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

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.

Selling course on Shopify

START SELLING YOUR ONLINE COURSE ON SHOPIFY

Step 1: Integrate Owwlish with Shopify

The Shopify App Marketplace offers a bevy of learning management systems (LMS) to help turn your store into an online course platform. One of these learning management systems, is our very own Owwlish app. With Owwlish, you now have the option to integrate online course lessons with your Shopify store.

How to make an online course on Shopify - Course steps and instructions

To get started, simply sign up for a free account at Owwlish. You must also create your Shopify account/store before proceeding with the steps below. Once your accounts are ready, we can start with the integration.

  • Log in to the Owwlish app and on the right sidebar menu, click on Settings and select Platforms.
Owwlish Platforms Settings
  • Choose the Shopify logo from the list of platforms.
Selecting Shopify for Owwlish integration
  • Name your integration however you want and input the URL of your Shopify store account under Hosted Site URL.
owwlish shopify integration settings create online courses in shopify
  • Click on Create to save changes.
  • You will then be redirected to a page where you can find the sites you have integrated with your Owwlish account.
  • Select the site for your Shopify integration and click on the Client ID link to grab your unique creator integration code.
Selecting Owwlish Shopify integration client ID
  • Copy the Owwlish script and log in to your Shopify account. The following is the format of the code:
<script>var owwlish_id = 'XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXX';</script>
<script src="https://app.owwlish.com/integration/js/embed.js"></script>
  • On your Shopify sidebar menu, scroll down to Online Store section and click on Themes.
Shopify - Selecting Themes in Online store menu
  • You will be redirected to a page where you can view information about your current theme. Click on Actions and select Edit code from the drop-down.
Selecting Edit code from the Actions drop down menu in Shopify
  • On the next page, go to Layout and select {/} theme.liquid
Selecting theme.liquid code under layout menu in Shopify
  • On the actual code, scroll down to the section before </head> tag, this is where we will paste the Owwlish script we have recently copied.
Owwlish script pasted in Shopify theme.liquid code
  • Hit on Save code and we have now integrated Owwlish with your Shopify account!

Step 2: Build Your Online Course with Owwlish

Now that you have integrated the reliable Owwlish app with Shopify, it’s time to upload your course content. Owwlish’s course builder makes it easy to outline, organize, and customize your online course according to your site’s brand and design.

You can upload all your videos, and other files through Owwlish and organize them into lessons and chapters. The Owwlish course builder gives you the option to directly upload videos through the app. If you also have other videos stored elsewhere; you can easily embed them into Owwlish’s course editor. You may also check out other helpful tools, such as the price feature, which allows you to sell a one-time payment course and even a recurring one! 

building course with owwlish
Owwlish course builder

Step 3: Sell Your Owwlish Course/s on Shopify

After successfully integrating Owwlish with Shopify, you can have any interested customer sign up for your Owwlish course through Shopify.

Here’s how to do that:

  • Go back to Owwlish app settings and select Sites.
Owwlish Sites settings
  • Select the site for your Shopify integration and click on the Client ID link to grab the code that lets you display your course.
Selecting Owwlish Shopify integration client ID
  • Code should look like the following:
<div id=“oww-embed-course-[ID]”></div>
  • Replace [ID] with the actual course ID you would like to display in your Shopify store. You can find it by going to Owwlish’s course page.

Owwlish dashboard with view of course list
  • Create a new Shopify page for your course.
  • Select HTML or <> from the content list and paste the code recently copied on the space provided.
Shopify page create with option to embed course code
  • Save your page and you can now view your Owwlish course in your Shopify store.
Owwlish Course embedded in Shopify
Sample Owwlish course posted on Shopify

Voila! No fuss, no need to migrate, and no extensive 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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