I was a big fan of Internet training site Grovo when we covered it in October, and now the site is relaunching with a cleaner interface that opens up more of its content to the public and a premium service.
The changes make Grovo an even more compelling option for those interested in teaching themselves how to better use the web. It will help power users get up to speed on emerging sites and service quickly, and it offers businesses and organizations a simple way to keep their employees trained.
The site’s redesign puts the training videos in a YouTube-like interface that general users should find familiar. Previously, the training videos were cordoned off in a special interface that was needlessly complex. Now Grovo’s videos will be discoverable by search engines, and users can move between them like YouTube videos. The new video training pages sport features that will help users better absorb the lessons, including quizzes, takeaways and glossary terms. Everything users do on the site is tracked on Grovo’s new activity feed.
The site is also making 50 percent of its training content free, which will allow casual visitors to get a taste of its offerings without signing up. The free videos can be embedded on websites and shared directly on social networks.
With Grovo’s premium offering, which costs $19 a month or $190 annually, you’ll get access to all of its training content. The site is currently offering premium lessons for topics like Basecamp, Google Apps and Analytics, Facebook Pages and Twitter for Business. New lessons will be added weekly.
As I’ve written previously, Grovo will certainly appeal to users who’ve always wanted to learn more about certain sites or services, but don’t want to bother their geeky friends. The site’s videos are clear, informative, and professionally made. As somebody who used to train users of all sorts of skill levels, I can attest that there’s something for everybody on Grovo, and the site will surely add more lessons over time. It’s also worth noting that using Grovo is a lot less demoralizing than owning one of the Dummies series of how-to computing books.
Grovo is planning another major release later in March. The New York City-based site was founded in 2010, currently has six full-time employees, and is privately funded.
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