Simple tools for online class registration to get the job done quickly, saving time and money
We know you’re busy, so we’ve spent countless hours building simple, but powerful tools to help programs like yours to connect with their students. Here are just a few of the features we offer to help you save time and money.
It starts with online registration that’s impossibly simple.
The more steps there are in the registration process, the less people will actually finish registering, so we designed CourseStorm to be simple. Just a few clicks and your students are done, increasing your enrollments with no additional work on your part. Handling refunds and transfers is a breeze, too.
Payment Processing & Direct Deposit
If you’ve ever taken credit cards online, you know about the hassles involved. Security certificates, encryption, PCI compliance, and merchant accounts can be a nightmare. Thankfully, we deal with all the technical details so you don’t have to.
Once your payments go through, we’ll deposit the funds right into your bank account and email you a receipt complete with all the details. We’ll even take care of cancellations and refund money back to students for you automatically.
Making education accessible is at the heart of our company.
So whenever we see an opportunity to help you increase your reach, we jump at the chance. That’s why we designed an impossibly simple registration process to increase enrollments, created payment plans to make pricier classes more approachable, offer built-in email marketing at no additional cost, and have automated best practices like enrollment warnings and abandoned order reminders to cancel fewer classes.
It’s also why at CourseStorm, we only succeed when you succeed.
We know as well as you do that classes are social occasions. If I want to take a painting class, I’m definitely bringing my friends along too. With friends and family registration, it’s easy to add anyone you like to your circle of friends, any of whom can be added to your registration with a single click.
Do you cater to families? Your parents will love how simple it is to keep everyone under a single account, making it easy to register the whole family for activities in one fell swoop.
More than 30% of website visits are made on mobile devices. If your site’s not ready, these visitors won’t stay long. Luckily, we’ve designed a first-rate experience just for mobile users.
No matter what smartphone or tablet they use, your students will be able to browse your offerings and register seamlessly on-the-go.
What’s a great registration experience if you can’t get the word out about your classes? Email newsletters are great if you have the time, but how do you keep your list up to date? Importing and exporting each time you have a registration is no fun at all, trust us. So, we’ve done one better by building email tools right into CourseStorm.
Want to announce your new catalog? Maybe there’s a fantastic class people will love. With just 2 clicks, you can send an email to all of your students giving them the latest news about your program.
But it doesn’t stop there. We also know it’s important to keep in touch with students after they’ve registered as well. Bad weather cancellations, changes in location, or a note with information about what they’ll need to bring — with CourseStorm you can shoot out an email to the entire class just in time.
We take security seriously. How seriously?
- Data Centers
Our servers are located in million dollar data centers surrounded by multi-tiered security systems.
- Strong encryption
All communication in and out of your catalog site is covered with 256-bit SHA-2 encryption.
We maintain nightly and weekly backups of all data to ensure strict data integrity.
- PCI Compliant
Credit card information is received in a completely PCI compliant manner and encrypted such that even our company cannot see the full credit card number.
- Stored cards safely encrypted
Registrants who choose to store their credit card for re-use are protected by Stripe’s on-disk AES-256 encryption. Stripe is a Level 1 PCI DSS Compliant service provider. Learn more about Stripe’s intensive security.
Our team has been developing e-commerce software for more than 15 years, building the hard-earned trust of our customers. We’ll be happy to do the same for you.
With CourseStorm, there’s no software to install and nothing to update. Just jump on the web and log in. We handle the rest, no IT department required.
There’s nothing worse than being stuck on the phone forever waiting to talk to someone, anyone, who knows what’s going on. We can’t stand it either.
That’s why we pride ourselves on sensational support from caring staff right here in Maine. How sensational? It may sound crazy, but if you’re curious about how we treat our customers, we recommend you call any of them and ask.
Just be gentle with their time, they’re busy growing their programs.
There’s so much to CourseStorm, it’s hard to fit it on one page. Here are just a few other features we just couldn’t leave out.
Have a student who really wants to pack their calendar with your classes? CourseStorm’s cart makes it easy to register for as many of your classes as they like – and pay for them all at once.
- Waiting Lists
When a class fills up, we automatically close registration and allow students to sign up for the waiting list instead. If you decide to open up more space, you can easily convert any waiting list entries into registrations for the class. It’s that simple.
- Built-in Image Library
Finding a photo for a class — it’s a pain. Or at least it was. We’ve built royalty-free image search right in so you have a constantly updating library of high-quality photos at your fingertips.
- Customized Registration Forms
One size does not fit all and we get that. That’s why we’ve built in an impossibly simple way to customize your classes’ registration forms.
Add new questions to your forms, add a waiver, automatically adjust pricing based on answers, and even make questions class-specific. The power is in your hands.
- Promo Codes
We know many programs like to offer discounts to select students. Maybe you’re running a special early bird sale or marketing discounts to entice select students? If that’s the case: our promo codes are the answer – whether they apply to all of your classes or just a few.
- Payment Plans
Painless payment plans used to be an oxymoron, but no longer! Instead of manually tracking and following up with each student on their amount due, let us do the work for you.
CourseStorm will easily create payment plans for a given student and automatically charge their card. Reschedule a payment with just a couple clicks. You just receive the deposits and the increased enrollments!
- Unlisted Classes
Want to open up a class’s registration early for a select group or students or hide a class from the general public? Changing a class’s visibility is simple, and we’ll give you a link to share with the students you want to attract.
Interested in getting a list of students? Maybe you’d like to pull a report on your registrations? Or how about a roster for just a single class? No problem. We have built-in Excel reports throughout the system so you can get right to the data you need.
We make it simple to integrate with your program’s existing website, internal services, or other systems. Easily add your catalog with our plugin for WordPress, style a customizable catalog widget, or pull data using our powerful API.