How to Create Your First Thrive Apprentice Course
After you have installed and activated Thrive Apprentice on your WordPress website, you can access it, by hovering over the Thrive Dashboard menu item and then, selecting the "Thrive Apprentice" entry:
Or, if you access the Thrive Dashboard page, you can look for the Thrive Apprentice card, and then, click on the "Apprentice Dashboard" button:
Selecting the Page Where the Courses Will be Displayed
If you access the plugin for the first time, you will see this lightbox, where you can either select the page on which all of your courses will be displayed, or you can create a new page to be your course index:
However, if you change your mind, and you want to display your Thrive Apprentice courses on a different page, you can change it, from the Apprentice Dashboard, by going on the navigation bar and then, accessing the Settings > General Settings:
To find out more about this aspect, don't forget to check out our article about the Thrive Apprentice General Settings.
Going back to accessing the plugin for the first time, after you have selected a page, you will be greeted with the second step, which is, either personalizing your course template, or choosing a default template and go straight to building your first course:
If you choose to personalize your template, don't forget to check out our article on how to customize your Thrive Apprentice template, for more details. However, if you choose a default template, you will go straight to building your course, being able to customize your template later.
Adding and Setting Up a New Course
Moving forward, in the Apprentice Dashboard, to add a new course, either select the "Add New" or the "Add New Course" button:
After you've added the course, you need to give it a name (e.g. "5 Steps on How to Improve Your Diet):
Below the course name field notice that there is another field through which you can customize the permalink of this specific course. For example, in our case, we can rename it to "5-step-diet":
The next step is to add a description to your course. This will be visible by the users and it will basically give them a short overview on what the course is about:
Next to the description box you can notice the "Cover Image" card. Uploading a cover image to your course can give it a more refined look that will be more attractive to your users:
- Important! - As the tooltip in this section says, you SHOULD upload a cover image that comes as close as possible to the 1170 x 400 px dimensions. This is due to the fact that the image needs to fit perfectly in the cover section.
This is an example of how a cover image will look like on a course:
The Advanced Settings of a Course
Below the "Description" and the "Cover Image" cards you will come across the Advanced Settings:
By clicking on the "Show Advanced Settings", a couple of options will appear on the page:
The first option is the Course Topic. This basically works like a category for your courses. In the way that, you can assign multiple courses to a topic, and this way you can split your courses into more topics.
In order to manage your Thrive Apprentice topics, you need to go on the navigation bar and select the "Course Topics" option:
You can find out more about this, in the "How to Create and Use the Course Topics" article.
Allow comments for this course
Just as its name says, here you can choose whether or not you want to allow comments to be placed on the page for this course.
You can set different levels of difficulty for each course. In the drop-down shown below you will see a few default levels from which you can choose one, or you also have the possibility to add a new level:
The Author Settings of a Course
You can find the Author Settings of the course, if you click on the “Show Author Settings” button, below the Advanced Settings one:
This will open the drop-down with the respective settings. This drop-down has three sections: the “Teacher”, the “Teacher Biography” and the “Teacher Image”:
This section refers to the author of this course. Their name should be displayed here:
If you want, you can change the author that is displayed here, in order to display another teacher for the course.
Just as the indication says in brackets, you can search by email address or name to find the teacher you want from your WordPress users. Click on this section, delete the current Teacher’s name and start typing the name or the email address of the user you want to find.
If the user exists in your WordPress account, his/her name and email address will appear and you can simply press “Enter” to insert it to the field.
You have two options when it comes to the biography you want to display for the teacher of the course. As you can see, by default, the “WordPress user bio” is selected here:
This is the default “Biographical Info” that can be found on the user’s profile in the “Users” section of your WordPress admin dashboard.
However, you can also choose to add a custom bio, for the teacher, for this particular course. Simply click on the little down arrow from this section to open the drop down:
Then choose the “Custom bio for this course” option:
This will open the “Description” section, where you can insert (type or paste in) the custom biography:
After you have completed the bio as well, the last thing to do is to choose an image to be displayed for the teacher of the course.
The image that first appears here will be the one associated with the WordPress user you have chosen as the Teacher of the course. If there is no image associated to the user, then it will appear like this:
In case you want to upload an image here or change the current image with another one, do the following:
Click on the image/avatar itself to open the Media Library and then, choose the image you want to add or replace the current one with (upload it first, if it’s not in the library yet).
Note: The information you have set in the “Author Settings” will be shown on every lesson from the course like this:
And that's it!
Once you have been through all the steps mentioned above, mandatory or not, you can go ahead and save your course using the "Save" button from the bottom right part of the page.
However, you cannot have a course without any lessons. So, the next step is to add at least one lesson to this course. In order to do this, open the "Content" tab from the course page:
Then use the plus sign, which will appear once the tab is open, to start adding content to your course.
Last but not least, you can use the options from the "Access Restrictions" tab to make the course available only for certain users. If you want the visitors of your website to subscribe before accessing the course, then you can make the course available only for logged-in users.
Also, in case you will want to have paid courses, then you can set up a connection between SendOwl and Thrive Apprentice and after that you can make the course available for those users who have bought your course.
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