LearnDash Groups evolve to include membership capabilities. Create levels, sub-levels, sell access, award group certificates, and more!
“Do I need a membership plugin or platform in order to use LearnDash?”
I cannot tell you the number of times we get asked this from people who are interested in using LearnDash.
(The answer to that question is “no”, LearnDash has course content protection built-in).
While most people do not use a membership plugin with LearnDash, it is a question that does come up… and it was the inspiration for our latest update!
Sell Access to LearnDash Groups / Memberships
Starting today you can sell access to Groups directly.
Think about that for a moment…
Instead of selling access to individual courses, you now can create various groups that contain access to multiple courses (course bundles). When someone purchases access to the group then they get enrolled into all the courses associated with that group.
If the “groups” terminology is a bit confusing, think about this as “membership levels” instead. Create various membership levels and you can sell access directly to them. 🙂
You can choose to sell access for a one-time price, or on a recurring basis (i.e. $19 every month).
The following methods are supported for selling access to your groups:
We are continuing to add support for other LearnDash add-ons as well (if you have any suggestions then leave it in the comments).
Protect any Page or Post on your site according to Group Membership
This new feature opens up a ton of new possibilities for how you offer restricted content to your learners.
Not only are courses protected by your groups, but now you can block access to any page or post based on group access!
- Have a resources page you want only available for a group? No problem – block it!
- Special non-course related videos for a certain group? No problem – block it!
- Holding a webinar for members of a particular group? No problem – block it!
This feature alone allows you to increase the value of your courses by granting access to non-course specific materials, bonus content, special downloads, and more with just a few clicks!
Split your LearnDash Groups into Sub-Groups
By popular demand, we have added an extra layer to LearnDash Groups so that you can now sub-groups to every group that you create!
This is perfect if you need to add some organization to the cohorts of learners that are going through your courses.
For example, now you can easily add layers to your business units, complete with a manager hierarchy.
Or, create additional sections for your classroom and track learner progress for a sub-group.
Group Leaders Can Now Create Courses for Their Members!
We have taken the idea of memberships one step further.
Not only can you assign Group Leaders to manage a LearnDash Group, but you can also give these Group Leaders the ability to create their own LearnDash courses for their members!
Where most membership levels are static, this feature means that the membership level can constantly evolve resulting in more value for the customers who purchase access.
Your course library will fill up with more great content created by the very folks that manage your membership groups.
Use the Course Grid to Display Your Memberships / Groups
After all this work creating your LearnDash Groups, you are going to need a way to display these in a concise way to your potential customers, right? Don’t worry, we have you covered!
To create a Group / Membership listing page, simply install the free LearnDash Course Grid add-on! The same functionality that is used to display courses can be used to list your various Groups on any page of your site!
Ready To Get Started Creating Memberships?
The functionality of LearnDash Groups is extremely powerful, but only if you know how to use it! Don’t worry – all of this is explained in detail in our documentation! All you need to do next is:
- Update to the latest version of LearnDash
- Visit the Groups documentation
- Create Your Membership Levels!
We can’t wait to see how all of you use these new capabilities!
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
There is no better time than now to create your online courses and memberships! By joining LearnDash you not only receive best-in-class online course software (with an entire free website template to get started), but you also become a member of our vibrant, supportive community!
Groups / Memberships FAQs
Is this an add-on, or built into LearnDash?
These new features are built into the LearnDash plugin. No add-on needed.
I still want to use a membership plugin, is that okay?
Absolutely! We actually had a webinar on this very topic – check it out!
Can I sell group / membership access with “X” payment gateway?
Currently, you can sell with PayPal, Stripe, or any payment gateway that is supported when using WooCommerce.
Can users have access to two (or more) group / membership levels at a time?