Squarespace is a rising star in website hosting. Its designer templates and intuitive website builder has made it one of the most popular content management systems on the market. While Squarespace is very good at doing many things, building online courses has never been one of them. It was not easy to host online courses on Squarespace. Users often had to look to third-party standalone sites to host their online classes, making for an experience that was very clunky, complicated, and unsecured.
The recent addition of the Member Areas feature has finally offered a solution for people looking to host online courses on Squarespace. No need to download a mess of apps or deal with confusing coding. Here are the simple steps you need to take to start an equally simple online course operation.
HOST YOUR ONLINE CLASSES IN SQUARESPACE
Step 1: Set Up Your Member Area
Create a Member Area for your online courses in Squarespace. You can create up to 10 Member Areas depending on your pricing plan. We recommended having a separate member area for each course. If you only plan to offer a single online course, feel free to go with a Starter plan. But if you expect a lot of students, consider purchasing the Pro plan to minimize the transaction fees.
Step 2: Upload Your Online Course Content
While you can’t upload videos directly to Squarespace, you can host them on YouTube, Vimeo, Animoto, and Wistia and embed them instead. Going to a third-party site to upload your videos may be inconvenient, but having embedded videos gives your site a faster loading speed that your customers are sure to appreciate.
Everything else is much easier to handle. Written content like articles and worksheets can simply be uploaded as a blog post. You can even drag and drop pre-existing pages from your site into a Member Area.
Step 3: Sell Your Online Classes
You can set different membership fees for each membership area. You can sell individual online classes for a one-time fee or set recurring payments if you want to keep your courses available for a definite amount of time. You can even offer free areas as samplers or teasers to entice visitors to set up a Customer Account.
So, while Squarespace may not be the definitive platform for online courses, you don’t have to go through the trouble of migrating your established business elsewhere just to host online courses. With its recent updates and ongoing support, it still manages to deliver on the promise of being the all-in-one website builder.
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