We have officially started the new year, and after a little rest and relaxation, we are ready to make 2014 an incredible year for you and LearnDash.
For those of you who have been with us for quite some time, we want to thank you again for your continued support and commitment to helping us make our offering even better. For those of you who are newcomers to LearnDash, we do these updates quite often, so get ready 🙂 !
To kick-off the 2014 updates, we would like to introduce you to a new integration…
Sell Courses with iThemes Exchange
As many of you know, it is quite easy to sell a course with LearnDash (all you need to do is enter a price and the plugin takes care of the rest). But we realize that some of you would prefer a traditional shopping cart.
One of the newcomers in this space is iThemes Exchange, and it is quickly becoming the favorite of anyone looking to sell products online.
Why Use Exchange?
When it comes to using a WordPress shopping cart, Exchange is about as easy as it comes. One major benefit is that the theme you use on your website doesn’t need any special templating (that is, no specific coding is needed for it to work).
Literally just install, activate, and create a product. The simple interface is intuitive, and their support is fantastic.
Currently you can sell courses with PayPal or Stripe, but more payment gateways are around the corner. They also have a handful of useful add-ons available for purchase.
Key Features of the Integration
Easy course mapping: When creating a product in Exchange, just select the course you want to associate with the product from the Advanced menu.
Associate one, or multiple courses: Assign one product to your course, or choose to associate multiple courses to create discounted bundles.
Intelligent purchase button: Associate just one course to a product and your visitor will be taken to the product page when clicking on the “Take this Course” button. If you have more than one course association, they will be taken to your store.
Works with any Exchange payment gateway: Choose any payment gateway offered by iThemes (including manual purchase), and your customers will be enrolled into the course.
How to Use Exchange with LearnDash
Using Exchange to sell your courses is just plain easy. All you need to do is install and activate the following:
- iThemes Exchange
- LearnDash-Exchange integration
Now, when you create a product in Exchange, all you have to do is click on the Advanced button, and under the LearnDash tab you will see the available courses.
The integration will place a purchase button on your LearnDash courses that will direct your visitors to the appropriate Exchange product. If you associated multiple products, your visitors will be direct to the Store.
Around the Corner
This integration will certainly give you added flexibility in how you sell your courses (you can download it from the support site).
In the coming weeks we will be pushing out some minor updates (bug fixes and small feature tweaks) as we prepare for a rather exciting enhancement to the plugin.
Thank you again for choosing LearnDash – and here’s to a fantastic 2014!
Until next time!
[Click Here to read about the update on iTheme’s blog]