Kajabi vs LearnWorlds 

 Updated: July 2, 2021

What are LearnWorlds And Kajabi?

LearnWorlds and Kajabi are online course hosting platforms with a large user base and a lot to offer.

I wanted to dedicate this article to compare them since they are often compared and come up a lot when course creators are deciding where to host their programs.

But before getting into the breakdown, it's important to understand what kind of online course platforms LearnWorlds and Kajabi are - because that's their first and biggest difference!

Because that's their first and biggest difference!

Kajabi is an all-in-one platform. That means that it has all of the tools you need to host, market and sell your courses, including a page/site builder, a checkout, and an email marketing feature.

LearnWorlds is NOT an all-in-one platform as it doesn't include any email marketing tool. 

We will compare Kajabi and LearnWorlds on four criteria: Features, UX, Affordability, and Community/Support.

4.5/5

Kajabi

As one of the most popular all-in-one platforms, Kajabi has been rolling out a lot of new features recently and keeps growing both its reputation and authority. But, other serious competitors have been emerging in the market to compete with Kajabi.

Feature/UX

Affordability

Community

4/5

LearnWorlds

LearnWorlds is a great option for course creators that want an outstanding learning experience. 

Its miscellaneous useful features have also made it an prominent competitor in the industry. 

Feature/UX

Affordability

Community


Features & Feel: LearnWorlds vs Kajabi

Here is a quick overview of the main features for both platforms:

Kajabi
  • Advanced Course hosting and design
  • Emails/Automations
  • Cart + Affiliate Program
  • Page/Funnel Builder
  • Community/Forum
  • Blog
learnworlds
  • Course hosting and design
  • Light Site Builder
  • Cart + Affiliate Program
  • Advanced Page Builder
  • Community/Forum
  • Blog

Let's break down each of these features further so you can see what the main differences are.

Site & Page Builder

There are some key differences between the two platforms on their site and page builder. 

First, we are assuming you also want to use either Kajabi or LearnWorlds as your only platform, in which case a proper site builder is needed.

On that side, LearnWorlds does have a much better tool to build a dynamic site with things like headers and footers across all pages for example. That is something Kajabi doesn't have. 

On top of that, LearnWorlds has a real front-end, drag and drop page builder, whereas Kajabi only really lets you play around with the side panel.

LearnWorlds Page editor

That results in a much easier experience when setting up any pages with LearnWorlds. 

On top of that, when creating a new page you will have a choice between many different templates for a beautiful design out of the box.

learnworlds page builder

Kajabi does have built-in templates, but these are a lot poorer and are more like placeholders than plug-and-play pages. 

The actual page builder and sections/blocks in LearnWorlds are also a lot more advanced, giving you much more options for customization with things like divider shape, dynamic text, icons, etc. 

Plus, LearnWorlds includes access to the code editor on any plan, whereas Kajabi only allows for that on its highest package ($319/mo.). 

Both platforms have a blog feature. 

Overall, even though you can create great designs on both platforms, LearnWorlds page builder is superior to Kajabi.

Selling / Checkout

The checkout and cart system is what allows you to build a proper funnel and customer payment experience, so making the checkout appear clean and user-friendly could make a big difference for your course’s success! 

Both platforms allow for a range of pricing optional: one-off, subscription, installments, free, and paid trial.

Kajabi option pricing

LearnWorlds does have a few more payment gateway options, including two Checkout and PagSeguro for some international countries that don't support PayPal or Stripe. 

But, if you are mostly using Stripe or PayPal then that might not be a game-changer for you as both are available in Kajabi too. 

What might make a difference in your selling is the flexibility of LearnWorlds when it comes to your affiliate program. 

Both platforms have a decent affiliate feature, but LearnWorlds allows you to adjust things like affiliate cookie expiration and gives you an easier way to manage the affiliate payout.

Note that both platforms require manual payout of your affiliates and only help to track sales attribution. 

LearnWorlds also allows for invoice customization, which Kajabi doesn't. 

That being said, key features of funnel capabilities include one-click upsells and order bumps, essential for cart optimization, and increasing basket average value. 

These funnel capabilities are available in Kajabi but NOT in LearnWorlds.

So, the bottom line for this selling and checkout is there isn’t one clear winner because it depends on what you need. If you need the extra affiliate feature then LearnWorlds is a better choice, but if you want to build with all of the bells and whistles of a good funnel then Kajabi is superior.

Course Delivery

Your course delivery, or how you will present the course to end-users, will have a huge impact on your platform’s success. But, whether to go with Kajabi or LearnWords will again depend on what your end goal is. 

Both platforms are way ahead of most other competitors in the industry and offer a great student experience. 

LearnWorlds has a lot more tools when it comes to the learning and testing of your user with things like quizzes, assignments, etc., and as a gamification element to your course.

In comparison, Kajabi only has an limited assignment feature.

LearnWorlds is SCORM compliant and has maybe the very best video player in the industry, allowing not only for great customization but also in-video calls to action and editing:

learnworlds elements behavior

Lastly, LearnWorlds allows for a drip by day AND by date, which can be useful to schedule video to roll out in your course in advance (Kajabi only allows for drip by day). 

On the other hand, Kajabi does still offer more options when it comes to your online course layout and Design. For instance, you can pick between a range of templates and frameworks for your course content, and you can adjust a few things to further control the student's experience inside the course.

Kajabi themes

LearnWorlds only has one basic layout, so if you’re looking for more control over design Kajabi is the better option.

Both platforms have rather similar community tools. Each enables a feed, comments, and reactions to posts made by you or your students.

The bottom line for Kajabi vs LearnWords course delivery is that if you need all of the tools of a great learning experience mentioned (quizzes, assignments, video player) then LearnWorlds is it, otherwise Kajabi does offer better designs.

Emails/Automations

The biggest difference between Kajabi and LearnWorlds is likely their capabilities for email and email automation. 

Kajabi, as an all-in-one platform, has native email marketing tools and consequent automation, tagging, etc.

Kajabi email editor

LearnWorlds does NOT allow for email marketing. 

It does have a way to capture emails, so you could theoretically build opt-in pages. You can also communicate and send notifications to your paying customers. But that's the end of it. 

If you want the power of real list building and management with LearnWorlds, you will need to use a third-party tool, some of which have a native integration with LearnWorlds including, Active Campaign, AWeber, and Convertkit.

User Experience: Which one is easier to user?

With any platform, there is a learning curve that is not negligible for a course creator, and knowing that in advance is important to consider. 

Both platforms are relatively easy to use and have great UI/UX. 

But a big appeal of Kajabi for beginners is the balance between simplicity and options.

Things are tidy and easy to find after getting used to Kajabi’s interface. It's also very intuitive and does a great job at consolidating information into separate sections. 

On the other hand, LearnWorlds can feel a little overwhelming at times.

The back-end can get scary at first sight and present a lot of options and settings that might be a little too much for more tech-averse users.

learnworlds ux

However, it depends on what you value since LearnWorlds does ultimately allow for more flexibility and customization. 

For ease of use, choose Kajabi; for flexibility and customization, choose LearnWorlds.

Price: between Kajabi and LearnWorlds, which is the best value?

Price is always an important comparison. 

Here is the pricing breakdown:

kajabi pricing
learnworlds pricing

(Kajabi on the left, LearnWorlds on the right)

Even though you will need an external marketing system with LearnWorlds (which can be anywhere between $9/mo. to several hundred dollars), Kajabi will still likely the more expensive option. 

LearnWorlds also has an affordable entry plan (with a $5 sales fee) that could allow some bootstrapping course creators to get started on a low budget. 

On top of that, all LearnWorlds plans have unlimited courses, while Kajabi limits the number of courses based on your package. 

That being said, both platforms overall provide a similar bang for your buck.

Community & Support - Kajabi vs LearnWorlds

I really like both brands and this makes a big difference when it comes to the community and support you have access to as a user. 

On the support side of things, both platforms have outstanding support teams with live chat and office hour assistance. 

They also both host regular webinars for their users and have an extensive knowledge bank of useful articles to get the help you need. 

However, Kajabi does have a better community with a large Facebook group and many places where you'll find Kajabi Heroes.

kajabi community

LearnWorlds does not have a private group or any place they let their members hang out and meet. This can be a downside or not but knowing that you will be able to get advice from fellow users and experts can make a big difference in your course creator's journey!

Kajabi Vs LearnWorlds: The Bottom Line

Kajabi would be a better choice if?

  • You prefer to have an all-in-one platform where everything integrates and working seamlessly.
  • You need all of the bells and whistles of funnel building like upsells, order bumps, and advanced automation.
  • You value a helpful and expert community to help you in your online course journey.
learnworlds naked logo

LearnWorlds would be a choice if?

  • You value the learning experience above all and need the tools LearnWorlds provide, such as assessment, quizzes, and a customizable video player with in-video CTAs.
  • You don't mind having to integrate an email marketing tool in the mix and prefer to have more flexibility on the cost of your email marketing platform.
  • You need a real site builder since you're planning on using the platform for all of your website needs on top of your online courses and need advanced page-building features.

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