Create & Sell Courses on Your Own Website - No Monthly Fees

Step by step guide to create, sell, and market online courses that are fully integrated into your own WordPress website
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  • Lectures 78
  • Length 7.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

This course will teach you how to create and sell online courses from your own WordPress website. Your courses will be fully integrated into your existing website. And if you don't already have a site, the course will cover what you need to know to get one up and running easily.

This course is ideal for you if...

  • You are someone who just wants to learn how to create and sell online courses from your own WordPress website.
  • A Udemy instructor who wants the freedom to sell courses at ANY price you want to sell them for, market them the way you want, discount them as much as you want, and build your own email list
  • You want something that is part of your existing site, and not bolted on as a sub-domain
  • You just don't like paying monthly fees


In this course you'll be shown the different ways in which you can easily create a system in WordPress at minimal cost in which you can structure your lectures into a course, stream your video content, and package those courses up securely so that you can market them, sell them, and manage your paying students.

This course is not based on theory, it's based on the instructor's experience of building sites just like this, and you will be taken through his own website to see exactly how he has implemented his own solution.

So how much will it cost to build your own courses on your own site?

Well, unlike the alternatives, with their high monthly fees, the cost of doing it yourself, and ending up with something that is fully integrated into your site, can be as little as $0 if you already own a domain name and have some hosting. Yes, that's right, you can set up a very professional system which includes a learning management system, something to handle the membership side of things for your students, and take payments securely - and it needn't cost you a penny!    

But you aren't going to be shown just one way of doing this...

You are going to be show three different ways in which you can setup your website to build courses and sell them. There is something for everyone, however simple or complex you want to make things, and however much or little you want to spend on your site.


FAQ

Q. Will the course teach me how to use Powerpoint, Camtasia, and/or video editing?
A. No - It's assumed that you either have a course already built that you want to publish, or you know the basics of how to create lectures and put a course together.

Q. Do I need to already have a domain name, hosting or website to take this course?
A. No - I take you through the basics about getting a domain name, hosting, and installing WordPress.

Q. Do I need to know WordPress to do this course?
A. While the course goes through setting things up in detail, it is not a course about teaching you WordPress itself. WordPress is very straightforward and easy to learn and there are plenty of free courses on Udemy that will help you pick it up if you are brand new to it.

Q. How much will it cost me to build my site?
A. Assuming you already have a domain name and hosting (and they can be picked up very cheaply if you haven't) then the solutions covered in the course range from free, up to in the region of a couple of hundred dollars. It's entirely up to you how much or how little you spend on it. I aimed to make everything as low cost as possible. The free solutions work VERY well.

Q. What if I run into problems?
A. It's unlikely as I've made everything as straightforward as possible, but in the unlikely event that you do then I'll be there in the discussion area, ready to give you help, should you need it.



What are the requirements?

  • A basic knowledge or familiarity with WordPress is assumed
  • A domain name and hosting will be needed if you haven't already got a website. This will be covered in the course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • How to build online courses inside your own WordPress web site, where you are in control over every aspect of the site
  • Understand the best ways to securely stream video content
  • Learn how to secure and protect your 'Members Only' content
  • Selling your courses and other digital media from your own web site
  • Using courses to build your own email list
  • Getting affiliates to advertise and promote your courses, sending students to your site who are eager to buy your courses

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone who wants to sell courses from their own website in a way which FULLY integrates with their website
  • The course is for anyone frustrated by paying Teachable, Thinkific etc. each month whether their courses sell or not
  • It's a course for Udemy instructors who would like to sell courses for less than $20 or more than $50, and have complete control over every aspect of the sales and marketing process
  • It's a course for anyone who wishes to build an email list of their students that they can contact whenever they want, without restrictions.
  • The course is for anyone looking to generate some extra revenue from their content

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Important Information About This Course
Important Information About This Course
Preview
02:52
Why You Should Host Your Own Courses
Preview
05:28
Why We Will Be Using WordPress
03:39
Section 2: Things You May Have Considered Problems (But They Aren't Really)
Is WordPress Difficult to Secure and Maintain?
Preview
11:46
What You Need to Know About Streaming Video
Preview
05:40
Section 3: Understanding the Website Basics and Starting to Build the Site
What You Are Going to Need
04:41
The Things You Need To Consider Before Buying a Domain Name
18:33
Action Step : Choose Your Ideal Domain Name
Article
How to Buy Your Domain Name
06:21
Action Step : Buy Your Domain Name
Article
How to Successfully Navigate Your Way Through the Web Hosting Minefield
13:14
Web Hosting Features and Checklist
Article
Linking Your Domain Name and Your Hosting
02:52
Checking Propagation
Article
Installing WordPress
09:46
Initial Configuration of WordPress
13:50
Section 4: The Decisions You Will Need to Make
About This Section
04:35
The Components You Will Need
09:45
Choosing a WordPress Theme
12:42
Section 5: Hosting Your Videos and Other Course Content
Introduction to Hosting Your Own Videos and Course Content
07:15
Getting an Amazon S3 Account
06:36
Creating a Bucket for Your Course
06:02
How to Upload and Use Your Content Stored in S3 (Free Method)
10:31
An Alternative Way to Upload and Manage Your S3 Content
02:17
How to Create an IAM User and Generate Keys
07:15
Amazon Cloudfront - What It Is, How It Can Help, and the Pros and Cons
03:05
Securing Your Amazon S3 Links
08:21
Section 6: Creating The Standard Website Pages Quickly & Easily
What the 'Standard' Pages Are and Why You Need Them
03:45
The Simplest Way to Get a Great Contact Page
09:55
Options for the Terms and Privacy Pages
08:12
How to Create the Terms and Privacy Pages
06:09
Creating the About and Affiliate Disclosure Pages
02:14
Section 7: Option 1 - Using a Membership Plugin That is Free
Membership Plugin Overview and Options
04:15
Configuring the Membership Plugin
08:15
How to Protect Your Course Pages
07:54
A Quick and Easy Way To Create Your Course Pages
10:39
Course Page Creation - Revisited
03:33
Publishing Your Lectures in Bulk
03:07
Options for Creating Your Course Landing Page
05:44
Creating a Payment Link or Buy Button for Your Sales/Landing Page
03:39
Menus and Conditional Display of Content
15:09
Adding Students to Your Email List
02:19
Promotion, Coupons, and Affiliates
05:38
Section 8: Option 2 - Using a Free LMS Plugin
Plugin Overview
03:29
Installing the Plugin
01:39
Initial Setup
07:00
Adding a Course and Setting the Course Options
12:47
Getting Ready to Test the Setup So Far
04:42
Making a Test Purchase of a Course
04:20
Emails and Engagements Explained
04:17
An Overview of Memberships
02:48
How and When to Use Coupons and Vouchers
06:18
Quizzes, Certificates, and Badges of Achievement
10:16
Section 9: Option 3 - Using Paid Course Building and Membership Plugins
About This Section
03:32
How I Have Things Set up on My Own Web Site
05:38
The Plugins Used and Why They Were Chosen
03:21
A Closer Look at What the Membership Plugin Can Do
03:59
Creating the Default Membership Pages
02:41
Configuring the Registration and Account Pages
05:57
Payment Options
03:15
How to Accept Payment via Paypal
05:02
Sending Email Notices
03:45
Adding Buyers to Your Email Autoresponder
03:56
Setting up the remaining options
03:21
Integrating With Amazon Web Services (Amazon S3)
01:17
Protecting Your Video Content
03:35
Section 10: Option 3 - Setting up Your Courses
Understanding the Course Builder Terminology
03:55
Installing the Plugin
02:51
How to Create a Course
05:37
Different Ways to Create Course Units
08:25
Adding Course Units to Modules
08:01
How to Add a Quiz to Your Course
02:29
Integrating the Membership and Course Building Plugins
05:33
A Full List of the Plugins I Use
Article
Section 11: Marketing Your Own Courses and Web Site
Marketing Your Courses and Web Site
04:26
Email Capture
08:41
How to Get Your Own Affiliates to Promote Your Courses
02:27
Section 12: What's Next?
Bonus Lecture
Article

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Instructor Biography

Chris O'Connor, WordPress Expert, Author, Raspberry Pi Enthusiast

I've been building web sites since the mid/late 90's, and am the author of the book WordPress For All : How To Create A Website For Business Or Personal Use, Quickly & Easily - Whatever Your Skill Level. It is available available on Amazon for the Kindle, with a paperback version due to follow in the near future.

I've been using WordPress since it was first released, and prior to that, B2 (the software WordPress was forked from). I've built numerous websites both for myself and for clients, using HTML, WordPress, and Joomla. From the very first commercial web site I built (in the days before Google existed) I have made a point of building my sites with search engine optimisation in mind, and have had top ranking for many of my sites for some of the toughest keywords out there.

I'm a big fan of Twitter, and if you follow me on Twitter then make sure you let me know that you found me on Udemy and I'll be sure to follow you back.

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