So, What Is Course Cats?
Founded in 2015 and now used by thousands of course creators around the world, Course Cats was born out of, shall we say… a bit of frustration (that’s a nice way of putting it, hah!).
I (and by “I” I mean David Siteman Garland aka DSG… aka co-founder of Course Cats) have been creating and selling online courses for years and have thousands of students all over the world who have done the same via my Create Awesome Online Courses program… but over and over again the same issue has come up:
How can you create a course website that…
- Is super easy to setup without needing a web developer, a graphic designer, a psychiatrist and a team of 1,000 nerds
- Looks freakin’ amazing like you hired a 6-figure branding and design expert
- Easy to use (and navigate…no compass needed) for your customers (and yourself)
- Integrates with pretty much everything
- Can be created from scratch and up quickly without sacrificing 1-4
After years of research, testing and trying everything under the sun, the hunt for the perfect course website seemed impossible (maybe we would find Bigfoot first?).
Why? With WordPress you’re in control and it is highly customizable. It’s your business and you should be in full control, right? Now here is the thing… what I know from personally creating & selling over 6 million dollars in online courses and teaching well over 3,000 people in over a hundred countries sell online courses is that the best solution for your online course website is WordPress. It’s what I use and so do my most successful students.
You shouldn’t have to pay transaction fees or pay as you get more customers!
Plus you shouldn’t have to pay transaction fees (keep every dollar you earn from your course) or pay more as you get more customers (ridiculous) and with WordPress you can easily integrate with other software you are using (i.e. your autoresponder).
Before Course Cats… what existed were three not-so-great options:
1. 3rd party “course platforms”
- Often super expensive (and the more customers you have the more expensive it gets…yikes)
- Transaction fees? Um no thanks!
- Poor design
- Lack of integrations (hard to work with other pieces of software you are using)
2. Cheap-O WordPress templates
- Many require you to be an expert designer or programmer otherwise the site will look absolutely terrible (and awful instructions).
- Many are impossible to integrate things like your payment processor and ways to protect your content.
- Most are absolutely brutal to navigate. Meaning, they aren’t user friendly…and, quite frankly look terrible.
3. Designer & developer create a course website for you from scratch
- Huge fees well over $5,000+ (and well-earned as it takes work but huge)
- Long lead times…weeks, months, many months. Ain’t nobody have time for that (and lord forbid you want to change anything…the waiting continues!)
- Ongoing fees (want to change the color to purple? Add a page? Bling bling.)
What ends up happening?
You either spend an arm and a leg on a designer and developer… and lord knows how long that will take to get done (and what about future changes? You will have to pay for those as well).
You hack together your own WordPress theme, try integrating all kinds of stuff, try to make it look non-crappy… and then get frustrated and give up.
You go for a 3rd party course platform but end up paying through the roof (and have zero flexibility).
Well, fret no more my friend because Course Cats is here (with thousands of happy course kittens all over the world who have created amazing course websites with Course Cats on every topic under the sun from bathroom repair to baby sleep training).
Enter… Course Cats. THE WordPress solution for your online course
A little secret. I’m by no means a techie. I have no idea how to code anything except my alarm code.
So, in the past to get something like Course Cats for my online courses, I had to hire Brad.
Brad has been my web developer for over five years. His work is epic and it isn’t cheap.
I came up with the wild idea, what if I kidnapped my developer Brad for you?
And what if Brad could create something amazing for you that takes away all those annoying WordPress frustrations and is super affordable (as opposed to hiring him for at least $5,000 or more)?
Meaning, something that…
Looks Beautiful. A responsive design that looks great and allows you to add their own copy, photography and colors to give it a personalized feel without needing to know anything about web design or development. Designed specifically for people who want an online course, which includes a very customizable sales page and a custom design for modules and bonuses.
You Can Easily Do-It-Yourself. A step-by-step guide (complete with videos) that walk you through EXACTLY how to use the responsive theme, add your sales page and course modules/bonuses, and integrate with a membership plugin so you can accept payments and manage your customers.
Easy To Navigate For You & Your Customers. Put away the compass and no need to hire the ghost of Magellan. Course Cats is designed to make it super simple for customers to access course material. There’s nothing more frustrating than buying a digital product or online course and not being able to access the material you purchased. We’ve designed this so the back-end is super easy to add modules/bonuses to (easy for you) and the front-end is just as simple for users to navigate(your customers).
And that’s exactly what Course Cats is. Think of it as an amazing, customizable course website in a box for WordPress.
Course Cats is an awesome, easy solution for creating your online courses. I have tried several different platforms and this was the simplest AND most beautiful! For someone like me who is super picky about my content presentation, I absolutely loved the way my course turned out! I can’t wait to create my next course!Christine Elle, Hollywood, California USA
What can I do with it?
Create Sales Pages
Course Cats sales pages are high-converting, easily-customizable and will not only look “on brand,” but bring in those happy customers. We dare you to find a sales page that looks better and is as easy to setup!
Create Landing Pages
Offer a free download, webinar or mini-course to get visitors on to your mailing list. After analyzing hundreds of thousands of our analytics for courses we’ve created in the past, we’ve designed our Course Cats landing page templates to get you the highest conversion possible.
Create a Video Series
Build anticipation for the sale! Get visitors to opt-in for a video series and at the end of the 3-part, 4-part (whatever-part), send them to your sales page! It’s a method we’ve followed ourselves to increase our sales.
Each course can include lessons, workshops and bonuses (oh, and you can call them whatever you want!). Add videos, as much text as you’d like and downloads, such as PDFs, PowerPoints, whatever you want! We provide the amazing design, you simply add as much content as you want!
Sell Your Courses
Once you create your online course(s), we’ll show you how to connect to a WordPress membership plugin so you can a) protect your content and b) get paid. Once this is setup, you can forget about it and focus on creating your content and selling your course to more and more people!
NO Transaction Fees
What’s the deal with all of these other online course platforms taking a cut of your earnings? Well… it does sound pretty great (for them!). We do not take a transaction fee. Keep your money, you’ve earned it.
And of course, there’s more…
You also get a drop-dead gorgeous default page template, access to hours of in-depth video training and unlimited support to help you get set up the way YOU want, as quickly as possible – often in less than 24 hours (we’ve had course creators get their first sale after one weekend setting up their website).
NEW (as of 2018) – Full Blog Functionality! You can now also easily add a blog to your course site so you don’t have to have multiple sites. Just another way we’re helping you simplify your life.
Is this for me?
If you answer YES to any of these examples below, then this is absolutely for you.
- The Do-It-Yourselfer. You are ready to follow along with our guide and videos and get your course up.
- The Outsourcer. You have someone you want to hand this off to and they can set it up for you (it’s so easy to setup it can be anyone from a VA or that techie cousin you give little projects to).
- The Impatient (Aren’t We All!). You don’t want to wait weeks and weeks for a developer to get back to you. You want to get going on this NOW.
I was able to get my course up and running in one weekend. Made my first sale that next Monday so when I say it’s easy… it’s freak’n easy.Tamiko Kelly, Austin, Texas USA
If you wanted to hire Brad to create a custom WordPress course website just like Course Cats, it would cost AT LEAST $5,000 and his schedule is so crazy who knows how long it would take (and he rarely accepts new clients!).
And that doesn’t include if you wanted any additional changes down the road, landing pages or anything like that. Bottom line is it can add up quickly (and take a long time).
We wanted to make this no-brainer affordable for you because we love you like… um… well, we love you.
In all seriousness, we wanted to make this affordable because we didn’t want an amazing WordPress course site to be limited just to people who could afford paying big ticket prices!
So we are doing something pretty freakin’ cool. Instead of charging an arm and leg (and transaction fees) like others out there… we are going to GIVE YOU Course Cats for 14 days 100% free.
Yup. That’s right. Not a typo. 14 days free. ALL the features. You can create your entire course website, free video series, opt in pages, sales pages, everything… free.
And then after 14 days you will will have two affordable plans – a monthly or a yearly payment option (you choose which one you want when you sign up for your free trial…you can always change it later if you decide to switch).
You will get unlimited support and you can easily change your site around anytime with a few clicks of the button (no need to pay a designer or developer… boom).
Now you might be thinking to yourself… why the heck would we GIVE YOU Course Cats for two weeks… free? Have we lost our minds? Maybe a little but here is the thing, we know Course Cats is the best software out there for your course website and we want to prove it to you. And we know if you love it you will be addicted like a cat on catnip (in a good way), eliminate that techno-stress and have an incredibly amazing course website and will become a loyal course kitten (Course Cats customer). And if not, we don’t deserve your money. Plain and simple.
Think of how many months and/or years it would take to equal what you’d pay a pro to do this! Ridiculous. Zero-risk 14 day free trial and then you pay monthly or yearly (no long term contracts cancel anytime).
If you want to own your own site (rather than renting – i.e. paying huge transaction fees) and you don’t have a ton of tech skills, then I highly recommend Course Cats!Jimmie Jayes, Chilliwack, BC, Canada
No Headache. No Risk.
Start your free trial and finally create your first online course!
- 14-Day free trial
- No transaction fees
- Instant, full access
- Responsive WordPress theme
- Step-by-step guide & bonuses
- Unlimited updates
- Unlimited support
No Risk. Cancel Anytime.
Does Course Cats charge transaction fees like every other company?
NO! We don’t believe we should get a big cut, small cut, or ANY cut of your sales as you get more successful, so we stick to straightforward, predictable membership pricing with zero hidden fees. Some online software companies are charging HUNDREDS of dollars in transactions fees per month. Insane.
Do I have to sign a long contract or anything?
Ab-so-lutely NOT. With the monthly option, you pay every month. For the yearly – pay per year. No long term contracts, simple as that.
What other tech will I need to go with Course Cats?
Great question my friend! It’s almost like you are writing the FAQs.
Rather than trying to build every feature under the sun, Course Cats focuses at being the absolute best online course theme on the market by giving you amazing templates to use, such as our sales page template, landing page template with video series option and more. In addition to focusing on providing you with the best theme imaginable, we provide a detailed step-by-step guide with videos to walk you through from start to finish!
Here are the tech that we’ll cover in our guide that we recommend you use with Course Cats…
- Domain + web hosting + WordPress
- Payment processor (e.g. Stripe or PayPal)
- SSL certificate (so you can accept credit card payments directly on your site)
- Membership plugin to protect your content
Remember, we’ll cover all of these tech integrations in our step-by-step guide to make your life much easier!
How many sites can I use the Course Cats theme on?
Ah good question! If you want all of your courses on the same domain, then YES, you can do that with 1 Course Cats license!
If you’d like to use the theme on different domains, then we can provide a coupon link for you to get 20% off your additional licenses, just shoot us an email and let us know how many licenses you’re looking to purchase!
What's the difference between Course Cats and Conversion Cats?
Course Cats is meant for people who want to sell an online course. Conversion Cats has some more extensive opt-in options and is for people who don’t necessarily want to sell a course quite yet, but would rather focus on growing their email lists. Many of our customers use Conversion Cats for their blog and podcast (their “free” content site) and then when they are ready, they use Course Cats specifically for their online course(s). Some people like this approach of having two separate websites – one with Conversion Cats installed (e.g. myfreesite.com) and the other with Course Cats (e.g. mycoursesite.com).
Who owns my content?
You do! You own all your stuff. Your videos, your PDFs, all your content… and your little dog too.
I have a question, who should I contact?
No problem. Jump over to our help page and send our support team a question or two, we’d love to help.
How did you guys make something so awesome?
We are just cool like that.