Pluralsight Vs. Lynda

UPDATED Feb. 2018

In order to be truly successful, you need to constantly improve your knowledge and skills and keep up with the latest trends in technology and your field of expertise. Online learning platforms like Pluralsight and Lynda make the learning process much easier and rather fun. They even allow you to expand your knowledge beyond your specialty and make a smooth career transition.

Both of the abovementioned platforms are among the best we have encountered so far. This Pluralsight vs. Lynda comparison can help you gain a deeper understanding of what they offer and decide which one of them can better satisfy your thirst for knowledge.

Side by Side Comparison

TYPE OF CLIENTS
Individuals
Businesses
Academics/Teachers
Governments
SUPPORTED PLATFORMS
Web-Based
Offline Viewing
Desktop Version (Windows)
Desktop Version (Mac)
IPhone App
Android App
Smart TVs
SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS & FEATURES
Courses Available
Custom Courses
Unlimited Viewing
Skill Assessment
Course Discussion
Course Learning Checks
Mentoring Sessions
Certification Practice Exams
Course Completion Certificates
Skill Analytics
Team Management Tools
PLANS & PRICING
Subscription Plans
Free Plans For Children
Free Trial
SUPPORT
Written Tutorials
Video Tutorials
Email Support
Phone Support
Live Chat
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
6,000+
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes (Enterprises)
Yes (S&M Businesses)
Yes
Yes (S&M Businesses & Enterprises)
Yes (S&M Businesses)
 
Individuals, Businesses
Yes
Yes
 
N/A
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
$29.00
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
6,300+
n/a
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
n/a
Yes
Yes
n/a
n/a
 
Basic, Premium
No
Yes
 
n/a
Yes
Yes
No
No
$19.99

Ratings

Here is a quick overview of our comparison process. First, we analyze the two brands of software independently and rate them based on how well they satisfy our 6 major criteria, including ease of use, product quality, features, privacy and security, value for money, and overall experience. Based on the scores they receive on every criterion, we calculate their total scores. The software with the higher final score is the winner of the comparison.

Course Quality
Course Variety
Platform
Features
Value For Money
Final Rating 9.6/10 9.0/10

 

Course Quality

Pluralsight and Lynda offer superior-quality courses created by respectable professionals and designed to suit various skill and knowledge levels. However, both platforms sometimes feature courses with overlapping information and some of the courses may be too basic and thus less useful to learners who already possess some knowledge on the matter. Still, these are just minor flaws that are to be expected considering the numerousness of the courses provided by both platforms.

Course Variety

Pluralsight offers 6,000+ courses while Lynda offers 6,300+ courses. Their databases are incredibly varied, but the main difference lies in the fact that Pluralsight exclusively focuses on technology while Lynda allows you to develop technology, business, software, and creative skills, thus covering a much vaster range of subjects. On the other hand, Pluralsight gets bonus points for offering free courses for children.

Platform

Both platforms are impressively well-designed and highly functional, so there is not much to complain about in this regard. However, if we were to nitpick, we could say that Pluralsight could work a bit on the user interface, as some users may find it a bit confusing and overwhelming. Lynda could take notes from Pluralsight and introduce a good current skill level assessment method like Pluralsight’s Skill IQ test.

Features

Lynda allows you to track your progress with learning history, offers certificates of completion and offline viewing, and lets you create and share course playlists for easier prioritization and organization. It also enables you to add important courses to bookmarks, use course transcripts, insert notes, so you can see the crucial information from every course at a glance, and use additional resources like exercise assignments and assessment tests. It offers custom solutions for businesses, academic institutions, and organizations.

Pluralsight provides custom learning plans called Channels, skill assessments, course discussions, course learning checks, certificates of completion, and offline viewing, as well as a wealth of additional features available to businesses, academic institutions, and enterprises, including trend analytics, certification practice exams, usage analytics, team management tools, and more. Both platforms offer unlimited access to all courses and learning paths that allow users to fully develop a skill of interest, from the most basic to advanced and expert levels.

Value For Money

The prices of Pluralsight and Lynda monthly subscriptions are quite similar and they both provide excellent value for your money. Thus, we can honestly say that no matter which platform you choose, the learning opportunities provided are worth every dollar you spend on your subscription.

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