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Creating and selling online courses can be a valuable business model. An LMS (Learning Management System) plugin can turn your WordPress website into a learning platform. All you must do is create the courses. Fortunately, there are several good LMS plugins to choose from. In this article, we’ll look at the best WordPress LMS plugins to help you decide which is best for your needs.
What is an LMS Plugin?
An LMS plugin provides the tools to create, manage, and deliver course content to students. They create post types for courses, lessons, quizzes, students, instructors, and more. You create the course content and set up the LMS. The plugin handles the rest.
The LMS plugin restricts access to the content based on the rules you set up. You can sell the courses, require prerequisites, monitor progress, create certificates, receive payments, view statistics, and more. You have complete control over your learning platform.
There are lots of LMS plugins available. Here’s a look at what I consider to be the 8 best WordPress LMS plugins available. There’re in no particular order.
1. MemberPress
MemberPress
MemberPress is a powerful learning platform that’s designed to be the easiest to set up and get started. It can create courses and membership sites and includes powerful access rules, coupons, forums, drip content, pricing pages, reports, and more. It also integrates with Divi, payment gateways, Zapier, and many other platforms.
MemberPress
Divi integration allows you to build the pages with the Divi Builder and then select to control their access under Access Conditions. This example from their website shows it restricting access to a page called Divi Membership, which was created with the Divi Builder.
MemberPress
A new tab is added to the builder called MemberPress. It has a set of tools to choose the membership rule and authorization.
Features

  • Unlimited courses
  • Unlimited memberships
  • Divi addon
  • Integrates with payment gateways
  • Drip content
  • Coupon codes
  • Forums
  • Email automation
  • Content protection
  • Gutenberg blocks

Price: $279 and up | More Information
2. LifterLMS
LifterLMS
LifterLMS is one of the best WordPress LMS plugins available. It makes it easy to create and sell courses and memberships through your WordPress website. It’s integrated with lots of popular plugins, and it can connect your website to other apps. eCommerce is built-in, so you don’t have to rely on other plugins. Even though it has a lot of features, it’s easy to set up and use.
LifterLMS
LifterLMS includes a detailed settings dashboard with settings for courses, memberships, accounts, checkout, engagements, notifications, and lots more.
LifterLMS
You can add any Divi modules to the page in the classic editor.
LifterLMS
The Gutenberg editor includes several blocks to build the pages for your courses, lessons, and memberships.
LifterLMS
The course builder includes tools and an outline to get you started.
LifterLMS
It adds two widget areas, one for courses and one for lessons. It also adds two widgets, one for the course syllabus and one for the course progress.
Features

  • Create courses
  • Create membership sites
  • eCommerce built-in
  • integrates with Divi
  • Create badges and achievements
  • Integrates with popular plugins
  • Integrates with other apps
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Gutenberg blocks
  • The pro versions add extensions, marketing, forms, advanced quizzes, groups, eCommerce, and lots more.

Price: Free, pro version starts at $120 | More Information
3. Sensei LMS
Sensei LMS
Sensei LMS is from the makers of WordPress. This is another of the best WordPress LMS plugins available. It includes integration with WooCommerce to sell your courses. It includes editors for courses, lessons, and questions. Learning management tools include analysis, grading, learner management, messages, and tools. You can expand it through free and premium extensions.
Sensei LMS
It includes editors for courses, lessons, and questions. The classic version of the courses editor includes access to the Divi Builder allowing you to add any Divi layout to the course pages.
Sensei LMS
The Gutenberg editor adds several blocks to the courses and lessons editors to build your pages.
Sensei LMS
It comes with four widgets to display your category courses, course categories, course components, and lesson components.
Features

  • Courses
  • Lessons
  • Questions
  • Learner management
  • WooCommerce integration
  • Divi integration in the classic editor
  • 4 widgets
  • Gutenberg blocks
  • Free and premium extensions.

Price: Free, premium extensions start at $29 | More Information
4. LearnDash
LearnDash
LearnDash is a comprehensive online learning platform and it’s considered to be one of the most popular and best WordPress LMS plugins available. Create unlimited courses with the drag and drop builder, advanced quizzing, flexible prerequisites, and drip content.
LearnDash
It comes with five templates to help you get started on your website design.
LearnDash
The course pages follow a simple structure that looks clean.
LearnDash
Learndash’s documentation includes information about using Learndash with page builders such as Divi. The example above is from the Learndash website, showing the Divi Builder as an option on the course pages.
Features

  • Unlimited courses
  • Unlimited users
  • Content protection
  • Course forums
  • Drip lessons
  • Advanced quizzing
  • Certifications and badges
  • 5 templates
  • Integrates with Divi
  • Gutenberg blocks
  • Free and premium addons

Price: $199 and up | More Information
5. Tutor LMS
Tutor LMS
Tutor LMS is a complete LMS with quizzes, lessons, reports, and more. It has some of the most features for a free LMS. It can be expanded with premium addons.
Tutor LMS
A vast number of settings give you full control over the courses, lessons, students, quizzes, instructors, earnings, and lots more. Several of these elements have management areas on the dashboard.
Tutor LMS
The course editor works like the classic editor. It’s intuitive and adds settings for the course, course builder, additional data, and video source options.
Tutor LMS
A new widget allows you to display course information in your sidebars.
Features

  • Unlimited courses
  • Frontend student dashboard
  • Lesson management
  • Commission allocation
  • Course marketplace
  • Content security
  • Quizzes with timers and attempts
  • Monetization settings
  • Widget
  • Gutenberg blocks for student and instruction registration
  • Integrates with WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads
  • Pro version adds all addons including certificates, email notifications, shopping carts, and more.

Price: Free, pro version starts at $149 | More Information
6. WP Courseware
WP Courseware
WP Courseware is one of the best WordPress LMS plugins in the premium market. It uses a drag-and-drop builder to create courses with text and video. It includes multiple drip content options. Offer flexible payment options such as installments, subscriptions, bundles, and one-time payments. You can customize it to fit with your website’s design by clicking a few buttons.
WP Courseware
It includes a detailed settings screen that gives you control over the courses, units, checkout, students, email, styling, and more.
WP Courseware
The list of courses shows the settings for each course, provides shortcodes, and lets you view the modules and units.
WP Courseware
The course builder lets you add modules and embed units within them.
WP Courseware
The quiz builder provides question tools to help you build the quizzes.
WP Courseware
The certificate builder includes several templates to get you started.
WP Courseware
Two widgets are included to display the course progress with a bar and course outline.
Features

  • Drag-and-drop builder
  • Video courses
  • Offer flexible payment options
  • Automated emails
  • Drip content
  • Customizable
  • Prerequisites
  • Quizzes
  • Certificates
  • Training resources
  • Content protection
  • Widgets

Price: $258 and up | More Information
7. LearnPress
LearnPress
LearnPress was designed to work like a learning platform called Moodle. Create unlimited courses with lessons and quizzes. It allows for unlimited students and instructors. Manage everything from the backend. You can expand the free plugin with free and premium add-ons.
LearnPress
The settings dashboard makes it easy to set up your pages, currency, adjust the courses, profiles, payments, emails, and more.
LearnPress
Build the courses with a classic editor. Each includes settings and an area to create lessons. The editor includes tabs for the courses, categories, and tags. The editors for lessons, quizzes, and questions work the same way, but include specialized settings.
LearnPress
Statistics show an interactive graph with general stats, users, courses, and orders. You can filter it by a date range that you set.
LearnPress
It adds 2 new sidebar areas and 7 widgets. Several include detailed settings and a CSS Class field. Widgets display course information, progress, a preview, featured courses, popular courses, and recent courses.
Features

  • Unlimited courses
  • Unlimited lessons
  • Backend course builder
  • PayPal and offline payments
  • Unlimited instructors
  • 3 quiz types
  • Automatic email
  • Multisite
  • Statistics
  • Coupons
  • Lots of free and premium addons

Price: Free, premium version starts at $49 | More Information
8. Namaste! LMS
Namaste! LMS
Namaste! LMS lets you create unlimited courses, lessons, assignments, etc., and you can have unlimited students. You can create extensive rules for the course and lesson access. Base the rules on assignment completion, test results, or administrator’s approval. It also includes extensive settings for role management. Mark the students’ performance with a grade and point system. Students can earn certificates. It integrates with several other plugins.
Namaste! LMS
The settings screen provides lots of options to set up roles, administration, modules, URLs, archive pages, grades, assignments, payment methods (shopping cart requires pro version), and exams.
Namaste! LMS
The course editor provides settings for enrollment, access and prerequisites, role restrictions, and course completeness. It also provides shortcodes that you can display prerequisites, status, and more. Lessons work the same but have different settings.
Namaste! LMS
Certificates are created with a classic editor.
Features

  • Unlimited courses and lessons
  • Rules management
  • Roles management
  • Grade points system
  • To-Do items list
  • Certificates
  • Premium extensions available
  • Pro version adds a shopping cart, class assignment, teacher assignment, delayed access, shortcodes, badges, coupons, WooCommerce, progress bar, and more.

Price: Free, pro version starts at $67 | More Information
Ending Thoughts
That’s our look at the 8 best WordPress LMS plugins to turn your website into a learning platform. The LMS’s we’ve listed here range in features and price-points, so there’s something here for every need. If you’re interested in providing courses from your WordPress website, these LMS plugins are the best choices to get started.
We want to hear from you. Have you tried any of the 8 best WordPress LMS plugins? Let us know what you think about them in the comments.
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