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WooCommerce Paid Courses 1.1 Beta

As promised, WooCommerce Paid Courses 1.1 is now available for beta testing!

We’ve been busy working on adding the ability to attach multiple products to the same course in the WooCommerce Paid Courses extension. This means that you will soon be able to sell your courses as a simple product, as a subscription and as a membership if you so desire:

Product cards on the OceanWP theme

A Note for Those Using Memberships

As part of this work, we’ve removed the membership notice from the course archive, course category and single course pages for courses that are part of a membership.

Instead, the course excerpt will now be displayed on the course archive and course category pages, while the course content and lessons will be displayed on the single course page, regardless of whether or not the course is part of a membership. Making this content visible is an opportunity to promote the course and entice people to enrol.

What Else is in this Release?

  • The Unpurchased Courses shortcode has been updated to include course memberships.
  • Student progress is no longer deleted when a subscription is cancelled. This means a student can pick up where they left off should they later resubscribe.

Deprecated Methods

  • Sensei_WC::assign_user_to_unassigned_purchased_courses
  • Sensei_WC::start_purchased_courses_for_user

Release Testing

Beta testers will receive the WooCommerce Paid Courses beta directly to their inbox. If you find a bug, please submit an issue on Github or leave a comment here. Our tentative release date for WooCommerce Paid Courses 1.1 is September 3rd.

As this is a beta release, please test it on a staging site and not your live site. If you don’t have a staging site, you can use the WP Staging plugin to create one.

Thank you to all our testers and contributors!

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Sensei LMS 2.2 Beta

Sensei LMS 2.2 is now available for beta testing!

What’s Included in this Release?

Here are the highlights of the Sensei LMS 2.2 release:

  • We cleaned up unused, abandoned modules when the teacher is changed for a course that contains modules.
  • The course author name on the course archive page now appears beside the title. We’ve also cleaned up the styling for other course meta such as the number of lessons in the course and the course categories.
  • The Order Lessons page now displays lessons that are published, draft, private, or that are scheduled to be published at a future date.
  • We fixed an alignment issue on the single course page when a lesson has a featured image.
  • We removed the ability to add a course from the lesson page due to low usage.
  • We fixed an issue with WooCommerce notices not being displayed on some themes (like Divi).

See what else is in this release.

Hooks

New Filters

  • sensei_modules_title – Modify the Modules title that appears on the single course page.
  • sensei_course_show_lessons – Set the visibility of lessons on the single course page.
  • sensei_course_meta_default_save – Whether or not to run the default save functionality for the course meta.

New Action

  • sensei_course_meta_before_save – Runs before saving the meta value.

Removed/Deprecated Hooks

  • sensei_lesson_course_create_form_top (removed)
  • sensei_lesson_course_create_form_bottom (removed)
  • sensei_lesson_course_created (deprecated)

Deprecated Methods

  • Sensei_Lesson::lesson_add_course has been deprecated with no replacement

Release Testing

You can download the Sensei LMS 2.2 beta here. If you find a bug, please submit an issue on Github or leave a comment here. Our tentative release date for Sensei LMS 2.2 is September 3rd.

In the next few days we will also be releasing the WooCommerce Paid Courses 1.1 beta, which adds support for attaching multiple products to a course. If you would like to sign up to be a beta tester for it and have a valid license, please fill out the beta tester signup form. Beta testers will receive the WooCommerce Paid Courses beta directly to their inbox. The signup form will be closed to new signups once the beta is released.

As this is a beta release, please test it on a staging site and not your live site. If you don’t have a staging site, you can use the WP Staging plugin to create one.

Thank you to all our testers and contributors!

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Deeper Integration with WooCommerce Memberships

In an upcoming release of WooCommerce Paid Courses, we’ll be focusing on improving the integration with WooCommerce Memberships.

So, we’d like to hear from all of you who are using WooCommerce Memberships:

  • What improvements would you like to see in the WooCommerce Memberships integration?
  • What are the existing challenges you encounter with tying memberships to courses?
  • What workarounds do you have in place to overcome the above challenges?

Please drop a comment if you’d like to share your feedback. Thanks!

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New Designs – Adding a Course to Multiple Products

We have some new designs to share with you for the feature we are currently working on that adds support for selling the same course in multiple ways (e.g. as a standalone product, a subscription, a membership etc.). You can read about the evolution of these changes here and here.

Single Course Page

The biggest change is to the pricing options on the single course page. Instead of displaying them as radio buttons, they will be shown as individual cards. Clicking on a card selects it:

At smaller resolutions, the cards will stack:

For context, here’s what the single course page might look like on the GeneratePress theme:

Course Archive Page

There have also been some minor tweaks to the pricing information on the course archive page. Here’s what that looks like now:

We’re very excited to bring you these changes in the next release of Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses! Watch for it soon.

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Small Patch Releases for Sensei LMS & Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses

We’ve just deployed a new patch release of Sensei LMS and Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses to fix an issue with not all modules displaying in the WordPress dashboard. We also fixed a separate issue with multiple correct answers not showing in the question editor of a lesson.

As always, you can see what else is in this release.

Head over to DashboardUpdates to update from within WordPress.

Please note: While we have thoroughly tested this release, it’s always possible that we’ve missed something. We recommend that you test the update on a staging site before updating your live site.

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A Roadmap for Sensei LMS

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We’ve just published a roadmap for Sensei LMS and its extensions! 🛣️

The roadmap is a Trello board that covers what we’re currently working on, what’s coming up next, and some ideas we’re considering for future releases.

If you have a Trello account, you can share your feedback with us by commenting on any card. You can also vote for your favourite cards. Cards with a higher number of votes could possibly be implemented sooner.

The roadmap has also been added to the navigation menu of this site so that you can find it more easily.

Happy voting!

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Sensei LMS 2.1.1 & WooCommerce Paid Courses 1.0.2

We’ve just released new versions of Sensei LMS and Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses that address a few issues found in the last release.

The official minimum supported WordPress version has also been bumped to 4.9, although technically speaking both plugins should continue to function on older versions for now.

What’s in this Release?

  • We fixed an error that occurred when adding a shortcode using the shortcode block.
  • We fixed an error that occurred on sites running a version of WordPress older than 5.0.
  • The minimum supported WordPress version is now 4.9.

See what else is in this release.

Head over to DashboardUpdates to update from within WordPress.

Please note: While we have thoroughly tested this release, it’s always possible that we’ve missed something. We recommend that you test the update on a staging site before updating your live site.

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Adding a Course to Multiple Products

As a follow-up to this post, I’d like to share where we are with regards to the design of the functionality to enable adding a course to multiple WooCommerce products.

WordPress Admin – Classic Editor

For sites using the classic editor, the WooCommerce Product meta box will change to a Product(s) multi-select field. It will work similar to the WooCommerce Upsells and Cross-sells fields when creating or editing a product:

Screenshot of the product meta box in the classic editor

WordPress Admin – Block Editor

For sites using the block editor, a new Sensei LMS plugin sidebar will be created that enables selecting one or more products:

What It Looks like on Your Site

Single Course Page

On the single course page, the pricing options could be displayed as radio buttons if multiple products are selected. We’re still working on the layout of the pricing options on this page, so it is the area most likely to change:

We are also discussing the possibility of creating a Course Pricing block that would allow for some customization of how these pricing options are displayed, but nothing has been decided as of yet.

Course Overview Page

The course overview page will also list the different purchase options that are available:

When Will this be Released?

We are starting to work on this now, and it is currently scheduled to be in the next release of Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses. We expect this to ship in the third quarter of 2019.

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Sensei LMS 2.1.0 & WooCommerce Paid Courses 1.0.1

We’ve just released new versions of Sensei LMS and WooCommerce Paid Courses. This means Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses also gets an update, since it’s a bundle of Sensei LMS + WooCommerce Paid Courses.

What’s in this Release?

This is a smallish release on the heels of the 2.0 update.

We’ve added an Edit Course button to the Edit Lesson page to make it easier to navigate between the lesson and course:

For sites with a large number of learners, we’ve made some performance optimizations to the Analysis page that should improve page load time.

We added event logging to the WordPress dashboard. You should have already received an email about this if you are subscribed to the WooCommerce.com mailing list.

You can read more about what else is in this release here and here. Then, head over to DashboardUpdates to update from within WordPress.

Please note: While we have thoroughly tested this release, it’s always possible that we’ve missed something. We recommend that you test the update on a staging site before updating your live site.

What’s Next?

For the next release of WooCommerce Paid Courses, we will be adding the ability to attach a course to more than one product. This will enable you to sell the same course in multiple ways, such as a standalone product and also as part of a subscription. Some prototypes and discussion of this feature can be found in this blog post.

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Sensei 2.0 and Translations

When upgrading Sensei 1.x to Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses, all official translations should continue to work. Although we’ve made a lot of changes under the hood, Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses ships with the set of translation files that were used with Sensei previously.

However, if your site has custom translations (for example, using the Loco Translate plugin) then you may run into some issues when you upgrade.

Submitting Community Translations

Before discussing per-site custom translations, it’s worth emphasizing that the best solution for translations is to submit them to the official translation repositories. This way, any translations you submit can be used by other Sensei LMS sites as well.

Strings for most Sensei LMS functionality should be submitted to the WordPress.org translation repository. Strings related to selling courses are part of the WooCommerce Paid Courses extension and should be submitted to its repository.

Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses will, by default, pull its translation files from the above two locations using the default WordPress update page. It’s important to note that translation files will not be built and served from WordPress.org (for Sensei LMS translations) unless the translation file is at least 95% complete. You can export the .po and .mo files and add them to your site manually for translations that do not meet this minimum threshold.

Custom Translations

If you have custom translations saved to your site, it’s possible that they may have stopped working after the upgrade to Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses. This is likely because those custom translations were added under the legacy woothemes-sensei text domain.

To resolve this:

  • Find the custom translation files on your server. They should be named something like woothemes-sensei-de_DE.po and woothemes-sensei-de_DE.mo. (Note that the de_DE is the language code, and may be different in your case, depending on the language you are using.)
  • Make a copy of both files.
  • Change woothemes-sensei to sensei-lms in one copy, and sensei-wc-paid-courses in the other. For example, for German translations (de_DE), you should end up with the following files:
    • sensei-lms-de_DE.po
    • sensei-lms-de_DE.mo
    • sensei-wc-paid-courses-de_DE.po
    • sensei-wc-paid-courses-de_DE.mo

Your custom translations should now work for Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses.

Managing Translations with Loco Translate

Some specialized setup is required in order to manage translations with Loco Translate:

You should now be able to manage all of the translations for Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses within Loco Translate.