Delivering Online Courses

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Hi, As you can see from the number of my posts I am new here, but I am hoping this is the place to get some information on delivering information products online.

I am looking at the options available at delivering an online course.

The format would be as follows.

One off membership fee to the site.

28 day course [4 Weeks]

The content is released to the member at specific intervals. Once the content has been unlocked, members can move backwards to review what they have already covered, but cannot progress quicker than the time release allows.

Content will consist of a weekly video, and PDF down loads to be completed by the student.

From reading through the forum a lot of people seem to deliver courses online, so I am hoping they can point me in the direction of some durable software that will enable me to achieve this.

The alternative is to use an autoresponder to time release the information via email- although I am not sure how this would be effected with the video content.

Many thanks

Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author Eleanor
    Hey Michael,

    I use s2Member, which is a wordpress plugin, for my website which is a membership site. They have a drip-feed option which would be suitable for what you need.

    It can be a bit tricky to set up if you need more than the basic configuration but there's plenty of help online with their support forum.

    There's a free version and a pro version - you can see the features and compare them on their site at s2member.com

    I've also seen people using DLGuard but I have no experience with it so can't really recommend it.

    Hope that helps

    Thanks
    Eleanor
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  • Profile picture of the author Webbatron
    Hi Eleanor,

    Thank you for the response I will check out the 2 you have mentioned.

    Many thanks

    Michael
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    • Profile picture of the author Eleanor
      Originally Posted by Webbatron View Post

      Hi Eleanor,

      Thank you for the response I will check out the 2 you have mentioned.

      Many thanks

      Michael

      No worries!

      S2Member also takes care of security etc. and I've found it to be very flexible and offers just about everything I need (if you're advanced with coding you can customize it completely).

      Also, it's free and the paid plugin is only a one-time payment of like $67 I think. Totally worth it.

      Thanks
      Eleanor
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      • Profile picture of the author DavidG
        Originally Posted by bubbins1987 View Post

        No worries!

        S2Member also takes care of security etc. and I've found it to be very flexible and offers just about everything I need (if you're advanced with coding you can customize it completely).

        Also, it's free and the paid plugin is only a one-time payment of like $67 I think. Totally worth it.

        Thanks
        Eleanor
        So with S2Member I can have a membership site that allows me to be able and release videos/content once a week or which ever set time?

        I am looking for something within that sense.. not really a web developer...

        Thanks,
        regZ
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  • Profile picture of the author NETDAWG
    Kajabi | Membership Sites and Landing Pages does just about anything you need for offering online training/tutorials. Access to content, setting membership levels, scheduling content release. Worth checking out, but it does have a fee of course - $99.99 a month.
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    • Profile picture of the author Webbatron
      *NETDAWG

      I checked this out and of all the software I have seen it looks the most comprehensive and is presented best by the company. However it is probably a bit of over kill for what i am initially looking at doing. Thank you for the recommendation though.

      Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    If you decide to go with an autoresponder, you would want to put each video on a different page and then link them to the newest video and all of the later ones in the email. Simple, yet effective, though you may have problems with the links being leaked.
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  • Profile picture of the author Webbatron
    I am hoping the course will be written and completed within the next month or so so I have some time to decide but from the early recommendations the S2Member software looks like a good option. Wordpress is a fairly simple and cheap platform to launch from.

    Amanda: The leaking of the links is what would concern me most.
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  • Profile picture of the author sal64
    The easiest way is to use autoresponder with links to individual download pages. This is how I began with my membership sites.

    Check out a script called membersgear. It's free as long as you use their awesome payment gateway.

    It's fully loaded and you can build as you go.

    The easiest to use script that's paid is Wishlist Member.

    Cheers.
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  • Profile picture of the author AllanWM
    Michael,

    Welcome to the forum, enjoy your time here.

    Look into the combination of Rapid Action Profits (RAP) and Rapid Action Press.

    Take Care,
    Allan
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  • Profile picture of the author M A Kay
    Hi Michael, I use s2Member.com for my membership site. Their free version is enough to build a simple membership site. They also update their plugin frequently.
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    By a mile the best website building program is XSite-Pro but it's not cheap, about $197. You can build membership sites as well as non-membership. The support is excellent. I have used an even more expensive set up but I suspect it is beyond your means where you are at present in your internet career.
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    • Profile picture of the author angela99
      The easiest way, as other posters have suggested, is to deliver your content via an autoresponder.

      If you're just starting out and want free options:

      * A free autoresponder service (I don't have any experience with free ones, but I'm sure others do and can make recommendations);

      * A Dropbox free account to deliver the content if you're using videos. Just add your videos to your Public folder, and give the links to your subs for each lesson.

      This is a simple, but effective method.

      Once your course is successful, and you're making money, go for a membership site and a script.

      I wouldn't bother to go the site/ script route when you're just starting out. Here's why: the potential for procrastination is unlimited. You'll worry about the site, and about the script. Even worse, all scripts have regular updates which lead to more hassles.

      Just get it done, and focus on the content and your customers.
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  • Profile picture of the author gomzydecor
    I didn't got any free course, encountered one & they were charging me $90
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