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.

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.

CM Course Catalog Pro
Course Directory LMS
Easily create courses, organize courses into categories, add Google maps, course address, wide descriptions, images and more! Users can search courses by keywords, location, lecturer, start month, category and custom taxonomies, such as Course Type and Required Degree.
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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: Add-ons

CM Course Catalog Calendar Pro
Course Catalog Calendar Addon
Display all or specific courses on a calendar view with unique colors for each program. Add calendars to any post or page and translate labels such as month and weekday names
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CM Course Catalog Dashboard
Course Catalog Dashboard Addon
Manage and view all the created courses, participants and their registrations with a visually handy dashboard. View your students contact, payment information and registrations details.
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CM Course Catalog Form Builder
Course Catalog Profile Builder
Create personalized registration forms and collect rich information from students. Ask for their age, birth date, interests, availability, phone number and much more
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CM Course Catalog Waiting List
Course Waiting List Addon
Collect information from users interested in a course which is currently not scheduled and make sure you don't miss out on prospective students. Enable or disable the feature for each course.
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CM Course Catalog Payments
Course Catalog Payments Addon
Charge users for registering to your courses. Supports Stripe and credit card payment via Easy Digital Downloads. Set courses as free if required
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