LearnDash Version 3.6 is here 🎉
Over the last several months we’ve been talking internally about this release as one of the most exciting ones ever. You may recall that in September, the ownership of LearnDash changed hands. That’s normally when you see things slow down. But for us, that was the opposite. It was our chance to focus on a fantastic release and firmly declare that we’re just getting started!
As the title of this post suggests, this release covers a lot of ground. We’ve worked hard to make sure there’s something in it for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting started and want to make sure your site looks amazing, or if you’ve been in a game a while and really are looking for a way to protect your content. We have you covered!
The Customer Experience Is Everything
The first experience a customer has with your course is critical. It often makes the difference between them being engaged and them walking away. We have two features to help you manage the experience more directly.
For the longest time, the way LearnDash did redirections was either globally (like where do you want the customer to be returned to after a successful PayPal transaction), or just automatically (like back to the course).
What we’ve done now is make it so that each course can have its own unique course enrollment URL that overrides the new post-registration redirection. So we’ve given you a standard redirect, and a course-specific one.
This is a powerful way to drive certain customers of certain courses to upsell opportunities (but not everyone.
Until now, you were likely using other solutions to send emails when a customer made a purchase or when a student registered for a course. Now with LearnDash 3.6 you’ll be able to toggle those emails on/off and customize their content. Given that we’ve already written about that feature, I’ll let you go check out that article to see what we’ve rolled into this version. And I’m positive we’ll be adding more with each release.
LearnDash Subscriptions Will Delight Your Wallet
I am a big fan of WooCommerce and all that it allows you to do. It’s flexibility is its power, and the number of extensions available for it are incredible. That said, they’re not inexpensive. And the subscription extension is one of the most expensive.
LearnDash has supported lightweight subscriptions before. But never what we’ve rolled out now, and you’re going to love it. Especially the price. It’s included in our core offering at no extra cost.
Now LearnDash Subscriptions supports actual billing periods and trials. It’s a full subscription solution that means you don’t need additional extensions to make things work. It works with both PayPal and Stripe.
LearnDash Integrity Protects Your Content
If you’ve sold online courses for any period of time, you know how frustrating it is when customers start sharing their passwords, or when competitors copy your content or simply link back to your videos in their course.
Well all of that is in the past now with LearnDash Integrity – a clean way to protect your site by letting you toggle on several protection features. You can limit concurrent logins, stop people from linking directly to your hosted content, and stop people from copying and pasting your content.
If you’re already solving reCaptcha another way, you can toggle our support for it in Integrity. But if you haven’t had it, turning it on is as simple as flipping the toggle and adding your reCaptcha keys from Google
You’ve Been Waiting for CourseGrid 2.0
The final feature to tell you about is the one you’ve been hearing about for a bit now. It’s our efforts on CourseGrid 2.0 and it comes with pre-made layouts for grids, mosaics, and more. You can also easily turn on and turn off data elements to make your course grid look exactly as you like. And you won’t need any additional page builder support to turn your course grid into a 2 or 3 column layout.
It’s never been this easy to make your course grid look this good.
Our Gutenberg block is easy to find, easy to drop onto a page, and easy to configure. No programming needed, and no additional plugins needed to present your courses in the best light possible.
Check Out LearnDash 3.6
I started by telling you we were just getting started. I’m not lying when I tell you that our team has already worked on our plans for 4.0 which will arrive early next year.
We’re hiring more developers, getting things ramped up, and are excited about all the features and performance, along with integrations that you’ll see.
If you’re a customer, pull down 3.6 and take it for a ride. If you’re new here, get a license and I promise you, you’ll love what we’re building here. There’s a little something for everyone in this release.