eCommerce -> After a digital course has been purchased, should I still show this course in category page?


I am developing an online course website based on WordPress.

Website has 30 courses in total.

Courses are divided into 5 categories (A, B, C, D, E).
There are 6 courses per category.
Each course also has a fixed price.

So once a user purchase a course,
user can only purchase it once because it`s a digital course.

In addition, course status can be either “not started”, “in progress” or “done”.

Therefore, users can access their “membership area” and
see courses divided into the following 3 sections based on user activity:

  • “Not started” section shows all courses that user did not start yet.

  • “In progress” section shows all courses that are in progress.

  • “Done” section shows all courses that user already completed.

Here is my question:

Once user purchase a course,
should I continue showing this course in categories page OR
should I remove this course from categories page?

For example,
Category A has 6 courses.
User just purchased 5 courses in this category.
Should category A page show all 6 courses with 5 of them tagged as “purchased” OR
should category A page show only 1 course, the course which user did not purchase yet?

Any response will be highly appreciated.

Welcome to the community @daniel28!

Ideally, you want to always show all the courses on the category page, whether purchased or not. Best practice would be to include an indication the course has been purchased on the page, not to remove the course. If you could dim out the image of the course or show a tag that indicates purchased or have the price change to purchased are all options.

Don’t forget to engage with other members here on the forum. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Hi Julia,
Thanks for your great response.
I just sent you a message on LinkedIn.
Can you please have a look at my message?

Done! :slightly_smiling_face: