Building a course on WordPress is no longer a task necessitating sleepless nights. Considering the many, different plugins available, courses can be created easily in a few, simple steps. Even selling them is not a problem. You have WooCommerce, one of the most popular platforms for e-commerce, which gives you almost every functionality you need to set up your online educational center.
If there is one thing that WooCommerce, and thereby practically every course creation plugin lacks, it is the ability to schedule the purchases for the existing courses.
Not a big deal, you say? We can always set up the start and end dates for the course and that is that. True. But what about that extra chapter you want to add and sell, only for a limited period of time?
If you really start thinking about it, there are just so many ways in which you could use a scheduling plugin!
How about adding a test for sale, for a limited duration, to get extra credits? Or scheduling all the courses under a particular category for purchase, simultaneously?
You could even automatically hide the courses that are past their purchase deadline or archive them for a limited time, with the next available date of purchase displayed.
And while you are at it, bundle a discount for the limited edition course and watch the sales rocket over your virtual walls!
Begin to see the advantages? However, WooCommerce does not, unfortunately, have inbuilt purchase scheduling support. So do you just forego these leads? Of course not. The Scheduler plugin for WooCommerce is the perfect solution for availing all the aforementioned benefits!
What is the Scheduler Plugin for WooCommerce?
Scheduler for WooCommerce is a through-and-through scheduling plugin that adds this seemingly small, but powerful functionality of limiting product purchases to your WooCommerce store, which is in this case, your online course website built on WooCommerce.
As it has been developed specifically for WooCommerce, it integrates seamlessly with every WooCommerce theme and plugin and helps you convert your rigid, start-stop course website into a more flexible one, where you can selectively schedule course purchases, to increase registrations.
How Does WooCommerce Scheduler work?
WooCommerce Scheduler adds a small dialog box beneath the product create/edit page, titled ‘Product Display Dates’. It is from here that you can control the dates and timings when the course can be purchased.
You will be required to set up the start and end dates during which the course will be available for sale. You can also choose to selectively make the Course purchasable for
- The entire duration
- Specific days within the duration
- At specific timings for all the days in the complete duration
- At specific timings on specific days through the complete duration
WooCommerce Scheduler can also help you schedule multiple courses of the same category simultaneously, or even pick courses from different categories and schedule them together for variable purchase duration!
Once all the settings are saved, your courses will be automatically displayed with their respective sale timelines on your website. The best part? People can view the course but not register for it (or buy it), until the registration opens according to your schedule! This ensures that they’ll keep checking your website from time to time, waiting for the course purchases to begin. Talk about incidental marketing! 🙂
What Can WooCommerce Scheduler do for Me?
Being the course creator, you quite literally own the course already! WooCommerce Scheduler places an additional few reins in your hand, making the beautiful courses you have designed, exclusive. With the WooCommerce Scheduler plugin for WooCommerce, you can:
- Schedule course purchase by Day, Date, and Time
- Selectively Hide or Display courses after the purchase dates are done
- Show Countdown Timer to create a sense of urgency on shop pages
- Remove courses that are past their purchase timelines completely
- Schedule course sales by category
- Schedule multiple courses for sale simultaneously
- Pick dates and days while scheduling course availability quickly and easily, with an intuitive date picker
- Schedule variations of the same course independently for purchase
- Notify student when the courses are back in stock by letting them subscribe to alerts
Adding products on sale for limited duration is a tried and tested marketing strategy. The sense of urgency created by the clock ticking over your course is a great tool for increasing subscribers. The Scheduler plugin for WooCommerce does this and more for all your course availability scheduling needs.
From its most basic application of scheduling a timeline during which your course will be available for sale, to something as innovative as scheduling multiple periods of availability for different versions of the same course, you can use the WooCommerce Scheduler plugin to make your course website better than ever before!