Keyboard with the words online training on enter keyIn November 2015, I was a guest on the WP-Tonic podcast three times discussing online training courses. In the third interview, Bill Conrad and Jonathan Denwood interviewed me about using third-party, fully-hosted solutions to create an online training course. For some people, particularly busy business owners, adding and managing additional plugins in their WordPress website is not desired or is possibly overwhelming.

In these cases, when a person wants to focus on content creation and delivery, selecting a SaaS (Software as a Service) platform which hosts everything for you for a fee, is a better choice. While some of these options do have free plans, they still have transaction fees, so selling your courses won’t be completely free. Although these plans do have fees, even if it’s only transaction fees, they offer a solution that doesn’t require any changes to your current website and manages the payments and SSL ( Secure Server Layer), so you don’t have to worry about securing the data transferred.

Podcast Interview

The podcast interview and accompanying guest post provided an overview of Teachable, Teachery, and Udemy as courseware creation and delivery platforms. We also looked, quickly, at Gumroad which is sometimes mentioned for online course delivery, but it doesn’t actually fit into our requirements as a platform that allows you to create and deliver courses, so we didn’t cover it in as much detail.

Excerpt from the Guest Blog Post

As with any business solution, the key is to define your requirements and then select the option that works best for you. For building and delivering online courses, solutions like Teachable, Teachery, Udemy, and for downloadable products, Gumroad, may provide a powerful solution without requiring additions to your current website.

For More Information on these platforms, see the full post at:

Have you researched or used any of these options? If so, please share your experiences in the comments.