liked,
    – course can be completely private, with my own audience. (download restricted)
    – no revenue sharing (pay as you go model, charged per consumption hour at the month end)
    Has anybody tried it and have anything to share about pros and cons of it?

  36. Hi Jeff,

    Thanks a ton for these resources. Im looking specifically for a user controlled (interactive) video platform for training people on how to use a specific product, reviewing features and troubleshooting. We dont need to sell anything, but would love to track which video’s get watched most so that we know where the interest or pain points are for the product. I’ve looked at Engajer as a platform, and some of the training platforms here seem like a good fit, but not sure about the ‘self guided’ aspect of the video. Any additional thoughts/insights since you’ve posted this list?
    Thanks again, Leslie

  37. Hi Jeff,

    I would like to share our WordPress plugin with your readers especially the ones who would like to sell their Moodle courses online. This plugin works with your WordPress website and integrates WordPress and Moodle with WooCommerce to sell Moodle Courses online.
    You can take a look at the details here. http://wisdmlabs.com/woocommerce-moodle-integration-solution/

    Hope to get added to your list soon. 🙂

  38. Jeff:

    Hey! We enjoyed reading your article. But, the majority of the companies listed on this page are for long term courses/classes. At PharmPsych Sites we cater mostly to Continuing Education professionals in the medical field, many of whom just need a short term solution. In the medical field information changes quickly, and most of our users do not want to have a long term course. We make it easy and simple to do that.. In fact, our prices are below the range of what you listed; we also have some free packages. We would appreciate it if you would take a look at what we have to offer and provide us with some feedback: https://pharmpsych.com/sites/

    • Thanks – I’ll take a look. (Though I’m not sure there is anything particularly long term or short term about the platforms highlighted here. It comes down to how you use them.)

  39. Great article, thank you.

    Do you think it’s better to sell courses on your own website or to sell them on another. For example, Tony Robbins has his website, but then he sells his courses on Business-Mastery. Brendon Burchard has a website but then sells his courses on HighPerformanceAcademy.

    Just wondered what your thoughts were.


    • James – It really depends on what your overall business goals are and how that impacts how you manage your brand and segmenting of your market. The main thing, from my perspective, is that you want to be be selling from a site that you own (Brendon, for example, owns HighPerformanceAcademy.com) rather than relying entirely totally on a third-party market place like Udemy – at least if you are really serious about being in the education/training business. I, for example, decide a while back that I wanted to develop business brands that were distinct from my personal brand. I have a range of reasons for wanting to do that, but one key one is that I would like to have the potential (whether I ever take advantage of it or not) of selling off those brands/businesses. Not having them tied too tightly to my personal brand makes that possible. Hope that helps. – Jeff

  40. Hey Jeff,

    Thanks for the great article. I have a question for you or anyone here. My company is preparing a number of training programs for 2015. In reviewing all the platforms available, what do you think about putting a single course on multiple platforms. Can that be done? My thinking is some of these platforms have built in (huge) audiences who are accustomed to purchasing online courses, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have access to as many potential students as possible by being on multiple platforms. Any thoughts.


  41. To add another to the list: http://www.Thinkific.com is definitely another option!

    – Create and sell courses on your own site, under your own brand
    – Content importer allows easy import of videos & pdfs in bulk
    – Create courses out of multiple file types (video, PDFs, MP3s, Text, Quizzes, Surveys, and tonnes of outside sites like typeform forms, Articulate, Storyline… the list goes on!)
    – Full e-commerce, student tracking, and so on
    – Robust integrations with tools like Segment.io, Mailchimp and Mixpanel
    – $0/month to start, 10% transaction fee or less. Only pay when you start selling.

    I could go on and on, but it’s worth checking out! Disclaimer: I work with Thinkific 🙂

  42. Renjith krishnakripa says:

    Hi all,

    Check another two great platforms for online courses and selling below….



  43. I didn’t end up getting the chance to work with Learning Cart due to issues with our client, but overall, the people at Learning Cart were awesome to work with. Learning Cart not only offers the ability to create and sell online courses, but you can also create a fully functioning shopping cart for selling items other than courses!

  44. Great list. Thanks for putting it together.

  45. neri Life Choma says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for this comprehensive article. I already built my Elearning program and website with wishlist plugin, and all my videos are hosted on Vimeo. I would like to know about platforms to market my training program.
    are there platforms that let me list my program for a marketing fee?

  46. This one has been real popular lately:

  47. Christopher Perrin says:

    What if I want to sell over 20 online LIVE courses as part of a growing K-12 online academy? Mainly, I want a clear means of offering and selling the courses and registering new students.

    Is Canvas Catalog a decent option?

    • Christopher – Depends on you budget and how confident you are in enrollments/growth. The pricing I have seen on the Catalog option for Canvas is quite hefty – though, I have to say it is very nice. Keep in mind that many less expensive options will offer the registration and e-commerce options you need while also offering options for plugging into common Webinar tools like GoToWebinar. Alternatively, consider an option like WizIQ, which is really geared toward supporting the sales and delivery of live online courses. – Jeff

  48. Don’t forget the popular flextraining complete learning framework. It lets you author complete courses – from simple to complex – and use e-commerce to gain revenue for them.

  49. Jimmy Donnellan says:

    Bit late to the party but maybe http://www.scormlms.com should be added to the list?

    • The focus here is on platforms that make it easy to sell courses. As far as I can tell, ScormLMS isn’t really focused on that, but let me know if I am missing something. – Jeff

  50. This is a great list. There is a company called http://www.uscreen.tv they also have an easy to use platform which enables you to sell courses online and setup a video subscription website, I know a few companies that use them.

  51. Hi Jeff, Hi All,
    thank you Jeff for the listing of the platforms!
    Is it possible to upload and try to sell the course on different and several sites?
    Ad absurdum: is it possible to upload them to ALL learning sites / platforms?

    Thank you and bye

  52. Hi, i’m part of a startup LMS company called Aktiv Mind LMS. Our platform allows businesses to create courses and tests in order to train their employees. Our platform runs on all devices such as PCs/Macs, as well as tablets and mobile phones. We are offering a free 1 month subscription for new subscribers.
    Thank you

  53. Quite a few on the list! I’d certainly add http://UseFedora.com/features which is the solution for closing in on 10,000 teacher entrepreneurs out there.

    If you’re trying to find your profitable idea or grow your course, check out our free course on the subject here: http://profitablecourseidea.com

  54. Wondering what you think of CourseCraft?

  55. Hey Jeff,

    Don’t forget Eventase! It’s a fully customizable platform just like the one you mentioned, but with some more advantages. Check it out – http://www.eventase.com


  56. el mustapha ben bihi says:

    I think Udemy is the best since they are providing a powerfull course creation tool for free and also their review process in term of quality is better that other websites. and the best advantage that the registration is free of fees!!!

  57. Once your Training company has sold its best content thanks to one of those great platform, you have to manage it !
    Training Orchestra provides an “ERP for Training Companies” to manage the back end (orders, invoice, schedule, profitability…). Our training management software for training companies bring the experience of more than 250 clients, and just received the Brandon All Gold award.


  58. This is a great list! Yet new powerful solutions appear every day.

    For a fresh approach I suggest you have a look at http://www.learnworlds.com, a white-label platform for creating your own online school and full-fledged professional training community (disclosure: I am a co-founder there)

    With LearnWorlds you have everything you need to easily create rich online courses (that combine videos, texts/images, formal and informal assignments and tests, certificates etc.). On top of that you get the opportunity to convert your videos into interactive experiences (with titles, bookmarks, definitions that you can add on the fly, without the need for expensive post-production) and your texts into interactive ebooks (with personalized notes, highlights etc.)

    More importantly, you get a set of tools that will help you create a vibrant learning community for your learners, like:
    – Personal profiles for your clients to present their skills and experiences
    – Social networking and People Search for your clients to be connected and form teams
    – Daily newspaper for your clients to be informed about the topic from the best relevant sources,
    – Gamification, with custom badges, for your clients to be motivated (e.g. an “Android Guru” badge)

    Of course LearnWorlds is fully white-label so it can blend with your existing site/blog

    hope that helps:)

  59. Melanie says:

    Have you checked out Jasper / Refined Data? Their platform is built on Moodle and integrates with Adobe Connect, and is used by many respected companies and universities, as well as Kaplan test prep etc.


    I’m curious which platforms you most highly recommend for their use of open-source code and value? Thank you for this post!

    • Melanie – Refined Data has a nice solution, and I have included them in selection processes I have run before, but I think of them as more appropriate for larger organizations – rather than the individual subject matter entrepreneurs and small firms that are the main audience here. Am I off the mark in thinking that? – Jeff

  60. Hi, I was wondering if you had any information on yescourse.com. I keep getting advertisements from them, but haven’t seen anything reviewing them (except from them) online. Thanks in advance.

  61. we are happy to let you guys know that our website is equally popular that lets you create free account and post your training for free

  62. thanks man i am boring from udemy platform thay take over 50% from my course revenue and i want to try alternatives for my Courses

  63. Hi Jeff. Thank you for this information. I was building a driver safety course on Udemy, but since I am basically a writer not a videographer, could not meet their requirements. Is there a place you would recommend for someone wanting to open a course solely based on writings? Thanks, John

  64. Great list! Thanks for including SkyPrep!

  65. Thanks for posting this list! I googled and thought I’d have to search on my own, and your list was first in line. (recently updated, too!) You saved me countless hours of work finding and investigating these options. We’d like to offer some of our safety classes online. As a small business, your first paragraph resonated with me. I can’t afford to license an LMS, authoring tools, and do the development to connect them to our website. I need an affordable SAAS solution. You rock!

  66. Hi,

    Since the discussion is related to creating and selling courses online.
    With the experience we have in this field, I recommend Moodle to be the best place to create courses online, you may find Moodle to be tedious but trust me once you start using it you will find it to be very handy.
    But when the plan comes to sell courses in Moodle, yes it is not easy so I would recommend use WordPress as front-end to create a dedicated site to sell your courses online.
    Looking into these requirements we came up with Edwiser Bridge which integrates Moodle with WordPress, syncs courses created in Moodle to WordPress, along with the WooCommerce extension site owner can sell courses as products, even bundle more than one course as products.

    Looking forward to your view regarding Edwiser.

  67. Hi Jeff. First off, excellent guide! My question really pertains to pricing model. Are you aware if most of the successful sites go with the standard monthly membership fees or do they go with a one-time purchase to get lifetime access? It is an odd conundrum and one I have been thinking about while I am putting together my content. Thanks in advance for your response!

  68. Hi All,
    To sell courses online you can use Moodle as the LMS wherein you can create any number of courses and add course content related to them.
    Moodle has a robust system which can be used by site owners to manage and maintain courses.

    To sell them online you can use WordPress as the CMS wherein due to its simple and easy to use interface will help you to create a great user-interface for buyers on your site.

    We have come up with a plugin which integrates both Moodle and WordPress which helps in sync of courses created in Moodle with WordPress.
    Edwiser has its own payment gateway which can be used by you to sell course individually, but if you wish to sell courses as products you could get the WooCommerce Integration extension which would help you in selling courses as products, sell one or bundle more than one course into product, set subscription for the product along with many WooCommerce features.

    To get more information regarding this click on this link https://edwiser.org.


  69. If I’m planning to have 100 of teachers or more tutor several hundreds of students, which platform should I choose? I saw e-lecta offers such classrooms where several teachers can have their own virtual room for teaching. Anybody else?
    I also want to be able to sell webinars and other courses on the same platform. Any suggestion?

  70. Hi, Jeff.

    I have one question, being a real novice. I want to use a platform for on-line learning that not just allows for pre-taped videos, slide shows with audio, and other “static” mediums. I want a platform that allows for live teaching where I can either see the individuals (as I teach self-care/body work), hear the individuals and their questions (but they see me), and/or get their chats (latter being less desirable – other two being more as they create a real live classroom feeling). Which on this list does provide that live video teaching/ “conferencing” option. Or alternatively – do people mix and match platforms.

    Thanks, Nikki the Novice (even so dinosaur that I’m just now updating my own site to mobille)

  71. Hi Jeff
    Great list thanks. Do you know of any particular LMS that offers interactive video with one or many students in the same way that Adobe Connect does? The standard webinar format is OK but most seem to only have a text chat option for the students which can be limiting in terms of teaching.


  72. Hi Jeff,

    WizIQ has come a long way during last few months. We all know about its much loved Virtual Classroom. Now, it’s spreading wings in a direction. It recently launched Online Academy Builder – A DIY platform that allows users to create their own online teaching website in a few minutes. A lot of other improvements have also been made. You can find more details on the website – http://www.wiziq.com/


  73. Jeff you forget to mention EH ACADEMY, people who are interested in learning hacking they should enroll in this academy. Academy.ehacking.net

  74. They all, except for UDEMY, want money up front to host your courses. UDEMY does not and they have a great platform and process. But as I have noticed of late, they seem into be getting to big for their proverbial britches and are turning some off now because they aren’t as friendly as they once were and they are doing some strange stuff

  75. Cliff Krahenbill says:

    The article glazes over a lot of hard facts about some of the platforms. All I can say is let the buyer beware. Many of these sites have hidden charges they don’t spring on you until you go do do something, anything.

    For instance, you are led to believe that using your on domain name is a feature but once when you go to use it, you are going to be charged $99.00 and be sold an SSL cert that has a reoccurring monthly fee of $25.00.

    You need to ask about hidden charges and fees and understand what it is your doing. Some of these platforms have no information on how to opt out or cancel once you sign up. Some of these sites have no point of contact and telephone number and emails that are truly bogus.
    emails addresses like me@.com

    With one of these well known platforms, I had to do a whois to find the real owner of the company and email him directly to cancel my account.

    Do not sign up for any reoccurring payment using your credit card. You will find that your bank cannot stop the payment and the provider will not allow you to remove your credit car or cancel.

    If you sign up either use PayPal or offer to pay month to month.

    I see a lot of slick advertising with pictures of the supporting staff shown as all being young, very diverse, affluent, and attractive and they only have a first name. I would suspect that a lot if not all the claims of endorsements on most of these sites are bogus.

    Watch yourselves!

    • Cliff – Thanks for your comments. And, I agree – do your homework and buyer beware. This was never meant to be a comprehensive buyer’s guide – merely a brief overview of some of the major available options. And, as I state clearly at the beginning, I do not endorse any of these products. This is starting point for doing the work that will – I hope – land you on the platform that is right for your needs. But the “doing the work” part is critical. – Jeff

  76. Amjad Judeh says:

    There’s also a new platform which allows you to sell training courses and also to write articles and keeps them all in your personal page… Also it allows anyone to advertise to sell used books they have for free… It is called http://www.Ecoursebox.com

  77. I’d like to create a site that offers hundreds of my courses for free – and monetize the site through advertising, referrals, etc. Any ideas on the best platform for this typos of model?

  78. udemy is the best platform. recently i published my first course “Learn & build a modern responsive website for themeforest”

  79. I’m a writer and software entrepreneur. My team and I are building a new platform called HEROIC, for creating and selling online courses, with a focus on sub-groups for maximum user engagement. Using subgroups is important because groups are the most effective way to create personal transformation. We are opening up a private beta November 1st 2015. Visit http://useheroic.com if you’d like an invite.

    Josh Race

  80. I just started some courses on Udemy and love the platform. I think the most prevalent instructors probably make a ton, funny that Udemy sells for $10 every other week (I thought I was special). I’d be interested to see how others work. I think I have a technology that we just created that could be really helpful for course creators if you’d like to chat more I’d love to meet virtually. It’s patent pending and has never been done, we are backed by the CEO of LifeLock and just presented to the CMO of Facebook but looking to get it into the hands of course creators that do video. Let me know if you’d like to connect.

  81. Great article; the new one on the block is MNU http://marketingandnetworkinguniversity.com It is niche for entrepreneurs, digital marketers and sales. They pay 90%commision to course makers and they offer marketing tools like email autoresponders, blog, click trackers and others.

  82. Christina O. says:

    You also need to check out Learnexa. http://www.learnexa.com

  83. I would not recommend Udemy. Their support is horrible. No one answers emails or support tickets. Can’t get approved for the Facebook group. They may be making a ton of money, but won’t last long if their support doesn’t improve. I’m looking for another website that has good support.

  84. you should checkout http://www.e-sky.ca, its easy to host, you can sell directly on their site and their sales folks can offer your content to businesses (whenever applicable of course) and there is always the possibility to do a revenue sharing model without upfront cost for hosting. 1-855-MYESKY-1

  85. Yiannis Panagopoulos says:

    TalentLMS is yet another missing item on this great list http://www.talentlms.com/

  86. Dave Mitchell says:

    Check out Keeplearningforward.com you can blog, upload your own courses, and they will even host live workshops and seminars for you. They do all the work at the live events, you just have to do the teaching – they book it, promote it, provide staff, etc.

  87. Dave Mitchell says:
  88. can use. If you’re interested in selling your own courses online, you should take a look at this list of 15 platforms to publish and sell online courses to find one that will suit your

  89. My two courses are published on Udemy. It does not give a customized brand. So I decided to launch my own academy http://www.kblearningacademy.com
    Is there any way that I keep using my own domain but integrate with multiple platforms listed above?
    I do not want to use their hosting but keep my domain at one place.


  90. Hello Jeff
    Great article. Do you have any knowledge of platforms specifically targeting creators and consumers of learning courses for children, k-8? My company produces engaging, video animation educational/earning programs for kids (and their parents) covering core foundational subjects such as language arts, science, history, etc. They are available on our own company site as well as Udemy, Gumroad, Teacherspayteachers, but for the most part these sites are not specific to children.

  91. Hey Jeff, great post! Have you checked out Thinkific? Curious to hear what you think of their platform.

  92. 2nd time I visit this page and it keeps growing with useful info;)
    Tthe difference is choosing between bigger promoted sites like Udemy where you might get more visibility for your online course, or a smaller platform where you basically do your own promo.
    For a starter, price is also key factor. Thanks for sharing , now checking all these links

    • Yes, how you promote/what kind of support you get is a significant factor. At a site like Udemy, you at least know there are many people showing up looking for courses. (Of course, there is still no guarantee your course will get a lot of visibility.) To be honest, if you can be effective promoting yourself on Udemy, then you can probably be successful promoting through your own site – and even if you have a course on Udemy, you will almost certainly still want to have your own site to support promoting the Udemy course (and – very important – collecting e-mail addresses). – Jeff


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