Do you find it difficult to develop a website for your online courses? Here is your solution. We are going to show you steps to create an online course website with WordPress with an ease.
You can design your website according to your business strategies. You can offer free-of-cost courses or encourage visitors to go for the paid ones etc. In this tutorial, we are going to show you some simple steps, and we believe this helps you develop your own online course website.
In the beginning, you have to get hosting for your website, following which you have to install the WordPress. Now, install the theme, and you can do this in a drag-and-drop method.
If you are building this website for online courses, you will need plugins. Thus install plugins to make your website functional.
Register Your Domain
Register your domain name, and here you have to choose a unique domain that will represent your business or purpose of being here. Put a site name and fill the boxes with the right information like username or password and go ahead.
Installation of WordPress Admin console
You can see the installation of WordPress on to your domain. Once the process of installation completes, you can land on your website. The website will say WP dash admin and here is your link you will use to login to your website to make any changes. Now go ahead and click on to get your dashboard.
Getting away with the default theme
You are now on your new website. You may find the site very ordinary, as it may use a default theme. However, you can change the look by choosing a better theme for your website. Now, see the pages like Home, About, Service, Contact etc.
As we know, plugins are like the additional features to a website, and you can use them like apps. Here, plugins will help you to obtain a higher rank in the search engines. Now, go to the settings and find the permalinks and click on the post name and then click on the Save Changes option.
Now, look at your personal profile. Here, you can decorate things if you want. If you want to change your password, you can do it. Just click on the update to save the changes and get everything done.
Install Your WordPress domain
Now, you have to install your WordPress theme before you start working on your online course. You can to the site like Astra theme for this. There, you will get a link that will direct you to another website. Choose a theme and click on the download option. If you do not want to pay anything, then choose a theme does not come with any price tag. Download the theme and upload it to your WordPress website.
Click on the download option and scroll down to choose the right Astra theme for free.
Appearance and themes
Go back to the dashboard and find the appearance and themes option. Click on add new and access a library of a lot of themes. Upload the theme and click on the active now option. Now, see your sit and tell how it looks.
You can also watch the video on how to make an online course website with wordpress here
Now take a look here, there are serveral wordpress themes, the theme that we are using is called the astra theme, so search astra and find the astra wordpress theme
Business logo and Choose colors
Here, your job is to find some relevant templates that you can use in your website. You can also make some changes by going to the appearance option. You can upload your business logo and choose colors. You may have to install importer plugins if it wants. Thus, click on the install importer plugin option.
Once you have installed your favorite page developer like Elementor, you can select templates to decorate the pages of your site. It creates everything for you including the menu. Thus, click on the upload templates option and change everything including texts and images you want.
Now, you are on your fully functional website. Look at the pages to check if everything is all right there. Here, you should remember that you can purchase premium templates to make your website more accurate.
Purpose of Your website
You can create a website for different purposes. If it is not an online course website, then it should have been built for any other purposes. If you want to change your objective, then just go to the top right and install the plugin, as this will help you to install the contact form, page builder and some additional useful gadgets. Thus, install the plugins and activate them.
Import this site option
Now, you are going to important the site and you have to click on the import this site option. From here, we are going to import everything to build your website.
Once you click on the OK, it will start importing all the pages, images and everything on to your WordPress website. Click on done and then view the site.
Now, you can see your website. You can find everything here including portfolio, a beautiful footer, social media icons and everything a beautiful website should have.
Contact Us Page and other Forms
Now, browse around the website and find page like home, about us, contact us, etc. So, put your email address in the plugin and make this your official email address.
Updating Your Demo Page
Go to the pages, where you can see pages like Home, About, Contact etc. Now, create a new page. Click on the add new and name it a Demo Page and click on the publish. If you are using WordPress version 4.8.9, your page will look like the image below.
Activate Your page-builder
Activate the page builder by clicking on the edit page and then edit with elementor. You are on a new page with a full-width area, and here you can use the templates. So, click on the edit templates and visit the library. These are free templates, and you can choose anyone from the library and insert it for further use. You can make a lot of chance with it if you want.
Getting your site Mobile ready
You can also make your site ready for mobile devices. Go to the mobile responsive mode and click on the tablet to see how your site will look on tablets. If you do not like the look, then change it. Likewise, click on the mobile to see the mobile appearance of your website.
If you want to change something on the mobile look, go to the edit and change anything you want. Here you should remember that the changes you have made on the mobile mode are only applicable for mobile devices not for desktops.
Add a page to the menu
Now, you have to learn how to add a page to the menu. Go to the appearance and choose the menu option. Click on create a new menu and give it a name like a menu 3, 4 or 5. Click on view all, select pages and add them to the menu.
If you want to drop down the menu, then you just have to drag it under and click on the save menu option.
Now, come to the theme customizer. Theme customizer will allow you to add a logo and other different options like changing menu and footer. Click on the customize option and go under the layouts to access different options.
You can change the site title by clicking on the site identity. You can put your business logo in the place of your site title. If you have installed the plugin called site origin, you will be able to decorate your footer and change texts and icon color.
Getting the static Home page
If you want to set your home page to home, then you have to go to the home page settings and click on the option of a static page.
Now, come to the contact form. Before you move further, make sure your contact form is functional. Go to the contact form and click on the edit option if you want to change something. Do not forget to include your email address there so that people can contact your any time.
Create some online courses
Go ahead and create some online courses. Come to the dashboard and install a plugin that can allow you to create online courses for your website. Click on plugins and choose the option of add new like you have done before. These plugins will allow you to create forums and much other additional functionality.
Now, design the course catalog. You have to install a sample course from Lifter LMS. Click on install a sample course. Get a general overview of the courses. If you want to categorize your courses then it will be very helpful for visitors to find exactly what they need at your website.
Edit Course Access Plan
Let us talk about the course access plan. Look at the image below and assume how the visitors will see your site when they will try to sign up. You can include options like enroll, course fee, duration and any other information about the courses on your site.
Launch course builder
Now, you will click on launch course builder and here you just have to drag in a section. You can expand them to access the lesions. Drag the lesson under whatever section you like to follow. Here, you can add a YouTube video, an audio section, quiz and so on.
Add courses to the Menu
Here, you are going to add the courses to the menu on the main page. You can also go to the dashboard and then appearance and click on the menu. You can add my courses, course catalog and whatever else you want on the menu. You can also add course categories in this part.
There could be many more of these.
Applying more functionalities
Let us talk about more functions. You can add more functions to your course page. Add a sidebar and put the widgets you want on it. Now, look at the main sidebar, where you can remove or add stuff you want. You can get tons of widgets here. You can also work with the default ones. This will help visitors to know more about courses.
Getting other stuffs sorted
Now let us talk about how to add different stuff to your website. You can use the lifter element to make it easy for you. Go to the settings, as here you can get plenty of different add-ons. Go to the lifter LMS option and work with payment gateways and engagements. This will help visitors with accounts at your site. Here, you can get the emails of the registered visitors and notify them whenever needed.
Let us talk about reporting. This is the part through which your money will come. Students can talk about the courses and try to get all the details. If your website offers paid courses, then you have to furnish this part accordingly.
Import Some courses
You can import courses from other websites. If you want to important course details then just click on import and import the course status. You can also purchase premium supports to make it more convenient for visitors.
Let us talk about how to apply prices. This is something you have to do with the membership part. Go ahead and add a membership and add some description. You can also activate auto-enrolment when a member is enrolled at your site to pursue a particular course. Once a visitor gets the membership, he or she will be able to access different courses.
Course Content Restriction
While working on steps to Create an Online Course Website with WordPress, one of the important parts is course content restriction. Let's talk about course content restrictions. Come to this page shown below. Put it on this page and click on the update option. You can also disable the comment option from here. Before you go ahead make sure visitors can’t post their comments on your membership.
Install Plugins to add price to the membership
You have to install plugins if you want to add price to the membership. Go to the lifter LMS and get a few options. Purchase add-ons and install the plugin. The plugin will help you to add prices.
You can use stripe for payment option, as this is a free service provider. They will take payment from the visitors and put the amount in your registered bank account. The payment option will also allow the visitors to enter their credit card details on your website. With the help of stripe, your visitors will be able to transact money directly on your website.
Applying Coupon code
Let us talk about how to set up coupon codes. Go to the order and click on coupons. Now, you have to click on the option called add a coupon. You can give it a discount to make some differences in the course prices.
Hope you had been able to follow steps to Create an Online Course Website with WordPress. You should follow the steps and enjoy having a fully functional website for your business.