July Product Update: Lifetime vs. Limited Access for Online Courses

Frances Wong

| Aug 06, 2020

After six years of hosting our community on Facebook, we launched a private, elevated community that’s integrated with Teachable. Our focus in building this new community space was to create an experience that enhances what it means to be a Teachable member: something more robust, high-quality, and packed with content and perks that our members need to succeed.

That’s why we are super excited to officially introduce you to Teachable:hq, our new exclusive, members-only community space. In Teachable:hq, you’ll have opportunities to:

  • Engage with other members in a similar business phase
  • Chance to advance into higher tiers and unlock exclusive content in the community as your business grows
  • Run workshops and presentations, and learn from other business owners
  • Participate in challenges and win swag

If you’re already a paid member on Teachable, you can log in with your Teachable account and join in the conversation.

What’s new at Teachable?

Limited course access duration

Use this new feature to see how it can drive conversions and improve your launch strategy. We’ve released a new pricing plan feature that allows you to set duration limits on course access to a specific date or on a rolling duration (i.e. 30 days) on Free and One-Time Purchase pricing plans. Students will only have access to the course for as long as you’ve set it and can repurchase the course if it is still available.

Offering lifetime access is an effective marketing strategy, but so is offering your course for a limited duration. You can offer both lifetime and limited-access side-by-side, use it to offer beta access, or offer your course for free for a limited time.

For more information on how to set up limited course access duration, check out this Knowledge Base article.

Page editor 2.0 improvements

Recently, we’ve been silently rolling out a lot of changes to our editor 2.0 to give you more flexibility to build your pages on Teachable. You can now make the following customizations:

  • Adjust top and bottom padding to achieve the spacing you want in all content blocks
  • Adjust the gutter width, the spacing between the elements next to each other, in layout blocks
  • Change the content width on all content blocks and the content in your header and footer
  • Add a URL link to an image
  • Change the color background of a section header in the curriculum block
  • Inline edit your page URLs and page title on the pages index page of your products

For more information about how to edit your pages, check out this Knowledge Base article.

Updates and other fixes

  • We’ve made the username clickable so you can easily find the user profile of a student in lecture comments and contact the student if needed.
  • We added the ability for creators to save milestones as templates in a coaching space and reuse them across all coaching spaces with their enrolled clients.
  • We are now dynamically adding the pricing plan created in the onboarding flow of a coaching product to all the pricing blocks in default coaching page templates.
  • We added the ability to select courses in the upsell block in editor 2.0 thank you pages.
  • We made further enhancements to the Calendly integration we already have. Any scheduled sessions with an active Calendly integration (adding in API Key) will bring in the title, description, and zoom link to the auto-created meeting milestone.
  • We made a small update to the student checkout page to make it easier for students to find the “Add Coupon Code” field.

Coming up at Teachable

Here’s our updated product roadmap. Click here to enlarge.

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Our product and engineering team is working on:

  • Adding authors for coaching products
  • Adding additional fields in coaching intake forms
  • Adding new user filters to give you more insight in offering free trials with your subscriptions
  • Developing group coaching functionality in our coaching product
  • Creating an option to build your template coaching program
  • Building the option for you to bundle courses and coaching together
  • Simplifying payment gateways on our platform so you have a more readable accounting report

Got suggestions? Got questions? We’re all ears. Comment below and I’ll respond directly or in the next monthly product updates!

Frances Wong is a Product Marketer at Teachable. Outside of Teachable, Frances is an avid sports fan and dedicates her weekends to Manchester United and Georgetown Hoyas games.