Sell Online Courses and Have Subscribers-Only Courses in the Same Time with Thrive Apprentice & SendOwl
What to do if you want to have courses that you want to sell (premium courses) and subscribers-only courses (lead magnet courses) in the same time?
If you have set up the connection between Thrive Apprentice and SendOwl, you have the possibility to set up both type of courses. The difference will be in the "Access Restrictions" of the courses:
- If you want to set up a premium course for sale, you will have to add a "SendOwl" access rule for it. This means that you will select the SendOwl product/bundle you want to protect the course with, while setting up the "Access Rules" in the "Access Restrictions" section.
Then, you will also have to include a link to buying the course, in the message for users who will not have access.
- If you want to have subscribers-only courses, you will have to use the "WordPress Role" option when you set up the "Access Rules" in the "Access Restrictions" section. This way, the users will need to subscribe in order to get full access to the course, but the course itself will be free.
If you need full instructions on how to do this, then please access the separate articles linked above that we have for both of these cases.
Here are the most important steps you need to have both type of courses on your website:
1. Premium courses for sale
After you have created the course with Thrive Apprentice, created a product for it in SendOwl and set up the SendOwl Settings, you can go on with adding the "Access Restrictions" for the course.
Note: This article details what you need to do to set up premium courses that you want to sell with Thrive Apprentice & SendOwl. Please check it out, if you haven’t created this kind of course yet.
Setting up the Access Restrictions
First, you will have to access the course that you want to sell. For that, go to your Thrive Apprentice dashboard and click on the course:
Then, click on the "Access Restrictions" tab to open it:
When the "Access Restrictions" tab is opened, click on the "Restrict access" option to activate it. This is where you will be able to set up the restrictions for the course:
The first section is where you can add the "SendOwl" access rule to the course. In order to do that, click on the "Add Rule" button:
This will open the section where you can add the access rule from. The options that area available in this section depend on what plugins/connections are activated on your website.
In the case of courses that you want to sell, you will have to select either the "SendOwl Product" here or the "SendOwl Bundle", depending on what you want to protect the course with:
Now, you will have to select the respective product/bundle you want to protect the course with. This means that the visitors of your website/users will have to have the product/bundle that you select here, in order to get full access to the course.
To select the product/bundle all you have to do is check the checkbox next to its name:
This way, if users have previously bought the product you selected here, they will simply need to log in to access the course. However, if they have not purchased the product yet, then they will need to buy it to get access to the course.
After you have selected the product/bundle, click on the "Add Rule" button:
Message with purchase link
Another important aspect you need to set up is the message that will be displayed for the users who don't have access to the course. You can do this in the "Message for users who do not have access" section of the "Access Restrictions".
You will find a default message in this section:
Replace this message with your own message that you customize to fit your needs. Select the message, delete it and paste or write in the message you want your users to see, instead of this default one.
The main idea of this message is to explain to users why they do not have access to the course and give them a way of buying it. Therefore, you should include a call to action in this message (something like "Buy it now") and link it with the purchase link of your product.
This way when people see the message they can click on the call to action and they will be redirected to the Registration page that you have set up in your "Checkout Settings"
You can also set up the other aspects of the restriction, such as the "Restriction Label" and the exclusions (as detailed in this article). When you are done, click on the "Save" button from the bottom right corner of the page, to save the restrictions for the course you want to sell.
2. Subscribers-only courses
After you have created the course you want to make a subscribers-only course, you can go on with adding the "Access Restrictions" for it as well. Since you will offer this course for free, you do not need to set up anything in SendOwl for this one.
What you will need to do, it to add a "WordPress Role" access rule to it.
Setting up the Access Restrictions
The first steps are exactly the same as in the case of the premium courses above.
Go to your Thrive Apprentice dashboard and click on the course you want to make a subscribers-only course:
Then, click on the “Access Restrictions” tab from the course page:
When the tab opens, activate the “Restrict access” option:
This is where the difference between the two setups comes in. Since in this case, you want to offer a course for free, but in the same time you, want the users to subscribe to your website before accessing it; you will have to use the "WordPress Role" option from the "Access Rules" section.
Click on the "Add Rule" button to open the "Access Rules" section:
Choose the "WordPress Role" option:
A list will appear with every WordPress role that you have set up for your website. Select the role(s) you want the users to have in order to be able to access the course. You can do this by checking the checkbox next to the respective role. For instance, if you want to grant access to the subscribers, then that is the role you should check.
Once you have done that, you can click on the "Add Rule" button as well:
After setting up the "WordPress Role" restriction rule, you can go on and set the other aspects of the restriction for the course. You can find detailed info on how to do that in this article.
After you have set up everything related to the "Access Restrictions", click on the "Save" button from the bottom right part of the page to save what you have done.
In both cases, you can preview the course to see how the restrictions work.
In order to do that, you will have to use the "Preview Course" option from the upper right part of the page (use this either in an incognito window or in another browser where you are not logged in):
- In the case of the premium course for sale:
When you will try to access a restricted part of the course, you will be redirected to the message with the purchase link you have set up for this course, along with a login form.
If people have already bought the product needed, they will just have to log in and they will be able to see the course.
If they have not yet purchased it, then they will need to click on the call to action and complete the purchasing process to get access.
- In the case of the subscribers-only course:
When you will try to access a restricted part of the course, you will be redirected to the login form and the message you set up for this course.
If people are already subscribers, then they will only have to log in and they will see the course.
If not, then they will have to register first, using the "Register a new account here" option from below the form, or if you have added a link to a different registration page in the message, then using that one.
So this is how you can have both subscribers only courses for free and premium courses for sale with Thrive Apprentice and SendOwl. If you need even more details on this subject, please check out this blog post.
Important! You should NOT use the "SendOwl" and the "WordPress Role" access rules in the same time for one course. These are meant to be used separately, for separate courses.
If you would add both of these rules to the same course, then that course would be for sale and for free in the same time, which would not make sense. People would be able to buy the course, but also access it without buying it, by simply registering/subscribing.
So please keep in mind, that these two "Access Rules" are meant to to be used for different courses, just as they are showcased in this article.
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