Mighty Networks is a leading online community platform that also includes features for creating online courses and memberships. It offers a wide range of features and tools to help you build a community-focused online business.
But is it the right choice for you? What features does it include, and how do they compare to its competitors?
To answer these questions and make an informed decision, we’ve created this Mighty Networks review in which we’ll cover all of the platform’s features and discuss its pros and cons.
We’ll also share the insights we’ve gained from helping other creators launch their communities and courses on Mighty Networks.
Ready? Let’s dive in.
Mighty Networks Review Summary
Mighty Networks is an online community platform that allows you to host your community, courses, and memberships in one place under your brand. The platform’s strength lies in its core focus on community design and engagement and the powerful tools it offers to this end.
- Flexible community organization
- Multiple content types
- Events and livestreaming features
- Course creation features
- Free and branded mobile apps
- Unlimited members and hosts
- Flexible pricing
- Basic website builder
- No support for PayPal
- No Single Sign-on feature
- Transaction fee on all plans
What Is Mighty Networks?
Mighty Networks is a hosted platform that offers all the tools you need to build an engaged online community on your website.
It offers powerful community features such as rich media posts, events, online courses, spaces, and personalized activity feeds. Moreover, there are livestreaming options, messaging features, and moderation tools.
On top of the community-building tools, you can charge for access to your community and courses, so the platform supports various community-led business models, including paid masterminds, live cohort courses, and membership sites.
Traditionally, creators have been using social media platforms (e.g., Facebook Groups) to host their communities, but they face many challenges. For instance:
- There’s a lot of noise on Facebook, making it a distraction machine.
- You don’t own your audience, and you’ll always be at the mercy of the platform.
- Facebook makes it difficult to reach out to your members, and you have little control over member communication.
- You can’t customize the look and feel of your group or monetize it.
This is where Mighty Networks comes into the picture. It’s designed to let you build an online community you own and control and monetize it however you want.
With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at all aspects of Mighty Networks.
Ease of Use
Mighty Networks wasn’t always the most user-friendly platform, and the biggest challenge was that it wasn’t very intuitive to navigate.
However, they redesigned it to significantly simplify the structure and the building process for online communities. As a result, it’s much easier to understand how things work and navigate the website.
Now, the platform presents a clean, intuitive user interface. On the left side of the screen, you can find a list of your spaces, along with an option to create a new space at the bottom.
To create content inside a space, just click on that space in the sidebar, and you’ll see options for creating posts and managing your events, courses, and more.
Additionally, you can access the space settings from the top of your screen for further customization.
Plus, when you create an account, you’ll see the Mighty Checklist, which will guide you through the process of setting up your community.
Having said that, there are still some issues, and the biggest one is that the network-level settings aren’t well-organized.
These settings are segmented under different headings that aren’t very intuitive, and you need to dig deep to find features.
Another issue is that the menu options first open in a half-screen modal, requiring an extra click for full-screen mode. However, this may be more of a matter of preference.
Overall, it’s easy to get started with Mighty Networks. While it may take some time to get familiar with the platform, once you do, it’s a breeze to use.
Online Community Builder
Community-building is the core aspect of Mighty Networks; all the other features it offers (e.g., online courses) are built on top of that. In this section, we’ll evaluate everything the platform offers in this regard.
Setting up an account on Mighty Networks creates a community (also called a network) for you out of the box.
After this, you’ll simply need to create the structure, personalize a few settings, and add your branding and you can start inviting members.
The building block of a Mighty network is what is called Spaces. You can think of them as different rooms within your network, and each can have the following:
- a feed where you and your members can create discussion posts
- a chat section for group conversations
- an events area to create and list events for the members
- an online course with structured course materials
- a member directory that displays a list of all the members in the space
Plus, Spaces are pretty flexible. You can choose what sections you want to show inside a space and show them in any order you want.
So, if you’re creating a regular discussion space, you may want to start with a feed and show additional elements like an events area and a member directory.
On the other hand, if you’re creating an online course, you may want to start with the course curriculum and then have a course-specific discussion area (feed).
Moreover, each section type has individual settings.
So, you can rename the feed element as Discussions, change the display’s style, and choose what content types are supported inside of it and who can create what.
Finally, you can control the access permissions of each space. There are four options available:
Now, Mighty Networks lets you group your spaces using the Collections function. A collection is a purely organizational element, and you can use it in different ways.
For example, if you have a paid membership, you can create a collection for all the spaces exclusive to paying members. Similarly, you can group all your online courses under a collection.
Apart from these, Mighty Networks has a couple of additional features that can help you keep your community organized and improve discoverability.
- Highlighted Hashtag List: You can think of these as topics or labels. As a host, you can create a list of hashtags, and you or your members can assign a hashtag to the posts and articles. Inside a space, a separate section lists all the hashtags, and your members can find content through them.
- Discovery: A discovery page enables your members to find the most important elements in your community, and you can create one at the global or space level. Here, you can show custom sections, like Top Posts, Top Spaces, Top Members, etc., in any order.
Finally, you can also choose to show some sections at the network level. These include a feed, an events area, a member directory, and a discovery page.
Overall, Mighty Networks gives you many options for building your community structure and keeping it organized, and there’s hardly anything to complain about here.
Content and Engagement
One of the most important aspects of any community builder is producing engaging content for your members. In this sense, Mighty Networks gives you many options.
To start with, you can create Quick Posts and Articles. “Quick Posts” are like status updates, while “Articles” are like blog posts. In addition to the text, you can also add images and videos.
When it comes to publishing posts, you can choose to either release them immediately or on a scheduled basis. In either case, you can notify your members via email/push messages when new content is published.
Additionally, you can create polls and questions inside your community. The platform supports four poll types:
- Multiple Choice
- Hot Cold
There’s also the option to create an Icebreaker Question, which is a regular question that your new members can answer when first joining a space.
Mighty Networks allows you to create virtual or in-person events for your community. It has a powerful Events feature, so that:
- you can create a one-time or recurring event.
- your members can RSVP for the event.
- you can host live events inside Mighty Networks.
For hosting live events, you can use the native live streaming feature or the direct Zoom integration. Otherwise, you can use a URL from other video conferencing services like GoToMeeting, Google Meet, etc.
Additionally, you can create a text chat event to let community members interact with each other through live chat.
Livestreaming is one of the most powerful community engagement features offered by Mighty Networks.
Using this feature, you can start an instant live stream from any of your community spaces or you can go live from both the web and iOS and Android mobile apps.
To do a live stream, you just have to click on the “Go Live” option inside a space and grant access to your webcam and microphone. At this point, you can choose to record the live stream and send notifications to all members.
During the live session, a chat section appears on the right side. Here, hosts and members can talk. However, there’s no way to remove or hide it.
Live streaming is great for engaging your community members. However, you can also use it to deliver live lessons in your online courses, which we’ll talk about later.
Apart from these, Mighty Networks has another engagement tool worth mentioning. It’s called Welcome Checklist, and it allows you to create a custom list of tasks to onboard new members.
For example, you can ask them to introduce themselves or go through the community guidelines.
Overall, in terms of content and engagement features, Mighty Networks performs exceptionally well.
Messaging and Notifications
Mighty Networks supports one-on-one and group messaging so that you can chat with a member or a group of members privately.
You can send text messages, emojis, photos, and files to other hosts and members. In turn, they can archive chats, mute other members, and even block them.
Moreover, you can disable direct messaging for all members, but the option to disable it for specific ones isn’t available yet.
Speaking of notifications, Mighty Networks gives you several ways of notifying your members. You can do this through:
- Email updates
- Browser notifications
- Mobile app notifications
However, it’s up to individual members to choose their preferred notification method. They can turn on email updates as well as mobile notifications.
Most importantly, your members can select specific activities and spaces from which they want to receive notifications.
When it comes to email updates, instead, they can choose to receive an email for each activity or a summary email from the entire day’s activity.
Apart from the activity notifications, as a host, you can message all of your members in one go, which is useful for sending important notifications and announcements.
When managing a community, the first thing that comes to mind is how easy it is to add members.
In Mighty Networks, you add members by:
- creating an invite link and sharing it manually.
- sending an email invite by entering the emails manually or bulk importing the member’s list.
And when members send requests to join a community, you can either accept or reject it.
Mighty Networks has another member management feature called Member Categories.
It allows you to create categories based on their role, interests, or anything else, and your members will be able to choose the category when they log in.
Apart from members, you can also invite people to join as hosts and moderators, which are admin roles. The good thing is that you can have hosts and moderators at both the network and space levels.
Network hosts are like owners and have access to all the settings inside your community, including payment settings and income reports.
On the other hand, moderators focus on managing content and members by:
- creating and removing content
- inviting members
- approving requests to join
- removing or banning members
Speaking of moderation tools, anyone can report content. After that, hosts and moderators can check the reported content and take a call to remove it or keep it.
Besides that, there’s an integration with Slack that allows Hosts and Moderators to monitor community activity in real-time.
Finally, Mighty Networks gives you the freedom to decide who can create what type of content.
For instance, you can choose whether only the host and moderators can contribute to articles or to extend this capacity to members, too. The same goes for posts, events, and polls.
End-user experience matters a lot for the success of your community. A good user experience will result in members spending more time in your community, increasing overall engagement.
The user interface is very similar to what the community owner sees, minus the admin settings.
Once logged in, users will see a clean interface with straightforward navigation tools.
They’ll be able to access all of the spaces from the left sidebar, and when looking for a specific space, they’ll see the first section (e.g., the feed) by default and access other sections from the top menu.
Moreover, your members can personalize the activity feed based on their preferences.
- They can filter their feed for viewing only their own activity, the activity from the hosts, or the activity of members nearby.
- They can sort content based on last activity, creation date, popularity, or distance.
- They can switch to a list view where your posts appear in a collapsed state by default, so things become much more compact.
Most importantly, the design is mobile responsive, and users can access your community through iOS and Android mobile apps.
Mobile apps enable members to access your community on the go and support features like push notifications, making it very effective in bringing members back to the community.
While the apps are completely free, they are still Mighty Networks’ apps.
The good thing is that you can also get custom community apps for your brand, even though you’ll have to pay for them separately.
In fact, Mighty Networks is the only platform that offers both free and branded app options for online communities.
Community Builder – The Bottom Line
Overall, Mighty Networks is a great platform for building and managing an online community.
It has all the features to organize and moderate it, create content, and engage your members.
It also offers an intuitive and modern design with mobile app support, so your members will certainly enjoy their experience.
Online Course Creation
Aside from communities, Mighty Networks offers course-building tools, and you can create video, audio, and text lessons for your students.
A course in Mighty Networks has two organizational elements: Sections and Lessons.
With the course builder, you can add sections and lessons and easily change their order by dragging and dropping.
To add content to a lesson, you need to click the Edit button, which will open the lesson editor. The lesson editor is a simple HTML editor where you can easily add videos, text, and images, attach small files, or embed external media.
It’s a very flexible system that allows you to add multiple content types in a single lesson. For instance, you can add two or more videos, text-based content, attachments, and more in the same lesson.
Mighty Networks also offers unlimited hosting for your course videos, meaning that you won’t need a separate video hosting solution.
While the platform has a satisfying course builder, it does lack some essential features like bulk uploading. In fact, you can’t upload multiple videos in one go and turn them into lessons, which slows down the whole process.
Regarding the available learning and engagement tools, Mighty Networks performs below average.
It misses out on the most essential features, such as quizzes, assignments, and certificates.
It does, however, provide content locking and dripping features. There are three options:
- None: The lessons are available to your students immediately.
- Timed: You can drip your course lessons on a scheduled basis.
- Sequential: The lessons are available only after completing the previous lesson.
Besides dripping and locking, there’s a video compliance option where members must watch the entire video to mark it complete.
On top of that, every course can have a separate discussion area, and you can even stream your live lessons inside the space, making it suitable for delivering live cohort courses.
Now, let’s talk about the course player, one of the most critical aspects of course delivery.
Unfortunately, Mighty Networks’ course player isn’t well-designed from an end-user perspective.
When a user clicks on it to watch a lesson, it first opens in a slide-in window that takes up only half of the screen space, and there’s no visible navigation area as well.
Only when clicking on the Expand icon can you see the full course player experience, which has a more traditional design with a navigation area on the left and the lesson’s contents on the right.
While the full course player experience is good, this additional step that students must take makes the process inefficient.
Regarding the mobile experience, instead, the course player has a responsive design. Plus, it works well in both mobile browsers as well as mobile apps, so your students can watch courses on the go.
The only challenge with the design is that there are no handy navigation buttons in the player. To navigate to another lesson, you’ll first need to close the player and then go to the lesson from the curriculum page.
Overall, the Mighty Networks course player works fine for delivering course content, but the member experience can be improved significantly.
Course Creation – The Bottom Line
Mighty Networks does an average job when it comes to course creation and learner engagement. It misses out on important features—such as quizzes—and the course player isn’t that great as well.
Having said that, Mighty Networks isn’t a standalone course builder.
In fact, the idea is to let you deliver simple online courses inside your community, which works well. It’s also good for running live cohort courses with a strong community component.
Sales and Marketing
In this section, we’ll talk about the sales and marketing tools that Mighty Networks provides. Let’s start with the website builder.
Starting with the basics, Mighty Networks includes website hosting and a free SSL certificate. Your website comes with a free subdomain, but you can use a custom one if you want.
However, the platform doesn’t offer full-fledged website building, and, as a result, most Mighty Networks creators host their brand websites outside the platform.
What you get is the ability to create a landing page that acts as your website’s homepage.
There are two landing page templates: the Creator template and the Community template. However, there’s not much of a difference between the two regarding style or layout.
Moreover, there’s no real page builder. The landing page consists of a couple of sections, each with pre-defined settings, and you can only modify the text and images.
Apart from this, you can’t add new sections or reorder them, which limits your design options significantly.
All in all, you can use Mighty Networks to create a simple landing page for your community, but it can’t accommodate your brand website.
Product Pricing Options
An important promise of Mighty Networks is that you can monetize your community as you prefer.
In fact, the platform lets you create pricing plans that can include access to the main network and/or the community spaces. You can choose the spaces to include in a plan, and you can also have the same space in multiple plans, so it can support all community models.
So, you can:
- Keep your main community and certain spaces free and charge for access to premium spaces, which can be online courses, masterminds, etc.
- Bundle the network and spaces and sell them together, which works well for creating a membership site.
- Create multiple access levels and include additional benefits in the higher tiers.
When it comes to the pricing options, you can charge a one-time fee or a recurring fee, or you can keep it free, and you can show the pricing in multiple currencies.
For subscriptions, you can have monthly and/or annual pricing and even offer a free trial if you like.
While the product pricing options are fine overall, a few are missing:
- You can’t create weekly or quarterly subscriptions.
- You can’t offer a payment plan.
- You can’t create discount coupons.
- You can’t limit the members in a plan.
Finally, Mighty Networks has a handy feature that gives you the ability to choose which platforms to enable a plan on. So, you can make a plan available only on web and Android devices, or you can allow purchases on iOS devices.
Payments and Checkouts
Mighty Networks only supports Stripe for processing payments.
So, if you’re from a country where Stripe isn’t supported, or you want to have PayPal as a payment option for your customers, you’ll need to use a third-party checkout platform (e.g., ThriveCart).
Apart from payment gateways, it also supports Web3 Token-Gating, so you can gate spaces with ERC-20, ERC-721, or ERC-1155 tokens.
Also, you can integrate with Quaderno for tax handling.
When it comes to the checkout process, you have a multi-step checkout process where the user needs to create an account and upload a profile picture before making the payment.
We’re not big fans of this approach, as there’s a lot of friction in the process, which isn’t great for conversions.
While the signup and checkout pages look good, you can’t customize them. For example, you can’t add testimonials or list the plan’s benefits.
Other Marketing Tools
One of the drawbacks of Mighty Networks is that it doesn’t allow you to create an affiliate program for your products. If you want this feature, you’ll need to use a specialized tool like ThriveCart.
However, it does allow you to have an ambassador program. This way, you can give your users badges and some custom rewards when they refer new members to your community.
Having an ambassador program is great for word-of-mouth marketing, even though it’s not equivalent to an affiliate program.
Sales and Marketing – The Bottom Line
Overall, Mighty Networks does an average job in sales and marketing. You can create product plans and monetize your community, but the checkout process isn’t optimized for conversions, and you also miss out on marketing tools such as coupons and affiliate marketing.
Reporting and Analytics
Mighty Networks has a robust reporting and analytics feature, Mighty Insights, that give you insights into your members and their activities.
There are several dashboards that provide data and insight into different aspects of your online community.
Take the Overview dashboard, for instance. It provides a quick glance at the level of member activity in your network, with daily, weekly, and monthly charts for active members.
It also has heatmaps and charts that show when your members are active, what platform they use, and their retention rate.
Apart from the overview page, there are specific tabs for different community aspects:
- Livestreams: Number of livestreams, duration, and participants.
- Private Chat: Number of messages exchanged between members and the break up between one-on-one and group chats.
- Plans: Number of subscriptions, monthly recurring revenue, subscriptions started and canceled, free trials, etc.
Apart from network-level reports, similar reports are also available at the space level.
For instance, the Members report helps track members and their actions in the space. Similarly, the Feed dashboard shows post creation trends and engagement levels over time.
Overall, Mighty Networks has excellent reporting capabilities, and its Insights feature will work well for analyzing your community’s performance.
Mighty Networks is quite limited in terms of the integrations it supports.
Regarding tracking codes, you can just integrate with Google Analytics. To add a Facebook Pixel or any other tracking code, instead, there’s no option inside your admin dashboard, but you’ll need to reach out to support to get them added.
Moreover, there’s no direct integration with any email marketing solutions (e.g., ConvertKit, ActiveCampaign, etc.). To send information to your email service provider, you’ll need to use Zapier.
The good thing is that there’s a two-way Zapier integration, which means that you can also do certain actions in Mighty Networks based on events in other apps.
So, if someone makes a payment using a third-party checkout platform like ThriveCart, you can automatically send them an invite to your community.
Besides everything, the biggest issue is that it lacks Single Sign-On integrations with other membership site platforms and even WordPress.
Let’s say that your courses or memberships are already hosted on any of these platforms and that you only want to use Mighty Networks for your community. Then, your users will require multiple logins, which is a serious limitation.
As you would expect from any good online platform, Mighty Networks has a dedicated support team.
On all plans, it offers support via email and the chat widget inside your admin area, and you can click on it to leave a message with your questions.
While this isn’t a live chat, you can expect to get a quick response during the support hours (6 AM to 6 PM Pacific Time).
On top of creator support, your members can directly reach out to the Mighty Networks team for any technical issues. Not many community platforms offer end-user support, and this will definitely save you some time.
Instead of reaching out to support for everything, you can also use the knowledge base, which has video tutorials and step-by-step articles on how various features work.
Finally, Mighty Networks offers a dedicated community for its users called Mighty Community, which is a pretty active place to learn from other community owners.
Even if you decide not to use Mighty Networks, we advise you to be a part of this community still, as you’ll learn a lot about community design and engagement.
Now, it’s time to discuss Mighty Networks’ pricing.
There are three pricing plans to choose from:
- Community Plan: $39/month
- Business Plan: $119/month
- Mighty Pro: Available on request
On top of the monthly cost, there’s a transaction fee on all plans of 3% on the Community plan and 2% on the Business and Mighty Pro plans.
With the Community plan, you get all of the community-building features. Moreover, the plan supports unlimited spaces, members, hosts, and moderators.
However, you can’t create courses, use the Zapier integration or access advanced analytics. For these features, you have to go for the Business plan, which also offers more livestreaming hours in your community.
Apart from these two plans, there’s a third one called Mighty Pro. The most compelling feature of this plan is the ability to get branded, white-label mobile apps for your community.
Overall, Mighty Networks has a reasonable and flexible pricing structure, even though we’re not big fans of charging a transaction fee.
If you’d like to explore the platform, you can start a 14-day free trial. And the best thing is that you won’t even need to add any credit card details.
Mighty Networks vs the Competition
Before making a decision about Mighty Networks, let’s look at some alternatives and how they compare with the platform.
The most popular Mighty Networks competitor is Circle. Both platforms are very similar in terms of capabilities, but each has an edge over the other in certain areas.
Circle has SSO integrations with popular platforms like Teachable and WordPress, so you can have your course/membership on these platforms and the community on Circle. On the other hand, unlike Mighty Networks, it doesn’t offer branded apps for your community.
So, whether you should choose one platform or the other depends on what features and integrations you need.
Another popular competitor in the community builder space is Peerboard. While it can’t match Mighty Networks’ features, the platform is more affordable. In fact, it has a free plan, and the paid ones are cheaper as well.
Finally, Mighty Networks is also often compared with Kajabi, even though they’re very different platforms. Kajabi offers features for courses, coaching, community, and more; Mighty Networks, instead, only focuses on communities and does a better job at community building.
Moreover, Kajabi is an all-in-one platform with powerful marketing tools, including sales funnels and email marketing, which allows you to run your entire business on the platform.
Mighty Networks Review – The Final Verdict
Mighty Networks offers compelling features for building an engaged online community. These include spaces, media posts, events, group chats, livestreaming, online courses, and more.
However, the best part is that the platform has free iOS/Android apps for your members, and you can also get white-label apps for your community.
The only major area where it lacks is single sign-on, so you can’t have your courses/membership program on another platform and use Mighty Networks to run your community.
Otherwise, Mighty Networks is an excellent option for building a standalone community or creating community-centric courses or memberships.
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