How To Integrate Thrive Apprentice with SendOwl to Sell Paid Courses

Matt   21

Updated on December 22, 2019

So you've purchased Thrive Apprentice, created a SendOwl account and are eager to start building premium courses to sell on your website...


To get started though, there's a series of not-so-intuitive steps you need to knock out first before the work of crafting your online courses can begin.

We've tried to make each of these steps as intuitive as possible, but integrating with a 3rd party system like SendOwl always poses some limitations. Today's tutorial is here to help you out and make your setup a breeze.

So without further ado, let's get your Thrive Apprentice plugin integrated with SendOwl!


Setting Up Thrive Apprentice with SendOwl

Watch the video at the top of the post to get the step-by-step walkthrough of the process. By the end, you will have your SendOwl account connected to Thrive Apprentice and everything set to start selling an online course. The connection to SendOwl ensures that customers can pay you, using multiple different payment systems and Thrive Apprentice will make sure that only paying customers can access your course.

This means that you can skip cumbersome (and often pricey) membership plugins completely! As long as you simply want to sell one or more courses and you're not looking for multiple membership levels and other complicated membership setups, this setup is all you need.

How to Get Started, Summarized:

  • (Assuming you've purchased Thrive Apprentice or a Thrive Membership) Go to your member dashboard and download the Thrive Product Manager WordPress plugin.
  • Go to your WordPress website and upload the plugin.
  • Install Thrive Apprentice on your site, via the Thrive Product Manager.
    Go to "Thrive Dashboard" in your WordPress admin area and go to the API connections.
  • Set up the API connection between SendOwl and your site.
  • Go to the Thrive Apprentice dashboard on your WordPress website and go to Settings -> SendOwl Settings -> Start Here.
  • Follow the instructions in the "Start Here" section and/or follow along with the video to set everything up.

Email Marketing Integrations & Setting Up Your Affiliate Marketing Program

SendOwl has an extensive amount of settings. The good news is that you don't need to use many of them to get your premium online course up and running.

The two most important parts of SendOwl we're going to make use of are:

  1. Creating a connection to our email marketing service (to build a list of customers).
  2. Creating an affiliate program for our course.

In second half of the video, you'll get a quick tour of the SendOwl settings page to see how you can set up your affiliate program, connect to ActiveCampaign (or a different supported email marketing service) and add a few more product related settings.

The Best Way to Get Technical Support...

If you're a Thrive Apprentice customer that's encountering any technical issues during this integration process, the fastest way to get help is to click here.


Now It's Your Turn

After following the tutorial videos and step-by-step tasks illustrated in this video, you should now have everything you need to quickly integrate SendOwl with Thrive Apprentice while sidestepping any potential sticking points.

Let us know how you got on with all the integration steps by leaving a comment below!

by Matt  March 10, 2019


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  • Great addition to your line up. You call these courses, but they are pages with courses on. So, you can use them for anything I assume to put a page behind a paywall.

  • Thank you so much for such a detailed and thorough tutorial! I was really anxious that I’d be able to do all the work of setting up my own course on my website but then get hung up on integrating a payment system – but you’ve made it completely possible and pretty much stress-free! πŸ™‚ Thank you!!

  • Hi, which plan on Sendowl do you recommend if the course content is on Thrive Apprentice? Is the 9$ one enough? Thanks

  • Hi! Shane mentions he will show the sales page set up in the video… did I miss that? I would like to know how to set up sales pages… do I do that in SendOwl or can I do it with Thrive Architect, to match my branding??

  • I’ve been through all of the stuff in your video and still the “”7.Set up the SendOwl Listener
    Make sure that SendOwl and Thrive Apprentice can talk to each other”” does not turn green.

    Therefore I am not sure of the system is set up correctly or not. πŸ™

    How do I check?

  • Thank you for the tutorial. All the forms are written in English, is there a possibility to change into German Language?

  • I’m excited about this possibility. Can you tell me if it’s possible to also sell single classes this way rather than a whole course. Like say I had a pre recorded workshop I wanted to upsell after someone had subscribed via my lead magnet, could I deliver it through apprentice using send owl?

  • I believe I have this configured properly now. I want to test the configuration to make sure there are no errors. What is the best way to do this? I was thinking about either setting the price in SendOwl to $1 and doing a live transaction. Or, setting up a discount code that did pretty much the same thing. Also, my Stripe account has dummy cards for testing purposes, but it is for direct testing of Stripe, and I am not clear on how I would use it in this case. Can you help?

  • Brilliant thankyou! Love how a guy of his knowledge still calls the setup stages at the start ‘the annoying tech stuff!’ πŸ™‚

  • Hi Shane and Thrive Themes team.
    I love all TT products so much but I’m seriously considering moving from Thrive Apprentice to an online course platform because my business is in LatinAmerica and I can’t use SendOwl payments options. If you guys could create an integration with WooCommerce that would be great! Thanks

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