LifterLMS Review 2021

by Adam Preiser updated September 8, 2021
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LifterLMS is a free learning management system for WordPress. They also have paid extensions available that start at $99 per year per site.

Current Pricing: Free to $699

Ease Of Use


It’s quite easy to add the course content to your website, but there are more moving parts to get it to look decent on the front end.

Price / Value


You can’t argue that the free version is a compelling value, but if you need to sell your courses it gets expensive really quick.



While good, it can also come across as technical and lacking a personal touch.

LifterLMS Pros

  • Core Plugin Is Free
  • Beaver Builder & Divi Integration
  • Drag / Drop Course Builder
  • WooCommerce Integration

LifterLMS Cons

  • Extensions Get Very Expensive
  • Lacks Modern Front End Design
  • Performance Issues On Larger Site *Mine

The core plugin is free, but doesn't come with a payment gateway. You will have to purchase the gateway you want, currently,, PayPal, Stripe, and WooCommerce are available for $99 each.

Customizing colors requires custom CSS, but I find it fairly easy to do.

LifterLMS Coupon Discounts

There are currently no active LifterLMS Coupon or LifterLMS Discounts available. However, if you do purchase LifterLMS through the link on this website, I will give you access to one of my premium training course which normally sells for $49.

LifterLMS Review: Wrap Up

LifterLMS is great as a start. The one thing that I think is insane is their pricing model. Yes, I am complaining about pricing something I don’t like doing.

You will at least need to buy 1 payment gateway, but really it’s smart to offer more then one way for your customers to buy from you.

But man, the price of their bundles. I just want to know what they are smoking to come up with this stuff. I think their community and user base would grow so much faster if they had realistic pricing.

LifterLMS Alternatives

Video Transcript


  1. Hello, I have been following your videos for quite sometime. Now I am at the stage where I think I can start building my website. I will be using the hosting that you have suggested. But I want to use Learndash instead of LifterLms. Can you please provide tutorial for Learndash, that way you have done for LifterLms? In one of your videos you have mentioned you will create an indepth tutorial, I have been waiting for that for quite a long time. Thanking you in advance.

  2. I have been using this over a year. With the last update it no longer works with Divi. Go back and you will find that LifterLMS says they do not recommend using with Divi.

    1. That really stinks. They could continue to support Divi and they really should because there are 1 million sites using it.

  3. If you already have business PayPal, do you still need to buy it with the Lifter LMS core?

  4. Are you a paid sponsor of Lifter? We find the plugin performance to be horrible with many necessary admin features missing.

    1. Please take a moment to read the transparency report on my website which clearly says that I am not a paid sponsor for anyone. Horrible performance in relation to what? Are you using cheap hosting, that will produce horrible performance for any plugin? After personally using LifterLMS for the past 3 years, I don’t find it lacking any admin feature.

      1. That’s a strange comment considering their reporting alone claims that it’s still in beta. We’re using a robust WP host with no issues on other sites. Getting lots of stalling on grading quizzes and enrolling students. The biggest issue I have with Lifter is the lack of admin features. Like getting accurate account of students reports, status, scores, lessons completed. Even they acknowledge that their students dashboard doesn’t reflect the actual student progress which you only see by clicking further. I apologize for accusing you of being endorsed. I was just surprised by a 5-star review with these shortcomings.

        1. Every product takes time to mature. I know because I have a product of my own and its take time to refine and build out. If a different product has what you need today, then go get that product. Simple as that.

  5. Hi, which coursebuilder are you using? Thanks.

  6. Hey Adam, in your reviews for Lifter and LearnDash, Lifter is lower on every aspect (reliability, value, support, ease of use)…My questions is…while it’s clear why Lifter is lower on the scale when it comes to pricing, could you share a bit more on why it’s lower on the other 3 scales (ease of use, reliability and support)? Just trying to get some more color around the cons of Lifter as it compares to LearnDash…especially since you have used both…

    1. This upcoming week is going to be dedicated to WordPress Learning Management Systems. I will have detailed reviews of LearnDash and LifterLMS. Then I will be updating the review here for them on this site.

  7. Hello Adam. Does it provide api to build mobile application.. if not, can you suggest any other lms platform that supports mobile application..

    1. Yes, it will work fine, but as far as the way it looks on the front end, you will need a bit of custom CSS to get it looking good. This is the benefit of the Astra integration, it will look great out of the box.

      1. Eyrun Thune says:

        Dear Adam, I have bought some solutions through your website (Elementor + Lifter LMS pay pal). I did not find an Astra Theme that I liked so I went for OceanWP to build an online course. Could you explain a bit further what you mean by your comment here “Custom CSS to get it looking good”? And how do I get the Lifter LMS course to show on the OceanWP theme? OceanWP will help me further when I can explain to them what needs to be done. Thanking you in advance. Kind regards, Eyrun

  8. Hi Adam,
    First, let me start by saying that I love your tutorials! Now for Lifter LMS, I can’t find the free option on their website, i see that it’s paid only option. Am I’m missing something?

      1. Cool Thanks!
        I visit their website & forgot to check Wordpress plugin directly 🙂

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