Chris Badgett is known as “the online course guy.” He created successful online courses, created a gardening course publishing business with experts around the world, and is the CEO of the popular fast-growing course building tool for WordPress-powered websites called LifterLMS. LifterLMS helps online course creators convert their expertise and life experiences into income by creating impactful online courses. Before Chris built LifterLMS with his team, his company built custom course and membership platforms for the expert industry. Chris even hosts a podcast for course creators and education entrepreneurs called LMScast. There are over 250 episodes on LMScast. That’s how passionate he is about online courses, membership sites, and learning management systems. Chris Badgett is the #1 go-to person for discovering how to create an online course business, add courses to an existing business, and use courses to generate more leads and sales. Learn more about Chris Badgett and LifterLMS here: https://lifterlms.com
Michele: What do you do in the WordPress ecosystem?
Chris: Develop a plugin for building courses and training based membership sites called LifterLMS.
Michele: How did you get involved with WordPress?
Chris: I started a blog about Outdoor Leadership in 2008.
Michele: Please tell me one story of someone who has inspired you within the WordPress Community.
Chris: I love seeing what Sheryle Gillihan did with WordPress to create social impact in Africa: https://lifterlms.com/success/impact/
Michele: What does the Open Source Community mean to you?
Chris: I love being able to innovate online with an entire community of cool and diverse people. I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
Michele: Please name some of your favorite plugins.
Michele: Do you have a favorite theme or framework you like to use?
Chris: I love page builders and Gutenberg because I can’t code!
Michele: If you could change one thing in WordPress, what would it be?
Chris: I would like the plugin usage data to be more detailed and freely available.
Michele: What is your most memorable WordPress moment?
Chris: My first CaboPress with Chris Lema was my first time out from behind my computer venturing out to meet other WP people. CaboPress ruins all other conferences because it is so amazing.
Michele: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone just getting started with WordPress?
Chris: Use tons of plugins, then later aspire to being a minimalist.
Michele: What do you think is in store for the future of WordPress?
Chris: WordPress is going to be the new open source education operating system of the future meeting the need for remote learning and a new economic model.
Michele: Just for fun, share one memory that makes you proud to be a part of the WordPress Community.
Chris: I love seeing my customers create impact, income, and freedom with their WordPress LMS websites like these 8 incredible people: https://lifterlms.com/success/
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