Online ecommerce courses

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Good morning people. I am intersted to learn what i need to do to offer my videos as paid online courses. Is it possible to integrate with a credit card system to accept payments. And can i have a webpage with all my courses so a customer to choose, pay and access the course without an email being sent to them manually? Thanks. Frantz
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Sandaru Dilshan

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Yes. It is possible. I can make you a professional store if interested. There are free alternatives too. But they charge 30-50% from your income.
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Frantz Smith

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Hi Sandaru,
Thanks for your message.   I would need my elearning site on my website.   Do you have a live example of such a site that you have created?

Thank  you.

Frantz



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Hi Frantz

Regardless of the approach you take, there will always be fees involved. And such a thing is fraught with all manner of technical issues. Especially when it comes to the video part.

You may do well to investigate something like Teachable.com.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Frantz Smith

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Thanks Rick.  Im up for the challenge.  Have you seen one on a website instead of a platform like teachable. 

Thanks.


Frantz
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Rick Stone

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If I have, I'm unaware of it. There are ways of hosting things such that one may actually be using a site like Teachable, but from the appearance, you would never know and believe it to be coming from a web site.

Here are a few things I'm aware of that need to be considered with such an endeavor:
  • Where to host the video content?
Video content consumes a massive amount of space. As such, if you are operating a web site, you are likely paying hosting fees. And your fees may limit you to a finite amount of storage space. So your videos could quickly consume all the available space leaving you wanting more and having to search for another solution.
  • Bandwidth
What I'm talking about here is the transfer that occurs. If you copy video content and serve it up from your web site, you may find yourself limited to the amount of "transfer" that occurs. And video content can rapidly eat into that. You could well find your hosting provider wanting additional fees for the transfer that occurs.

With something like Teachable, you pay your monthly or whatever fee to them and you don't have the hassles you otherwise encounter by trying to roll your own via a personal web site.

I should probably note here that I'm not suggesting Teachable because I have any vested interest in it. It's just one solution I became aware of during my own quest for such a thing a few years back. Not that I'm suggesting this will happen to you, but I ended up abandoning things because I found myself suddenly retired. So my interest dropped off considerably.

For "rolling your own", you may also find it helpful to install WordPress and purchase some add in template packages that will help facilitate things for you.

Click here to see one WordPress video theme

Click here to see an article on WordPress themes to sell eLearning

One thing I found during my own quest for such a thing was that folks seemed to gravitate toward using Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3 or AWS) to upload and serve their video content. Perhaps things have changed since I last looked, but at the time I was focused on this, it required some fairly specialized knowledge of how to configure things so you ran your WordPress off your hosting site, but served up the video content from AWS.

And, like anything else, there is a fee for how much "transfer" occurs from your AWS storage. I believe the fee varies based on use, but from what I understood, it was the most cost effective solution available.

It would be great to see someone put together a nice reference for something like the eCommerce course solution to provide a better guide. I believe this is a constantly evolving playing field.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Of course. Is there a way to dm you? It may not suitable to reveal my clients in a public forum.
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Frantz Smith

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Hi Sandaru,
Yes.  you can email me at frantz@belizeinfocenter.org

Thanks.

Frantz