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How to Plan your eLearning Platform in One Minute

Corrado Izzo

December 4, 2019

Corrado Izzo

December 4, 2019


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Approaching an eLearning Platform building project without a Plan can quickly turn 7 days into 7 months and then, before you know it, into never done!

 

If you want to learn how to manage a Platform building project in the most efficient manner and in the shortest time possible, then you’ve come to the right place.

 

My name is Corrado Izzo, and I am the CEO of eLearnCommerce and what I am about to disclose to you I learned through direct experience by working with my Team and by building and managing Platform construction projects for our customers.

 

I founded my first media publishing company 26 years ago and executive production and project management are at the heart of my daily activities for over two decades now.

 

My Business Partner and CTO Robert Rusu is one of the most skilled developers in the world today and he has been building custom coded eLearning Platforms for large companies for 10+ Years.

 

Our Company has developed the eLearnCommerce Knowledge Delivery Platform for WordPress, which, as I’m writing this, is being used on hundreds of Platforms to sell thousands of Courses and publish and protect many different types of Content.

 

As you’re reading these words hundreds of thousands of Learners are, in this very moment, logged in and learning and growing on eLearning Platforms built with eLearnCommerce.

 

We’ve also custom-built Platforms for big training organizations, and I’ve personally managed Platform building projects involving both small and large teams. 

 

As a result, I’ve learned where things often go wrong and, most importantly, why they go wrong, and I ended up developing a Project Management Tool.

 

I use it to get everyone involved on a platform-building project onto the same page and to prepare and gather all that is required to build the Platform and get the job done in just a few days.

 

Today I will give you this communication and decision-making tool, and it will enable you to plan any eLearning Platform in One Minute.

 

No, you don’t need a big team to build a big Platform.

 

As you’ll soon discover, the One Minute eLearning Platform Planner is so ridiculously simple and works like a charm even in situations where everyone = only one person.

 

See, the most fundamental mistake that you can commit is to tackle the construction project from the wrong end.

 

You should also avoid making these 10 Costly Mistakes when building your eLearning Platform.

 

What’s the correct approach?

 

Let me answer by asking you a question:

 

Do you first eat, then cook the dish?

 

Do you first build your house and then create the building plans for it?

 

 No, right?

 

Well, that is the approach most use when creating their eLearning platform using WordPress, and that is the reason why they set themselves up to either fail or spend 7 months instead of 7 days to complete the project.

 

They commit the oldest rookie mistake in the book and, unknowingly, tackle the construction project from the wrong end and by doing so exponentially, increase the odds never to complete it while wasting precious time and money.

 

By the time you finish reading this article and after you went through the One Minute eLearning Platform Planner, you’ll know how to efficiently organize and manage and plan any type of eLearning Platform on WordPress using eLearnCommerce in One Minute.

 

How many different types of Platforms are there?

 

We distinguish between 6 different Types:

 

1.: The Content Delivery Platform: where it all centers around the delivery of all different Content Types such as Courses, Ebooks, Longform video archives, and Offers. 

 

As the name suggests, it’s all about delivering Knowledge by packaging it up into several different Content Types all of which you can create and publish with eLearnCommerce.

 

Content Delivery Platforms can be massive, with 100’s of courses, different Content Types, and often do include online certification programs as well.

 

Content Delivery Platforms use Library Index Pages to organize and display vast amounts of Content in a way that makes it easy for learners to search, navigate, and find things.

 

2.: The Online Course Delivery Platform: where it all centers around the delivery of Courses only. You can have any number of them on your Online Course Delivery Platform: 1, 10, 30, 50+ 

 

It’s the simplest of them all, and you can get a simple online course delivery platform done and launched in half a day with eLearnCommerce.

 

The eLearnCommerce Private Messaging Module can be used to foster engagement and to add a social element to the Online Course delivery Platform.

 

3.: The Coaching Platform: where it all centers around the relationship that a Coach, Consultant, or Teacher has with his students. 

 

A Coach, Consultant or Teacher either coaches or teaches 1:1 or a Class of Learners or Clients. 

 

The conversation is the main distinguishing factor here. Learn More

 

On this type of Platform, the coach, consultant, or teacher speaks with his learners using a facebook like Post and Comment thread.

 

He also creates virtual classrooms, private areas & personalized learning environments for every single Learner or Groups of Learners and to centralize, manage, and deliver Coaching services to his clients. 

 

The eLearnCommerce Personalized Learning Module is an essential building block of the Coaching Platform.

The eLearnCommerce Private Messaging Module can also be used to create a Coaching Platform.

 

4.: The Membership Site: is a hybrid between course delivery and access to exclusive and protected Content such as Blog Posts, Newsletters Subscriptions, exclusive offers, and to become part of a community of other members.

 

eLearnCommerce integrates with several Membership Plugins and comes with its very own Membership solution: The eLearnCommerce Content Sales Engine.

 

Beyond the essential Content protection and content access rules regulation and Checkout pages, the Sales engine boasts with a series of very advanced features such as:

 

5.: The Content Hosting Platform – Using the eLearnCommerce Knowledge Broadcaster Module, you set up one Learning Content Host Site and then embed & display your Content across 1000’s of Sites without the need to install other instances of eLearnCommerce. 

 

It’s pretty cutting edge, and it works in the exact same way as Youtube…learn more

 

It’s the realm of B2B deals where you create & curate a course and then “rent” it to a course display site that pays you weekly, monthly, or a yearly fee.

 

It’s as simple as copying and pasting an embed code and giving it to your customer or content partner who can now display the course on his blog or website without having to install an LMS.

 

You can also build a central content hosting Platform that feeds your Learning and Knowledge Network composed of an infinite number of Platforms you own and control.

 

The eLearnCommerce Knowledge Broadcaster Module is an essential building block of the Content Hosting Platform. 

 

6.: The Institute or Academy Platform – is a combination of all of the above.

 

You can add each piece as needed to satisfy the specific requirements of each particular use-case scenario.

 

On this type of Platform, you can have several teachers, different classrooms and build the equivalent of a real-world school, institute, or academy on your WordPress using eLearnCommerce. Learn More 

 

How long does it take to build a platform?

 

7 days is all it takes to set an eLearning Platform up no matter if you build a simple online course delivery, membership, eLearning, elite training, or advanced coaching platform using eLearnCommerce. 

 

A professional eLearning Platform Architect can get it all set up and done in 48 hours no matter how complex the Platform.

 

Our Team can build any type of eLearning Platform in 24 hours keys in hand, but I am not expecting you to be able to do the same so let’s stick with 7 days.

 

What’s the difference between a Pro and a Rookie Platform Builder?

 

There is a great quote by Abraham Lincoln that sums it up, and it goes like this: 

“If I had 6 hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.”

 

The Rookie will start chopping with a blunt blade, i.e., without a plan, and then wonder why it takes so long and why it requires so much time and energy.

 

For the Rookie blaming the blade is just a thought away.

 

The Pro will spend most of his time sharpening the blade, i.e., planning the project, and he will only start chopping once the edge of the blade is razor-sharp, i.e., the plan is complete, and all is in place for the construction process to begin.

 

What’s the Lesson?

 

Do not start building your Platform without a Plan!

 

It’s the only correct approach!

 

 You first plan it, then build it, and lastly, test it.

 

Mix these up, start from the wrong end, and you’re successfully setting course towards time and resource wasteland where 7 days turn quickly into 7 months and, before you know it, into never done!

 

Don’t worry.

 

I am here to make sure this does not happen!

 

I am here to guide you through the process! 

 

I am here to make sure you get your eLearning Platform done and launched in 7 days, on time, and within budget.

 

To get there, I need you to become aware of a huge obstacle we have on our path.

 

Enter Paralysis by Analysis Land

 

The other reason why most fail or take too long to set their eLearning Platform up stems from WordPress itself.

 

 Let me give you a little backstory.

 

 I recently interviewed one of our customers who runs a world-leading hypnotism training platform and asked: 

 

 Why WordPress?

 

He answered: “Because we wanted to own and control it fully and no SAAS Platform allows that and because it’s an Open Horizon. No matter which idea I have in terms of extending the features of our website, most probably someone already thought about it and built a Plugin for it!”

 

 We all agree it’s amazing! 

 

WordPress gives us freedom of choice!

 

How is WordPress better than a SAAS?

 

WordPress gives you the independence to add features as needed, which is a Freedom and privilege you do not have, AT ALL, with SAAS platforms.

 

SAAS Platforms, you have to take them as they come and work within the restrictions and boundaries they dictate; in addition, you’re not the owner of the Platform, they are.

 

Good luck with adding a feature you need for your specific use-case to a SAAS Platform, with high probability it’s not going to happen as you have zero control.

 

With a SAAS platform sooner or later, you’ll hit walls, and you’ll be forced to rebuild it all from scratch. 

 

With WordPress and eLearnCommerce, on the other hand, you can build it exactly the way you want it to work from day 1, extend it at will, and in the end, you fully own your Platform and control it all.

 

You’re the boss in your own house!

 

The options and possibilities are endless, and there is a wealth of building materials at your disposal, and that’s why you need to work on a building plan first.

 

What’s the Catch with WordPress?

 

You need a plan because you will face choice overload!

 

Too many choices, possibilities, and options paralyze and confuse those that lack the Knowledge and know-how to decide which tools, plugins, and solutions to use and which ones to ignore for their specific use-case.

 

It’s very easy to fall into invisible traps and make a whole series of mistakes that end up costing lots of time and hard-earned cash.

 

These are the 10 Mistakes you want to AVOID when building your eLearning Platform with WordPress. 

 

Lost in the sea of options and overwhelmed by the sheer endless possibilities, it’s easy to lose direction, and although in sight, many never reach the beach.

 

What’s the Solution? 

 

Let me break it down for you.

 

See, what slows you down is the fact that you do not know which questions you need to be asking to avoid the numerous dead ends and the most common pitfalls you do encounter when tackling a WordPress eLearning Platform construction project.

 

To save on time and resources and get it done in 7 days and become the master of your kingdom, you need to learn to ask the right set of questions first, before doing anything else.

 

Do not touch the software before without having worked on the plan first!

 

Do not start building before it is not clear to you what it is that you’re building!

 

You need to ask questions and work out the answers first.

 

Asking the right questions will enable you to restrict the endless choices available to you.

 

It will also help you understand the subject matter more deeply than if I am handing you a list of tools.

 

I will do something much better than give you a list of tools.

 

I will give you a clear overview of all the questions you need to ask and direction on the tools & plugins required to set up any type of eLearning Platform using eLearnCommerce. 

 

I will also personally guide you through the initial planning phase of your project. 

 

Having been there myself and having guided 100’s of beginners and experts alike through the planning process, I do know the place you’re currently in really well.

 

I can meet you wherever you are along the eLearning Platform construction process and take you step by step towards your desired end-result: A fully set up and sales making eLearning Platform built with eLearnCommerce on your WordPress Website.

 

All things are difficult before they are “very” easy.

 

Together we’ll skip the difficult part, untie those knots, create ultimate clarity, and go straight to easy and done in 7 days.

 

This is where the One Minute eLearning Platform Planner comes in.

 

What is it? 

 

As I mentioned in the beginning,

 

It’s a communication and decision-making tool that enables you to create ultimate clarity when interfacing with a client or when you’re building an eLearning Platform, Membership site, Elite Training or Coaching Platform for your own business.

 

The One Minute eLearning Platform Planner gives you a clear overview of all the questions you need to ask and in which order you need to ask them.

 

It also includes all the points you need to consider and clear up during the initial planning phase of your Platform and before you begin building it.

 

The Planner traces a clear path and gives you clear direction on the tools & plugins required to plan and set up any type of eLearning Platform or Membership site using eLearnCommerce.

 

You’ll learn about all the different types of platforms you can build and which tools you need to build them, and you’ll see how one small wrong decision can massively affect the project delivery time and cause you to go over budget.

 

We use the same Process and tool when we build platforms for clients and when tackling Platform building projects in our own business.

 

use the Planner and…

 

Avoid the frustration of having clients endlessly wait for their Platform to be completed.

 

Avoid never completing your own Platform Project on time.

 

Avoid all the frustrations, tensions, and resources waste that come with both these scenarios.

 

The Planner enables you to plan your eLearning Platform in one minute!

 

Get it now and Let’s build you a Platform owned & controlled by you

 

 See you soon!

 

 all the best

 Corrado Izzo 

 CEO – eLearnCommerce

 

About the author 

Corrado Izzo

I am the Founder and CEO of CodeisCode.com. I am a Knowledge Marketer, Coach, Consultant and Online Business Owner and we run Live and Online Training Courses and Seminars in our Business.

As I approached Online Knowledge Delivery i looked around and with great frustration i found no Solution that would be quick, easy and simple to use and implement and when i say quick i mean 5 minutes quick, learning curve included.

All i found was so unnecessarily complicated…only the SAAS Solutions got it right!

I just wanted to be able to deliver Knowledge to my Audience, Sell my Courses and Create Online Learning Environments on my WordPress Website and i wanted to achieve this end result on my own in just a few minutes each time. 

And so after i spent days trying to figure out how to accomplish that with all the available solutions out there without success i decided to build it from scratch myself exactly the way i wanted it to work. 

I want Quick…I want Low Hassle…I want it to work Immediately…I want it to be Intuitive…I don’t want to learn a completely new way of doing things and i don’t want to hire, pay and be dependant on a Technology Guru to make it work.

As i had to work with it everyday myself including my Non Tech Staff Members i needed it to be easier than easy and a pleasure to work with exactly like the expensive SAAS Solutions out there and with that in mind, in 2014 we went on to create:

WPEP – The eLearning Platform for WordPress which was renamed to eLearnCommerce in 2019.

eLearnCommerce enables you to create anything eLearning on your WordPress Website in just a few clicks no matter if you just want to sell a Single Course Online or if you want to create a Highly Professional Online Learning Environment and Experience for your Students.

eLearnCommerce has the Power & Simplicity of a SAAS Solution but it runs on your Own WordPress Site.

It is Unbelievably Quick, Easy, Simple and Painfree!

That’s my Guarantee!

To your Success
Corrado Izzo

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