WordPress based LMS

  • LearnDash
    As one of the first-ever WordPress-based learning systems, LearnDash stands to be the most powerful and feature-packed LMS of all. It’s extremely easy to set up, offers a whole bunch of in-built features and seamlessly integrates with all the major extensions and add-ons in the market. What makes LearnDash suitable for corporate training is its thoughtfully-crafted feature sets that account for all your nitty-gritty requirements. For instance, the “Flexible Prerequisites” option allows you to have your trainees take more courses only when they’re through with compliance training.

It also has a comprehensive group management system in place which can be customized to suit your L&D teams’ specific training needs. With features like advanced quizzing, detailed reporting, dynamic forums, and compatibility with TinCan API and SCORM, LearnDash undisputedly bags the number one spot on this list!

Highlighted Features
LearnDash focus mode
Assignment management
Expire access
Multisite enabled
Mobile compatible
LearnDash ProPanel

A single site license of LearnDash is available for $159.
The Plus and Pro packages are priced at $189 and $329 respectively.

  • Lifter LMS
    With an equally diverse set of features, Lifter LMS provides a great platform to create an effective corporate training environment. It’s got all the necessary elements of a traditional LMS, like drip-feeding content, drag-and-drop course builder, multi-instructor functionality, customizable course enrollments, discussion forums, and the like. If you’re authoring some courses in-house, you can add multimedia lessons including video, audio, text, images, and more to make your courses more appealing.

You can make the most of its achievement badges, certificates, and personalized emails to engage your trainees and foster a healthy learning culture in your organization. Just like any other WordPress-based software, you can customize Lifter LMS as per your specific training needs.

Highlighted Features
Course tracks
Instructional Design
Recurring payments option
Course bundles
Private coaching
Business, marketing, and technical support

A basic single site license of LifterLMS is available for $99, with an additional charge for the add-ons you choose to purchase.
The higher-level packages are priced at $299 (for 5 site licenses) and $999 (for unlimited licenses) and provide a wide range of added features and extensions.

  • LearnPress
    What stands out most about this LMS plugin is its sleek and learner-focused User Interface. LearnPress is a free plugin that has been developed with a special focus on keeping the tool lightweight and optimized for speed to accommodate all the additional extensions and add-ons that you might integrate with. While it provides all the basic LMS related features for course authoring and delivery, investing in third-party add-ons to add functionality, like social learning or advanced reporting, helps you streamline your expenditure to some extent. This way your base plugin stands to be free, and you’re only spending money on the features that you really need.

Wishlists, course reviews, and prerequisite courses are available as free add-ons with LearnPress. The paid versions come with a bunch of additional features and a “Theme” of your choice.

Highlighted Features
Unlimited instructors and co-instructors
Drag-and-drop course builder
Manage learner progress
Support for multisite
Automatic email system


The basic version of LearnPress is free and allows you to create a basic online course website. Based on the add-ons and customizations you choose to work with, additional charges will apply.
The Theme and Pro bundles of LearnPress range between $49 and $249 respectively.

My Thoughts;

I have tried and tested all of the above and for my money, LearnDash comes out tops.

It has its quirks, sure! But for the ROI, it carries all the features and functions and more.

The updates and addon are great, it increases the costs, but it would give you a very powerful system for a fraction of the costs of the big players. In many ways, it outperforms them.