March 28, 2016 at 9:17 pm #20421
This is a resource post that evaluates a bunch of platforms for ecourses, thought it might be useful. I think I’ll go with Teachable, much as I’d like to DIY it, but I know I will get lost in tech stuff if I do.
Also, @bradleytmorris how do I access the journal info you put together and mentioned in the video? I think I’m missing something 🙂March 29, 2016 at 10:34 am #20503
Hey Penny, thanks for the resource share.
The journal was in video one. You can download it at (see below video):
Teachable is definitely the cheapest, least tech-headachey way to get your course off the ground! Great choice.
Let me know if you have anymore questions 🙂April 13, 2016 at 8:52 am #21406
Hi Guys, @bradleytmorris @andyfreist
I’m leaning towards using Teachable as a platform, which is interesting as I was all set to DIY in WordPress as I know it much better. (My website is in WordPress).
Is there any way you know of that I can see inside a teachable course to know what it looks like. Or can you describe the set up. I know that I could just sign up and play around with it but I’m interested to know if there is a way that I can visually see what it looks like, beyond the sign up page I’ve seen examples of on the website. It would be nice to do this before making a final decision.
One thing that appeals to me about teachable is that it seems to address the newish VAT Moss regulations in the UK and Europe. I think I’m right in saying that payments are made through the platform so that I wouldn’t need to set up payments via something like click bank who also cover all the new EU VAT regulations, which seem like an absolute headache.
A couple more questions you might be able to answer about Teachable…
Why no need for video hosting such as vimeo?
If I buy into the option with a custom domain and I decide to upgrade everything later will the domain stay with me or Teachable? (Sorry, hope this isn’t a dumb question)April 13, 2016 at 3:44 pm #21410
I’m also going to go with Teachable. I’ve decided to bite the bullet regardless but I had the same questions as you. It might be worth signing up for a free course provided by someone who uses the Teachable platform – if you contact support they’re pretty prompt in replying, so if you asked I’m sure they’d point you in the right direction. I do know that people use it for free courses as a promotional tool. Then you could see what a complete course looks like from a student point of view.If you sign up for a free account you can see it from an instructor’s perspective too and then you’d have a good idea all round.
Meanwhile, I’m happy to share how it goes for me but still early days in a new course here!April 14, 2016 at 1:02 pm #21439
Hi @penny, @bradley and @andy,
Thank you so much for your reply Penny and for covering my questions in the coaching call guys, it really helped.
Perhaps we can have an individual post somewhere, (not sure where the best place would be to park it), about EU VAT regulations.
From my research so far, I know it is a headache but as things unfold I think there will be some solutions. I’m in England, so right in the middle of it and need to take it in to account from the get go.
Don’t quote me on this, but, my understanding is that if you use a payment platform like click bank or paddle they will pay the required VAT on your behalf and will hold records of transactions so that you don’t have to worry about it. As with any platform it comes with a cost attached.
There was also something I read, which I need to clarify, that if your digital product has an element of live coaching to it, such as you guys are doing with the coaching call, then I think that it is considered more coaching than digital product and might get through on that loop hole. The ecourse learning part being considered more in support of the coaching than the other way round. Again, don’t quote me on it but this might be a viable route to avoid the headache as it seems it’s not then classed as a digital product.
So there may be advantages beyond creating community with the live coaching element. If your course is a self teach offering then it’s a different matter. Something to consider when deciding on your delivery. I’d love more clarity from an expert on the subject, it’s definitely something that’s evolving and has killed off a lot of small kitchen table businesses, which is tragic! Especially since the big guys who it was intended for don’t seem to have been affected in the same way!!
Anyway… More research to do. I’ll double check on whether teachable has this covered and will report back.
@andy feel free to move this thread to a more appropriate place if you think it would help to have an EU VAT Regulations thread somewhere where we can pool our knowledge and research.
Thanks again all. 😊April 15, 2016 at 2:01 pm #21504
thank you soooo much for all this information. Definitely worth some deeper exploration and we are on it — finding an expert who knows if what you’re sharing is accurate. I sure hope the live coaching element means it’s true 🙂
@andyfreist, can you move this convo over to the Resource Sharing section? This is an important thread.
Glad the call helped clarify things for you @sharon!June 16, 2016 at 3:08 pm #25270
Silly me @pennyclaringbull, I just reposted the ultimate guide link that I obviously saw way back when You posted it! Such good stuff though.
I’m looking into switching from Zippy Courses to LifterLMS. My zippy license just ended and I was surprised when the plugin simply disappeared from the dashboard, it’s a good thing I’d saved all the content elsewhere!
I thought it signaled a good moment to review my platform, and LifterLMS seems like it’s got soooo much more customer support and features than the Zippy option. I like how the put connecting to students as their #1 priority. It’s mine too!
How is Teachable working out for everyone?
Ok I just downloaded LifterLMS…loving their open source free download for your 1st course…I’ll report back on how it goes!June 16, 2016 at 7:41 pm #25307
Hey @jescantonelli, I really love the look of LifterLMS. I think if you take that route you’ll be very pleased. It will give you a lot of room to grow into without needing to re-do everything in say 6 months from now. Their onboarding videos are sooooo smooth and simple too.
Not a huge fan of the dude who runs Zippy. He’s kind of a dirty new yorker salesman who belongs on Wallstreet but somehow found himself in the eCourse industry (in my opinion) hahaha
Questioning if I should publish that remark but ya, I’ll say it cuz its true (to me).
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