Thrive Apprentice Review 🙀 Easiest Way To Add Online Courses To Any WordPress Website


Now in this video I’m going to introduce the
easiest way to add an online course to your website using a new plug-in called Thrive
Apprentice hi my name is Adam from WPCrafter.com where I make WordPress videos for non-techies
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you click on the YouTube let you know when I upload a new video now on my website I have
online courses but I’m using a full blown learning management tool called LifterLMS
and others and also another full-blown learning management tool called learn ’96 in both
of these are fantastic tools but now we have a different type of tool to add an online
course to your website and it comes from the folks of that make thriving themes in this
entire suite of plug-ins I actually use a lot of their plug-ins on my website if you’re
not familiar with right themes they have themes and much more powerful plug-ins I much more
prefer there plug-ins then there are themes in these are some really powerful tools that
they create and now they have a tool to make it is so crazy simple easy to add an online
course to your website someone explain what this is who it is who it is not for some of
the limitations and why that might be a good thing to begin with so anyways this actually
used to be a feature that they built into their themes about two years ago and it was
very limited and they didn’t really improve it much and so I actually started using the
feature and then I stopped using it when I realize it’s a limitations and they give a
little bit of a reveal of information about a month ago that this would be coming in to
be its own plug-in and they now sit actually yesterday and here’s the announcement post
on it with a video on how to set it up and you can come to hear occipital link in the
video description considers already hundred and 65 comments which is in saying now let
me tell you what this is not this is not a full blown alerting management plug-in the
idea behind this is to make it super easy to add may be a free Ecorse are more of a
basic online course to your website now they actually use it themselves right here so if
you are a member or a customer of Thrive themes they have this little area right here they
call it Thrive University and their actually using apprentice right here and that’s what
they do to facilitate their textbased and their video-based lessons so essentially you
could create something that looks just like this and I’m a show you the actual plug-in
in a few minutes so essentially you can have this grid of courses they can be text or video
and you can see right here it says text here it says video you go ahead and let’s just
show you what a looks like when you click on details to go in you’ve got this cover
image right here and then right here you have a little bit info on the course and then you
have a syllabus right here and if you notice these two lessons right here I’ve actually
viewed and that is why they are not grayed out like this lesson and you could see right
here there’s a progress indicator as well so if I go into view a lesson say right here
you’re gonna see that there is a very large video area which I like a lot underneath that
you have some med tech space information that goes along with the lesson and then you have
that syllabus here on the right and then you have navigation to go to the next lesson or
to the previous lesson I really like this now here are some of the things that I think
this is great for if you want to add a course to your websites but not break it up into
lots of different modules and have quizzes and things of that nature this plug-ins going
to be good for you but if you need a full-blown learning management system but keep in mind
a full-blown learning management system also comes with complications in setting it up
this is not that this is a perfect solution for anyone that just wants to add some basic
courses to their website have it all integrated and organized in a plug-in to make it easy
for the people that come to your website to navigate through it now this is not a going
to facilitate is selling access to the content you’ll need a membership plug-in for that
and this is not going to facilitate securing that content to people that have paid for
it so these are just some of the limitations but so many people probably just want a real
simple way to give axis to maybe a three video lesson learning courses like as a lead Mac
at magnet or something that they’re offering to people for free to generate leads or just
something really basic they don’t need all this extra stuff and so before this there
really wasn’t a way to have that organized like this and have a really simple way of
delivering that but you can see you can also create courses that you then at a membership
plug into in order to secure and sell that content but that is not what this plug-in
does now I will include a link to this video right here it’s essentially to show you how
to set up your first course in how to make its own someone registers their email will
go into WordPress so they have their access and then that email also go into your email
marketing system of choice and the section 1 of things I really like about to thrive
they have this a suite of plug-ins right here some log into my account I’ve been a customer
since 2014 of theirs I have their agency license but you can see here this is a suite of plug-ins
that do something very unique the best way I can communicate it how I view it is as with
Apple products so you have an Apple watch an Apple phone and Apple TV in a Mac computer
and you have these four separate devices but they worked beautifully together in harmony
pushing and pulling information full integration back and forth and that’s what you get out
of their suite of plug-ins these are just a little hodgepodge of plug-ins that they’ll
let me just make that one and let me copy that one and put that in the bundle these
are plug-ins that they’ve put together that communicate to each other and work together
if you want them to and that is what I like about the Thrive the suite of plug-ins there’s
other developing meant houses like gosh I’m forgetting the name of one of them where they
got Withers couplers like WP M you dev and then there’s another when I totally forget
they just have a million plug-ins but none of them communicate with each other they’re
all individual and standalone where there’s intention behind everything you get from Thrive
here so anyways this is a thrive of practice let me jump in and show you actually want
to see right here they got all his great documentation on it right here ballistic a look at it and
see how easy it is really to set up a course now I haven’t done anything with the site
actually don’t think there’s anything on it so let’s just see what happens I haven’t set
up a test course before I did watch that then set up video though and let’s see how good
I retain that information so one of things I like that they do is they all the settings
in the backend for the plug-ins they they put all in one location so it doesn’t take
up so many slots here in the menu bar so I’m to go to Thrive dashboard and then here it
is Thrive apprentice and I’ll go ahead and click on that and this is what I am presented
with and I like this the first thing it’s doing is realizes I haven’t set this thing
up before and it’s starting to walk me through it which I really like because I think where
there excelling in this plug-in is in simplicity to set up to make it as easy as possible for
anyone to set up so the first thing it’s saying is we need a page that’s going to be that
directory page with all of our courses so for Thrive they have it here it’s/University
so the name of the page is University and we have this index of courses so that’s essentially
what it’s asking me I can choose a page of five created one or I can go right here in
create a brand-new page so just do what they did and I’ll name this university okay now
that I’ve entered that I’ll go ahead and click on continue and let’s see what it asks me
next though this is saying the template that they use a for that page where it’s going
to list out all the courses do I want to customize this I don’t want to do that right now somebody
click a loaded default template but of course there is a full documentation right here on
all of these various features so now I’m at that very familiar if you’ve used any dry
product that very familiar backend interface where I can start setting things up so the
first thing is add a new course on a go ahead and click on plus now keep in mind this is
what I’m doing to set up a course but there’s also some options appear in the top right
as well for using the Thrive apprentice so the first thing I need to do is give my course
and name and then it right here I can choose the slug so when we were looking at thrive
University and then when I clicked in to this this course right here this is the slug word
says website from scratch so I really like that allows me to choose the slug as I’m setting
up my course and then right here we can put a description and this is something I really
like it’s for that cover image and what I like about it is right here it gives you a
recommended size for the dimensions and I really like that because I don’t have to guess
what the size I need to put in or fiddle around with putting an image of the wrong size it
lets me know right up front so I want to go ahead Lexi and then there’s some advanced
settings right here in this is I guess where you can categorize your courses of urine have
more than one by topic right here you can choose the author of for the and this would
be the WordPress user for the course this you probably want to not have it be the name
of the user account you probably want to go into WordPress users and change that and you
can also set a difficulty level and if you’re noticing these are the same things that you
see when you’re in one of these active courses right here so these would be like the categories
right here and stuff like that so I’m to go ahead and fill this out right now okay so
I’ve gone ahead and fill that out I just put some adjuster some information and I through
an image and sexual images and even the right dimensions but it’s close enough right here
I just put difficulty level easy now this is one thing you can do to kind of protect
the content of your course without adding a membership plug-in but you’re not selling
it but you’re requiring people to have given you their email address and right here you
can choose to make this course only available for users that have logged in now if you’re
going to use a membership plug-in you do not want to enable this but if you’re not can
use a membership plug-in and you want to make sure that someone has opted in or kind of
enrolled quasi-role you want to make sure you check on this so then they would have
to be logged in your website in order to watch the review the course or consume the content
in this course I would leave it unchecked if you look at this demo video right here
oops right here it’s going to explain that a little bit more in depth so now I’m to go
ahead and click on save and I’ve already created the course now all I need to do is add some
lessons so you have this button here called add less and obviously you click on it you
give your lesson title you can put some content to go beneath that area where you can have
a cover image or you can have a video so you would put that content right here now if you’re
going to have a video you don’t need to put a large cover image in there because the videos
going to take that lace so you would scroll down and you choose a video type and it has
native integration for these three platforms but if you choose on custom you can copy and
paste in an embed code if you’re using some other service I personally use a different
service where I would have to use this embed code feature for my online courses but I want
to go ahead and just paste in a link to one of my YouTube videos and what’s nice because
they have the specific integration right here you can enable some of these features like
to autoplay to hide the YouTube logo to have control over the player controls I really
like that they’re adding that for you now just as a disclaimer you do not want to host
your videos for paid content on YouTube you just don’t want to do that I think people
have drilled that topic in depth so I’m to go ahead and add a couple lessons here and
then we’ll go to the front of the website and see how it looks okay so I’ve gone ahead
and added three lessons I just give them simple names and I put a video URL in there and so
I’m going to click the publish button I’m not sure if I need to click on publish just
yet or if it will auto publish on my lessons I’m assuming I can drag and drop these around
right here if I wanted to reorder them some to go ahead and click on publish and just
give me the warning that I need to publish my lesson so that answered that someone click
on publish on each one of these lessons and then I’m to go ahead and click on publish
right here for the course let’s see what happens so it looks like my courses published I really
like the way that they’ve leveled up their UI game at Drive Lee the dry themes I really
like the UI of this so far it seems very easy to use and I like that so okay so I can go
here add new lessons or whatever I guess I can click on this preview button I’m a little
paranoid to see what this is gonna look like because I haven’t added anything but let’s
just see okay so here it is and actually it looks pretty good I kinda like it here so
we got that big cover image right there and here are the three lessons now if I probably
would’ve put some text in those lessons it would be here I think that would’ve been a
good idea but I didn’t do it and then right here off to the side I have my three lessons
in this would be my avatar so in order to get your image in there you need to just go
to Gravatar just Google Gravatar and add it to your email address and it all links up
and I would want to change this from site admin to my name Ashley had to do that the
very end him to go ahead and click on start course and see what this looks like and there
is my video and I didn’t put any text information so here’s just the title it would probably
look visually look better if I did have some information in their summer to go ahead and
click on this to go to the next lesson now on this third lesson I said it to autoplay
and used some of those YouTube options someone to go ahead and click on this and let’s see
if it auto plays I would have to posit as soon as it starts playing there he goes so
let me posit while this is so easy to use it’s pretty amazing so right here I like it
has the category of where I put this course and right here it has the type of course that
I made it which was a video course now you can actually use a Thrive content builder
to create some visually looking nice stuff here in the content area but so far I gotta
say I really like this this seems very easy to use so let me go back into the back end
and fix that Gravatar in the name that showed up for the teacher so all I have to do for
that is him to go to users, to go to your profile which is mine and I’m going to change
a few things so I’m just going to change the name and I’m also to change the email address
to one that I know has that Gravatar attached okay so I put in how I like my name to be
displayed and I chose it in the option here and then I put an email that I know has a
Gravatar attach some to going on here my click update profile when I scroll down it should
show my Gravatar there it is and here’s an actual link to set your Gravatar so now let
me go back into Thrive apprentice and will see I have my course right here which is nice
oh and this is where you can add different course topics which is nice let’s click on
the preview index page we didn’t preview this and guess the this is an actually showing
me the index pages showing me the course we can see right here and fix the name and it
fixed the Gravatar right there though actually let’s see what the heck happened with my course
index page so it was if you wanted to edit the course you can click here or add new courses
you can see how stinking easy this is so let’s see if I go to pages that should’ve created
that page and there it is University so let’s open that up and see what it looks like okay
so it when I opened it up I wonder if it’s because I only have one course it’s jumping
me right into here it’s either that or I need to set my permanent links so that is a possibility
as well let’s see note that’s my correct firm links to none of them do I want to go ahead
and try to add another course really quick to see if I need more than one course available
in order added to the drive apprentice in order to show that course index page I’d really
like my course index page to look like these Thrive University one how slick it looks and
it has this a sorting and filtering option right here so go ahead and do that right now
so much to go to Thrive dashboard I’m in a go to apprentice and I’m in a go ahead and
click on new course I will be right back with you okay so were back I went ahead and added
a new course right here only added one lesson so now let’s see what happens when I click
on preview index page well this actually works exactly the way I had hoped it would another
reason is showing the same image is because I use the same cover image for this second
course and you can see while this visually looks very nice if you asked me I really like
how this one shows that it’s a video course and I really like this subtle hover effects
when I hover over you could see that drop shadow or box shadow kind of appears and it
gives the appearance of the course that I’m hovering on lifting off the page and then
right here there is a progress bar II really like this a lot I gotta say that I’m pretty
impressed with how this looks now you saw how easy that was to set up this course that
is really just a matter of getting your content in there and I’m actually very very impressed
with the simplicity of using Thrive apprentice so I guess right here you could add a different
course topics and you can assign a color so right now we just have a general and this
is the color that’s attached with it so if I added a new course topic I could just click
on this part my topic in and then change the color so I’ve gone ahead and named it growth
and I made it green so let me go back and put one of these courses in that other category
so I’ll put this one right here it’s tagged as general right here so I’m an edit the details
and I’m just flying through this even though I have never used it before, changes to growth
click on save like this and then I want to go back to the dashboard and now we have two
different course categories and I’m soon we could change his iconic to so now let’s see
what the index page looks like there you go this is actually what I wanted the filter
so right here you can see this is using that green and this is using the blue talking to
say this is partly easy to use might make me rethink what I’m doing because I’m not
using quizzes or some of the advanced features of the learning management system that I’m
using and then here’s where you can filter it so if you had a bunch of courses you can
easily filter through them so I got to say right off the top that I am very impressed
with Thrive apprentice so far when with this template settings is okay so there’s lots
of other things that you can tweak around them not to get into it right now I gotta
say this products sure seems like a winner now the negative is at right now I don’t think
you can just go and purchase it I think you have to just be a member of Thrive themes
so you can buy all the products individually or you can just buy membership the membership
I think it’s $20 a month or something and you can install them all on unlimited websites
all of their entire suite of plug-ins they have drive leads which is a direct competitor
more feature rich in my opinion and then opt in monster which is $20 per month on its own
and then of course you have to write content builder now I will say with right content
builder they have version 2 of that right around the corner they released a few glimpses
of it I can tell you that I have used the Thrive content builder 2.0 and it’s going
to be a massive improvement I really like what they’re doing and I believe that should
come out sometime in the next two months and you also have Thrive ultimatum I use that
plug-in you have thrive ovation which is a really amazing tool for collecting testimonials
tagging them and displaying them throughout your website you have all the themes I do
know that they’re going to come out with one theme that’s going to be an improvement on
all of them and it will work perfectly with all of the things that they’re putting together
and pushes stuff after stuff that they have the best part is it all communicates and works
together so I think what I might end up doing is having a tutorial video irony have a tutorial
video on using MemberPress but I would like to maybe make one using MemberPress with the
Thrive apprentice courses to show you how to do that and maybe find may be more affordable
plug-in option a good membership plug-ins can be about $99 and you’re not gonna want
to go cheap on something like that because that’s what you’re going to use to collect
the money charge reoccurring protect the content she wants something well supported that’s
cleanly coded and easy to use and will give you excellent support right now to be restrict
content Pro or MemberPress output links to both down below a put links to this thriving
apprentice down below now what do you think about private practice I would like to hear
in the comment section down below I know I didn’t go into every little nook and cranny
of it but you gotta admit I think for their target market it is perfect not everyone wants
quizzes in all of this complicated stuff that really is a drawback and really holds people
back from actually just getting the course out there and this is a great a simple solution
for that and I really gotta hand it to them for making something different and making
something beautiful and making something that’s easy to use but that’s is what I think I want
to know what you think it down below in the comments section hate thank you for watching
this video

45 Replies to “Thrive Apprentice Review 🙀 Easiest Way To Add Online Courses To Any WordPress Website

  1. hadn't heard about this. Very cool plugin. Hits the sweet spot for folks who need to deliver lead magnet free courses

  2. Adam, I love the new Apprentice plugin. I would like to see an ability to group lessons into modules, and modules within a course. Other than that, I think they've hit it just right.
    I'd really like to see a video from you on using thrive Apprentice with Memberpress.
    Keep up the good work. Thanks.

  3. hi adam,
    great video. what interest me more is how you make the video. what is the name of video editing software that you use to make this video ? thanks

  4. Does this plugin display any course reporting for the admin ? Like it does with LifterLMS….number of people in course, progress, etc.?

  5. thanks adam this videos, i personally hope that you will make another video about thrive apprentice & the integration with membership plug in.

    btw which one do you personally prefer to use between lifterLMS vs thrive apprentice & membership plugin?

  6. What if i use thrive apprentice for free course to generate lead magnet but use use lifterLMS for paid course because i need some more complete features for paid access.

    let me know what's your thought on it?

  7. What about Oxygen – wonder if that is a smart choice for building pages as a still somewhat beginner?

  8. Good-day WPCrafter.com WordPress For Non-Techies, please I am presently undergoing an issue with a website I am creating. All of a sudden the nav menu stopped showing, I have backup and cleared out everything from my cpanel and restored but to no avail. The theme I am presently using is Clarina…please how can I fix this? This is the website: booskifitness.com. Would really love to hear from you. Thanks

  9. Can I sell individual courses with this plugin+PaidMembershipsPro or any other plugin? Kindly let me know how 🙂

  10. I just found out about Apprentice today, after paying for WPCourseware a month ago. I have yet to set up a course using either solution, but since I'm already a Thrive member, it will be more cost effective to go with Apprentice, which also integrates with the other Thrive solutions I'm already using. Plus, I can see down the road that Thrive will add more features to Apprentice to keep it competitive. Thanks for your video.

  11. Is there any way to take quizes? I know of Thrive Quiz builder but I am not sure if it integrates with thrive apprentice

  12. Hi Adam! thank you for your awesome video! Someone installed all the thrive extensions and themes on my website but there is not access to thrive apprentice in the menu like you. I have to activate it through the thrive theme. So it means that the display is totally different that what you show on the video: i can not have a main page with all the different course and their photos. I just have the Apprentice lessons and side bar for the navigation inside the lessons but that' all… Do you have an idea how to do like you or thrive university if i don't have specifically the apprentice plugin (because it is in the theme directly). Thank you very much for your help! Maybe i send you a video of my screen if you don't understand… With gratitude!

  13. I love Thrive Themes but Apprentice is still quite lacking… Can only connect it with Mousemember. Doesn't allow you to secure your lessons with some other membership tools. Hopefully the next big release of this plugin will allow you to secure your courses.

  14. can the Thrive Apprentice plugin be installed on your own wordpress theme, or do you have to be using one of Thrive's themes?

  15. I am using Digital Access Pass for my wordpress membership site; can I put the Thrive Apprentice plugin on my own WP theme if I'm a member of Thrive?

  16. Thanks, Adam, for this video. What if I created a course website with LifterLMS/Elementor/GeneratePress like your video series on creating a course and created a separate site with all the Thrive stuff? I would use the Thrive-built website as a marketing front-end and bring the customers to the other course site when they are ready to buy. My thinking is that Thrive is building their stuff around the core of marketing/lending pages, even with their apprecntice plug-in. It's a perfect marketing engine but does not go full length in creating a course website. What are are downsides of this strategy aside from the fact that I have to mainstain two different website installations and learn two developement environments?

  17. YIKES! I clicked on a WPCRAFTER LINK (above) and got the dire UNSAFE BAD-BAD warning from YOUTUBE? You have been infiltrated by worms!

  18. Apprentice or Thinkific/Teachable? I don’t suppose students can upload their work? want to sell courses online but still researching…  Not a Thrive member yet but thinking about it – got Architect and love it. Great vid, thank you.

  19. Just setup the Thrive Apprentice for a course earlier this week and it was helpful to know I wasn't missing something on the membership plugin. Super simple to setup – like all of the thrive themes stuff. It is easily the best money I spend yearly on my business.

  20. Hi! I really liked your explanation on how to build a course. I’m launching mine in August and it will cost, how would you go about doing this? What would my options be? I heard you said something about adding a membership plugin… is that the only way? Thanks!

  21. Are you now using Thrive Apprentice with say MemberPress instead of LifterLMS? I know you were using LifterLMS. I'm still using LifterLMS, but, just disappointed by bloated prices for additional plugins. I'm looking at cheaper yet better options for the future. OR maybe I need to stay with LifterLMS another year. Perhaps they'll consider offering a more affordable membership option in the future.

  22. I have a custom WordPress Theme Site with Wishlist Member – will Thrive Apprentice work with this ?

  23. This is going to be bad ass. Here's how I see this going down. Instead of me paying Teachable to host my course (I pay $30/mo), I'll probably switch to Thrive and get a membership plugin. Here's the marketing strategy (Marketing Funnel): Facebook Traffic Ad > Thrive Architect Landing page (replaces my paid subscription of $25/mo at Leadpages) with Thrive Leads so people opt-in & put into my Drip email account > Thank you page where I pitch my course. It's a basic funnel, but by watching your video I realize that I can save $55/mo. That money can do to advertising, minus of course the paid membership plugin I'll need to get for Thrive apprentice. THANKS from Planet Marketing

  24. Hi Adam,

    Thanks so much for providing such clear and insightful information about the Thrive Apprentice plugin. I think that this may be the perfect tool to also create a newsletter, sending folks back to my site instead of just delivering information via email. (I also plan to use Thrive's other plugins in concert, such as the one that creates quizzes, to enhance engagement and conversions, as you suggest.)

    I just have two quick questions: Can any page created be password protected? Furthermore, what is the best way to stop Google or other search engines from indexing any such page?

    I truly appreciate any feedback that you can provide on these matters!

  25. Adam thanks again for all your content and reviews. If you have a moment, could you please answer this question. Does having an online course hosted natively via a plugin (Learndash, LifterLMS, Thrive Apprentice) affect the site performance and hence SEO rankings of your site, versus having the course hosted externally (Teachable, Kajabi)? I had LearnDash installed on my site and my GT Metrix & Pingdom scores were so bad. So many requests… After following your instructions for embedding video via the UAE plugin, removing Learndash, and optimising images, my performance has increased a lot.

  26. when i use youtube videos…at the end of the video it shows other videos from youtube. It really takes away from the professionalism if you ask me. is there a way around this?

  27. Thanks for this great video! Please let me know how can I make ThriveApprentice and Samcart integrate? Do I have to use membermouse type of plugin? How to achieve this integration?

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