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What's the difference between Standard, Webcast and Recorded events?

GoToWebinar offers multiple types of events to suit your needs, each of which offers different join experiences for attendees. Each time you schedule an event, you'll be able to choose which mode you want to use.

The features that are available on your account may vary depending on your subscription plan.

Event types

Standard events (formerly called "Classic" webinars) are fully interactive events that are hosted live by the organizer.

  • These events can be set for a specific time and date, or they can be launched "on the fly" using the Webinar Now feature.
  • Attendees can join these webinars from any device (desktop software, web browser or a mobile app).

Webcast events are also fully interactive events that are hosted live by the organizer. Learn more.

  • These events must be scheduled ahead of time for a specific time and date.
  • Attendees will join instantly using Instant Join, a web browser-based experience that doesn't require any software download.

Recorded events (formerly called "Simulated Live" webinars) are semi-interactive, pre-recorded events that start automatically and run on their own, so organizers do not need to be present to host the event. Learn more.

  • These events can be scheduled to start themselves at a specific time and date, or they can be made as "on demand" webinars that can be watched at any time.
  • Organizers can pre-record the event, then select the recording they want to play back in a "simulated live" session.
  • Attendees will join instantly using Instant Join, a web browser-based experience that doesn't require any software download.

Compare event features

Note that all of the following types offer the basic GoToWebinar features, including polls, surveys and handouts!

Standard

Webcast

Recorded

Facilitated live by an organizer

Facilitated live by an organizer

Pre-recorded and launched automatically

Join from desktop or mobile apps
Join from browser app or mobile apps

Join from browser app or mobile apps

Live Q&A

Live Q&A

Q&A sent to organizer after the session 
Attendees can be unmuted

Attendees cannot be unmuted

Attendees cannot be unmuted

Promote attendees to staff

Attendees cannot be promoted to staff

Attendees cannot be promoted to staff

No change to max attendees

3,000 max attendee limit (Plus), 500 max attendee limit (Pro)

Registration limit is max attendee capacity

Auto-recording is available Auto-recording is available Auto-recording not available (as the session itself is a recording)

Related

Webcast Webinar Events

Recorded Webinar Events (Simulated Live Webinars)

Schedule from the Web