With the new MemberPress Courses Add-on, creating and selling online courses has become as easy as drag and drop and as affordable as purchasing MemberPress — making what was once a huge, overwhelming job an incredibly painless one. With the Courses Add-on, you get all the ease of use you expect from MemberPress combined with powerful features specifically designed to make building online classes super simple. The add-on takes all that complexity and boils it down to a basic, click-and-go process. The best part is that Courses is now included as part of MemberPress, so every feature is built right in and no separate download is required.
Online courses are no longer an overwhelming endeavor
Even before COVID hit, instructional online courses were booming. But usher in the age of stay-at-home, and we’ve seen this business model skyrocket in popularity. Many of our customers here at MemberPress operate these types of membership businesses. And it’s no wonder. With time on their hands and curiosity on their minds, folks are eager to engage in online classes for everything from fitness and business to knitting, dancing and pretty much anything else you can imagine teaching or learning. But what’s held many people back from taking advantage of the booming online courses industry are the difficulty and costs of set up. With potentially thousands of hierarchical pages to organize, tons of content to produce, and complicated coding to tinker with, the whole thing can seem out of reach.
No complex coding required
As mentioned, creating an online courses website has traditionally required massive amounts of complicated coding. Before—in addition to building your course—you’d have to spend countless hours tweaking the theme and fiddling with HTML and CSS. Our new add-on makes all that confusing coding a thing of the past. Features like the MemberPress Classroom Mode take care of the look and feel (and are easily customizable via the WordPress Customizer), so you can focus on creating great content. There’s no need for coding knowledge because all the styling is built right in — even awesome features like progress tracking (more on that later). In Classroom Mode, the add-on provides its own modern styling for your courses and lessons, allowing you to develop beautiful front end content without ever having to bother with styling. Courses adds powerful WordPress LMS features to MemberPress that do the work for you. You can even see what your front end changes will look like live, right from the WordPress Customizer.
Course progress tracking
In the past, it’s been necessary to install a separate WordPress LMS plugin to enable progress tracking through your curriculum when using MemberPress. But not any more. With MemberPress Courses, users are able to see their progress on each class they’ve started. Not only that, but as a site admin you’ll be able to see how your subscribers are progressing through the curriculum, as well. This information provides valuable insight into the user-friendliness and popularity of your courses.
No more fiddling around with pages, sub-pages, and custom post types
There’s no longer a need to decide where your course content will reside in WordPress, to build out pages and subpages, or to set up custom post types. And unless you need some pretty advanced features for your curriculum, you also no longer need to add a WordPress LMS plugin alongside MemberPress. The Courses Add-on provides a simple menu item in MemberPress where you can access all of your courses. From this menu item you’re able to see all of your curriculum in one place, plus add new and edit existing courses.
Build your Course Curriculum… Visually
Also, you can now edit all of your online courses and corresponding lessons right in the WordPress Block Editor. Using the Curriculum tab, you can even move lessons around within courses using a simple click and drag feature.
Easily create and manage access rules
As with all MemberPress products, the new add-on allows you to protect your online course content with easy-to-use rules. You can protect single courses, sets of courses, or courses with any other tag or category you set up. With this feature you can communicate added value to your users without having to include a word of up-sell jargon (though there’s nothing wrong with that!).
Use the sales feature to build subscriptions
Speaking of up-sell jargon, when a user encounters a page they don’t have access to, you want to make sure they have the option to subscribe. The add-on makes this a piece of cake, enabling you to create a sales page which users encounter whenever they don’t have access to a specific course or lesson.
Advanced features for power users
If you have more experience up your sleeve and would like to customize things a bit more, the new add-on has you covered. As a power user, you can simply disable Classroom mode so that you have more control over the look and feel of your courses. Whatever your level of understanding and experience, the new MemberPress Courses Add-on features are built to accommodate your needs. Ready to try it out? This new integration is available to anyone with a MemberPress subscription, including Basic. Download the MemberPress Courses Add-on from the Add-ons page in your MemberPress dashboard menu to get started, and get busy boosting your bottom line!