Avoid These Mistakes When Making Your Online Course

The team at LifterLMS reached out to thought leaders from around the internet to weigh in on what you should consider when creating your online course. Avoid these mistakes … John Lee Dumas “Hey, this is John Lee Dumas the founder and host of EntrepreneurOnFire, and I want to share with you today the number one mistake to avoid when creating an online course. And you better believe I have made this mistake more than once, I’m a little ashamed to admit. Make sure that you have a starving audience for that online course. The only way that you can verify that the audience is starving is if they actually pull out their wallet and pay for a preview version of that course, or locking down early access to that course, or getting a discount for the future release of that course. If people are not willing to do that, then your audience is not starving enough to purchase in the quantities that you’re going to want them to when the course is actually created. So for both Podcasters’ Paradise and Webinar on Fire, we held live webinars explaining what the course would be when we released it down the road, and if you want to be an early bird, you can lock it in right now. And guess what? You’ll get a great discount to boot. Those presales ensured that we had a starving audience so that when we put our heads down for the next 30 to 45 days to create the content, we knew that there were dollars at the end of that road for our hard work. For the time, effort, and energy we were putting in. So get that starving audience, get presales by actually talking to your avatars, that perfect client, and having them pull out their wallets and pay for something that hasn’t been created yet. It’s a tough ask, but it’s a lot tougher to flop and to get no sales. Believe me, I’ve been there, done that. Do this, and you’ll be prepared to ignite!” John Lee Dumas is the founder and host of EntrepreneurOnFire, a podcast providing daily interviews with today’s most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs. He’s also the founder of Podcasters’ Paradise and WebinarOnFire. Yaro Starak “The number one mistake I see when creating a course is working hard to create a program upfront, without knowing whether there are any people who want to buy it. In particular I find that course teachers are good at teaching, and not marketing, hence they are not aware of the best message to use to present their course to the audience. Sometimes just tweaking the message can make all the differences between no sales and a profitable course.” Yaro Starak is the author of the Blog Profits Blueprint and founder of the Entrepreneurs-Journey.com blog. He began blogging over ten years ago and has mentored thousands of other experts, authors, coaches, consultants, speakers and trainers on how to turn their expertise into a profitable online business. Andrew Warner “The big mistake is not asking potential customers what they want to learn before you create. After I recorded my 1,000th interview, I decided to create a course on how to build an interview-based business. From the questions I read online, I assumed the biggest issue people had was figuring out how to record. You know, the right mic, software, etc. When I checked with my audience, they told me that they know that stuff, or could Google it, but what they were really struggling with is how to make an interview interesting. Until I asked them, I …

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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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