Using a Course Catalog WordPress Plugin to Offer Desert Workshops


Using a Course Catalog WordPress Plugin to Offer Desert Workshops

Deserts make up more than 60% of Israel’s territory, reflecting in Israeli economy, culture and identity. A new organization wants to help spreading desert knowledge with desert workshops – and they count with the help of CM Course Catalog WordPress plugin.

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Exploring The Israeli Desert

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Israel’s most famous desert is Nagev, which spans for more than half of the country’s land area.

It has several ecological regions and many important archeological sites. On the southern part, it also touches the Red Sea.

For tourists, that means wonderful spots to visit, hike and explore. But to locals it’s much more: it’s part of their life.

On one hand, desert regions contribute to challenges such as droughts, sandstorms and mostly lack of water.

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On the other hand, it also brings pride with its stunning beauty, unique geology and rich fauna and flora.

It also means knowledge: the country has researchers aplenty who have studied the desert first-hand and applied the findings in key economic activities.

Sharing Desert Knowledge With Courses

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Institute for Desert Knowledge

Enter The Institute for Desert Knowledge, a non-profit organization devoted to collect and share of global knowledge related to life in desert areas.

Desert Knowledge was born as a way to share unique insights that can’t be developed anywhere else. The team has geologists, botanics and ecologists, all enthusiastic about showing others what they’ve learned with the desert.

The institute organizes workshops to disseminate knowledge and skills to cope with desert conditions. Courses are held both in the classroom and during field excursions.

Why Adopt a Course Catalog Solution

The Desert Knowledge team decided to showcase and sell access to the workshops in a WordPress site. They needed a plugin to organize courses, manage registration, let users purchase spots, while also allowing the admin to manage students’ progress.

After extensive research, it was clear the team needed to develop a brand new Course Catalog WordPress plugin.

How The Course Catalog WordPress Plugin Works

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The Course Catalog plugin lets the admin create multiple thematic courses. Each has an unique page filled with images, description, availability table, contact form, and more.

All this content encourages flashy but descriptive pages to attract students, all while boosting the site’s SEO rating.

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Each course has extensive information and a buy now button

It’s possible to organize courses by categories and tags and display different lists anywhere on the site.

Finally, the plugin also handles student registration and it’s possible to safely manage them from the back-end.

Course Catalog Plugin: What’s Next

The base course catalog plugin had so many features that the next ones will be released as add-ons:

  1. Course Catalog Payments – Users can pay online to enroll on courses, using credit card or PayPal. Compatible with EDD (Easy Digital Downloads)
  2. Course Catalog Student Dashboard – Each registrant gets an unique page with customizable interface showing all current courses
  3. Course Catalog Waiting List – When courses don’t have open slots any more, visitors can apply to a waiting list and enroll when there’s an opening
  4. Course Catalog Profile Fields – Really specific areas might require flexible fields with additional information, such as “Math Knowledge”, Graduation Date or Preferred Language