WordCamp Notes: Getting Your First Online Course Published - Bodie Quirk
What do you need to build an online course?
7 things you must know about
1. domain name
3 kinds of urls
the url matters
your own name
various courses on unrelated topics
common denominator is the author
where the course IS the website
want the domain to be appropriate for the content
if the WHOLE website was a single course/topic
lots of different courses
all fall under same umbrella
multiple courses, single topic, any number of authors
good hosting is worth every penny!
has to be wordpress specific
includes staging and backup
wpengine, kinsta, flywheel, siteground - recommended hosts
the foundation of your website
structure, function, and design
lean, quality code
doesn’t need to include EVERY feature a website might have, that's what plugins are for
how well rated is the theme? how many people are using it?
how well supported is it? is there a community around that theme?
Beaver Builder (very lean, very well coded)
PageBuilder Framework (newer theme, but this is the author's life passion, lots of regular updates)
very highly rated theme, tons of good press
Learning Management System
plugin that turns your site into an 'online course platform'
will install a bunch of page types to create lessons, courses, etc.
this is what makes your site into an online course
course and lesson management
- new sections that are separate from the rest of yr site
student management, enrollment
student progress, engagement
keeps track of where students left off when the last logged out of the site
a good LMS allows students to learn at their own pace
payment gateway, access (add-on)
usually handled by add-ons
LMS must be compatible w/ your theme
sometimes plugins fight w/ other plugins and w/ the theme
per site, per 10 sites, per add-on bundle, for 2 sites, for 10 sites, etc.
want to get up and running QUICKLY so you can start creating content and making money
tools to make the course building easier
drag and drop
front end design
page builders have CHANGED wordpress for the good
allows people without code or design background to get in and do more things
Oxygen - oxygenapp.com
forms and SEO
things to improve the online course experience
Advanced Custom Fields - plugin for adding custom fields
SuperSide Me - for slide out side menu
if your theme doesn’t support a slide-out men but you want it, this plugin fixes that
workflow helpers -
make the wordpress experience faster
"Improved Save Button"
changes "publish" button to "publish and [other thing]"
publish and duplicate, list, view, return, etc
"Admin Page Spider Pro"
takes every piece of content, allows you to add those to the "top" so you can (from anywhere) go to anywhere in yr site in 1 click
essential pieces that every course should have
what do people WANT when they go thru a course
structure and text
extras - quizzes, things to engage with for the students
Scriviner - desktop app for writers
great for course builders
can create your course hierarchy on the site, plan out a talk, break it up into sections that we convert into videos later
all organized into ONE file
can import PDFs
so as you get ALL your content, it can be together, then you can copy it over to WordPress
both really good
just need to make sides and talk into the mic, boom, there's your course
ANYthing that you repeat in each lesson, course, etc.
to learn more about coursebuilding
super prolific course builder
podcast - podcast.lifterlms.com
GREAT podcast for course creators