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What is Mighty Network?

Mighty is a truly innovative platform to put the community at the center of your courses, membership or simply any movement you’re building.

It’s not exactly a course hosting platform as you’ll need to hook other tools to make that happen (see Feature), but it’s a true show-stopper for people coming into your ecosystem and nurturing your audience.

The main idea of Mighty Networks is to allow you to create your own Facebook-like social media site.

That’s it in a nutshell: the feed, the groups, the posts, etc.

But let’s take a closer look at how course creators can use the platform:

Features: What Can You Do With LearnWorlds

As mentioned above, Mighty Networks is a bit of a different platforms, so it’s hard to compare its list of feature to other platforms we’re reviewing on this site to host your courses, but let’s break it down:

  • Free, paid or private community with personalized feed, topics and threads
  • Course building (no video hosting)
  • Lite page building (homepage, course page)

  • Checkout for free, one-off and subscriptions (Stripe only)

  • Internal members direct messaging

  • Ambassador program

We’ll dive into these in more details but maybe, as a word of caution for course creators, it’s also worth noting the features that are NOT available:

  • Mighty Networks doesn’t host videos, you’ll need a video platform like Vimeo or Wistia
  • Mighty Networks doesn’t really have a page or funnel builder, it’s more of a platform you use after the sale is made, although a free community could also be a good top of the funnel element to use it for.
  • Mighty Networks doesn’t have any email marketing tool, although it can integrate to anything external via Zapier.

The Community or “Networks”

Let’s start with the main selling point of the platform and the communities you can build.

Again Mighty Networks allows you to build your own little social network! So your members will be able to see their personalized “Feed” of posts based on which Topic and Courses they’re following:

Members can create a post or an article which can include an image, a video, links or an attachment.

People can then like and comment on these posts:

You as a Host/Admin will be able to create polls and questions.

Each member has a profile with a banner, a short description, a profile picture of course and a few more personal information you can check.

Beyond the main feed, you also have access to a Discovery tab to browse through posts, articles, Events, Members and other featured content that you might not see on your main feed otherwise.

These are so many ways to engage your audience and community. One of the major issues with online courses is that they tend to only be a series of videos behind a member’s area that you passively watch on your own.

But Mighty Networks helps bring the community at the center of the learning experience and helps you truly create a special space for your movement to grow, without having to depend too much on platforms you don’t own…

That plus the possibility to help your members connect in a much better way, locally or based on their Professions or interest, truly makes the platform stand out and bring a real solution to the online course industry.

The mobile app experience also adds an extra cool touch to this engine:

Members can “follow” each other and also send direct messages

Online Courses

As mentioned before, Mighty Network isn’t really a course platform per se. But it does allow to design a course, take payment for it and deliver some content.

This is how they look:

You can use image, video (from another video host), files and text. Members can also join a private community and see posts you make in there, essentially combining the typical combo of course hosting platform + Facebook group.

But as you can see the course design and layout is limited.

No fancy theme, sidebar or customizable feel to the course itself. What really makes your program stand out when using Mighty Networks is the community aspect of it.

Note that Online Courses are only available on the highest plan. Otherwise you’ll just be able to sell memberships to a Network.

Cart - Taking Payment:

You can create free or paid courses, either one-off or subscriptions with free and paid trial also available. You’ll need to integrate Stripe for this.

There isn’t really a sales page or checkout process as much as simply a quick summary of what you’ll get in the course and an order form:

Quick and simple, but if you’re a course creator and want to create a proper marketing funnel then you might want to use an external funnel builder software.

On top of the credit card processing, Mighty Networks will also charge a Member Subscription fee from 2% to 5% depending on your plan.

Events

As with any respectable community, you can create Events in your Mighty Networks. These work very much like a MeetUp or EventBrite:

These can be free or paid and directly connected with Zoom.

User Experience:

This is really one of Mighty Networks strong feat and also why it has attracted so many users.

I mean if you’re going to build your own little social media platform you want it to look and feel good, have a great design and user experience.

That’s mission accomplished with Mighty Networks with a very stylish and simple flat design

Both in the back-end as a host and in as a member, the platform really makes you want to spend time on it and explore the different areas.

And of course, a difference with something like Facebook is that the platform doesn’t and probably won’t ever have any ads to disrupt and distract users from the curated content you offer.

Everything in the platform feels comprehensive yet not overwhelming, even for beginners. Nothing to do with the boring looking community feature of most online course platforms or forum.

This goes the same with the mobile app available on both iOS and Android

Affordability

Mighty Networks has 1 free plan, which allows for unlimited members and to charge for your membership (not courses) and 2 paid plans with a 14 days free trial

Note again that you’ll also pay a member subscription fee of 5% for the Free plan, 3% for the Community plan and 2% for the Business plan.

The tool isn’t really on the expensive side if you’re just wanting to use it for the community side of things, especially with a really great free plan option.

But if you wanted to also host your online course (only available on the Business plan), you’ll also need to budget for a video host service.

On top of that and as mentioned in this review, this isn’t an all-in-one solution for course creators who will also need a proper funnel builder and email marketing tool in their tech stack.

Community & Support

Mighty Networks doesn’t have a lot of option to get help or support. There isn’t much of a ticketing system or live support to talk to someone.

The only option available will be the FAQ center, which is fairly expensive and detailed

This might be a shortcoming for some people, although to be honest as mentioned before, the platform is rather straightforward and you might just get away with never having to really get much help.

With every platform, we like to take a look at the community around the platform which can sometime be a big asset to meet and connect with fellow users.

Most times, these are hosted on a private Facebook group, but of course this would be ironic for Mighty Networks which is basically trying to compete with the social media platform!

Instead, you’ll be able to join the private networks of Mighty Hosts, built on Mighty Network for fellow users

There are almost 30,000 members in the Network and this is also a great opportunity for you to see what a fully built Mighty Network platform looks like!

Or just simply to browse through useful posts and articles around the community.

Our Overall Rate:  8/10

Features

User Experience

Affordability

Community & Support Rating:

Pros:

  • Maybe the best community tool out there to create a true member experience
  • Great UX which makes the platform easy to use for both host and members
  • Very engaging platform to create a movement and following you can bring a lot of value through
  • Great free plan

Cons:

  • May be difficult to get your members to get off Facebook and actually use it
  • For course creators, there will be a lot of gaps to fill on the feature side with external tools to really market and sell your programs
  • Strangely there is not much support

Conclusion:

In some ways, Mighty Network is hard to compare to other online course platforms because it has almost created its own niche category.

Engaging your students and helping them network with each other has been a long-standing issue for most course creators, and this might just be the solution.

By creating a real nurturing and user-centric community, you will be able to impact and bring as much value as your people deserve.

The free plan and 14 day free trial is an easy way to get started, and I’d also recommend joining the free Mighty Hosts network to see what the end result could look like!

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