Posted on October 27th, 2015 by Sara Funduk - 3 comments

I have quite a few improvements to CourseCraft that I'd like to tell you about! The theme of these changes is all about making life easier for you and your participants and hopefully increasing sales for you. Sounds good right?

Profile Clean-Up

With new features being added all the time, the profile options page was getting a little cluttered so we've reorganized things. This will make it faster and easier for you to find what you're looking for. It will also help participants to find their most frequently used options, which is usually updating their name, email address and adding an avatar.

Mailing List Integration

Looking at the new profile (now called settings) layout you might notice there is something new! We've just added the ability to connect your email provider and have participants automatically added to a mailing list. I've said it before, but you guys give us the best ideas. This is another feature that was requested multiple times from our users.

Email marketing is a fantastic way to keep in touch with your participants and let them know about your other courses and products. Right now, we support integration with MailChimp, Campaign Monitor and AWeber. We'd love to add more in the future, so keep an eye out for that. And just an FYI, your participants will be given the opportunity to opt-out during the enrollment process so you can be sure you're following anti-spam rules. For more info on this feature, check out the help doc.

Notification Emails

If you go digging around in the profile settings a bit more, you'll see another little change. We've added a third email notification option. You can now choose to turn off new enrollment emails.

Landing Page Enrollment Button

Another mini improvement is the addition of an enrollment button section on the landing page. Your landing page will automatically have an 'enroll' button at the top of the page, but now you can add more buttons in with your landing page content. Like always, your button will be branded in your colours if you have Custom Branding enabled. You can edit the text above and even on the button itself. More enrollment buttons make it easier for people to enroll and could increase your conversion rate. And who doesn't want that?

Server Upgrades

Lastly, we've upgraded to faster servers. This will make everything on the site generally faster and better. Your course content will load faster for your participants and we'll be able to handle more traffic at once. Even though this seems like a boring upgrade, it's exciting for us because it means that we're growing. So thank-you for helping to make CourseCraft a success! :)

Posted on July 31st, 2015 by Sara Funduk - 1 comment

Hey everyone! I've got a new feature to tell you about today. Earlier this week we introduced lesson groups, so now you can arrange your lessons into smaller groups. That can be really helpful for organizing a large course. Lessons groups do just what the title suggests, allows you to put your lessons into different groups or sub-headings.

Here's a little example of what your lesson list could look like:

Sound good? If you're just starting out, this is what you'll see when you click the 'new lesson' button for the first time:

You'll be prompted to name your lesson and create a group for it. Making more lessons is more of the same. Create a lesson and either make a new group or put it in an existing group. You can also create an empty group and drag lessons into it. If you already have a course with lessons, that's how you'll start. The bar at the bottom of your lesson list looks a little different now, so just choose 'create an empty group' and start dragging and dropping.

Of course, if you liked things the way they were before you don't have to divide your lessons into groups at all! Just leave all your lessons in the default group called 'lessons' and ignore the feature entirely.

But we really hope you like this new feature. It might be one of the most requested additions to CourseCraft so we're very happy it's now a reality. If you want more details on how everything works, be sure to check out the help doc.