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.

How to Create a Free Preview

You can enable Free Preview for existing lessons in one of your courses!

  1. Go to Manage Learning Content
  2. Select Courses
  3. Click on a specific course in the Course Overview
  4. Select your desired lesson
  5. Check off the box to the left of Make this a free preview lesson
  6. Click Save

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, see instructions on how to access this link here: What Is My Free Preview Link?

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:

Free Preview Button Text

By default when you publish your course, a Free Preview button will automatically appear in your Banner, which will look something like this:

If you prefer to customize this text to something different, like Free Trial, you can as follows:

  1. In your Admin Dashboard, select Settings
  2. Select Modify text: site landing page
  3. Beside Free Preview, select Customize
  4. Input your desired text and click Save

Your landing page will now display your custom text!


Why is my student not able to enroll into the Free Preview Lesson of a Private Course? 

The way the Private Course setting was designed is to disallow anyone to enroll into the course, regardless if there are free preview lessons included inside. A way to get around this would be to make a mini course Free or create a separate paid course with Free Preview lessons for users to enroll into.

More About Free Preview

What Is My Free Preview Link?

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