What is LearnWorlds?
LearnWorlds is a UK-based online course creation platform created in 2014 that has been growing a solid base of enthusiastic users over the years.
It's not exactly an all-in-one platform (as it sometimes advertises), mainly because you'll need at least an external email software to have all the tools an online course creator needs to sell and market.
Features: What Can You Do With LearnWorlds?
This is where the platform already stands out! There are a lot of features beyond the basics that LearnWorlds has added, including:
Now, I want to talk about these cool hidden features, but first, let's review some of the basics.
Course & Membership Building
You will have a lot of flexibility with control over the course layout and pieces. Plus, the course setup is easy to navigate.
And, you can treat the main page for the course just like another page you can build and add blocks too, which is not typically the case for other platforms that limit what you can do inside the course.A cool customization option is the choice of the course player’s style and skin.
Educational Video: This is one of the coolest features of the platform that you cannot find anywhere else!
You can also add elements to the video inside the platform to customize the learning experience. For example, you could add text overlay on the video.
But, you can also control the interactiveness of these elements.
Or, you can add a button inside the video to make it an interactive experience and not just some boring video your students would watch passively.
From a marketing perspective, the possibilities are endless!
Imagine being able to introduce an organic way to upsell students to another one of your courses, or to book a coaching session.
This is a game-changer for course hosting platforms, and we’d like to see this in more of them!
Beyond that, the platform has a range of different tools for students, like:
It also includes an in-depth reporting feature for student's progress.
LearnWorlds is also one of the only platform in the industry to support HTML5 and SCORM.
Site & Page Builder
With a large number of blocks and templates for the page builder, you'll have plenty of choices for well-designed content that just needs a bit of tweaking.
You can switch any block with a simple click or by adjusting the template style.
The coolest part is that you have access to the page code directly from the page builder! This is something that few other platforms offer (Kartra is the only one I can think of).
As far as site building goes and keeping the process time efficient, LearnWorlds allows for global elements (Header/Footer) but also easy copy and pasting from one page to another.
Checkout & Payments
There are 4 payment gateways available in LearnWorlds:
Note that the platform isn't really suited to sell physical products but with this native Shopify integration you can still achieve that.
Payments are taken on a separate checkout for each products.
This page is customizable, similar to other pages. but the "Buy" button has to be part of the pre-built section - which can be a bit limiting.
From there, people will be taken to a payment page.
The last feature to outline here is your affiliate program inside of the platform. You can register affiliates and let them promote your products for a commission.
As it is the case for many platforms, this is only meant as a tracking feature and the payments will have to be done manually via PayPal.
So besides the main features, let me touch on a few other things you'll find with LearnWorlds.
Blogs: You can set up your own blog inside the platform, making Learnworlds nearly an all-in-one since you wouldn't need any other tools (other than for email).
Copyright/Watermarking: You can add watermarks on videos and PDF directly from the platform.
Sandbox: The Sandbox is a useful option for testing everything that works well, which will allow you to place test orders without needing to use coupons or refund yourself later.
Overall feature comment: The platform has really impressed me in terms of features! The video crafting and other nonessential, but extra goodies make the whole thing better, add up to make LearnWorlds more than a course hosting platform.
My only reserve is that they market themselves as an all-in-one for the platform, which in my opinion, is misleading as you WILL need to use an external email provider to run proper marketing campaigns for your course.
User Experience: Is LearnWorlds Easy To Use?
Okay, so I see two sides of the platform when it comes to UX.
On the one hand, it looks really pretty! The back-end is well designed, and you won't mind spending some time there because things are easy to create.
On the other hand, some of the options and tabs are misleading. Some of the words used for the menus are confusing, like Site Flavors, Lead from Pages.
It also feels like some of the options could be better laid out and grouped together.
But, overall, the back-end UX is outstanding, and even if there is a bit of a learning curve, it is worth it.
In terms of the student's user experience, LearnWorlds is a little special. Because you have full control over the look of the main library page and course layout, you can influence the student's experience and make the platform and the courses easy to navigate.
There is even an inbox for them to communicate easily with you and the rest of the members!
Pricing: How Much Is LearnWorlds?
As you can see, although you can start at a low price, the platform has a steep tier structure.
For example, you can only access the interactive videos mentioned above on the learning center plan.
You can get started with a 30 days trial.LearnWorlds’ pricing is a little steep because you will need external email software to complete the platform.
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How is the Support & Community for LearnWorlds?
LearnWorlds has no Facebook group where you can meet and pick the brain of other fellow users.
That said, they do have tremendous support available!
On top of the LearnWorlds Academy and the helpful articles they’ve put together, the company hosts weekly webinars to meet and answer any questions you may have.
The support is extremely fast and helpful; many users have mentioned they’ve never seen anything like it (their words!).
The only thing missing is a place for the community to meet, but it's safe to say that you have plenty of support to get things working on LearnWorlds.
Our Overall Rate: 8.25/10
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LearnWorlds is a great platform to consider! I typically see it listed as an online course platform solution, but I do not doubt that this will change.
Overall, LearnWorlds is a good option for course creators that emphasize a student's experience and the learning side of things!
Just be aware you will need external email software, which is the only reason why in my opinion, we are only just now starting to hear about the platform.