WE NEED YOUR ADVICE

[Note: In case you’re wondering, this post is a follow up to this (which received more email replies than I’ve ever received on this blog). I try my best to respond to each and every Facebook comment, email, and blog comment]. Ok… I received a LOT of comments from readers calling me a “tease” and “punk” in my last email… And our awesome LifterLMS VIP Paul said… Sorry about that. I’ve been reading a book on screenwriting, and I think I might have taken “cliffhanger” thing a bit far. Anyway, I’ve been feeling reluctant to talk about all of this. But this is long overdue, so here goes… As many…

Getting Personal . . . And FINALLY Doing What You’ve Told Us To Do

Most weeks we send out helpful eLearning advice. Well … today is a bit different. I want to pull back the curtain a little bit and share something more personal. Here goes. I was recently talking to my co-host of LMScast, Chris Badgett, about my goals for 2016. For those of you who know Chris, he is wise and incredible at asking questions that cause me to drill deep into the inner parts of my brain. Chris asked… “What are the things you do for LifterLMS that you are really excited about?” Chris hit me right in my heart. This question put me into a bit of a tailspin. (You’ll…

LifterLMS Roadmap Details This Week’s 1.4.4 Release

Membership Levels and the LifterLMS Learner Dashboard As the membership site market continues to mature into more evolved learning management systems here in the WordPress community, we continue to bring the best parts of “membership sites” to the LMS experience. A traditional membership site has what are called membership levels. At LifterLMS, you’ve always been able to restrict access to a course, multiple courses, and non-LMS content to one or multiple membership levels. In this week’s LifterLMS release 1.4.4, the membership levels that a learner has access to can now display automatically on their My Account page. To activate this feature, just click the check box in the LifterLMS settings. By…

LifterLMS Stripe Extension Release 1.1.0

Today’s release of a new and improved LifterLMS Stripe Extension (which allows you to accept credit cards directly on your WordPress LMS website) embraces the concept of Kaizen. Kaizen is the practice of continuous improvement. Kaizen was originally introduced to the West by Masaaki Imai in his book Kaizen: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success in 1986. Today Kaizen is recognized worldwide as an important pillar of an organization’s long-term competitive strategy. An issue came to our attention with the LifterLMS to Stripe API connection where amounts with coupons present were not always correct in Stripe. This issue has been resolved. We know how important eCommerce is to your business, and we are…

How To Create A Successful Online Course In 5 Easy Steps

As entrepreneurs we all dream of a passive income… …perhaps from creating an online course or product to share our expertise: to boost authority and impact grow revenue work for us while we sleep… But where do we even start? And how come others seem to manage it so easily? The trick to a successful online course is honestly quite simple…but it’s often missed How do you get the knowledge you have out into the world in a way that makes sense? And more importantly: Make sure it doesn’t flop? Keep reading to learn how…  

How to Sell Courses Alongside Memberships and More! – LifterLMS 1.4.1

Say Hello to LifterLMS 1.4.1 After working with LifterLMS for a while, people often comment on how powerful LifterLMS is as an eCommerce-for-online-courses and membership site tool. LifterLMS gives you a lot of power right out of the box with one time and recurring payments for courses and memberships. You can sell a course by itself. You can sell a course only through a membership that contains it. Courses and memberships can have one-time single pricing and/or recurring pricing. You can even offer a course at a price on it’s own AND through one or multiple membership levels that contain it. In LifterLMS version 1.4.1, you now have even more control over…

A Process Driven Approach To Keep Your Learning Community Engaged Without Burning Out

I’ve been asked about the “machine” we’ve built at LifterLMS to keep engaged with our current and prospective customers. You know the great thing about that question? It’s the word machine. Personally I prefer the word system over machine. It sounds less mechanical and more human to me. You’re in luck that this question about the system we use to keep engagement levels high in our business has been asked, because you’re going to get to leverage years decades of experience condensed down into nuggets of wisdom. You have to to do the work to get going, but I promise you will experience relief in your state of overwhelm or uncertainty…

LifterLMS New Features and Online Course Marketing Ideas

We are surrounded by free samples. They are at the grocery store, in the mailbox, advertisements, and so many places. Free samples are a powerful marketing tool. They allow the prospective customer to inspect and even build an emotional attachment to a product. In the release of LifterLMS version 1.4.0, thanks to some feedback from a customer, we added a frictionless free sample lesson feature. When you mark a lesson as free in either a paid or free course, you are allowing a visitor to access a lesson without having to register or anything. They click the lesson tile that has the free icon on it, and they’re in. We…

Best Tools for Education Entrepreneurs Revealed …

When it comes time to build your online course platform, you need a strong learning management system software like LifterLMS.  Outside of the learning management system, you also need other products, tools, services, and strategies to be an effective education entrepreneur in this digitally connected age. Let me save you months of time searching and condense my recommendations down to a short list. The recommendations here are hard won, and I hope to save you tons of time so you can get on with your highest leverage activity as an education entrepreneur … creating your courses and marketing them. Please enjoy the list, and let me know if you have…

Why LifterLMS a WordPress LMS Plugin Business went to CaboPress

I was winding down after a long day feature planning, handling support, and executing on marketing for our WordPress LMS product, LifterLMS. It all started with a tweet, that led to a blog post, that led to a marketing page. It was for a mastermind event called CaboPress, put on by Chris Lema. I remember standing there looking at the webpage seeing the picture of the beach and the resort. I work standing up, and boy did those poolside chairs overlooking the infinity pool, overlooking the ocean, overlooking the sunset, look appealing. We see that kind of luxury imagery all the time in advertising and media. That’s not what got me….