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Topics are completely optional, but are great for breaking up content within a lesson. A course must contain at least one lesson in order to add a topic. Let’s walk through how to create new topics, as well as add existing ones, with the course builder.

Create New Topics

  1. Make sure your course has at least one lesson. Follow the instructions above to add your first lesson.
  2. You need to expand the lesson by either clicking “Expand all” at the top of the builder, or click the down arrow to the right of the lesson
  3. Click the “New Topic” link
  4. Type the name of your topic
  5. Hit ENTER, or click the “Add Topic” button
Add new topics in LearnDash course builder

Add Existing Topics

Shared Course Steps must be enabled or existing lessons, topics, and quizzes will not be available for selection.

Your existing topics can be found in the “Topics” box next to the course builder. By default, your most recent topics are shown, but you can click “View all” to see all topics, or use the search box to find a specific topic by title.

LearnDash topic metabox

There are multiple ways to add existing topics.

Before adding topics, you should click on the lesson where you want to insert a topic. This will select the lesson, highlighting it with a grey background & blue border.

Add a single topic: Hover over a topic in the topic box and click the “Add” button. This will add the topic to the end of whichever lesson you currently have selected.

LearnDash course builder, add a single topic

Add multiple topics: Select the checkbox next to multiple topics, and then click the “Add Selected” button. This will add all selected topics to the end of your currently selected lesson.

LearnDash course builder, edit/remove lesson links

Drag & drop: If you’d like to add topics in a particular spot within your course, you can click & hold down your mouse, drag the topic to the course builder in the spot you want it, and then release. This will place the topic in your specified location within the course.

Edit a Topic’s Title

  1. Click on the title of the topic
  2. Make your edits
  3. Hit ENTER or click the “Save” button
Edit LearnDash topic title

Edit a Topic’s Content

If you’d like to edit the content within a topic, you can click the blue “Edit” link that appears when you hover over a topic.

LearnDash course builder, edit/remove a topic

You can open this link in a new tab so you can easily return to the course builder without losing your place.

Remove a Topic

Hover over the topic you’d like to remove, and click the red “Remove” link.