This could be the most important feature announcement of 2018 for people who want to host their premium online courses with WordPress.
Thrive just announced their official integration with Sendowl and launched a new Thrive University course describing the new features.
When it comes to online course creation, I have personally used:
- Thrive Apprentice
Want my first impressions of this new tool? Here we go:
Thrive Apprentice + Sendowl First Impressions
With only the first day of playing with these new features, I can already tell that Thrive is looking to make the most intuitive and streamlined online course experience for WordPress.
There is no messy membership plugin to create. No WooCommerce Products mapped to membership levels mapped to chicken eggs, mapped to your courses…
The set up couldn’t be simpler.
After an easy to follow quick start guide, you simply create a product in Sendowl (which takes about 3 clicks and maybe 45 seconds), and then POOF you can restrict content to that course to that specific SendOwl product.
Check out my full review of Apprentice here.
It’s great in theory, but still a work in progress
Maybe it’s my own fault, but I had one slight hiccup in my own setup process. It’s a brand new integration, and I am still on a trial with this current account with SendOwl, so I will give it some time work itself out.
Any fears integrating SendOwl with Thrive Apprentice?
A few Thrive users have been upset that Apprentice is not designed to do drip release of lessons with a course.
Drip release is useful to reduce refund rates because you can delay getting into the best material until after the refund period passes…
I’m not personally worried about that “missing feature.”
In fact, I prefer it. I have seen incredibly low refund request rates, and I have never implemented drip feeding.
Why don’t I drip feed content?
Everyone buying your course is starting from a different point in their journey.
Some are total beginners, and some may be 2/3 through the course with their experience.
Drip feeding can be as much of a burden to your more advanced students as it can be a benefit for the beginners.
But Thrive is a responsive company, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that feature is released eventually. They look to have an incredibly deep integration with SendOwl, so who knows what may still come?
What do you think about this SendOwl Integration?
Would you have preferred a Thrivecart integration? Boy would that be confusing!
Are you a fan of SendOwl? Planning on implementing this?
Leave a comment below, and be sure to check out the webinar on Thrive University! Shane never disappoints.