One of the best ways to make money online and from home is to put together an online course.
I’ve personally created two online courses which continue to earn me income each month.
There are MANY different ways that you can sell online courses online or from your own website.
In this post, I’m going to introduce you to a few different software tools out there that will allow you to:
- Sell courses via PayPal or Stripe from your website
- Handle new member registrations
- Manage membership levels
- Ensure that your premium content is secure and can only be accessed by paying customers.
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OptimizePress is the plugin that I used to initially sell my course on my own website.
You can use the software to create landing pages, set up sales pages, make membership portals, accept payments, and more.
You can purchase a license of OptimizePress outright and receive 1 year of support and care. If you want continued updates, it will cost 50% of your pricing plan ($37 for the basic package).
Pricing: $97 – $297
Sensei is a course creation plugin that integrates with WooCommerce. You can use it to host a course on your WordPress website.
This plugin comes with analytics, payment options, quiz grading, and a bunch of extensions to add even more functionality. For example, as added functionality, you could drip content, include student certificates, have a course progress bar, and more.
If you’re familiar with WooCommerce, this is going to help you get up to speed accepting payments. Either way, WooCommerce is pretty easy to use.
Pricing: $129.00 for a single license.
WP Courseware is another powerful plugin that you can use to set up a course on your website.
Similar to the above options, WP Courseware gives you the option to create quizzes, offer certifications, manage students, handle payments, and more.
This is a perfect option if you’re running a WordPress website and want to expand the functionality.
Pricing: $99 – $175 per month.
CoursePress Pro was put out by Wpmudev to give you the tools you need to teach students online from your own website.
There’s a lot of different features to this plugin, like reminder & notifications, automatic grading and reporting, accepting online payments, simple course pages, paywalls, and more.
Pricing: $49 per month.
Finally, if you don’t want to go the WordPress route, you can also use the Rainmaker platform to host and sell your online course.
It’s important to keep in mind that Rainmaker is a complete solution. It’s not just for courses. This means that it comes with a lot of functionality like landing pages, membership areas, content creation tools, email marketing, and more.
In this way, it is a little bit similar to OptimizePress, but definitely comes with more functionality (for a price) and private hosting.
Pricing: $145 per month billed annually
Now, if you don’t want to host the course on your own website, you can use an option like Teachable or Thinkific to handle that.
I’ve put together another blog post that goes through all of these options.
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