NB: This article is still in progress as we wait for more Lessonly reviews to come in. If you’ve used Lessonly, we’d very much like you to submit a comment/review which we’ll add to this article.
Lessonly is a learning management software used by companies to train their employees. There are quite a few software products like this, and a large demand for them, as a huge portion of companies will need to put together interactive training for their new or existing employees. The most common training that companies will create with Lessonly is customer support training and sales training, but it goes far beyond that. In fact, the use cases and training that you can create with Lessonly are practically endless. And in many cases, it’ll be training that you’ll want every employee in your company to take, such as for example ethics and value training.
Lessonly is a web-based platform, meaning employees can take the training that Lessonly generates in any normal web browser like Chrome or Firefox (much easier than having to download separate software), and lessons can also be taken on mobile devices. The focus of Lessonly is not only to make it a pleasant experience not only to take training, but to create training.
How easy is it to use Lessonly?
It’s very easy to create training on the Lessonly platform thanks to its simple drag and drop interface, and you don’t need to have any programming or technical knowledge at all 🙂 It’s also dead-simple to take courses created on Lessonly.
What sort of features does Lessonly offer?
I did a deep dive into everything Lessonly offers and put together a list of everything it can do:
- Create courses quickly: Lessonly has a drag-and-drop interface for adding text, images, videos, documents, quiz questions and more
- Target training: assign lessons and paths where certain individuals, teams or the whole company take certain training
- Branding: brand the course you create with your own company logo, images and colors
- Practice: rehearse real-life scenarios and create feedback loops
- Insights: Lessonly provides stats on training engagement, data and quiz performance, and data about specific lessons
- Integration: connect Lessonly to a variety of tools like Zendesk (for pulling support tickets), Salesforce and Open API
- In-person training tracking: create and track attendance for training events outside of Lessonly
- Smart groups: add teammates to custom groups
- Roles: there are many permission options available where you can manage admin and contributor roles
- PDF exporting: useful for offline lessons
- Lessonly university: this is a resource to help you build better lessons and use the platform better. It includes lesson templates and other pre-made content
Note that not all these features will be available depending on what kind of plan you sign up on. So let’s talk about the cost for different plans.
What is Lessonly’s pricing?
Lessonly no longer publishes their pricing. If you sign up to it now, you’ll have to go for a demo first and then they’ll talk business if and when you want to proceed. But here’s roughly what you can expect Lessonly to cost, based on their past publishing:
- $300/month for the basic plan (up to 20 learners, unlimited lessons)
- $750/month + $1,000 initial payment for the plus plan (has more features such as user roles, custom branding, PDF exporting, learning library and so on)
- $1,250/month + $2,000 initial payment for the growth plan (includes automation, single sign-on, an API, advanced learning library and integrated screen recording)
These prices are subject to change at any time, and they may not match up with the quote Lessonly gives you — we’re just listing prior prices, but as Lessonly now seems to give each business that wants to use their platform a custom quote, we can’t say with authority what they’ll want to charge you.
What competitors are there to Lessonly?
Quite a few — the learning management system space is a competitive one. Here are the main ones:
- TalentLMS: A cloud-based learning management system with fairly similar features to Lessonly, available at a starting price of only $59/month
- Absorb LMS: A very popular LMS with good reviews that also performs similarly to Lessonly. Pricing on request
- SAP Litmos: Also a similar platform to Lessonly, though pricey (starting at $900/month) and with worse overall ratings
- GoToWebinar: Good for creating presentations, but not really built for creating courses for employees that they can interact with
- Medical Lab LMS: A good LMS, but specifically for medical laboratories
- Latitude Learning: Designed for OEM’s to train their distribution and supplier networks
- Saba Cloud: An LMS for large and midsized companies
Is Lessonly worth it?
Lessonly has definitely put together a good service, but you’ll want to check out its competitors listed above before you commit to using it. You may find that for your specific use case there are better and/or cheaper options out there. And as this isn’t a cheap service, you should absolutely shop around.
What do other user reviews say about Lessonly?
Lessonly reviews on the web are positive overall. If you’ve used Lessonly, we’d like to hear from you: submit a review and we’ll add it here.
I am a huge fan of Lessonly and have launched several e-courses using their platform. The best part is that it allows you to share content externally with teams which makes it easier and fun to sell your products. The tool is user-friendly and their customer services team is amazing. The only downside is that their subscription is a little too expensive if you're building a low-cost course. And there are no smaller packages available at the moment.
*Bottom Line:* Lessonly is user-friendly and their customer services team is amazing.
--William Taylor, VelvetJobs