Time for an inevitable change

Front-end Course Creation has always been similar to Instructor Role. However, Front-end Course Creation never gave us the flexibility to extend it as easily as Instructor Role. To overcome this and to provide you with the best functionality possible, we’ve now upgraded Front-end Course Creation to Instructor Role. Which means you’ll have a better list of features with the same security as FCC.

How does Front-end Course Creation compare to Instructor Role

Feature Front-end Course Creation Instructor Role
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Instructor/Course Author Role
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The "Course Author" role in FCC is the "Instructor" role in IR
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Instructor can create/manage courses, quizzes
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An Instructor can create, edit courses, add quizzes, and also create certificates
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Instructor can track student progress
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Percentage commissions for Instructors
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Admin approval for courses
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The option to auto-publish courses or save them as drafts is available in Instructor Role
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Drag & drop course-builder interface
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Shared course steps
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Student progress reports
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WooCommerce compatibility
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Easy Digital Downloads compatibility
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BuddyPress compatibility
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BuddyPress Independent
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Email student option
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Instructors can send an email to students right from the dashboard
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CSV export option
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Instructors can download course content as a CSV file.
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Course overview
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Instructors have a bird's-eye view of courses they've created for easy analysis
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Course creation shortcut
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LearnDash 3.0 compatibility
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Website security
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Backend access
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Instructors have restricted backend access that guarantees website security. You don't have to worry about instructors messing with sensitive settings. Also, the all-new dashboard makes course creation and student management a breeze; and reduces WordPress complexity.
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Rating
  • Front-end Course Creation star icon3.3
  • Instructor Role star icon4.7
Instructor/Course Author Role
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The "Course Author" role in FCC is the "Instructor" role in IR
  • Front-end Course Creation Yes
  • Instructor Role Yes
Instructor can create/manage courses, quizzes
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An Instructor can create, edit courses, add quizzes, and also create certificates
  • Front-end Course Creation Yes
  • Instructor Role Yes
Instructor can track student progress
  • Front-end Course Creation Yes
  • Instructor Role Yes
Percentage commissions for Instructors
  • Front-end Course Creation Yes
  • Instructor Role Yes
Admin approval for courses
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The option to auto-publish courses or save them as drafts is available in Instructor Role
  • Front-end Course Creation Yes
  • Instructor Role Yes
Drag & drop course-builder interface
  • Front-end Course Creation Yes
  • Instructor Role Yes
Shared course steps
  • Front-end Course Creation Yes
  • Instructor Role Yes
Student progress reports
  • Front-end Course Creation No
  • Instructor Role Yes
WooCommerce compatibility
  • Front-end Course Creation Yes
  • Instructor Role Yes
Easy Digital Downloads compatibility
  • Front-end Course Creation No
  • Instructor Role Yes
BuddyPress compatibility
  • Front-end Course Creation Yes
  • Instructor Role Yes
BuddyPress Independent
  • Front-end Course Creation No
  • Instructor Role Yes
Email student option
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Instructors can send an email to students right from the dashboard
  • Front-end Course Creation No
  • Instructor Role Yes
CSV export option
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Instructors can download course content as a CSV file.
  • Front-end Course Creation No
  • Instructor Role Yes
Course overview
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Instructors have a bird's-eye view of courses they've created for easy analysis
  • Front-end Course Creation No
  • Instructor Role Yes
Course creation shortcut
  • Front-end Course Creation No
  • Instructor Role Yes
LearnDash 3.0 compatibility
  • Front-end Course Creation No
  • Instructor Role Yes
Website security
  • Front-end Course Creation Yes
  • Instructor Role Yes
Backend access
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Instructors have restricted backend access that guarantees website security. You don't have to worry about instructors messing with sensitive settings. Also, the all-new dashboard makes course creation and student management a breeze; and reduces WordPress complexity.
  • Front-end Course Creation No
  • Instructor Role Yes

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How to Migrate from Frontend Course Creation to Instructor Role plugin

Prerequisites

  1. Installed and activated Frontend Course Creation Plugin
  2. Installed and activated the latest Instructor Role plugin (v3.1.2) - *Mandatory
  3. Installed and activated the FCC to IR migration plugin

You will get the free Instructor Role plugin from your WisdmLabs My Account page. You can login to your My Account page with the same credentials using which you purchased the Frontend Course Creation plugin.

You can use your Frontend Course Creation license key to activate the Instructor Role plugin.

Steps

  1. Install and activate the latest Instructor Role plugin. Also make sure that Frontend Course Creation is activated as well.
  2. You will see the dashboard menu called 'Migration' once you activate the FCC to IR migration plugin. Navigate to this Migration Page
  3. On the migration page there are 3 stages as follows:
    • Perform a database backup
      1. We have provided an option to perform DB backup .
        • Before going for this option do confirm that you have enough available space to store the backed up database.
        • You will be able to see the estimated size of the Database on the first screen itself.
      2. You can also skip this step, if you already have performed a Database backup.
      3. On clicking next, based on your selection, the Database backup will be performed or skipped.
    • Update course author role to instructors
      1. After database backup, on the migration page itself you will be presented with a list of all existing course authors.
      2. On clicking next, all the course authors will be converted to instructors.
    • Transfer FCC commission data to IR
      1. This step is responsible for transferring your course author commissions to instructor commissions.
      2. In the migration page, on clicking next, the course author commissions will be converted to instructor commissions and you will be taken to the migration completed page.
  4. Once the migration is complete the FCC plugin will get automatically deactivated and its relevant tables would be truncated and deleted as well.
  5. After successful migration, please deactivate and delete the migration plugin

Important Notes

  1. Any products created by the admin and linked with a course created by a course author will no longer record commission for the instructor.
  2. This is because instructors can create their own products and are only commissioned on them. So please take note to update such products appropriately.
  3. Its mandatory to have the Instructor Role version 3.1.2 for the migration process

Download The Migration Plugin Here

FAQs

The Instructor Role plugin provides the exact same amount of features and benefits as Front-end Course Creation and more. Check the comparison table above, and you’d know the difference.

However, there’s one exception. With Instructor Role, Instructors (Course Authors in FCC) have backend access. But that does not compromise your website security in any way. Instructors have restricted access and can only make use of options made available to them - for example, course creation and management, and student tracking.
If you own a Front-end Course Creation license, you can directly switch to Instructor Role without having to purchase a new license. You don’t need to purchase the Instructor Role plugin.
You will find the Instructor Role plugin directly available in your WisdmLabs My Account page.
Just login to the My Account page and you will find the Instructor Role plugin to download.
No, you can use the same license key for Instructor Role.
If you have lifetime license for FCCand you do not wish to upgrade to FCC, we will provide you free support for the period of next 6 months.
After database migration, in the migration page itself you will be presented with a list of all existing course authors. On clicking next, all the course authors will be converted to instructors.