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LifterLMS Experts Spotlight Series: Tammy Pereira, Syd and Coco

Community — a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. Community is a very important concept to us at Lifter. In the technology space, it’s easy to feel isolated, which is why we work hard to build and maintain our community and relationships. You may have noticed we recently launched our LifterLMS Experts page.  Our experts page was born out of listening to the needs of our customers who sometimes need a little extra help or site customization. We reached out to our community to find LifterLMS Expert available to help with web design, web development, marketing, and instructional design. We’d like you to get a little more about our extended LifterLMS family of experts.  This is the first in a series of posts highlighting a little bit about them and their story.  With no further adieu, the spotlight is on Tammy Pereira. The Basics Name Tammy Pereira Company Syd and Coco What part of the world do you live in? Michigan, U.S. Areas of Expertise Web Development, Web Design, Marketing Specialities Full Site Builds, Quick Fixes, Branding and Logo Design, Design Tweaks, Custom Theme Development What first made you interested in web development or design? Why do you do what you do? I worked in advertising and wanted to learn a skill. I spent a whole year studying HTML & coding. I wanted to design beautiful and functional websites. The Fun Stuff What are your hobbies and interests outside of the internet? Hanging out with my kids! And I love going to concerts! 3 words your best friend would use to describe you… Caring, fun, and friendly. What’s a little known “fun fact” about you that you would like to share? I’m adopted, and my daughter is adopted. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? Always chocolate-peanut butter. Famous last words (anything to add)… Imagination is more important than knowledge. – Albert Einstein Check out our LifterLMS Experts page to learn more about Syd and Coco and the rest of our expert community. If you love LifterLMS and would like to earn money providing valuable services to the LifterLMS community, please click here to apply to be listed on our Experts page.

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A Chat with Thomas Levy on WordCamp Los Angeles

Thomas Levy, LifterLMS CTO, is gearing up for WordCamp Los Angeles on September 29 – October 1.  We took a few minutes to dig in and speak with him about why he’s had mysterious “WCLAX” planning meetings blocked off on his calendar, what WCLAX really is all about, and if there are free t-shirts (hint: there are). Tell us about your history with WordCamp Los Angeles (WCLAX). I first got involved in WCLAX in 2015, mostly because I’m pretty bad at saying no to things and Adam Silver, a co-organizer that year, told me I could come for free if I volunteered by helping to hand out t-shirts and clean-up afterwards. What makes WCLAX different from other WordCamps? I’ve been around to a handful of camps and I can’t say that I can give an advantage of going to one over another. I’d say proximity to your residence is maybe the most important factor but in Southern California you can hit at least three a year without driving more than a few hours and I don’t see any reason not to go to all of them! What’s your role been in planning WCLAX? I am the “Speaker Wrangler” and was last year as well. That means I’m handling communication with our speakers, organizing the schedule, and facilitating and mediating the selection process. We have a big crew and we’ve chosen our speakers as democratically as possible so I put together all the “tools” to make the selection process as efficient as possible for the rest of the team. What’s the time commitment been like during the planning phase of WCLAX? Last year, in the same role, I spent a great deal more time than I did this year. Mostly that’s from lack of experience. I did dumb stuff in my workflow and that made me have to do and redo. I learned from my mistakes this year. I also decided to hand-off the blogging part of the role to Jen Miller which has freed up a tremendous amount of my time. (Although I do miss getting to personally interact with each speaker in the capacity that I did last year when I composed personal interviews with each speaker.) I love not having to put the time in but I miss having put the time in. This year I’ve spent a few hours a week, more during the selection phase. WCLAX is this weekend and my job is essentially done. I’ll be on call to ensure the speakers get to the right room at the right time but the work is finished (for me at least). What motivated you to get involved in a WordCamp leadership role? WordCamps are a lot of work to put on and they are organized by a very small minority of WordPressers. After my first WordCamp I realized that if the events are going to exist, a group of people must show up and put the work in beforehand to make them happen. I want WordCamps to continue to happen so I want to show up and do some small part to make them happen to the best of my abilities. Organizing is important but volunteering, speaking, and sponsoring WordCamps are also important. If you want to get involved and you don’t want too much responsibility or you don’t want to spend money or you don’t want to get up on stage you should volunteer. What should a WordCamp newcomer expect? Expect a ton of friendly nerds and bring a backpack to fill with free t-shirts from several hosting companies that will have tables in the …

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What’s in a Word(Camp)?

LifterLMS is proud to be a Small Business sponsor of this year’s WordCamp Sacramento on September 16-17, 2017. WordCamp Sacramento is a fun, relaxed, locally organized event. Over the course of two days attendees have the opportunity to learn, mingle, network and chat about everything related to the internet’s biggest platform: WordPress. Everyone, of all skill levels, is welcome at WordCamp.  If you are a business owner, blogger, developer, consultant, designer, writer, enthusiast, anyone who uses WordPress as part of your job, or anyone who might want to use WordPress someday, WordCamp is the place to be!  You can neither be too novice, nor too experienced.  Both new and casual users, as well as seasoned developers, can gain something from the experience at WordCamp. WordCamp Sacramento is now in its third year, and has expanded to include a full day Beginner Track teaching newbies how to use WordPress, as well as two mixed level tracks of sessions on Saturday, and three mixed level tracks of sessions on Sunday. You can learn more about the speakers here. In between sessions there’s snacks and stuff plus lots of networking time to meet new friends, including LifterLMS’s very own Thomas Levy and Chris Badgett (you might even walk away with some LifterLMS swag). If you see Chris or Thomas in the hallway make sure to ask them for a sticker or a mug and tell them all about how much you love LifterLMS!  WordCamps are scheduled year-round and worldwide, so if you missed signing up for WordCamp Sacramento, or don’t live near Sacramento, don’t worry — there are plenty of other opportunities. WordCamps are a great way to make connections, learn about WordPress and and find out how to contribute to the WordPress community.  

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Is the LifterLMS “Try for $1” or the “Done For You” Service Right for Me?

Editor’s note: Since the publication of this post, our Done For You Service has been revamped.  Check out our latest post on the service here. Pull up a chair, and let’s chat.  The LifterLMS culture is all about listening to community feedback — including positive, neutral, and negative. We love the positive, but we learn from the negative. We work diligently to develop a diverse feedback loop so we can learn about your needs and pain points. We listen carefully, because we know there’s an opportunity in every piece of information for growth and change. You have a lot to say. And we love it. Our signature services the Try for $1 and Done For You were born out of community needs. Over and over we heard from people who wanted us to set up their sites for them so they could get their courses online faster and easier. Other people said they needed to interact with a full LifterLMS demo site to see if it met their needs. They are different offers that might appeal to you for different needs. Top 3 Reasons You Might Want to Try for $1 You want your own great looking LifterLMS demo site that you can try out. You want to “rent” LifterLMS before you buy it. You want the security of knowing you can choose to save the progress you made during your trial and carry it over to your own site. Top 3 Reasons a Done For You Might be for You You don’t want to get bogged down with the technical requirements of building your website and course platform. (Maybe you are even new to WordPress!) You need to save time. You want to get your course on the market quickly so you can start earning money on your technical investment. You just want someone else to do it for you. (Simple, but true.) These signature services were born out of the desire to make your life a little easier and make you feel a little more confident about choosing LifterLMS.  Through the journey of developing and refining these services and talking to you, but more importantly listening to you, we’ve learned  that you still have questions and need additional clarity around these offers. So grab a cup of coffee or tea and let’s get into it! Answers to Your Burning Questions How is the Try for $1 service different from the Done For You?  How is it similar? Many people wanted an easier way to get started with LifterLMS. Our Try for $1 service lets you skip the setup time and start building your course and branding your site, instead of configuring software. It also allows you to access the test site and actually use the powerful backend settings, options, and tools for only $1.  When you purchase the $1 trial your site will be set up within a maximum of 1 business day (but usually within hours).  After working with your trial site for up to 30 days, you can chose to Claim your site or move on in another direction. The Done For You service is more suited to someone who knows LifterLMS is right for them.  All the Done For You service packages include customized site branding. The Gold and Platinum packages also include a premium homepage. With any of the above services you are responsible for hosting and domain name fees.  At this time the Try for $1 service can only be deployed to WP Engine for hosting. What’s hosting and why do I need it? You need a web host for people to view your website! A web host allows people to …

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Multi-Language Support and Custom Course – Lesson Sidebars

Today we are sneaking in another update to lifterLMS. Version 1.1.1. The newest update contains a lot of house keeping and also a couple new features. Some of our biggest requests were for multi-language support and custom lesson and course sidebars. Multi-language Support In version 1.1.1 we have set lifterLMS up for multi-language support. Users can now generate a PO file for the language of their choice. We also welcome any PO submissions by the community to help us reach as many languages as possible. If you are interested in contributing, please leave us a message in the forums. Custom Lesson and Course Sidebars If you visit your widgets page in the admin section of your wordpress (Appearance->Widgets) you will see two new sidebars, Lesson Sidebar and Course Sidebar. You can place any widgets you like in the sidebars. We will be rolling out new sidebar widgets with every upcoming release to give you even more configurability with your courses. Here is a list of what’s in version 1.1.1 Added user registration settings to require users to agree to Terms and Conditions on user registration Added comments to all classes methods and functions Removed unused and depreciated methods Added Lesson and Course Sidebar Widget Areas Added localization POT file and us_EN.po translation file. Added localization file support to lifterLMS. Thanks to all of our supporters. We are excited to keep bringing you new features. Show us how pumped you are for this update by using the share buttons on the left to let the world know!  LifterLMS <3’s you.

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Version 1.1.0 now Available

lifterLMS version 1.1.0 is finally here and boy do we have some updates! What kind of updates? Well how about quizzes and coupons to start! When you update lifterLMS to version 1.1 you will find three new sub menu items: Coupons, Quizzes and Quiz Questions. To help get you started we put together a short video tutorial on how to build quizzes. (see video below) In addition to the major enhancements (quizzes and coupons) we have a few new features: New Settings (My Account) Require users to enter thier email address twice for accuracy on registration. Require Billing Address on user registration Require First and Last name on user registration Membership Expiration You can now set a membership level to expire after a certain number of days. This setting can be really useful if you want to offer users a free trial or simply want your memberships to renew after a period of time. Limit number of students to a course In the course syllabus meta box you will now be able to limit the number of students that can enroll in a specific course. Lots and lots of core enhancements and goodies for developers HTML and CSS enhancements Payment Gateway credit card support for 3rd party plugins Form filters for developer access to form submissions Form templating improvements for 3rd party plugins System enhancements and improvements Coupons Offer discounts for courses and memberships: Creating coupons is easy in lifterLMS.  Simply go to lifterLMS -> Coupons in the Admin area. Click “Add Coupon.” Give your coupon a code, select from % or $ discount type. Type in your amount. Limit the number of uses. (only if you want to) That’s it. Coupons can be used for both courses and membership purchases. To keep pricing simple for you and the user only % coupons can be applied to recurring payment purchases. Quizzes Creating quizzes is fun. We had a blast building and testing quizzes. Watch the video below of Joshua and Mark building and taking a quiz. Thanks to everyone for the great requests and support! We are excited about all the new features in version 1.1 but that’s only the beginning! As I write this we are already hard at work on version 1.2.  

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Version 1.0.3 Now Available

First of all, thank you everyone for all of the support and amazing feedback! This is exactly what we needed. A great community of people who are willing to take the extra time to tell us what they need. LifterLMS version 1.0.3 was released today. If you have the plugin installed and activated you can now install the update. There are some minor and major changes in this version. Sidebar Support From the forums we got a lot of requests to add sidebar functionality. We listened. In the updated version you will find that Courses and Lessons now support sidebars. We will be rolling out custom course and lesson sidebar widgets in future releases. Better Template Support Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback on how LifterLMS integrated into their themes. Version 1.0.3 has a major theme overhaul and now supports ALL well coded WordPress themes. We sent LifterLMS through the ringer this past week in an effort to provide maximum theme support. We are proud to say that as of version 1.0.3 LifterLMS looks great on every theme we threw at it. Theme Recommendations We have received a lot of questions regarding theme recommendations. We decided to take on the task of trying out a number of themes so we can give out some recommendations. First, a word about themes. When searching for a theme what you should really be looking for is something that matches the look and feel you want. Worrying about whether or not LifterLMS is going to be compatible or look good on the theme without major development work shouldn’t be your concern. We are striving for maximum theme support but there will always be a few themes out there that just don’t like LifterLMS. If you do encounter one of these themes, please tell us in our forums so we can learn how to make LifterLMS even more compatible. Learning Management Themes such as Academy or WPLMS are never going to work with LifterLMS. That’s ok. Academy and WPLMS are themes with similar functionality built into them. They are single purpose themes and are not designed to work with plugins such as LifterLMS. The Recommendation List: Ok, here it is. This is not an exhaustive list or a “best of” list. The themes below have been tested on LifterLMS and we think they look great with little to no tweaking. Free Themes Make Make is amazing. It’s a drag and drop page builder. Make has flexible customization features and a powerful drag and drop page builder make designing your site simple. Make and LifterLMS look great together without making any changes but the full feature page builder gives you a lot of options for customization. Make Responsive Responsive has been around for a long time. It’s a great free theme that gives you a simple canvas that is proven to look great on all devices. It does not have quite the feature list of Make or Moesia but it’s a great starter theme if you plan on doing your own design. Responsive Wootique If you plan on using WooCommerce to sell your courses or memberships Wootique is a free theme available from WooThemes that has built in support for WooCommerce. http://www.woothemes.com/products/wootique/   Paid Themes LifterLMS LaunchPad The team who makes and continues to improve the LifterLMS plugin is the same team behind the LifterLMS LaunchPad theme. It enables you to modify the design, layout and typography of your online courses website. If you wand a highly customizable theme, LifterLMS LaunchPad is definitely for you.   Michigan Learning Suite Michigan Learning Suite is a powerful Learning Management System for …

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Introducing lifterLMS

Today we launched lifterLMS to the world. lifterLMS is a WordPress learning management system plugin for creating, selling, and protecting online courses. lifterLMS also has advanced engagement features where you can create emails, deliver achievements (like badges), and generate personalized certificates. We look forward to interacting with the group of early adopters of our learning management system. Our early adopters are our VIP’s and their voices will help shape the evolution of lifterLMS.  

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