Backend Course Builder

The backend course builder is the basic course-building tool that is available for all users, both free and pro. It allows you to create the entire course right from this page, making the process hassle-free.

To reach the backend course builder, log in to the WordPress backend of your website, and then navigate to Tutor LMS > Courses > Add New to start adding a new course. Alternatively, you can click on any existing course to launch the Course Builder in edit mode.

Course Information

Course Title: Set a title for the course. Make sure that it defines exactly what the course is about while also being concise and catchy. Try including keywords to improve its visibility on SERPs.

Course Description: In this field, you can describe what this course will entail, discuss its lessons and quizzes, and give a general idea of what the students will get out of this course. You can also give a brief overview of the syllabi and talk about the course’s learning objectives in this section.

Using the toolbar at the top of this text box, you can format the text, add links and also insert media.

Excerpt: Use the excerpt field to add a shorter description of the course.

Author: Change the Author (Instructor) of the course from this dropdown list. By default, the Author selected is the original course creator.

Course Settings 

Under Course Settings, you’ll find the tabs General and if enabled, Content Drip. Listed below you’ll find explanations of what the options in these tabs can do.

  • Maximum students: Set the maximum number of students that can enroll at the same time. This is useful if you are running an academic institute. 
  • Difficulty Level: Limit the difficulty level so students get an idea of how advanced the course is before buying it.
  • Public Course: Enable this option to make a course public. Public courses don’t require enrollment.
  • Q&A: Enable the Q&A section for this course. This feature is a great way for students to get in touch with the instructor.
  • Content Drip: A Tutor LMS Pro Add-on that lets you release content based on a pre-condition. For more in-depth information, please visit its documentation page.

On the right side panel, you’ll see a section called Featured Image which you can click to upload a thumbnail for your Course. 

Clicking on it will open the WordPress Media Manager from where you can either select an image from your Media Library or upload a new one.

Course Attachments

Course Attachments are resources such as practice files, example files, and other necessary files that you may have used in the course content. You can attach these by uploading them here and they will appear under the Resources tab of the Course Details Page for students to download.

Course Prerequisites

Prerequisites are courses that you must finish to get access to this course. For example, if you have 2 courses named Basics of Programming Languages and Advanced Programming Languages, then set the basics course as a prerequisite for the advanced course. This will ensure that the students complete the basic course before accessing the advanced course.

This will allow you to create a true and structured learning path for students, with different courses addressing different levels of students.

Note: Course Prerequisites is a Tutor LMS Pro feature, so you’ll have to enable the add-on from WP Admin > Tutor LMS Pro > Add-ons to use it. For more info, visit its dedicated documentation.

Course Builder

This is the bread and butter of Tutor LMS. The hierarchy of all the content is crucial for admins and instructors to know properly.

In Tutor LMS, a Course will have Topics, and Topics will have Lessons and Quizzes. There can be multiple quizzes and lessons inside a single topic, but we highly recommend 2-5 lessons and 1 quiz for maximum effectiveness.

Add New Topic

This button will open the Add Topic window where you can give the Topic a Name and add a Summary. There are tooltips to guide you through the process.

Once you have added the required information, you can start adding lessons and quizzes using the buttons that are below the corresponding topics.

Add Lesson

Click on the +Lesson button to add a new lesson. On the Lesson window, enter a Title and Description and upload a Featured Image. Next, scroll down for other options like Video Source, Upload Attachment, and more. These settings are discussed below.

Video Source: Here you can add a source for the video lesson. Similar to the Course Intro Video, you can choose to add external or internal sources.

Video Playback Time: Define the video’s total playback time under Hours, Minutes, and Seconds.

⚠️ Note: If the Video Source option is missing and you only see the notice “No video source selected from settings!”, then that means you have to select your Preferred Video Source(s) from Tutor LMS Settings > Course

Upload Attachments: Upload attachments here to supply the necessary materials for this lesson.

Enable Course Preview: This option will only appear if the Course Preview add-on is enabled. For more details check out its documentation.

Add Quiz

To create a quiz click on the +Quiz button to open the Quiz Builder. However, Quiz Building is an extensive feature, so you’ll find detailed information on the process on its dedicated documentation page.

Import Quiz (Pro Feature)

You also have the option to export or import quizzes using the free Quiz Import/Export addon available with Tutor LMS Pro. To learn more, please visit the documentation page here.

Add Assignments

Assignments are a Tutor LMS Pro feature so if you have the add-on enabled, you can add Assignments to your courses by clicking on the +Assignments button. We discuss more on this topic in a separate documentation page.

Add Live Lessons

You can hold Live Lessons (pro feature) through Tutor LMS Pro itself. To do so, you will need a Zoom account and you will also have to connect Tutor LMS with Zoom. To learn more about Live Lessons, please visit its dedicated documentation.

Additional Data

The following data acts as informative data for potential students while also acting as marketing material for your course.

What Will I Learn

List the knowledge and skills that students will learn after completing this course. (One per line)

Target Audience

Specify the target audience that will benefit the most from the course. (One line per target audience)

Course Duration

Specify the overall duration of the course, i.e. how long it will take for a student to complete this course.

Materials Included

A list of assets you or the instructors will be providing for the students in this course. (One per line)


Add any additional requirements or special instructions for the students. (One per line)

Course Intro Video

Here, you can add a Course Intro Video which will show up on the Course Details Page. Do this by selecting a video source and then entering the file, URL, or code. If the video source drop-down does not list any options, it means you haven’t yet enabled any video sources for your LMS site. 

To do this, head over to Tutor LMS > Settings > Courses. Scroll down to the Preferred Video Source section and select the options of your choice. Tutor LMS supports the following video sources:

  • HTML 5 (MP4)
  • External URL
  • Youtube
  • Vimeo
  • Embedded
  • Shortcode

Finally, click on Save Changes. Go back to the course editor and now the video source dropdown should display the options you selected.

Certificate Templates

This section only appears if Tutor LMS Pro Add-on for Certificates is enabled. To do this, go to Tutor LMS Pro > Add-ons and enable Certificates.

Then, in the course editor, select the template of your choice from this section or click on None to disable certificates for this course.

To create your Custom Certificates, you need to first ensure you have installed and activated the Certificate Builder Plugin that comes with Tutor LMS Pro. If it is, then go to Tutor LMS Pro > Settings > Certificate. Here, click on the Create Certificate button which will take you to the Certificate Builder where you can build a certificate from scratch. 

For more details, check out Tutor LMS Certificate Builder’s dedicated documentation.


The Multi Instructors Add-on is a pro feature that lets you add additional instructors to your course. You can enable Multi Instructors from Tutor LMS Pro > Add-ons. Then, in the course editor, click on the Add Instructor button and search. Select your choice and save your changes.

Google Meet

Google Meet is another Tutor LMS Pro feature so if you have the add-on enabled and set up you can hold live lessons with this feature too. For more information about this add-on, please visit its own documentation page.

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