Here we are just barely into the new year (2017) and Wealthy Affiliate has once again rolled out more new features in order to make the learning platform and everyone’s experience even better.
This article will bring you up to date with what has been happening inside of WA since the beginning of the year.
Earlier this year, WA introduced the ability to add SSL certificates for all premium members who own their own domain and host their site on the WA servers, at no additional cost to the membership fee.
SSL allows you to offer an encrypted secure connection to anyone who visits your site in order to maintain privacy and to prevent data interception by a 3rd party who may possibly have malicious intent.
Recently, I wrote a more detailed article about SSL certificates that you can find at the link above.
The major search engines such as Google, Bing and, Yahoo are already starting to favor secure sites in their ranking algorithms and eventually, any site that doesn’t provide a secure connection will be hard pressed to obtain good search engine rankings.
SSL is soon to become the industry standard for every type of website and not just for e-commerce sites or sites that collect sensitive private information, as was the case in the past.
Training Menu Updates
The training menus also got a facelift to make the training easier to navigate and keep track of your progress.
To enter the Certification courses, which are courses designed to teach you how to start an online business in the niche of your choice, simply click the green button in the upper left of your dashboard.
This button will display the words “Get Started Here” which is helpful for new members to know where to go first.
Upon completion of the 1st module, the button display will change to “Certification”.
In this example, you can see all of the 5 levels in the certification course and by clicking the “You Are Here” button, you will be taken back to the exact place you left off.
Notice that from this screen you can see your current progress as well as the tasks you have completed in previous lessons and the “View Course Outline” button makes it easy to go back to prior lessons or to view what’s coming next.
Once inside of the course, the task menu remains docked on the right side of the page and is always visible.
As you are following the training simply tick the boxes as you complete each task and once a lesson has been fully completed, the title will change to a green hyperlink, making it easy to navigate back and forth between lessons.
Have A Question?
As you can see, the step by step task-based training is fairly easy to follow but there are times when you may have a question or want to make a comment about the training.
The “Ask A Question” button is located underneath the task menu which is on every page of the training.
After typing the question or comment into the box, it also gives you the option of adding an image (paper clip – bottom left).
Previously, if you wanted to ask a question, you would have to scroll down to the area underneath the training so, this will allow you to keep your place without having to scroll away and, you will receive a notification at the top of the page when your question has been replied to.
Request An Update
As we all know, the internet is constantly evolving which means that the tools and strategies with regard to operating an online business change along with it.
With this in mind, Wealthy Affiliate has made the process of requesting an update even easier as even the best training needs to be tweaked and updated from time to time.
Located at the top of every lesson page (coming soon) will be a “Request An Update” button.
This is a great new feature that will make it even easier to make a request and once it is submitted, the content author will automatically receive a notification.
WA has always encouraged feedback and previously, you had to private message one of the owners to make your request which is fine but, this new method is fast, easy and, doesn’t take you away from your work for those few minutes.
In addition to what I have shown above, the existing training itself is also being updated with new content and videos being added as well.
There will also be brand new lessons coming very soon which will provide even more value to the already robust lineup.
Exciting news for sure!
“We’ve been extremely busy in 2017 behind the scenes, and our focus on education has never been higher!
Everything we are doing at WA surrounds simplicity, improvement to common processes, and making technology disappear so that you can focus on learning and building…obviously with a goal to facilitate the most success possible!”
~Carson, Co-founder Wealthy Affiliate
Each year, Wealthy Affiliate spends tons of money on updating, making improvements and, rolling out new tools and features to make an already great platform even better and they do this at no additional cost to the membership.
I have been a member for awhile and, it’s great to be a part of a learning platform and community such as Wealthy Affiliate that is constantly striving to keep up with the latest changes and trends that will help you to build and grow a successful online business.
Bookmark this site and come back often as I will be keeping you up to date on all of the latest developments.
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To Our Success!