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What is a free preview?

Free previews allow users to take selected lessons in a course for free, with no expiration date, no limit to the number of users, and users will be prompted to buy the rest of the course after taking the free preview! Students will be prompted to buy the course after the first time they complete the free preview or if they click on any of the lessons that are not part of the free preview.


First, select the course

On the left sidebar of the Admin Dashboard, select Manage Learning Content > Courses. Select the course that you are looking for.



Create the Course

Click Add Chapter, give the chapter a name, then click Add Content, select a content type, then tick “make this a free preview lesson” box.

Here’s what it looks like with a text lesson:





View your free preview

If your course has one or more lessons marked to be a part of the free preview, Thinkific will automatically add these two elements to your Course Landing Page:

1) The free preview button:



2) The free lessons highlighted in the curriculum:




Should you wish you remove the Free Preview at any time all you need to do is make sure that the make this a free preview lesson checkbox is unchecked for each piece of content in your course.


Free Preview Link

If you want to link directly to the free preview, or add a CTA button on your site that links to the free preview checkout, right-click the free preview button and select Copy Link.



When you paste the URL, you will notice that is looks something like this:


https://sarassitebuildersite.thinkific.com/enroll/281602?et=free_trial

Which is:

[your-thinkific-site.com]/enroll/[product ID]?et=free_trial


All your free previews will follow the above format, with the variables changing depending on what your Thinkific site URL is and what product ID that course uses.


You'll notice it looks very similar to your regular checkout link:



The only difference is after the ?, price_id=12345 changes to et=free_trial


If you don't use a banner with a free trial link to easily copy, you can copy the checkout link and replace: 'price_id=12345' with 'et=free_trial'.


Be sure to test the new URL in a private/incognito window or in a browser where you are not logged in, to ensure that it navigates to the right course checkout:




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