Choosing where to host your online course is a big decision. There are many factors you should consider in choosing where to host your online course. If you are short on time, choosing a hosting platform outside your website seems like the best choice.
Where to host your online course outside your website:
- Thinkific is a solid platform which is user friendly. You just have to do some minimal design to brand your course and upload your files and videos. You can benefit from the Thinkific reputation and can relax once your course is set-up. Keep in mind that whatever platform you choose to host your online course, making a back-up file with all your course’s elements is a must. You should copy that file on a memory device and wear it around your neck at all times! Just kidding! But having a back-up that is not on your computer is a solid insurance.
- LearnWorlds is a rapidly growing online courses platform.
- Udemy is another well-known online course platform. It can be used to offer your free course as a lead magnet as long as you have less than 2 hours of videos (at the time of writing) or selling your online course.
- GROOVEMEMBERS is also a strong platform where you can host your online courses. It is still in development but the Facebook group is very good at helping any member setting-up his online course. It has the current advantage to offer a one-time payment for lifetime access instead of a monthly fee. With the COVID -19 worldwide pandemic of 2020-2021 the market of online courses has boomed tremendously. If you have a skill or knowledge that you want to change, this is a great opportunity to make money from it. If you are short on your budget or want to learn a lifetime skill, hosting your online course on your own website might be a solution. You have to take into account though that WordPress websites can get hacked, you might have more maintenance of your website to do and updating. The biggest obstacle to hosting your online course on your website will be to put it all together and take the time to negotiate the learning curve of making it all happen. That will be the subject of a separate post.