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Introducing Thrive Apprentice – The Only Online Course Solution with Full Visual Editing

You’re going to want to sit down for this one.

If you’re already sitting down, stand up. Then sit down.

It’s finally here... the long awaited, much teased, completely awesome full visual editing update for Thrive Apprentice online courses!

Seriously, this is a game-changer for the online course LMS scene...

  • No more digging through code to customize your course design
  • No more paying for designers and developers
  • No more settling for ‘just good enough’ when it comes to your vision and brand

Thrive Apprentice is now the fastest, most flexible, most customizable solution to build an online course-based business on your WordPress website. Period.

Read on to learn more...


Say Hello to Full Visual Editing in Thrive Apprentice!


It’s time to take your online course game to the next level with the latest update to Thrive Apprentice, our powerful LMS plugin for WordPress. The new full visual editing capabilities of Thrive Apprentice means you now have everything you need to build stunning online courses without touching a line of code or hiring a designer.

Whether you’re building your first online course, or looking for better solutions to support an existing course empire, you’ll find what you need with Thrive Apprentice.

Total Online Course Design Freedom

Don’t Just Build Online Courses.
Build a Business.

Get Thrive Apprentice

What's the Big Deal with Full Visual Editing?

So what’s all the hype about full visual editing for online courses?

What does this change?

... Everything.

Most WordPress LMS solutions focus only on restricting access and delivering the lessons. They don’t understand that you’re not building an online course... you’re building a successful online course-based business.

And that requires more than just lesson content.

To really build a successful and profitable online course, you need:

  • Professional looking and fully customizable template designs
  • A perfect learner experience that fits your audience and brand
  • Total 100% ownership and control over your content
  • The ability to make changes quickly to respond to opportunities and feedback
  • Seamless integration with a host of marketing and conversion focused tools

Thrive Apprentice, part of Thrive Suite, gives you all this and more.

The new full visual editing features we’ve just added to Thrive Apprentice, gives you total design freedom to make your online learning environment look and function exactly as you want.

The only limit is your imagination.

Do I need Thrive Theme Builder to use Thrive Apprentice Visual Editing?

The big question that I’m sure you’ll have!

No you don’t.

Thrive Apprentice bolts onto your WordPress website and creates a completely separate course environment that works alongside the rest of your content.

What Can You Customize with Thrive Apprentice?

Thrive Apprentice gives you the power to customize every part of your online course, from the look and feel of your learning environment, right through to the access restrictions that separate your free courses from your premium paid courses.

We’ll explore all the great features in a minute, but for now, check out this video...

Want to know more? Let’s walk through how you can build your online course using the new and improved Thrive Apprentice:

Perfect Your Branding

You know that every page of your online course makes a difference to your visitors’ experience with your brand. It’s no use having a professional website that looks amazing, if your course looks like a bolted-on afterthought when your first paying customers log in.

Remember your customers are buying your entire course environment and learning experience, not just a collection of lessons!

Thrive Apprentice lets you craft the perfect brand for your online course:

  • Choose a school logo, completely independent from your main website logo.
  • Choose the perfect fonts that facilitate learning and match your brand.
  • Choose a great color so Thrive Apprentice can work its magic on all your designs.

Choose Your Fonts

Choosing the perfect fonts for your course is way cooler than simply choosing from a limited list of uninspiring typefaces. With Thrive Apprentice, you can completely customize your text, headings, subheadings, lists, links, and quotes across your entire online course environment, all from one central place.

Find a better font in the future?

No problem, swap it out in just a few clicks, and watch your online course update across every page instantly.

Customizing your fonts across your entire course is easy with Thrive Apprentice.

You can quickly choose from over 1,000 fonts featured on Google Fonts, or simply use the same typography as the rest of your WordPress theme. It’s your choice.

Thrive Theme Builder and Thrive Apprentice users will feel right at home here, as Thrive Apprentice now uses the same powerful typography customization interface!

Design Your School Homepage

The school homepage on Thrive Apprentice

The school homepage, showing all your courses in one stylish design.

Your school homepage is the top-level hub that lets your learners and customers browse, filter, and search your online courses. With Thrive Apprentice, you can brand your premium course experience exactly as you want it, starting with this high visibility page showing off all your available courses.

How do you want to showcase your courses?

Clean and minimal? Bold and vibrant? Colorful and playful?

Every element of this page is yours to customize.

Course List templates in Thrive Apprentice

Choose from our great range of Course List templates.

Thrive Apprentice comes with a huge range of professionally designed Course List templates that you can use to make your school homepage look even more amazing. If you also use Thrive Architect or Thrive Theme Builder, then you can use the Course List element to showcase your courses on any page on your website.

But changing the design of the course list is just the beginning, you can also decide WHAT courses to show on (or to hide from) this page.

Or maybe you want to split the display of your premium courses from your free courses. All of this (and more!) is possible on the school homepage.

Craft Your Course Overview Page

If your customer logs into a specific course, then your course overview page has the important job of setting their expectations about the entire learning experience.

It has to look great to avoid buyer’s remorse which leads to refund requests and additional customer service admin.

Of course, your Thrive Apprentice course overview page will look amazing out of the box thanks to our professionally designed starter templates, but you’re also free to customize them in any way you want using the Thrive Visual Editor.

The course overview page on Thrive Apprentice

Create stunning course overview pages.

To help you create the perfect course overview page for your brand, we’ve added tons of great Lesson List templates to choose from. Give them a try and see which designs work best for your website.

Lesson List templates on Thrive Apprentice

Professionally designed Lesson List templates to make your course structure shine.

You might already know the Lesson List element, because you can also add this element to your sales pages and blog posts using the Thrive visual editor in our other tools.

Dial In Your Course Module Page Design

Some online courses work great as a list of lessons, while others work better when lessons are grouped into modules. Of course, Thrive Apprentice supports both these approaches.

If your online course is broken up into modules, then you’ll need a professional and fully customizable module page to guide your learners to the right lesson.

At the risk of repeating myself, you can edit every part of your module page’s design to fit your brand, your audience, and your learning experience.

Personalize Your Lesson Pages

Lesson page templates on Thrive Apprentice

Choose a starting template for your lesson pages, and customize it to fit your brand perfectly. 

The new Thrive Apprentice now gives you complete design freedom over how your lessons are presented to your learners and customers.

YOU decide how to display your lesson content, by customizing the featured image or video, title, breadcrumb, lesson resource links, progress buttons, and navigation. Any changes you make to this page template will update across all lesson pages where you’ve assigned that template.

To help you lock in your lesson page design even more, we’ve also added a range of beautifully designed Lesson Resource templates for you to choose from. These are perfect for featuring links to helpful cheat sheets, guides, homework, and resources for further reading.

Lesson Resource templates on Thrive Apprentice

Show off your lesson resources with our range of great looking templates.

But of course, not all lessons work best with the same design – text, video and audio lessons should each feature a different layout to help your learners get the most value from your content. This is super easy to achieve with Thrive Apprentice right out of the box.

Apply different lesson templates for video, audio and text lessons

Thrive Apprentice supports different lesson templates for each main media type.

And because you get full design freedom you can choose to use one lesson template across all of your courses or create different layouts for different courses!

Reorder Online Course Lessons

Of course, Thrive Apprentice lets you quickly reorder your lessons simply by dragging and dropping them to their new home. This can be a huge time-saver when you want to add lessons into the middle of an existing course, or simply rejig them to better help your learners achieve their goals.

Watch how easy it is to move lessons around...

Changing the order of your lessons is quick and easy with Thrive Apprentice.

Customize Your Navigation

Your course customers aren’t paying for a collection of web pages in sequential order – they’re paying for a full learning experience that guides them to achieving a result.

To offer this full learning experience, Thrive Apprentice gives you the tools necessary to frame your course content with helpful links and information, completely independent from the rest of your WordPress content.

This means you can feature a different header, footer, menu and sidebar on your Thrive Apprentice course, without affecting your existing site design.

And every single element of your course navigation is fully customizable...

  • Want a toggle-able offscreen sidebar aligned to the left?
  • Maybe a static sidebar aligned to the right?
  • How about including a support contact form in your course footer?
  • Or a link to your student Facebook group in your header?

Thrive Apprentice has you covered.

Decide How Restricted Content is Handled

A critical part of selling online courses is limiting who can access them, and crafting the upsell experience for those who haven’t yet paid.

Thrive Apprentice lets you decide who gets access to your courses in just a few clicks.

You can choose to:

  • Send visitors to a login and registration page
  • Display custom content, such as a message asking them to sign up
  • Redirect to a custom page... perfect for sending visitors to a sales page
Setting access restrictions for your online course

Choose exactly who can access your courses with Access Restrictions.

You even have a specific “restricted content” template so you can really customize what’s shown when your student doesn’t have access yet.

Getting Started with Thrive Apprentice's Visual Editing

New to Thrive Apprentice?

First time using Thrive Apprentice to build your online course?

No problem. You’ll find it included with all our other conversion-focused WordPress tools in Thrive Suite.

Don’t have Thrive Suite yet?

Oh boy, you’re missing out...

Thrive Suite includes everything you need to build a successful, profitable course-based business on WordPress.

Here’s how you can start building your online course today:

  1. Log into your WordPress dashboard and make sure it’s using the latest version.
  2. Make sure you’ve installed Thrive Apprentice.
  3. Find the Thrive Dashboard tab in the sidebar menu and select Thrive Apprentice.
Finding Thrive Apprentice in the WordPress Dashboard

Maybe take a moment to scan through the General Settings options (don’t worry, there’s only 5) and you’re good to go. You can also read this step-by-step guide to creating your first course with Thrive Apprentice.

Existing Thrive Apprentice users

Already rocking Thrive Apprentice on your WordPress site?

Head on over to your plugin dashboard and upgrade it right now... the new visual editing features are available to use today!

Once both WordPress and Thrive Apprentice are up-to-date, you’re good to go.

Don’t worry... nothing has changed on your website yet. You’ll simply notice the option in the design dashboard to load a new design.

Activating full visual editing for the first time

Look for this link to super-charge your Thrive Apprentice with full visual editing.

Adding this new design will not change your design yet, but if you’re already running successful online courses, and especially if you’re running a very customized WordPress site, you’ll want to create a backup of your site just to be on the safe side before making any design changes.

Here’s a detailed step-by-step guide on switching Thrive Apprentice to the new visual editing.

Under the Design tab, you’ll notice Thrive Apprentice is currently using the Legacy design.

If you want to activate full visual editing, you’ll need to publish the brand new design as shown below...

Switching between full visual editing and the legacy design

Activate full visual editing in Thrive Apprentice... don’t worry, you can switch back to your old design at any time.

And that’s really all there is to it... you’re now ready to customize every part of your Thrive Apprentice learning platform to your heart’s content.

At this point, I strongly recommend you head on over to the Quick Start Wizard to help you get started and familiar with Thrive Apprentice visual editing.

Hit the Ground Running with the Quick Start Wizard

Total design control is great, but most of us are not designers.

It takes time, skill and experience to design a learner-focused online course that matches your business brand. That’s time that you could be investing in writing lesson content and building your audience.

That’s why Thrive Apprentice includes a helpful Quick Start Wizard that makes building your online course environment easy, intuitive, and headache-free.

Thrive Apprentice Quick Start Wizard

The Quick Start Wizard will help you get your course launched and ready to customize.

Simply walk through the steps, choose your starting template designs, and your course will be almost ready to go!

From here, you’re free to customize the design as much as you want, to make sure your online course perfectly matches your brand, audience and content.

Here’s a quick overview of the Quick Start Wizard...

Upload a school logo

Uploading a school logo in Thrive Apprentice

Upload a logo for your school.

Your website probably already has a logo, but this is your opportunity to upload a completely different logo to represent your online course environment.

This lets you craft a separate learning brand that works in parallel to the rest of your site content.

Select a school brand color

Selecting a brand color for your online courses

Change your branding colors across all courses with just a few clicks.

Choose a brand color for your school and Thrive Apprentice will automatically update hundreds of design elements across each of your courses, modules and lessons.

The Smart Color technology chooses complementing color tints and highlights, so you can be sure your course is consistently branded with the same color theme.

Thrive Theme Builder users can choose to share the same brand color with the rest of their WordPress theme – entirely optional of course.

Choose a starting header and footer

Choosing a header and footer

Independent headers and footers make your online course distinct from the rest of your website.

Your online courses can now feature a completely different header and footer to the rest of your website, giving you even more control over how you brand your course experience.

The Quick Start Wizard helps you get started with a header and footer, and like everything else in Thrive Apprentice, you can customize them later to get them perfect... add menus, logos, buttons, and anything else you need.

Apply a school navigation menu

Selecting navigation menus for your online courses

Choose which navigation menus to add to your school.

Use the Quick Start Wizard to choose which navigation menus to feature in your course header and footer, to give your learners all the links they need to find their way around.

You can choose an existing WordPress menu or create a new one later.

Choose your online course templates

Course List templates available in Thrive Apprentice

Choose stunning templates for each of your major course pages.

Now it’s time to choose a professionally designed starter template for each of your main course page types:

  1. School homepage
  2. Course overview page
  3. Module page
  4. Lesson page

In just a few clicks, your online course will look like it’s been designed by a team of professionals – because it has! Every template in Thrive Apprentice has been fully optimized for desktop, tablet and mobiles right out of the box, so your course will look great regardless of which device your customers are using.

Think of these templates as a great starting point for your online course... you can customize them later to achieve the exact look you’re after.

Choose your navigation sidebar template

Selecting a sidebar for your courses

Choose a template for your navigation sidebar to support your learners.

Navigation sidebars are perfect for online courses. They help learners to see the full picture at a glance, and quickly jump to relevant modules and lessons.

The Quick Start Wizard lets you choose a professionally designed starting template for your navigation sidebar, so you can move forward quickly with launching your course.

Of course, you can edit every part of your navigation sidebar later using Thrive Apprentice’s Visual Editor.

Where can I read more about Visual Editing in Thrive Apprentice?

Total Online Course Design Freedom

Don’t Just Build Online Courses.
Build a Business.

Get Thrive Apprentice

Other Questions about Thrive Apprentice Visual Editing

Here’s some answers to the most important questions we’re sure to be asked about this exciting update to Thrive Apprentice.

Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below and one of the Thrive team members will get back to you.

Does Thrive Apprentice work with any WordPress theme?


Thrive Apprentice is designed to work with any WordPress theme you choose. It creates a powerful online course environment that works completely independently from the rest of your website content and theme.

Does Thrive Apprentice need any other plugin to work?


Thrive Apprentice does not require any other plugin to work... just add it to a WordPress site and it’ll function beautifully.

Does Thrive Apprentice need any other Thrive tool?

Also no.

Thrive Apprentice will work on its own with absolutely no problems.

But since it’s included as part of Thrive Suite, you’ll always have full access to all our tools anyway.

But if I do use other Thrive tools, what else can I do with Thrive Apprentice?

Thrive Apprentice is powerful on its own, but when you combine it with the other tools included in Thrive Suite, it’s simply incredible!

Here’s just some ideas of what’s possible:

  • Rapidly build a full online course sales funnel using the course-focused landing page templates available in Thrive Architect.
  • Enhance your Thrive Architect-powered sales pages with the new Course List element and Lesson Resource element, to give visitors a sneak peek of what they’re buying.
  • Combine your Thrive Architect sales pages with Thrive Ultimatum countdown timers to create scarcity and urgency for your online course.
  • Add countdown timers IN your Thrive Apprentice templates to create scarcity directly from your free courses for your premium courses.
  • Use Thrive Quiz Builder to embed a quiz directly into a Thrive Apprentice Lesson
  • Feature entirely different login pages for each course, using Thrive Apprentice’s professionally designed login templates.

Are You Ready to Sell More Courses?

With this new update, we’re confident that no other online course solution comes anywhere close to Thrive Apprentice in terms of customization and the speed in which you can build a true course-based business.

If you want to launch and sell your first course, or your tenth, then Thrive Apprentice is what you need in 2024. It’s that simple.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. We can’t wait to hear what you think of the new improvements, and how you can use Thrive Apprentice on your website.

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About the Author David Lindop

David is a writer who is passionate about ethical and sustainable online marketing. He relaxes by writing fiction, learning foreign languages, and making things out of wood - but probably not all at the same time.

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