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How to Create and Sell Online Courses in Your Existing Shopify Site

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Shopify doesn’t seem like it’ll be a fit for the online academy experience一not without a major rehaul to your storefront and a mess of apps working at the backend at least. Well, it turns out things are not what they seem. All it takes are three simple steps to create and sell an online course on your existing Shopify site.

Thinking of expanding your business into the eLearning market? As the definitive eCommerce platform, Shopify doesn’t seem like it’ll be a fit for the online academy experience一not without a major rehaul to your storefront and a mess of apps working at the backend at least. Well, it turns out things are not what they seem. All it takes are three simple steps to create and sell an online course on your existing Shopify site.

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START SELLING YOUR ONLINE COURSE ON SHOPIFY

Step 1: Install an LMS

The Shopify App Marketplace offers a bevy of learning management systems (LMS) to help turn your store into an online course platform. Stand-alone eLearning platforms like LearnWorlds or Teachable have an option to integrate online course lessons with your Shopify store. Still, you will have to be redirected to those outside sites to access the course content. To keep everything relatively streamlined, we recommend solutions like Thinkific or Courses, as both allow you to create your online course through Shopify.

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Step 2: Build Your Online Course

Now that you have integrated a reliable LMS to your site, it’s time to upload your course content. These apps’ drag and drop course builders make it easy to outline, organize, and customize your online course according to your site’s brand and design.

You can upload all your videos, worksheets, and other files through Thinkific’s Bulk Importer and organize them into lessons and chapters under the Curriculum tab. The Courses’ course builder is more text-based with its rich text editor, and while you can’t directly upload videos through their software, you can simply store them elsewhere and embed them into their editor. Be sure to check out other helpful tools, such as their drip features, which let you release course sections between timed intervals, and progress tracking to check up on your students.

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Step 3: Sell Your Online Courses on Shopify

Thinkific automatically adds online courses as products on your Shopify store, and Courses comes with a guide on optimizing your store navigation through their app upon installation. But don’t limit yourself to just parking your online courses on your sales channel and waiting. Shopify, more than any other website host, is perfect for marketing one-time upsells alongside your online course. Aside from ebooks, kits, and other products that go well with your classes, why not take advantage of these apps’ certificates feature by offering online certification for accomplished online courses? 

And voila! No fuss, no need to migrate, and no coding required to create online courses. All you need is one reliable LMS integrated into your site, and you just turned a section of your online store into an online school. 

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