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 …

Starving artist myth

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 …

lifterlms review 1

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 …

learndash review

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 …

thinkific review

Thinkific Review: An All-in-One Learning Management System

Learning management systems (LMS) have a big job. Not only do they need to house your course work, they should help you market and sell your course as well. Thinkific strives to do just that. After trialing a number of online course platforms, I found Thinkific to be a stout platform that can be just the right fit for many course builders’ needs. Overview of Thinkific Thinkific is an all-in-one learning management system that promises …

teachable review

Teachable Review: A Simple, Easy-to-Use Learning Management System

Course creation is tough work. You spend hours pulling all your hard-earned knowledge out of your head and into a course format that you hope will make sense to your students. You don’t want to struggle with learning a new platform in which to place your fabulous course. I’ve spent a little time playing in some learning management systems (or LMS) to give you a better feel for what is out there and help you …

ruzuku-review

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 …

mobile marketing strategies

3 Mobile Marketing Strategies for Promoting Your Online Course

Mobile messaging apps are the future. Within a couple of years, says The Economist, half the planet will use at least one messaging app, and some people already use more than one. So there’s no doubt that mobile messaging will be crucial to promoting your online course. It’s essential to understand how this works now, so you can get ahead of your competitors. Let me explain why I think it’s worth considering, by giving you …

online course visuals

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 …