Publishing Your Course

This article shows you how to publish your course so students can start enrolling, outlines the difference between publishing a lecture and a course, and goes over taking your entire school offline.

Publishing/Unpublishing a Course

Publish a course in its entirety by clicking the Publish Course button in the Publish section of the course Information area. Click on the Yes, publish course button to confirm. 


Similarly, after a course is published, if you wish to Unpublish it (make it inactive), click the Unpublish Course button in the same location.

Once unpublished, only those who are already enrolled in that course or those you send the course URL directly to will be able to access it.

NOTE: Make sure you’ve set up a pricing plan before directing users to your private course page. Otherwise, potential students will not be able to enroll.

Previewing Your Course

After you’ve created a course and added content, you'll likely want to preview it before having students enroll. To do so:

  1. Log into your school’s admin area.
  2. Select the course you’d like to preview directly from the admin sidebar, or click View All to see all courses you’ve created. view_all_courses.png
  3. Inside a specific course area, simply click the Preview button in the upper part of the submenu. preview course
  4. A pop-up modal will appear, asking you whether you want to preview the sales page as a visitor or preview the curriculum as a logged-in student. preview your course

Switch View From Logged In to Logged Out

You may be working on designing your school and want to see how it looks to people who are not logged into your school. To do this,

  1. Preview your page as outlined in the steps above.
  2. Click Preview as in the upper right corner. Choose either Logged in user or Logged out user. preview as

This will show you what your course looks like to someone who is logged out of your Teachable course.

Publishing/Unpublishing Lectures

You can have a published course that contains unpublished lectures -- aka Drafts. Until these lectures are published, they will not appear to students working through the curriculum.

published and unpublished lectures

Publish a lecture by selecting the checkbox to the right-hand side. If you wish to unpublish a lecture and return it to draft status, simply un-check the box.

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Alternatively, you can publish/unpublish an individual lecture inside the lecture area itself.

publish lecture

Taking Your School Offline

If you’re planning a massive overhaul of your content, you may want to take your entire school offline while you implement the changes, rather than unpublishing each lecture/course individually. This can be done in Settings > General under Status. Learn more about taking your school offline here.

After you’ve created a course and added content, you'll likely want to preview it before having students enroll. This article shows you how to preview a course before you hit the publish button.


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