Creating your first course

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Ready to get started with creating your first course? Awesome, glad to have you on board! This article is a quick written guide to using the Thinkific course builder to create your first course.

If you'd rather watch a video, check out this one on the homepage of our knowledge base. Or why not take our awesome Thinkific training course?


Getting started

To get started, head to My Courses on your admin dashboard and select Create a Course to open the Thinkific course builder.

Give your course a name and hit Create Course (don't sweat it if you haven't finalized your course name yet - this can be changed at any point from the Details tab of the course builder).


Adding your content

**If you already have your course created as videos, audio files, and/or PDFs, head straight to the Bulk Importer tab of the course builder to upload all of your content at once! Find out more

To add lessons to your course, from the Curriculum tab of the course builder, get started by adding your first chapter:

Name your chapter and hit Save Changes. Then hit Add Content to show all the different options for lesson types.


There are 11 different lesson types to choose from!

  1. Video lessons - Upload a video file. More info
  2. Quiz lessons - Create a quiz for your students. More info
  3. Multimedia lessons  - Got some content already hosted elsewhere online? Use a multimedia lesson to add it to your course. More info
  4. Text lessons - Combine text, images, videos, etc. into a single lesson. More info
  5. Survey lessons - Gather information/feedback from your students. More info
  6. PDF lessons - Upload a PDF file to be viewed within the course player. More info
  7. Disqus lessons - Add Disqus discussion boards to your course. More info
  8. Audio lessons - Upload an audio file. More info
  9. Downloads - Include resources to be available for download from within the course player. More info
  10. Presentation lessons - Upload a presentation as a PDF file and record audio for each slide. More info
  11. Exam lessons - Include a Brillium exam in your course. More info
Add your course settings

The Course Settings tab of the course builder is where you can go to add information to your course landing page and configure a number of settings for your course. Find out more here

Update your landing page
From the Landing Page tab of the course builder you can manage the visual aspects of your course. More info and tips here



Final steps before publication

Once you've added some content and carefully crafted your sales landing page, you're just about ready to put your course out there!

Here's a checklist for the final steps before publication:

  • Add branding to your site - Head to the Branding page of your admin dashboard to upload your logo, set your site branding colours, etc. More info
  • Set your pricing - Add the pricing for your course from the Pricing tab of the course builder. More info
  • Get ready to get paid - Don't forget to link a Stripe account to your site so your students can pay you. Here's how
  • Take a run through of your course as a student - Preview your course as a student to spot if there's anything you've missed. Here's how.
Other options:
  • Set a drip schedule for your course - Manage when content will be available to your students. More info
  • Add some upsells - Once you have other courses/bundles published, you can include those as upsells on your course landing page or the purchase thank you page. More info
Got all of this covered? Huzzah, you're ready to publish your course!
Head to the Publish tab of the course builder to hit the big green button...

...and congratulations! You've published your first course. Now, spread the word.

Need a little extra help creating or setting up your course? We have a wonderful team of experienced freelancers available to give you a hand! Check out our Experts Marketplace.

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