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Learn Building E-Learning Websites such as Udemy or Coursera

Learning is a process as well as an integral part of our lives. Besides, with digitization in the education sector, university and school students have become more dependent on e-learning apps and websites like Udemy and Coursera. Due to this, the demand for similar tools and apps has increased, so has the competition in the market. This is because online educational platforms increase the flexibility, affordability, and easy access that they provide.

There are many types of digital learning platforms like Forums, Podcasts, Video streaming services, Discussion boards, etc while the Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC), Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Visual Instructor-Led Training (VILT), among others.

Coursera and Udemy are said to be two of the most successful examples of e-learning portals that provide virtual courses. The only difference is individual teachers/instructors submit their content in Udemy and every instructor is verified while in Coursera, there is a mutual understanding between universities and colleges where the university professors teach the online courses.

Steps to Build an E Learning website:

Research to know what to do

Initially, creating an e-learning website implies that you have an idea, and to verify your idea, you need to first look into the market. Further, start researching your subject market and analyze whether there is a real scope, then decide who your target market will be, followed by understanding the audience demographically, socially, psychologically. Later, select your niche accordingly. In Coursera, you can always start with lesser subjects and add in more slowly. Originally, Coursera had only five categories including some subcategories. In recent years, the number of courses has jumped to 2000+.

Plan Monetization Model

Money is hands down one of the most essential aspects of any project that you take on. There are numerous ways one can strategize a monetization model:


Provide a few courses to your ‘subscribers’ who have to pay regularly.



What’s better than subscription, and perhaps more tactical, is charging for providing a verified certificate. This way, people who just want to learn can access your courses, but others who want certification will be willing to pay.

Go Premium

You can also choose to give limited courses for free and ask the users to pay if they want to upgrade.

Corporate e-learning

Employee training is an important part of the business. Try supplying materials and tools required for employee training to the Corporates directly rather than giving courses separately to employees.


If earning isn’t your primary goal, opting for a donation from users or non-users is another source of income.

Decide Features and Functionalities

The core features and functionalities are the main reasons for a successful app. As an e-learning Portal, you need to focus on these two main aspects – the students registering with you and the teachers or instructors registering with you. Do work on these common features like managing the Profile, creating the Account, giving customer support and help, a search bar to find the courses, filter features and proper categorization for the searches, recommendations, and tag features to get similar courses, secure and easy payment options for students and course creation, updates for the instructor, etc.

Confirm UI/UX Design Strategy

The user experience depends on the UI/UX design of your e-learning portal, navigation, ease of use, and in the end the satisfaction of your customer. The design has to be simple and not chaotic, the navigation must be simple while the loading must be fast. The design needs to be consistent throughout your e-learning website. Another important design aspect is the typography, avoid fancy typing and focus on readable and simple typography. Also, to give your website extra touch try integrating images, illustrations, etc., within your visual design.

Decide Technology and Tools

The Udemy Website development requires many tech and tools. There is a need for

  1. Programming languages like Ruby, Python, etc.
  2. A framework like Express, MVC, etc.
  3. Databases like MongoDB, MySQL, etc.
  4. Core technologies like CSS3, Javascript, HTML5, etc.
  5. Online payment techs like Paypal, etc.
  6. Few third-party tools like Salesforce.


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