How To Make An Online Course Website

Learn how to turn your website into an online course website where you can sell courses, offer quizzes & certificates, every feature included.

by Adam Preiser   |   Last Updated: April 7, 2019

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If you thought that expensive services like Kajabi, Teachable, Thinkific and the like were your only option for having an online course website, then think again.

Sure those services are great, but do you really want to pay hundreds of dollars per year on a platform that you don't own or truly control?

I made this simple to follow tutorial to show you exactly how to make an online course website for free. All that is required is a web hosting service and some of your time. That's it!

This how to make a website tutorial is the perfect Kajabi alternative or Teachable alternative. 

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Adam @ WPCrafter

Adam @ WPCrafter

My passion is making the best quality video tutorial online, for non-techies. When I am not behind the camera, I am usually helping out one of my YouTube subscribers.

34 thoughts on “How To Make An Online Course Website”

  1. please i will like to build my online course website and i dont have much to pay for the plugin, what alternative i can use

    1. You can use the free LifterLMS. You can’t sell courses without an addon, but there is nothing stopping you from selling a course via WooCommerce and manually giving access until you can afford one of the payment gateways.

  2. Hey Adam,

    Love your video’s, I find them very helpful. I have a question though that you may not have covered in your videos…

    You mention in one of your videos that you only needed to purchase the LifterLMS PayPal addon, so I was curious, how do you add students to a mailing list when they sign up to your website courses? Do you actually do this manually?

    Which autoresponder service do you use to handle the signups?

    1. There are several ways to do that depending on the email service you use. For example, my email marketing service has a WordPress plugin that will automatically do it. Optionally you can use WPFusion, which I use on this site, and it will automatically do all that for you along with a ton of other things.

      1. This is just what I need, thanks for doing good work, so I can just use the information you gathered.

  3. Adam, do you plan to shortly release a “How To Make An Online Course Website” for 2019? I’ve just watched the 2018 video and really benefitted from it. However, I’ll hang on and wait if you have a new video due shortly. Thanks so much for all yout work & support!

  4. Hi Adam. As Lifter LMS charges for its payment gateway plugins, would an alternative & cheaper option be to connect with Paypal, Stripe etc through Woo Commerce instead? Would this bypass the need for paying for the Lifter payment gateway extension? Many thanks

  5. Very helpful…But what do you use for a payment gateway/ take payments? This wasn’t clear from the list…Thanks again.

  6. Hi Adam,
    Thanks for so nice video. I am building my website on wordpress. I have a strange problem with astra theme, when i try to import it to my website, it give show import failed with error [object Object].

  7. Hey Adam, this looks like a great set up. I wish it had been around when I set up all our courses on CourseCraft. Maybe someday soon I’ll move it all to this combo. BTW did you know that the descriptions repeat two times?

    1. Ahh I have never heard of CourseCraft. If it ain’t broken, then don’t fix it. And yea I do know about the repeating. I am testing some future changes. In the process of releasing a new website.

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