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How to Create and Sell Online Courses: Step-By-Step Guide

How to Create and Sell Online Courses: Step-By-Step Guide

Selling online courses is one of the most popular ways of making money online. Everyone has something he or she can teach. The good is that it is very easy and simple to build a website with which you can sell your courses online. You can start selling courses online today because costs a little and you need no technical knowledge of web development to get started.

This article is for you whether you are introducing online courses for your existing students or creating online courses to sell to new students.




In this article, we explained with pictures how to create online courses and how to make good money from them. Ultimately, we will teach you how to make your online course a huge success.

We covered the under-listed in this article;

  • Things you need to create an online course
  • How to set up your website
  • How to install and setup MemberPress
  • Also, we covered how to create your first online course
  • How to add lessons and sections to your online course
  • How to restrict course access to membership plans
  • Also, we covered how to sell your online course
  • How to add links to the course sign up and registration page
  • How to preview and customize course view
  • Also, we covered how to promote your online course

If you are ready? Let’s get started.


Things You Need to Create / Sell an Online Course

The following are required to create an online course.

  • The first thing you need is a course idea. This is where you can help others learn something new.
  • A domain name. You also need a domain name which is your website’s address (for example,
  • A hosting This is the location(s) where your website’s files are stored. files are stored on Google Cloud.
  • You also need an LMS plugin such as MemberPress to create and manage your courses.
  • You need to give your online course website development the attention it requires to become functional.

Depending on the resources available to you, your online course design and development can be completed in days.

Let’s get started.

Step 1 of How to Create and Sell Online Courses

Setting up Your WordPress Website

There are lots of online course platforms and website builders that you can use to build your online course website. However, we always recommend WordPress. WordPress offers you the maximum freedom and flexibility you need to create your online courses in days.

It might interest you to know that WordPress powers over 35% of all websites currently on the internet.

Often beginners do find it difficult to differentiate between and is a hosting service provider, while on the other hand is a platform for building self-hosted WordPress websites or blogs. is usually recommended because it gives you access to all of the WordPress features that you’ll need to fully develop your website or blog.

Just as we pointed out above, you’ll need a domain name to get started with a self-hosted website, Choice a domain name that will reflect the name f your business or company. The cost of purchasing a domain name ranges from $0 to about $20 per year.

This is quite a lot of startup money.




See our top 4 web hosting providers. For instance,  HostGator. They are our recommended hosting providers. Purchase your domain name, and hosting. After you have done so, head over to our step-by-step guide on how to build a website or blog. Follow the instructions and steps to start customizing your blog or website.

Step 2 of How to Create and Sell Online Courses

Install and Setup MemberPress LMS Plugin

After setting up your website or blog, the next thing to do is to set up a Learning Management System (LMS) plugin. These plugins will allow you to create your online course on your website or blog and also monetize them.

Head over to your admin dashboard now, and install the MemberPress plugin. MemberPress is at the moment one of the best Learning Management System plugins. It has complete course management, subscription, payment management, lesson plans, access control, and many more features. It can be said to be an all-in-one solution LMS.

So many course creators around the world today use MemberPress to create courses that generate thousands of dollars in revenue every year.




MemberPress » Settings page, upon activation, to enter the license key that way issued to you on purchase. If you don’t’ know where your license key is, check under your account information on the MemberPress website.


How to Create and Sell Online Courses

Click on the ‘Activate License Key’ button, once you have entered the license key.

After activating your MemberPress plugin, head over to the ‘Payments’ tab, click on the (+) add button to set up your choice of payment gateway

At the moment, MemberPress only supports PayPal and Stripe ( support included in Pro and Plus plans).

How to Create and Sell Online Courses

After selecting your choice of payment gateway, fill in the required information. by clicking on the (+) button again and again, you can set up multiple payment methods.

Click on the ‘Update Options’ button to save payment settings.




Step 3 of How to Create and Sell Online Courses

Creating Your First Course

It is super easy to create and manage courses online with MemberPress. MemberPress comes with a course builder that is very easy to use. The course builder of MemberPress has features that allow you to create courses, edit lessons already created, add sections, and lots more.

Open MemberPress, click on the Courses page, then you’ll see a button to install and activate the courses addon.