Don’t Just Build Online Courses.
Build a Business.
Create Online Courses You Can Sell with the Most Customizable LMS Plugin for WordPress.
Thrive Apprentice gives you the most flexible drag-and-drop WordPress course building solution on the market —alongside a complete online business building toolkit!
Created for Solopreneurs
Made for people like you building a successful online business selling their knowledge & expertise.
Fits a Tight Budget
Affordable for anyone working hard to build an online business on a bootstrapped budget.
Makes Course Creation Fun
Thrive Apprentice removes the hair pulling technical hurdles for you, so you can enjoy building your courses!
Visually Build The Course Experience Of Your Dreams
Finally - with Thrive Apprentice you can now drag-and-drop your way to the perfect, custom course environment for your brand.
With most WordPress course-building plugins and Learning Management Systems (LMS), you’re stuck with their out-of-box designs and framework — but not with Thrive Apprentice. You’re free to visually build any course environment you can imagine.
Pick a pre-designed course template to get started, follow along with our easy setup wizard to select your logo, brand colors, headers/footers, and your course page templates, then enter the visual editor to customize your pages and elements.
Thrive Apprentice Works with ANY WordPress Theme
This plugin bolts right onto your existing WordPress website — giving you the power to create and customize online courses with a powerful visual editor.
TOTAL Content Control
WordPress is awesome because it allows you to create an online course platform with 100% ownership and control.
Thrive Apprentice was created to safeguard this total ownership advantage by never holding your course content hostage.
Because you're creating courses on your own WordPress website with Thrive Apprentice, YOU own your content. Period.
Build As Many Free, Lead Gen, and Premium Courses As You Can!
Want to scale your business from an initial free list building course...
To ten $50 courses... To fifty $2,000 courses?
Go for it!
When you build your knowledge business with Thrive Apprentice, the cost to use the tool never increases — no matter how successful your business becomes.
Assemble Your Lessons with Ease
Did we mention building online courses with Thrive Apprentice is EASY?
Start by outlining your courses with Modules, Chapters and Lessons inside the Thrive Apprentice dashboard.
You can then organize and re-order your course structure — at any time — by drag & dropping these course components around until you achieve the perfect learning flow for your students.
Create the Perfect Customer Checkout Experience
Just imagine you have multiple courses available for visitors to buy. Thrive Apprentice gives you the power to show Dynamic Labels on each of those courses based on EACH visitor’s course status.
Already a customer? Let visitors know clicking will send them to their most recent lesson.
Not a customer? Dynamic Labels can show which courses visitors haven't bought yet.
And should non-customers try to open a premium course, you can send them to its sales page instead!
Beautiful Login and Registration Flows
Say goodbye to those ugly Login & Registration pages the other course builders force you to use...
Thrive Apprentice gives you the power to completely customize the design of your student Login & Registration forms — as well as the pages they live on!
TOTAL Classroom Customization
What online course builder allows you to completely customize your student experience?
Just Thrive Apprentice… that’s it!
We’re giving you TOTAL visual design freedom over your entire classroom! You can change every little detail of your online course environment.
From the basics: Fonts, colors, logo, headers and footers
To the advanced:
- School homepage with the course list
- Course overview template
- Module template
- Audio, video and text lesson templates
For each one of these, you have a range of templates to choose from so you can get started in just minutes.
Import Your Existing Course Customer Lists
Have you started selling courses on another platform, but want to switch to Thrive Apprentice? No problem!
Simply export your existing customer list into a CSV file provided by your previous course builder or membership tool...
Then use the advanced Customer List feature inside Thrive Apprentice to import your list and quickly grant or remove course access to individual students — in a single click.
Instantly Duplicate Existing Courses
Need to create multiple courses that all share the same design style & structure?
Use Thrive Apprentice’s one-click Course Cloning feature to make this job EASY.
Once you’ve created one course, just click the clone button, start tweaking the duplicate course’s content, et voilà… you’ve got a brand new course in a matter of minutes!
Create Course Bundles to Increase Your Customer Value
Economy of scale discounting isn't exclusive to Costco...
Create multi-course bundles using any of Thrive Apprentice’s native checkout tool integrations (WooCommerce, ThriveCart and SendOwl) to help incentivize your customers to buy additional courses.
Your lessons aren't in English? No problem.
Thrive Apprentice gives you the power to create courses in any language you require!
Need Help Selling?
Thrive Suite comes with a complete landing page template set — specifically designed for selling online courses.
With the Smart Online Course landing page templates, you can quickly build any type of marketing funnel you need to sell your info-products!
That includes Sales Funnels, Lead Generation Funnels, Webinar Funnels, and more!
Showcase Courses Across Your Website
Want to display your courses in places that help draw more attention to them? How about on landing pages, your homepage or blog posts just to name a few examples...
Thrive Apprentice’s Course List element makes this marketing job drag & drop EASY.
Additionally, Thrive Apprentice’s Lesson List element allows you to showcase the content of a given course to help trigger a visitor’s interest regarding what’s inside. And of course, both these elements are fully customizable with Thrive’s one-of-a-kind visual editor!
Thank you very much. I've spun my wheels for months to understand how to do all of this. In just 1 day I created everything I needed to sell my courses.
Just.....unbelievable. You guys are AMAZING. You have created a set of tools so that little guys like me can create a fully functioning online business, AND make it look good! I am so proud to be a Thrive member. Sending lots of gratitude your way.
Feng Yin Tseng
Thrive Apprentice + WooCommerce is a dream come true to me too. Now I can get rid of the membership plugin and move forward.
Thrive Apprentice Makes Selling Your Courses Even Easier
So let’s assume your Thrive Apprentice course is built and ready to launch. How do you get people to actually pay you for it?
Well, here’s where you integrate Thrive Apprentice with the checkout tool of your choice: WooCommerce, ThriveCart and SendOwl.
Thrive Apprentice handles the actual access restriction while your checkout tool handles payments.
Then after purchase, your checkout tool updates Thrive Apprentice who should get access so customers can immediately begin taking their course.
And Thrive Apprentice’s native integrations with WooCommerce, ThriveCart and SendOwl make setting up this mission-critical function SIMPLE.
In fact, let’s take a quick look at how each of these integrations works...
Thrive Apprentice + WooCommerce
WooCommerce is a free eCommerce plugin for WordPress — by WordPress.
Just connect Thrive Apprentice with WooCommerce (as well as a payment processor like Stripe or Paypal) and you can start selling your online courses in a matter of minutes — no further plugins or SaaS services required!
Want to see how easy integrating Thrive Apprentice is with WooCommerce? Take this free online course to see (we built it with Thrive Apprentice):
Thrive Apprentice + ThriveCart
Want an even smoother checkout experience for your Thrive Apprentice courses?
Then we recommend integrating Thrive Apprentice with ThriveCart (a completely different company with a similar name).
ThriveCart isn’t free, but the investment will help make sure your course checkout experience remains clean and tidy.
Again, Thrive Apprentice + ThriveCart + a payment processor (like Stripe or Paypal) are all you need to start selling the online courses you create.
Thrive Apprentice +
Want an affordable SaaS checkout tool to sell your Thrive Apprentice courses that also gives you impressive features like:
Then SendOwl may be the course checkout tool you’re looking for.
With SendOwl, you can protect your courses, collect payments (with the EU VAT automatically calculated), and track your affiliate referrals — all for an affordable monthly subscription.
Start building an online course where all the tech - just works!
But You Haven’t Mentioned Membership Plugins… Do I Need One?
Thrive Apprentice DOES NOT require any membership plugins like Membermouse, MemberPress or WishList Member to protect your courses from unauthorized access. That being said, Thrive Apprentice DOES integrate with these 3 tools if you want to use them.
Thrive Apprentice Integrates with the Most Popular Membership Plugins
Although the additional expense and hassle of integrating Thrive Apprentice with a membership plugin is not required to protect and sell your online courses, you can still opt to use one if you’re looking to build a membership-style online business.
Currently, Thrive Apprentice provides native integrations with Membermouse, MemberPress and WishList Member.
You can opt to integrate one of these additional membership tools with Thrive Apprentice if you also require features like drip content delivery or restricted access to non-course content.
Hang On A Sec... Disappointed You Can't Drip Your Course Content?
We can see you really want drip content delivery for your online courses, but don’t want the added expense & hassle of a membership plugin in your tech stack to get the feature.
That's why our product team is working hard to reinvent the entire concept of drip content for you, to make sure it's the most versatile and conversion-focused solution in the LMS space.
But this will take our developers a little more time to deliver.
Nonetheless, a powerful Thrive Apprentice drip content feature is scheduled for release in 2021. That's a promise.
Build Your Online Course Based Business
- In a Weekend -
It’s important to know that we don’t sell Thrive Apprentice by itself in a WordPress plugin vacuum. It actually comes packaged with an entire toolkit of fully integrated and conversion focused WordPress plugins.
Why? Because we don’t just want to help you build great online courses...
We want to help you build an online business selling the courses you create!
That's why Thrive Apprentice is just one of the many tools you get inside Thrive Suite. Let’s now take a quick look at the Thrive Suite toolkit and how it can help you build your online course-based business – from the ground up…
Don't Just Take Our Word For It...
Start building an online course where all the tech - just works!
Thrive Apprentice Is No Ordinary WordPress LMS Plugin
Look, we know you want to create the best online course experience for your customers as possible... and that means shopping around to compare Thrive Apprentice with the other WordPress LMS plugins on the market. That’s not just savvy, it’s prudent.
So let us help you shortcut that grueling comparison work by showing you what Thrive Apprentice together with Thrive Suite offers that no other solution can match...
Thrive Apprentice Is Built with Rapid Implementation at Its Core
Don’t waste time, money and effort building online courses the market doesn’t want.
With Thrive Apprentice and Thrive Suite, you have all the tools you need to validate your online course idea first — before you YOLO the family inheritance on it.
All the tools in Thrive Suite are built around helping you apply Rapid Implementation principles so you can bootstrap a knowledge business from nothing — fast.
Build Beautiful Courses Unique to Your Brand
Thrive Apprentice is the only WordPress LMS that gives you the power to visually customize your course environment and build your lesson content with an unparalleled drag & drop editor.
You have FULL visual editing capabilities across your entire course environment so you can build your own, totally unique online course platform that'll make people think you’re rocking a full team of professional developers in your business.
Provide Seamless Customer Experiences
Many online course solutions don’t prioritize the registration, login and checkout experience for customers.
Just imagine how frustrating it feels for a customer when they’re forced to first subscribe to your email list, then register for your course on a separate platform, and then walk through a payment gateway on yet another web address.
That’s a lot of stuff happening outside your website and brand!
With Thrive Apprentice, registration, login and checkout can all happen inside your site… on your platform.
You even have the power to completely customize your Login & Registration forms, brand your WordPress login page, and display dynamic course labels to each visitor.
All the Marketing Tools Your Online Business Needs
If you want to build an online course-based business, course creation is just one part of the equation. You need Thrive Suite to make sure you become a powerful marketer too!
Build sales, lead gen, webinar, and new client funnels fast with Thrive Architect’s smart landing page sets.
Deploy gorgeous opt-in forms fast to grow your audience and email list using Thrive Leads.
Use attention grabbing quizzes with Thrive Quiz Builder to accelerate that list growth.
Add urgency to your online course launches with Thrive Ultimatum’s unbreakable countdown timers.
And A/B test your business critical landing pages with Thrive Optimize so you can boost your conversions through time.
Get Instant Access to Thrive Apprentice as Part of Thrive Suite
Thrive Suite Gives You Access to Every Thrive Tool:
Thrive Theme Builder
Visually create your WordPress website
Drag & drop landing page and content builder.
Thrive Quiz Builder
Collect leads with quizzes
Build your mailing list faster
A/B test landing pages for better conversions
Increase website engagement with gamified comments
Build professional online courses
Create evergreen countdown campaigns
Collect and display testimonials on autopilot
I would heartily recommend Thrive Suite because there is so much value. In addition, I am not a coder or even a website builder but Thrive plugins make it so much easier. I can create everything myself which of course, is much less expensive. Besides, it is fun!
Sherwood Tucker I THRIVE CUSTOMER
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If, for any reason, you don't like Thrive Suite, you can get a full refund anytime within 30 days after your first purchase. If you have any issues, just get in touch with our friendly support team and they'll either help you out until you get the results you need or give you a swift refund.
Here's How Others Are Building An Online Business with Thrive Suite
Frequently Asked Questions
As many as you like!
Thrive Suite comes with 25 licenses. This means you can install Thrive Apprentice on 25 websites! On each website you can create as many courses as you like.
Yes! Unlimited free support is included with your purchase of Thrive Suite so long as the subscription is in good standing.
Yes of course! You don’t need any other tools than Thrive Suite to do so.
Yes. Thrive Suite requires a quarterly or yearly subscription fee.
No. While Thrive Apprentice was at one time a standalone product, all of our plugins and themes are now part of Thrive Suite. You get instant access to all of our conversion-focused products for WordPress when you purchase Thrive Suite.
Probably not! If you use Thrive Apprentice alone or with one of our checkout integrations (SendOwl, ThriveCart or WooCommerce), your content is protected. If you need more advanced features such as drip delivery or the protection of non-course related content (such as pages and posts), then you can integrate an additional membership plugin with Thrive Apprentice for that.
At the moment, we’re adding drip delivery inside Thrive Apprentice. That means you won’t need a membership plugin for feature anymore by the end of the year...
Yes! Thrive Suite comes with 25 licenses. This means you can install Thrive Apprentice, Thrive Theme Builder, Thrive Architect and all our other conversion focused plugins on up to 25 websites! On each website, you can create as many courses as you like.
Yes! Thrive Apprentice works independently from your theme. This means you can use Thrive Theme Builder or any other WordPress theme you’d like with Thrive Apprentice.
Thrive Apprentice integrates with SendOwl, ThriveCart and WooCommerce. These checkout tools allow you to easily integrate with PayPal, Stripe and many other payment providers.
Your existing website, opt-in forms, landing pages, quizzes, online courses, A/B tests, etc. will stay intact and working. The only difference is that getting support, updates and using our premium templates requires an active license.
Still Not Convinced Thrive Apprentice is Right For You?
It’s true there are other online course building solutions for you to choose from, but none of them focus on helping you build your own course platform and online business like Thrive Apprentice does.
However, just take a look at how frustrating, expensive and damn near impossible it is to build an online business with the 3 other types of course building solutions on the market…
Hosted Course Prison Camps
Let’s pretend you build your online course with an “all-in-one” style hosted solution.
At first glance, such SaaS solutions look attractive — especially if you’re a beginner course creator struggling to understand all the tech.
On paper, these platforms claim to give you all the tools you need: a done-for-you site, email marketing features, and even a sales funnel builder...
Buuut, you quickly discover these hosted solutions are pretty mediocre when it comes to delivering on all those business-critical features in one fell swoop. In other words, their “all-in-one” promise breaks down as soon as you try to switch from online course creation to real-life marketing & business building.
Want to provide a streamlined checkout experience to replace their lackluster payment integration?
Easier said than done.
Need some advanced email marketing features like new subscriber segmentation and email campaign A/B testing?
Better sign up for a dedicated email marketing service.
What’s worse, ALL the content you create on these platforms is NOT yours to keep...
If ever you stop paying your monthly SaaS platform ransom money… say good-bye to your online course baby.
Course Marketplace Sweatshops
Okay, so the Hosted Course Platforms are expensive and mediocre when it comes to providing you with online business building features...
Does that mean one of the “free” online course marketplace solutions is better?
Even though there’s no monthly fee to pay, it turns out you’re giving up control of your business to the marketplace in exchange for their hosting services!
That's because an online course marketplace can change your course pricing to boost their sales — whenever they want — by offering steep discounts on your courses.
The marketplace also positions your courses alongside your direct competitors to encourage vicious price competition between their course creators.
And what word do you think most people associate with courses on crowded marketplace platforms?
I'll give you a hint. It starts with “C” and end with “P”.
Although it’s not always the case, most marketplace course buyers think the courses offered there are CHEAP — because they're priced that way. And it doesn't take a marketing degree to realize that's not a good thing for your brand in the long run...
But perhaps worst of all, marketplace platforms block you from interacting directly with your customers…
They force you into a content creation sweatshop mentality where you work for the platform — not the other way around.
LMS Plugin Frankensteins
“Okay, I get it” you say.
“I shouldn’t build my business on someone else’s platform like a SaaS solution or course marketplace. So how do I create my own platform instead?”
Great question and our answer for solo infopreneurs like you is to...
Build your course-based business on WordPress.. Full stop.
That’s because WordPress is not only free, but allows you to set your business up using interchangeable services like hosting, email marketing tools and 3rd-party plugins. This means your work and your business can never be held hostage by any single tool you use!
So assuming you’re building an online course-based business on WordPress, that means you’ll need a course management system to help build and organize your course content.
And when it comes to online course solutions for WordPress, that’s traditionally been done with university-style Learning Management System (LMS) plugins. But here’s where things get frustrating with such tools…
Not only are typical LMS plugins hard to handle with steep yearly price tags, you’ll need to perform some serious CSS heart surgery on them if you want to make even the most basic customizations to your course design. On top of that, the lessons you create with the traditional LMS plugins just end up looking -meh-.
That’s a serious problem when your lessons are the product your customers are paying you for.
So just imagine the disappointment when a customer spends real money for an online course that looks like each lesson is a Windows 98 Microsoft Word Doc... Can you say “I want my money back?”
Your customers need to feel like they’ve bought something PREMIUM — and for courses, that means visually engaging lessons packaged inside a professional online learning environment.
On top of that, these traditional LMS plugins can't help you build your online business.
They simply help you create your course content. That means you still need to pay for additional services to create your sales funnels, grow your leads, and handle your course checkout.
And how frustrating will it be when you purchase one of these LMS plugins only to discover there’s a Premium add-on you need to purchase — just to make your email marketing tool integrate!
Don't take a chance on creating some kind of third-party plugin Frankenstein that still might break once stitched together...
Use the all-in-one business building toolkit for WordPress that'll just work — straight out of the box.
Rob Dyer | Thrive Apprentice User
I’m currently working on setting up a whole bunch of member-only content into Apprentice, so the timing on this is spot on!
So many excellent features.
Grateful that my faith many months ago in going with Apprentice over other dedicated course plugins – on the basis that you would deliver on your promises in due course, has been borne out.
Cannot wait to put these new tools and features into action!
Thanks to all at Thrive!
Nicholas O | Thrive Suite Customer
Superb! I'm so proud of you guys and gurls at Thrive. Shane MeLaugh has assembled such an amazing and superior class of talented people.
Sometimes in this business, you'll run into good people with poor products or great products with poor people. It's not often that you run into a company with great products and smart people. Such is Thrive, smart people with great products.
Thrive towers above the competition. That's my scorecard 100%!