At Spotlightr we get these questions all of the time. People come to us and ask how can they sell the video courses they have created in their field of expertise? Their follow up questions look like these…
Should I use WordPress?
If I use WordPress, how do I sell my course exactly?
Do I need to hire someone to set this up?
Can I just sell my courses through Spotlightr?
What’s the different between using Spotlightr to sell my courses and using WordPress?
The goal of this article is to give you answers to these questions so you can make the right choice for you. And the right choice for you will depend on your specific goals for your course.
Before we get into that, let’s review 2 of the most popular ways to configure and sell your online course.
2 Popular Options To Sell Your Video Courses
The first is via Spotlightr Galleries. With Spotlightr Galleries you upload your videos right to Spotlightr, integrate your Stripe account with Spotlightr, and then create your Gallery page with your uploaded videos.
With WordPress, you need to purchase your own domain and hosting, install WordPress via your hosting account, and then use some sort of LMS (learning management system) WordPress plugin or theme.
Most of our customers use LearnDash, and that is what we would recommend as well. LearnDash would help you create your courses and video lessons and organize them for your students. And then for your actual video course content, you would upload your video course content to Spotlightr, and then use our embed code to embed your videos to your WordPress pages. More on how all of this works later.
What’s Most Important To You Right Now?
So, here are the a few questions you should ask yourself to decide the better online course platform…
How much time do you want to spend on setting this up and how many features do you need incorporated into the course?
Do you want to be up and selling as quickly as possible? Or do you have time to create the WordPress site and learn and configure LearnDash?
Do you need features like quizzes and do you need to issue certifications after online courses are completed? Or do you just want to get your videos online and ready for purchase.
With Spotlightr Galleries you can literally be up and running in an afternoon. This is the biggest advantage to using them.
Here is what I mean…
Are your videos already all recorded? Time spent uploading 50 videos to Spotlightr, for example, would be 20 to 30 minutes.
Integrating your Stripe account? About 5 minutes.
Creating the actual Gallery? Creating a Gallery with 50 videos will take maybe 20 to 30 minutes.
You can literally be up and selling your online course in about an hour, give or take. This is the biggest advantage of using Spotlightr Galleries. Time.
Again, at a high level the steps here are….
1. Upload your video lessons to Spotlightr
2. Integrate Stripe
2. Create your Gallery page(s) and organize however you wish. Select already uploaded videos for your Galleries
WordPress with LMS and Embedded Spotlightr Videos
If you don’t know what WordPress is…in a nutshell, WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) used for building websites and blogs. It allows people who don’t know how to code a way to build their own custom websites. It’s one of the most popular ways to build websites today, and it’s what I would always recommend you use if you want your own website (as opposed to other solutions like Wix, Squarespace, Weebly, etc)
So here are the basic, very high level steps on setting up your course on WordPress using an LMS plugin like LearnDash:
1. Purchase a domain if you don’t have one already
2. Purchase hosting and install WordPress via your hosting account. This is quite easy, and there are tons of tutorials out there on how to do this. If you are using LearnDash, for hosting we would recommend Siteground, Kinsta, or WPEngine.
3. OK great, you have a bare bones WordPress installation on your domain. Now you have to build your site. You build the homepage, About page, Contact page, etc.
4. Install the LearnDash plugin and create your courses.
5. Upload your video lessons to Spotightr, and use our embed code to add your videos to your LearnDash courses.
That’s the high level.
Let Me Show You The Difference
The easiest and best way to demonstrate the difference between LearnDash and Spotlightr Galleries is via video.
Want To Get Into WordPress & LearnDash?
Here’s a few fantastic videos for you ….
First is by a guy named Ferdy, he does a ton of great WordPress tutorials. This is a video he made that shows step by step how to build a site. It has nothing to do with e-learning or LearnDash, but if you want a great video showing the very basics of using WordPress, watch and follow his video here.
And in this video Ferdy demonstrates step by step how to set up LearnDash.
Yes I know both videos are long. But Ferdy really puts everything you need to know into these videos. Remember, if time is your biggest concern then Galleries are your ticket. But if you want your courses completely customizable with all the bells and whistles, you’ll need to spend some time creating it.
Want To Get Into Spotlightr Galleries?
If you aren’t already a customer you can sign up for a free 14 day trial account here. This is a trial account that has access to all of our features including Galleries. A credit card is required to register, you can cancel any time of course from right inside your dashboard.
And here is a link to our Gallery tutorials.
If you need help, just contact the helpdesk. There’s a chat widget inside your Spotlightr dashboard, or you can email support at email@example.com