Online course hosting websites, WordPress plugins, software programs to record your screen, microphones…
How do you decide what technology you need for your first online course?
Don’t spend hours researching. Just follow my top recommendations.
The Only Tools You Need to Produce Videos for Your Online Course
- PowerPoint (PC and Mac) or Keynote (Mac) to make your slides
- A microphone to record your audio – I recommend this one (affiliate link)
- Camtasia (PC) or ScreenFlow (Mac) to record your screen and your voice
Total Investment: $350 (PC) / $150 (Mac)
- $0 Keynote/PowerPoint (you probably already have it)
- $50 Microphone
- $300 Camtasia / $100 ScreenFlow
Tip: Don’t buy anything until you’re ready to record, because you might just get sidetracked and stop working on your course.
After you’ve recorded and edited your videos, how do you get your course online so that someone can buy it?The Minimalist Guide to Course Creation Technology Click To Tweet
The Easiest Way to Get Your Course to Your Students
Don’t worry about installing a new WordPress theme, buying new plugins, getting someone to install them, customizing the theme, or figuring out how to use the software.
Just sign up for Teachable.
Teachable makes it simple to get a beautiful, mobile-friendly online course up and running. They even have a built-in beautiful sales page template. It really couldn’t be any easier and is perfect for people who don’t want to deal with lots of moving techy parts.
In addition to being easy to use, it’s also reasonably priced.
They take a percentage of your sales, but it’s minimal considering the service they provide.
The basic plan has a few nice perks:
- You can connect your teachable school to your email service provider, so that names and emails of new students are automatically added to your email list.
- You can have your own affiliate program, so other people can sell your course for you and get a commission.
Sign up for a free account to take a look around, but don’t spend more than 30 minutes browsing the site. Remember, you need to finish your course.
And just in case you’re new to the online marketing world, let’s cover a few basics.
You Already Have These, Right?
These aren’t required to create your course. They are must haves if you are selling anything online.
- PayPal Business Account (Teachable pays you through PayPal)
- Website (Domain Name $13/year, Website Hosting $10/month)
- Email Marketing Service (I just switched to ConvertKit ($29/month) and I love it)
That’s all you need to create your videos and get your course into the world.
Go forth and finish your course!