Udemy vs Pluralsight: Who Will Come Out On Top?

Catherine Cooke

8 July, 2021

Udemy vs Pluralsight

Finding an elearning platform that meets your needs and budget is easier said than done. That becomes more apparent when you are deciding between two top platforms like Udemy and Pluralsight.

I am sure you have questions like; What are their prices? What’s the difference between Udemy and Pluralsight courses? Which one will help me grow professionally?

After reading this detailed comparison you should have a clearer idea as to which platform is right for you with any doubts or questions answered.

Udemy vs Pluralsight Summary

Udemy offers over 155,000 courses on the most diverse range of topics you will find on an online learning platform. Its courses are on a pay as you go basis with its individual courses ranging from ($19.99 to $199.99). Pluralsight on the other hand works on a subscription model. The standard plan costing monthly $29/ yearly $299 or the Premium plan costing monthly $45/ yearly $499 for individual learners. Pluralsight is a technology skills platform focusing on helping individuals and businesses develop the skills of tomorrow.

Round 0: Which One Is More Popular?

Honestly, Popularity isn’t really one of the categories for this comparison, but I thought it would still be worth pointing it out before we get started. I mean popular services or products have their moments or popularity. Who remembers the Tamagotchi? If you were a kid in the late 90s you should definitely remember your favourite Tamagotchi.

My question is: When did it stop being so popular?

So, my point is, that it’s a good way to assess the marketplace and see which elearning platform is most popular among its users.

Google Trends Udemy vs Pluralsight

As you can see in the graph above, Udemy takes the lead in popularity over Pluralsight.

Udemy was founded in 2010, is home to 40 million students and offers 155,000 courses. Its courses are available in 65 languages, and it offers courses ranging from Business to Health & Fitness.

Pluralsight was founded a little earlier in 2004 and then in 2007 the company shifted its approach to online video training. It offers 7000+ courses in its expanded library on all skills related to technology which are taught by one of its 1500+ expert instructors.

Round 1: Ease-of-Use & Interface

Who here is into a well-organised interface that is easy to move around? I know that for me, it makes moving around a website an enjoyable experience. Let’s check out Udemy and Pluralsight and see what their interfaces are like.

Registration

The first introduction to these platforms is the registration process. Udemy has a really simple registration where you just need to add your email, password and name. Then all that is left to do is check your email for a confirmation from Udemy.

Udemy account registration process

Udemy account registration process

The registration process at Pluralsight is pretty intuitive. First you will click on ‘TRY FOR FREE’ (see image below). You will then need to click on the subscription plan you want to try for free.

Pluralsight Try for Free

You will then need to add your First and Last name, Email, Country of residence and Company name (optional). There will then be a section to add your payment details, but you won’t be charged anything until the free trial has ended. If you do decide not to continue the free trial you can cancel at anytime during this period. Plus Pluralsight emails you a reminder 1 day before the free trial ends.

Pluralsight Registration

Pluralsight registration

Backend & Design

After registering with Udemy, you can start to get to know the platform, and you will quickly see its super easy to move around, and its clean design make it an enjoyable experience. The landing page has some really useful sections like Students are viewing and Top categories (see image below). This is a great starting point for beginners on the platform.

Udemy Landing Page

Udemy Landing Page

Pluralsight’s design is striking and artistic, and its design is definitely more memorable than other online learning platforms (see image below). The contrast of black, pink and orange make it a stand-out. On its homepage you can find Popular topics and latest features. Like Udemy, it’s a nice starting point for newbies to the platform.

Pluralsight Homepage

Pluralsight Homepage

Winner: This is a tricky one, but I think the point must go to Udemy due to the fact that the registration process is super simple and the clean layout of its platform make it really easy to find what you are looking.

So, Udemy is kicking things of with 1-0.

Round 2: Udemy vs Pluralsight Courses

When you are picking an online learning platform, your main priority is finding the best courses. So, this round is an important one. Let’s find out whether Udemy or Pluralsight will take the upper hand on this one.

Course Information

With such a variety of categories and courses, it’s not always easy to find what you are looking. But some elearning platforms make it easier than others to find your desired course.

Udemy offers 155,000+ courses which are categorized by 13 topics and dozens of subcategories. Udemy has a fantastic detailed filtering system which allows you to filter by Ratings (this one I find particularly helpful), Video Duration, Topic, Subcategory, Level, Language (see image below).

Udemy course filter

Udemy course filter

Another feature that is really helpful is to read reviews from previous students who have taken the course. The standard star rating system from 0-5 makes it easy for new users to identify the popularity of the course. In addition, each course has a preview of the course (a free video introduction) which you can watch to get more familiar with the course structure and the instructor.

Pluralsights core library features 2,500+ courses and its expanded library consists of 7,000+ courses on 11 technology related categories including; Aec, Architecture & Construction, Business Professional, Creative Professional, Data Professional, IT Ops, Manufacturing & Design, Information & Cyber Security, Software Developer, Software Development and Web Development. You can browse using its filter system selecting Library, Subject and Skill Level.

Pluralsight filters

Pluralsight filters

Pluralsight doesn’t only offer individual courses, it has the option of Paths that combine courses and tools into one experience which will teach you a specific skill. Paths can be anywhere from 3 to 15 combined courses, in some cases it can be more. It is worth pointing out here that this option requires more time commitment and in some cases prior knowledge of a subject area is need from the learner.

Winner: Again we have another hard round, but as Udemy has a wider range of courses and an intuitive filter system Udemy gets this one.

That keeps Udemy in the lead with 2 – 0.

Popular Udemy and Pluralsight Courses

Udemy Popular Courses:

Udemy Complete Guitar Lessons System - Beginner to Advanced

Complete Guitar Lessons System – Beginner to Advanced – This 40-hour course teaches you how to play the guitar and so far, it has helped over 200,000 learners. Previous students have given it a 4.6 out of 5 to this course.

2021 Complete Python Bootcamp From Zero to Hero in Python – This is Jose Portilla’s Python course, a best-seller with more than 900,000 enrolled students. This 24-hour long series had a 4.5 out of 5 from past students.

The Complete Financial Analyst Course 2021 – You won’t need any financial experience to take this popular Udemy course which has been taken by nearly 300,000 students who have rated it a 4.6 out of 5.

Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography – Another Udemy top-seller course with close to 250,000 students taking this course. It has 22 hours of lessons starting with the basics of photography. The rating from past students is 4.7 out of 5.

Pluralsight Popular Courses:

Pluralsight Introduction to Testing in Java

Introduction to Testing in Java – Taught by Richard Warburton, a beginner-friendly course. This course introduces why you want to write automated tests for code and how to implement this in Java. This course will take just under 4 hours to complete and has a 4.5 out of 5 rating.

Computer Fundamentals: Software Troubleshooting – Taught by Daniel Lachance, a beginner-friendly course. In this course you will learn how to diagnose software issues and how to protect systems against malware. This course will takes just under 1 hour 30 minutes to complete and has a 5 out of 5 rating.

Communicating Data Insights – Taught by Janani Ravi, this is an advanced level course. In this course you will gain the ability to summarize complex information into clear and actionable insights. This course will take just under 2 hour 30 minutes to complete and has a 4.5 out of 5 rating.

Introduction to Drafting and Annotation in AutoCAD – Taught by Pierre Derenoncourt, a beginner-friendly course. In this course you will learn how to get up to speed in AutoCAD. This course will take just over 2 hours to complete and has a 5 out of 5 rating.

Pluralsight Popular Paths:

Java Language Fundamentals – Combines 21 courses with 50 hours of learning. This path will take you through Java language syntax and fundamentals, Java collections, working with streams in Java and much more. You don’t need any prior experience and all the necessary tools and concepts will be introduced throughout the path.

Fundamentals of DevSecOps – Combines 4 courses with 7 hours of learning. This path will take you through DevSecOps: The Big Picture, Automated Security Testing in DevSecOps, Performing Security Testing in DevSecOps and more. You don’t need any prior experience to take this path.

Building Data Storage Solutions with Microsoft Azure Services – Combines 5 courses with 11 hours of learning. This path will take you through Implementing Azure SQL Databases and Data Warehouse, Build NoSQL Databases and more. To take this path you should be familiar with types of storage solutions such as databases, graph databases, data lakes and data warehouses.

Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer – Combines 6 courses with 17 hours of learning. This path will take you through Compute Engine, Data Storage Services, Google App Engine and much more. To take this path you should be familiar with the fundamentals of cloud computing and relevant practical experience, as well as 6 months+ hands-on experience with Google Cloud.

Round 3: Free Courses At Udemy & Pluralsight

A popular question that always gets asked is: Where can I find the best free courses?

To answer that question honestly really depends on what exactly you are looking for from a free course.

Udemy’s free courses have a helpful filter system where you narrow down what you are looking for (see image below). This means you can get specific on Topic, Subcategory, Level and Language.

Udemy Free Courses

I want to mention here that Udemy’s free courses are a more simplified learning experience from its paid courses with some features limited like not receiving a certificate of completion or be able to participate in the Q&A.

With Pluralsights free trials you are able to try out its Core library (2,500+ courses) or Expanded library (7,000+ courses) for 10 days. In the case of the Premium Plan you would have access to the following;

  • Full expanded library of courses (7,000+ courses)
  • Exams, Projects and hands-on learning
  • Pluralsight IQ (A 10-minute assessment to validate your skill level)
  • Real-world scenarios with projects

Pluralsight 10-day Free Trial

Pluralsight 10-day Free Trial

Winner: Pluralsight has to win this one, due to the fact you get access to the full 7000+ course library, Pluralsight IQ and more. It gives you a real authentic experience of the platform.

The score is now 2 – 1 with Pluralsight starting to show it’s a competitor.

Round 4: Available Languages at Udemy & Pluralsight

This will be a short round. I promise.

Udemy is localized in Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Thai. But as an Udemy instructor, you are welcome to create a language in any course you like.

Udemy courses in other languages

Udemy courses in other languages

Pluralsight’s content is only in English, but they do offer captions and subtitles in other languages. You just need to select the gear icon (see image below) and then select captions from there you can pick your preferred language.

Pluralsight Captions other language

Pluralsight Captions other language

I do want to add here that to get the most out of a course with Pluralsight you should have a proficiency and feel confident with the English language.

Winner: With the number of languages that Udemy offers it is a stand out winner of this round.

This leaves the score 3 – 1, Udemy is really taking the lead.

Round 5: Udemy vs Pluralsight Certificates

Earning a certificate can be an important part of taking an online course for some of us. Udemy and Pluralsight offer a couple of different certificates, let me explain in more detail below.

In the case of Udemy with all its paid courses you will receive a Certificate of Completion (see image below) when you successfully complete a course. It is important to be aware that Udemy is not an accredited institution, so if earning an official certificate for a job or to show to an employer is important then Udemy cannot provide this. Other platforms like Coursera and edX offer accredited certificates, and you can check them out below in more detail in Udemy & Pluralsight Alternatives.

Udemy certificate example

Udemy Certificate of Completion

At Pluralsight, you are able to generate a certificate of completion when you have 100% completed a video course. You won’t receive certificates for projects and interactive courses. Like Udemy, Pluralsight isn’t accredited, but it does have a good reputation and has worked with established companies like Telefonica and Fujitsu.

Winner: Udemy deserves this point due to the fact it gives certificates of completion for all its courses.

Udemy is steaming ahead with 4 – 1.

Round 6: Course Quality & Instructors

When you are picking an online learning course you want to know that not only is the course of a high quality but that it also has reputable and experienced instructor teaching its content.

Udemy’s courses are created, owned and managed by the instructors. If you have an interest and knowledge in a topic, then you are free to teach it. There is no formal approval needed to become an Udemy instructor.

With each course, you can read a small blurb about the Instructor along with ratings and reviews (see image below), which is a great way to get to know more about an instructor and their course.

Udemy Instructor

Udemy Instructor

In some cases instructors may also add teaching assistants to their course who can help with answering students QA and comments. To ensure that Udemy’s courses meet it standards they go through a Quality Checklist and the minimum requirements for any course are HD video, good audio, 5 lectures or more and at least 30 minutes of video content.

Pluralsights courses are taught by one of its 1500+ expert authors. As an author you will be supported by Pluralsight with creating content, video production and editing. Authors will then be peer reviewed by fellow authors and experts for its content and technical accuracy. This rigorous quality check ensures that Pluralsights content goes through the highest quality control.

Pluralsight Find your expert

Pluralsight Find your expert

When you select your author or course you can read a small bio about them and the number of courses authored, total ratings and course ratings. You can apply to become a Pluralsight author by creating a short audition video which will then be reviewed by the team to decide if you are a good fit for the platform.

Winner: As Pluralsight has a higher standard of quality assurance and that its authors are experts in their field, the point has to go to them for this one.

That leaves the score at 4 – 2, with Udemy still in the lead.

Round 7: Is Udemy or Pluralsight’s Support Better

Udemy offers support for both its Students and Instructors where you can ask for help and checkout the helpful FAQ section. For any specific questions you can contact Udemy directly via support@udemy.com.

Udemy support

Udemy support

Pluralsight support offers a few ways to contact them through email, phone, submitting a ticket or checking Help center. The email support is available 24/7 and the phone support is from Monday to Friday 8am-5pm (GMT – 7). I want to add here that it is very rare an online learning platform offers a phone support, so this definitely gives Pluralsight an edge.

Pluralsight support

Pluralsight support

Winner: As Pluralsight offers so many ways to contact them, the point has to go to them for this one.

Pluralsight is catching up, but Udemy is still ahead with the score at 4 – 3.

Round 8: Which One Is Better For Businesses

Nowadays, online learning platforms aren’t just offering courses to individuals, they offer their courses to businesses and teams who are wanting to upskill and empower their employees.

Udemy for Business offers a couple of plans for the Team and Enterprise. The Team plan is designed for small companies or teams (5-20 users). This plan gives you unlimited access to 5,500+ top rated courses, branded dashboard & custom URL and iOS and Android app for offline viewing. This plan costs $360 for each user per year (plus applicable taxes) and a 14-day free trial is available.

The Enterprise plan is for bigger teams and organizations (21 users or more). Like the team plan you will have access to 5,500+ top rated courses, as well as being able to create and host custom content, international collection, course management, analytics and reporting and 24/7 customer support. To try out this plan you can contact Udemy for a free demo.

Udemy Business Plans

Udemy Business Plans

Pluralsight offers 3 different plans for Teams. You can pick between the Starter ($399 per user a year) the Professional ($579 per user a year) and the Enterprise ($779 per user a year). All these plans require an annual contract for each user.

Pluralsight Starter & Professional Team Plans

The Starter plan is ideal for a team less than 10 with access to the 2,500+ core library. A free trial is not included with the Starter option. But if you decide on the Professional plan that’s designed for a small team of 10 or more you will have access to the 7,000+ expanded library. With the Professional plan, a 14-day free trial is available.

Pluralsight Enterprise Team Plan

Pluralsight Enterprise Team Plan

The Enterprise plan is the pricier of the plans and like the team plan you get access to the 7,000+ expanded library and a 14-day free trial is available as well as advanced analytics.

Winner: As Pluralsight is completely transparent with its pricing on all of its plans, plus the free trials for the Professional and Enterprise plan. The point has to go them on this one.

That leaves us with a draw of 4 – 4 for Udemy and Pluralsight. That is exciting, let’s see where the last round leaves us.

Round 9: Udemy vs Pluralsight Pricing

Udemy and Pluralsight have different approaches for their pricing. Udemy’s courses are paid for individually and Pluralsight has a subscription model which you can subscribe to monthly or yearly.

I thought it would be helpful to summarize in the table below what exactly both platforms offer within their pricing models.

Udemy Pluralsight
Free courses Close to 600 courses 7,000+ courses in 10-day free trial
Free trial Not available 10 days
Pricing Model Individual courses $19.99 to $199.99 Subscription $29 – $45 a month OR $299 – $499 yearly
Platforms Desktop, iOS & Android Desktop, iOS & Android
Refund Policy 30-day Refund Policy No Refund Policy, but cancel subscription at anytime
More information Visit udemy.com Visit pluralsight.com

Winner: Now this is a tricky one as Udemy’s courses are reasonably priced, and they do offer a 30-refund policy. Whereas Pluralsight offers free trials on its library of courses and its plans are budget-friendly. So, I am left with no choice but to give a point to each platform.

That then leaves the final score at a draw with 5 – 5 for Udemy and Pluralsight.

Bonus Round: Udemy & Pluralsight Alternatives

After reading this detailed article you may have come to the decision that neither Udemy or Pluralsight is right for you. So, that’s where our alternatives come in. I have put together some reviews of other online learning platforms for you to consider.

Skillshare

Skillshare has some similarities to Udemy with its creative and engaging courses. Skillshare offers a 14-day free trial and its highly engaged community of learners make it stand out from other platforms. Many of its classes involve peer assessments which keeps its classes interactive and fun.

Skillshare an alternative to Udemy and LinkedIn Learning Skillshare is a good alternative to Udemy and Pluralsight

Skillshare offers more than 27,000+ classes on categories like Animation, Graphic Design, Photography, Music and more. Skillshare doesn’t just offer individuals courses, it also has them for businesses and teams.

Read Skillshare Review

Visit Skillshare.com

Treehouse

Treehouse has some similarities to Pluralsight with its courses and learning programs focused on Tech related topics. Its 300+ courses are on subjects like web development, programming, coding and more. Treehouse offers a 7-day free trial and its courses and programs are based around real-life projects.

Treehouse is a good alternative to Udemy and Pluralsight

Treehouse works on a subscription-based model offering 3 different types of plans for individual learners. Their plans are self-paced and full of interactive quizzes and coding challenges.

Read Treehouse Review

Visit teamtreehouse.com

Coursera

For those learners looking to get an accredited certificate, Coursera may be a good option as it partners with educational institutions like Stanford, The Imperial College of London and Duke University.

Coursera is a good alternative to Udemy and LinkedIn Learning

Coursera is a good alternative to Udemy and Pluralsight

Coursera allows you to audit most of its courses (learn for free), but if you are looking to get a certificate, you will need to pay for the course (or program). There are different types of elearning programs available: individual courses (cost $29 to $100), Specializations (cost is $39 to $89 a month), Coursera yearly subscriptions ($399) and complete degrees (starting at $15,000).

Read Coursera Review

Visit Coursera.com

edX

Like Coursera, edX offers courses organized by world-class universities like MIT, Berkeley or Harvard. And since it’s an accredited organization, you’ll be able to achieve official degrees from edX.

edX can be a good alternative to Udemy and LinkedIn Learning

edX is a good alternative to Udemy and Pluralsight

You’ll find many free courses on its platform, however, you’ll need to pay for the course (between $50 to $300) to be able to earn an edX completion certificate.

Read edX Review

Visit edx.com

Final thoughts: Udemy vs Pluralsight

Hopefully, you now have a comprehensive overview of both the Udemy and Pluralsight platforms. And any questions or doubts you had have been answered. I want to leave you with this quick summary of each of the platforms.

Choose Udemy if you want:

  • Biggest pool of courses
  • Affordable individually paid courses
  • 30 day refund policy

> Try Udemy for free

Pluralsight is for you if:

  • You want courses on a Technology related topic
  • A 10 day or 14 day free trial on subscription based plans
  • Offline viewing on the mobile app

> Try Pluralsight for free

Please, leave a comment below if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to help you out.

Review Updates:

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Catherine Cooke

Hey. I am Catherine and have been working as a freelancer for many years now and I believe that you are in charge of your own destiny. If learning a new skill or having a career change is something you want to do, then there is no better time than the present. If you have a question please feel free to ask me anything or leave me a comment.
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Dimple Mehra
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Excellent comp! I really enjoyed reading your detailed analysis on the content shared in this article. Thank You!

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