Six Basic Steps: Setting Up Your Online Course Using WordPress

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There are a variety of options for creating your course, but WordPress is the most convenient option for new infopreneurs. Below, we are going to surface the main steps that are required to create an online course with WordPress 

Create your course

Before you are going to worry about technology, you need to know the basics of your online course.

Plan Your Primary Topic

What’s the central theme or topic your course will discuss? Figuring out your main topic requires attentive considerations. Like, your topic should be vast enough, which make sense to create a whole course around. Simultaneously, the course should be specific enough that you can present actionable knowledge your student can implement in their real life.

For example, a course on how to start your clothing brand is too vast to be helpful for some people. Many approaches could be chosen, and not every one of them will be helpful for all potential students. Therefore, a topic as how to start freelancing as a writer is specific to the audience who needs to get knowledge of it. However, it is broad enough that there is a lot of in-depth knowledge you can give to your students.

Most importantly, it should be something that people are more curious and want to learn more about- enough that they are ready to invest in that course. It shouldn’t be the topic area that is free to learn on the internet. Nobody would pay you for such kind of topics. So make your topic that is worth paying for in your audience view.

Explore Your Audience

Explore Your AudienceYour online course will have a targeted audience no matter what topic you select. Before you dig out what to add in your course outline, invest your time and energy to know who they are and what information they need to get from the course. The easiest way is to do audience research by any free tool and fill the information you get with interviews and surveys.

Another convenient way of audience research is to pay attention to what people address on social and online platforms. Explore social media for the relevant keywords of your topic and check if there is any group or community where your potential users are hanging out. Hearing from your target audience will help you in making your course outline.

Know Your Competitors

Odds are, someone has built the course on a topic you are considering. Research and see what is already discussed. Researching your competitor will make you do something different rather than repeating information that has been already accessible on the internet. It means you need to focus on a different topic than you had in your mind first. You will consider the diverse target audience, strategy, and online platforms to spread the information. Research on competitor will help you to understand how your competitors regulate their course. You will get some unique ideas for getting the information out once your course has released so you can have those initial students.

Decide the Outline and Format of the Course

Decide what your course will look like. Ask the following question to yourself:

  • Will you record tutorials or video lectures? 
  • Will there be any written content (Articles, etc.?) For students?
  • What will be the format of assignments?
  • How will students communicate with each other?
  • What accessibility they have for you?
  • Will the content of the course will be released at specific times, or will students will have access to the course whenever they need?

There is no one perfect way to set up an online course, so you need to find out what makes sense to you.

Choose Your WordPress Plugin

Wordpress PluginWhen you figured out the basics and an appropriate outline of course in your mind, it’s time to choose the technology you will employ. You will need a WordPress site along with web hosting if you don’t own one.

Many companies have created WordPress plugins planned, especially for creating an online course. The main plugins are :

  1. Create Your Course

All the planning you did initially will make this step easier for you. Discover how to break down your broad topic into smaller chunks that will make up your single lectures. If there is a lot of content to cover, you can have separate chapters, and each chapter will include many lessons.

Let’s begin:

  • Composing the content for every chapter
  • Organizing the assignments and homework’s that will be part of it
  • Creating quizzes
  • Load different parts of every chapter of the plugin and managed it all into your completed course.
  • Use plugin to post the course and set up the payment methods you will cater, so your course is created when students start registering up.
  1. How Will You Promote the Course?

Setting up the whole course may seem like you have done the job, but it’s not. To make your online course successfully, you need the students to search for you. To make it happen, you have to make all the promotional effort so that the students can find you and promotion plays a vital role in this regard. 

If you are already using an online platform to promote your course, then you are in the right way. but, if you haven’t promoted your course yet, then you have to put your effort into promotion. Find out the right approaches to promote your business from recording videos for posting advertisement on social media will help you to promote the course.

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Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas is a Digital Marketing Expert. His previous experience includes Wordpress Developer, Digital Marketer and Content Strategist. His passion lies in content writing and marketing on different niches and helped many brands to grow their business.

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