Zippy Courses Platform Review: Does It Really Solve the Course Building Puzzle?

The sales page for the Zippy Courses standalone platform points out that some online course creation tools are optimized for easy course creation, while others are optimized for selling courses. My experiments with both standalone platforms and WordPress plugins, which allow you to build your course on your own WordPress website, bear this out. Most platforms make the building simple and the selling… not so simple. So I was excited to try the Zippy Courses …

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Zippy Courses Plug-in Review: Delivering Power and Ease

I have a confession to make… I think I’m in love. I’ve tested a few learning management systems (LMS) including all-in-one platforms and one other WordPress LMS plugin. There have been great things and not-so-great things about each. I expected that. But then I tested the Zippy Courses Plug-in. Zippy Courses promises you can “create and sell courses without tech headaches.” Does it deliver on this promise? After creating a test course, I can sum …

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Teachery Review: Simple, No Frills, and Wallet Friendly

With all the LMS platforms to choose from, Teachery is gaining a foothold in the ever-increasing course-building industry. And if you’re into simplicity and a more basic production, and might need a little prodding to get things done, you’ll want to listen up. Teachery helps spur you into action, and newer course builders will love how easy it is to use. Teachery is a great option for those who don’t need a ton of bells …

WP Courseware Review: Is It the Easiest WordPress Plugin for Creating Your Online Course?

I dreaded testing another WordPress plugin for course creation. My previous experience with a WordPress LMS plugin resulted in me locking myself out of the backend dashboard of my website when I created—and subsequently deleted—a course login feature for students! The panic of that experience was still fresh, and I wasn’t keen on breaking anything else on my site. Needless to say, I reviewed the WP Courseware plugin with serious trepidation. I’m neither a WordPress …

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How to Stop Being a Starving Artist and Start Charging What You’re Worth

When the prolific science fiction writer Harlan Ellison was asked to contribute an interview for a film project on the making of the TV show Babylon 5, he said, “Absolutely!” He just had one small stipulation: “All you’ve got to do is pay me.” “What?” the young woman on the other end of the call asked, as depicted in a video on YouTube. “You’ve got to pay me!” he replied. “Well,” she said, “everyone else …

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LifterLMS Review: A Robust Course-Building WordPress Plugin

Let me summarize LifterLMS in eight words… “LifterLMS is not for the faint of heart.” LifterLMS says it’s “a powerful WordPress LMS plugin that makes it easy to create, sell, and protect engaging online courses.” As you’ll see, LifterLMS is powerful. But if you’re not comfortable with WordPress and using plug-ins, then “easy to create and sell” is in the eyes of the beholder. Now, before I scare you off, let me give you some …

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LearnDash Review: Does It Deliver the Best in Online Course Creation?

You know that saying, “I know just enough to be dangerous?” That describes my familiarity with WordPress. I’ve had a serviceable WordPress website for half a dozen years. I built and periodically tweaked it on my own, but it’s neither fancy nor custom. I know practically nothing about HTML, CSS, or PHP. So I knew testing LearnDash, a WordPress plugin for building courses, would be a bit of a stretch. I knew I might break a …

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Is Ruzuku Really Ridiculously Easy Online Course Creation?

Confession : When I signed up for the Ruzuku 30-Day Course Creation Challenge in April, 2015, I failed. Ruzuku’s tagline is “Ridiculously Easy Online Course Creation.” So, how could I fail? It wasn’t because I couldn’t finish in time or because I couldn’t figure out how to use the platform to create my online course. It was because I didn’t even try. I was still dreaming about what I wanted my business to be, and …

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Use Only Great Course Images: Follow These Do’s and Don’ts

Higher education has hardly evolved in the past few years. There are still giant auditoriums where professors listen to themselves speak for 3 hours. There are still instructors who read from the book and quietly mumble “Any questions?” before quickly moving on. There are still educators who blame the student if they’re failing.   It sucks for students. It sucks for the professors. It sucks for everybody. And the worst part is: this mediocrity is …