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15 Best Online Course Platforms For 2022 (Comparison)

Looking for the best online course platforms to power your eLearning business? You’re in the right place!

We trawled the market to find the very best online platforms that help you to build, market, and sell online courses. Then, we tried out each of them for ourselves to put together this in-depth comparison post.

Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about all of our top picks, including their key features, pros and cons, and pricing systems.

And to make it easier to sort through your options, we’ve split this post into two sections:

In the first section, we’ll look at the best online course platforms that you can use to create and sell online courses through a website that you own.

In the second section, we’ll look at online learning platforms. These are marketplaces where you can list your course alongside courses from other sellers and tap into a much larger audience.

Plus, stick around until the end, and we’ll also show you what to look for in a course platform, how to promote your online course, how to price your course, and more!

Ready? Let’s get started!


  1. Podia – Best for most users. All-in-one platform to sell courses, and more. Includes affiliate marketing, email marketing, customer messaging, etc. Great for beginners. Affordable + free plan available.
  2. Thinkific – Best dedicated online course platform. Extremely popular and boasts a significant feature set. 100% focused on online courses. Affordable + free plan available.
  3. LearnWorlds – Powerful course platform with a focus on learning tools. Includes unique features such as the ability to create a branded mobile app for your school. Supports SCORM courses.
  4. LearnDash – Best WordPress course plugin. This will add more complexity to selling your course but it also offers more control.

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