Integrating WooCommerce and LearnDashGiven the flexibility that WooCommerce offers and the number of extensions available, you can’t go wrong with using WooCommerce to sell your courses. LearnDash and WooCommerce integration is pretty straightforward using a ready extension. And more often than not, LearnDash and WooCommerce are set up on the same site. But here’s a different story. Keeping the two separate – setting up WooCommerce on a standalone website. The idea is not out of the ordinary. In fact, I know that we’ve had more than a couple of clients request us for a similar setup. But, why is there a need to shift to a new website for selling products? What are the advantages of keeping the two sites independent? The answer lies in personal preferences and the possibility of control.
Having a Two-Website Model – Best of Both Worlds? We think so!Now, a new website undoubtedly means maintenance overheads. There’s the additional cost for hosting, management and setup. So, why go with having a different store for your training platform? There could be several reasons:
- Improved Content Management – Now, this is by far the most common case. You have a separate department that handles accounts, and a separate teaching department. Works well in case of large training institutes or universities. Having WooCommerce on a different site means, you can have your administrative, sales, and accounting staff working on that website. And your instructors concentrate on the LearnDash website.
- Better Security Management – Having a separate website for WooCommerce gives you that extra control over security. You can design a security spectrum differently from your LearnDash website. This way you can have complete control in a clean, bifurcated manner.
- More Customization and Marketing Control – Two independent websites means you can carefully customize the functionality and add themes specific to the use case. You can design the WooCommerce website for an easy and clean checkout experience. You can go on with implementing seasonal sales and offers by changing web design. On the other hand, your LearnDash website can feature a slideshow banner to inform learners about new courses. The best part is, such elements from the two sites won’t take up each other’s space.
- Enhanced User Experience – Along with designing your WooCommerce website to manipulate buyer psychology, you can design your LearnDash website to best suit your instructors’ and learners’ needs and psychology.
- Integrated Selling Experience (Single Store for Multiple LearnDash websites) – Such a setup can also allow you to connect multiple LearnDash websites with a single WooCommerce site. This means you can sell courses from different e-learning sites on a single store.