CoursePress – Create and Sell Awesome Courses in WordPress for Free!

Have you ever thought about delivering online courses through WordPress? I know I have, a heap, and until now that’s been a hell of a difficult experience going through rubbish (and often expensive) plugins. But no longer…

CoursePress allows you to easily create, manage and sell beautiful courses from right in WordPress, and best of all it’s completely free – check it out:

First up, CoursePress comes with pretty much every element you could imagine needing to construct a course – ranging from video, audio and downloads to interactive elements like multiple choice, uploads, long form answers, forum style discussions and even live chat integration right there in your course (for live seminars or students just to hang out).

Every element you could want for a great course
Every element you could want for a great course

Then we’ve made it really really simple to setup an absolutely beautiful course, both in terms of the UX and the front end output.

When you activate the plugin you are guided through a helpful getting started experience that’ll have your first course set up in minutes, and then once you’ve got it together you can either choose to use the bundled theme for a beautiful course off the bat – or enjoy the fact that, like all WPMU DEV plugins, this works really well with pretty much any WordPress theme.

The bundled theme gives you great looking courses
The bundled theme gives you great looking courses

And here’s the absolute clincher, you can actually sell courses and take credit card or PayPal payments… and you don’t even have to upgrade to be able to do it – CoursePress comes bundled with our ecommerce solution MarketPress that handles all of that for you seamlessly.

Which, along with full manual (and automated!) student assessment features means that you can sell and provide certification for courses online with absolute ease, through WordPress, at no cost to you. How cool is that :)

Grading, marking and assessment tools mean you can easily offer certification
Grading, marking and assessment tools mean you can easily offer certification

Of course, there is a paid upgrade that allows you to create more courses and access more payment gateways, not to mention 400+ other premium plugins, themes, videos and our famous 24/7/365 support.

But realistically you should be absolutely fine with the free version of CoursePress to get your elearning project off the ground.

Download CoursePress at WordPress.org for free now!

49 Responses

    bitoyz008

    Great plugin ;) Will give it a try. Thanks!

    Cheers!

    James Farmer
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    Oh, and feel free to give it a 5 star rating over at WordPress.org if you like it :)

    Sam
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    • #3664

    Is it Multisite compatible?

    Akzmedesigns

    Can users buy multiple courses and have access to each one?

      Marko Miljus
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      • #136

      Yes, they can buy unlimited courses and have access to all of them within their dashboard

    danieldalonzo
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    James. Dude. This is probably the best I’ve seen come out of wpmudev in a while. Super impressed. A tool like this will empower me to fund a year-long membership w you guys. Thanks so much for staying creative and redefining the WordPress landscape.

      Akzmedesigns

      Agreed if this works well, I cancel my other membership plugin subscription

      Timothy Bowers
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      That’s awesome, we love hearing this stuff!

      And there is more to come to yet! :)

    Andrea
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    • #1496

    this looks fantastic!
    well done, once again!

    hchantal
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    • #5604

    Does this plugin give you the ability to access student assignments and give feedback on their answers?

    theresa_sheridan6

    Does the plugin allow for dripped content, and/or payment options?

        theresa_sheridan6

        Okay, great, this is so timely, I’m just about to release a course, and I was having a heck of a time finding something other than a membership plugin that would even do half of what I needed. I’ll give it a shot!

        theresa_sheridan6

        So it turns out Coursepress is not compatible with my theme….big bummer! It’s breaking commenting and some icons aren’t displaying. :(

    6x6Design
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    Just a comment on your videos…I like fast and to-the-point but your videos transition too fast. I find myself having to pause each frame to digest what’s there. I Love WPMUDEV so no worries! Just a critique.

      Timothy Bowers
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      Hey there,

      Totally get that, I’m a pauser too, I need time to digest.

      Of course I’ll pass on your feedback :)

      Take care.

      danieldalonzo
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      • #916

      Just my two cents: I’d much rather pause for each step rather than fast forward/search for the next step.

    Amanda
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    • #19969

    How many courses can you create with the free version?

    Loren

    I have been using some course ware that we designed in-house in which students post “Student Submissions” in fulfillment of the requirements of an assignment. These Student Submissions are WordPress custom post types that are linked via custom taxonomy to the individual course and assignment. Those Student Submissions are viewable for discussion/commenting by all students who are registered for that particular course – but no-one else except the course instructor. Is that something that could be done through CoursePress? If so, I’m in! I really like what I see in the admin interface.

      Marko Miljus
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      Yes, all student’s submissions are available under the Assessment page (and the student’s Workbook) within the administration area where an instructor may leave a comment and grade each answer / submission.

        Akzmedesigns

        Can student submissions also be open to the other students?

          James Farmer
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          Absolutely, but you’ll have to get them to submit in one of two ways.

          a. They can submit via (or as well as) class discussions – that way students get to see each others work (they can grade it too in an ad hoc way too)

          b. You can make certain students instructors… or provide a generic instructional account they can use

          So there’s definitely ways you can achieve this :)

    perry

    Brilliant, this looks fantastic. Is their a working demo site, I could take a look at?

    Peter
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    • #868

    Great looking plugin which looks like it has everything you need. Does this need the membership plugin or can it stand alone?

    Akzmedesigns

    I have one other questions can you do installment payments or subscription service?

      James Farmer
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      You can use PayPal Credit (formally Bill me Later) to take staggered or instalment payments.

      If you want to have a subscription service you can essentially offer free courses but them using our fully compatible Membership plugin and charge subscriptions based on that: https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/membership/

      Too easy :)

    james_rothschild

    I really don’t think this PLUG IN is ready yet :-(

    HOME ยป
    CATCHABLE FATAL ERROR: OBJECT OF CLASS WP_ERROR COULD NOT BE CONVERTED TO STRING IN /HOME/CREATIVE/PUBLIC_HTML/WP-CONTENT/THEMES/ACADEMICA/FUNCTIONS.PHP ON LINE 561

    And the Menu’s keep repeating.

    All this on a clean WP install.

    Terry

    This looks a pretty awesome plugin for my needs and I am really interested in the monthly membership offer as there are a few other plug-ins I could use.

    I have a wealth of training I am looking to offer and this looks like it is the right vehicle to do it from.

    I have set-up my first training course, but the whole site looks a bit ugly and is coming up with errors.

    Is there any training available for the free plugin and also a demo site so you can see the possibilities?

    Also, can you get help from your support group for the free version?

    I would like to get my first course looking right before committing to the pro version.

    arnehulstein

    Guys, how does this compare to the Sensei plugin that Woocommerce offers?

      James Farmer
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      I’d like to think it’s better… and is just going to get moreso from here on in.

      Oh, and also it’s free and you can use it on as many sites as you like, as opposed to $129 for 1 and $279 for up to 25 sites… just saying :)

    Jennifer
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    • #13976

    This looks great! Just got the free version. How can you do a live seminar component with it?

    georgi_petrov

    Sound interesting and i will defo give this plug in a go. Just want to ask. I am about to set up site for online courses but with idea of involving other instructors to became teachers on it. Is your pro version support that?

    Thanks

      Timothy Bowers
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      You could let instructors run their own courses on your single site.

      If you want them to sell the courses and take the cash themselves then you could consider a multisite setup, each instructor gets their own site.

      You could keep the same theme for all so it’s all uniformed and looking like:

      domain.com/instructor1
      instructor1.domain.com/

      You could even use our New Blog Template to create some defaults for them:

      https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/new-blog-template

      This way you could also take a commission for all sales through our MarketPress plugin (included with CoursePress) or you could use our Pro Sites plugin and charge them a subscription to sell their courses and get premium features using our Pro Sites plugin:

      https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/pro-sites

      Any questions on this then please feel free to contact our sales guys here:

      http://premium.wpmudev.org/contact/

      They will be able to give you all the information you need. :)

      Take care.

    nippermh
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    Does this work with the Paid Membership Pro plugin?

      James Farmer
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      Yes it does, but you don’t need it to as it comes with it’s own payment system :)

      Although you do get to apply some more interesting rules with Membership Pro.

      Also take a look at our new Protected Content plugin https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/protected-content/ – it’s still in beta but should do the job even better for ya!

    Alan

    Hey guys,

    I am testing out the free version at the moment to see how it goes. So far it’s brilliant!

    I do have a question though, when a student is logged in there is a “WordPress” icon top left of screen and the drop down says “dashboard” which takes them to wordpress area similar to admin. Is there a way of getting rid of that so students don’t try and go there, I don’t really see the need for them to be there.
    Cheers
    Alan

      Alan

      I have downloaded a plugin to take care of the dashboard issue, so all sorted.

      I am continuing with my test course site but I reckon I will be buying the pro version very soon as I think this is a great plug in, and i’ve used all sort in the past, this is so easy to use and the front end looks really professional.

      Thanks
      Alan