Redoing Old Website/Adding Online Courses
Hello – I’m new here and I really appreciate the thoughtful advice I’ve read so far. I am a professional dog trainer specializing in helping families succeed when they have a dog and are adding a baby or working through the trying toddler years. I’ve been doing this since 2002, except for a few years off (including a year long family RV trip – love the RV life!) and now I am taking a book project and reworking it into an online course format.
I have both time and interest in DIY and a small/reasonable budget to spend on help.where needed. I am reluctant to spend my budget on stuff I can do myself at least at a B/B+ level. Are these reasonable plans?:
* Thrive Theme Builder to redo my old wordpress site to be more modern/sales-focused and bring over existing blog content. Seems I can do that myself with some help. True? Thrive Architect is not what I need, right, for a basic website/blog?
* I did trials with LearnDash and Dropfunnels and didn’t like for various reasons (LearnDash too complicated, Dropfunnels didn’t have features I wanted). For now, my plan is to use the Thinkific platform for my initial course(s), primarily because it felt very easy for getting started and because it has in-lesson discussion options that allow students to share video and at least starting level features for an affiliate program, customer database/email integrations and pretty important to me – the ability to add other “instructors”/TA’s to manage class interactions. Once I have a better handle on what I’m actually going to use, I think I would be able to make a better educated decision on migrating to hosting an LMS on my own site. (The Thinkific course would be linked from my website.) Am I missing an important piece about why I might regret this vs learning a WordPress LMS right now?
I’m anxious to get out of the research/planning stage and at least get my new website up and start marketing among my colleagues and actually building the course. (Initial focus is to help expectant/new parents prep their dog for success with a new baby with a “30 Day Prep for Baby Challenge Course” (not necessarily that name) and a free mini-course on one piece of my framework, “The Get Out of Bite Free Card.”)
Thank you for any insights anyone wants to share! I appreciate being here!
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