Introducing MemberPress Courses

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With the new MemberPress Courses Add-on, creating and selling online courses has become as easy as drag and drop and as affordable as purchasing MemberPress — making what was once a huge, overwhelming job an incredibly painless one.

With the Courses Add-on, you get all the ease of use you expect from MemberPress combined with powerful features specifically designed to make building online classes super simple. The add-on takes all that complexity and boils it down to a basic, click-and-go process.

The best part is that Courses is now included as part of MemberPress, so every feature is built right in and no separate download is required.

Online courses are no longer an overwhelming endeavor

Even before COVID hit, instructional online courses were booming. But usher in the age of stay-at-home, and we’ve seen this business model skyrocket in popularity. Many of our customers here at MemberPress operate these types of membership businesses. 

And it’s no wonder. With time on their hands and curiosity on their minds, folks are eager to engage in online classes for everything from fitness and business to knitting, dancing and pretty much anything else you can imagine teaching or learning.

But what’s held many people back from taking advantage of the booming online courses industry are the difficulty and costs of set up.

With potentially thousands of hierarchical pages to organize, tons of content to produce, and complicated coding to tinker with, the whole thing can seem out of reach.

No complex coding required

Classroom Mode allows you to focus on creating great content.

As mentioned, creating an online courses website has traditionally required massive amounts of complicated coding. Before—in addition to building your course—you’d have to spend countless hours tweaking the theme and fiddling with HTML and CSS.

Our new add-on makes all that confusing coding a thing of the past. Features like the MemberPress Classroom Mode take care of the look and feel (and are easily customizable via the WordPress Customizer), so you can focus on creating great content.

There’s no need for coding knowledge because all the styling is built right in — even awesome features like progress tracking (more on that later).

In Classroom Mode, the add-on provides its own modern styling for your courses and lessons, allowing you to develop beautiful front end content without ever having to bother with styling.

Courses adds powerful WordPress LMS features to MemberPress that do the work for you. You can even see what your front end changes will look like live, right from the WordPress Customizer. 

Course progress tracking

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Users and admins can easily keep track of progress with the progress tracking feature.

In the past, it’s been necessary to install a separate WordPress LMS plugin to enable progress tracking through your curriculum when using MemberPress. But not any more. 

With MemberPress Courses, users are able to see their progress on each class they've started. Not only that, but as a site admin you’ll be able to see how your subscribers are progressing through the curriculum, as well. This information provides valuable insight into the user-friendliness and popularity of your courses.

No more fiddling around with pages, sub-pages, and custom post types

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View and edit your courses from one central location.

There’s no longer a need to decide where your course content will reside in WordPress, to build out pages and subpages, or to set up custom post types. And unless you need some pretty advanced features for your curriculum, you also no longer need to add a WordPress LMS plugin alongside MemberPress.

The Courses Add-on provides a simple menu item in MemberPress where you can access all of your courses. From this menu item you’re able to see all of your curriculum in one place, plus add new and edit existing courses.

Build your Course Curriculum… Visually

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The visual builder makes creating and editing courses a simple click-and-drag process.

Also, you can now edit all of your online courses and corresponding lessons right in the WordPress Block Editor. Using the Curriculum tab, you can even move lessons around within courses using a simple click and drag feature. 

Easily create and manage access rules

As with all MemberPress products, the new add-on allows you to protect your online course content with easy-to-use rules. You can protect single courses, sets of courses, or courses with any other tag or category you set up. With this feature you can communicate added value to your users without having to include a word of up-sell jargon (though there’s nothing wrong with that!).

Use the sales feature to build subscriptions

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The sales feature helps you grow your customer base automatically.

Speaking of up-sell jargon, when a user encounters a page they don’t have access to, you want to make sure they have the option to subscribe. The add-on makes this a piece of cake, enabling you to create a sales page which users encounter whenever they don’t have access to a specific course or lesson. 

Advanced features for power users

If you have more experience up your sleeve and would like to customize things a bit more, the new add-on has you covered. As a power user, you can simply disable Classroom mode so that you have more control over the look and feel of your courses. Whatever your level of understanding and experience, the new MemberPress Courses Add-on features are built to accommodate your needs.

Ready to try it out? This new integration is available to anyone with a MemberPress subscription, including Basic. Download the MemberPress Courses Add-on from the Add-ons page in your MemberPress dashboard menu to get started, and get busy boosting your bottom line!

To learn more, check out our help doc, Getting Started with MemberPress Courses.


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    September 9, 2020

    I LOVE THIS! Thank you. We host a yearly online conference and I have a feeling the courses feature is going to make our work much easier and cleaner. I can't wait to test this new feature.

      Syble Harrison

      September 10, 2020

      Hi Garritt, We'd love to see how things turn out with your conference implementation. Keep us posted!


    September 9, 2020

    This looks Great! Will Courses work well with Elementor, or are there plans to connect aspects of Courses with Elementor?

      Paul C

      September 9, 2020

      Yes, you should be able to design your individual lessons with Elementor by enabling the "Lessons" post type in Elementor's Settings.

        Paul C

        September 9, 2020

        I forgot to mention, this works if "Classroom Mode" is disabled in Courses. When using Classroom Mode, it's best to design your lessons with Gutenberg currently as the Elementor styles would not be present in Classroom Mode.


    September 9, 2020

    Hooray! This is exciting news. Just in time for me too. I was stressing and you made it easy. Bravo.

      Syble Harrison

      September 10, 2020

      Hi Katherine, We think it's pretty exciting, too! So glad to hear that Courses will make things easier for you. :)

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    September 9, 2020

    This is awesome, in all honesty, I was considering switching to an LMS that just introduced memberships and about the same price as MP. Will this be looking to include extra features like certificates, quizzes, 'homework' submissions, etc?

      Paul C

      September 9, 2020

      Thanks for reaching out, yes at this point our Courses add-on is quite basic. We'll definitely be collecting feedback and adding additional features over the coming months and years.

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    September 9, 2020

    Hi - not sure where to report this? Activating the courses plugin caused the admin toolbar to disappear from the top of the page when viewing a live page on the site (not just a courses page) logged in as the editor/admin. The toolbar returned when I deactivated the courses plugin. No other changes were made.

      Paul C

      September 10, 2020

      Thanks for the heads up, I've been able to replicate this on my end and we'll have our developers take a look and provide a fix.


    September 10, 2020

    This is fantastic! 😍

      Syble Harrison

      September 10, 2020

      Hi Louise, We're so glad you're excited about Courses. We are, too!

    Elsa Field

    September 10, 2020

    Hi there, Thanks so much for this! How do I integrate this new add on with Divi? Any tips? Thanks, Elsa

      Paul C

      September 10, 2020

      We're looking into page builder compatibility, but for now Gutenberg is best - especially with Classroom mode enabled.


    September 10, 2020

    first of all congrats on such a great feature. I found that when classroom mode enabled the navigation bar on top ( ) gets hidden on mobile or small screens behind the main body section ( I transalated it into spansish , so it may be the number of characters) please advise the top progression bar is essential for users navigation .. this only happens on mobile. regards, keep up the great work! Gary

      Paul C

      September 14, 2020

      Gary, if you wouldn't mind providing some screengrabs of your mobile device and sending them to us at [email protected] so we can have our developers take a look, that would be great. Thanks!

    Jim Briant Banusan

    September 11, 2020

    Hello, Is this for video courses only? Do you have any quiz maker? Please make a quiz maker for this.. . Thanks!


    September 11, 2020

    Thanks, looks like a great addition so far! Basically replaces having to use another separate plugin that may not integrate well. Hope you'll add basic quizzes/tests in the future.

    Yvonne Brandenburg

    September 12, 2020

    This is awesome. The only thing keeping us from switching today is the ability to have quizzes and certificates of completion. I hope this is a feature you are working on.