If you want a learning management system that you can depend on, then LearnDash is the best choice between these two. I have serious reservations and concerns with LearnPress, the quality of their code and the support you would receive when issues happen. While I don't think the support process with LearnDash is that great, ultimately you would receive better support there. There is a reason universities trust LearnDash, because they can't afford for there to be a problem. The pricing from LearnPress is better, but it's just too good to be true.
LearnDash is the leading learning management system for WordPress. It allows you to facilitate selling and managing online courses on a self-hosted platform that you own & control.
LearnPress is a comprehensive WordPress LMS Plugin for WordPress. The core plugin is free and there are many free extensions and paid extensions available.
LearnDash Key Features
- Sell Your Courses
- Drip-Feed Content
- Engagement Triggers
- Innovative Video Progression
- WooCommerce Integration
- Advanced Quizzes
LearnPress Key Features
- Core Plugin Is Free
- Drag / Drop Course Builder
- Looks Great Out Of The Box
LearnDash Things To Consider
LearnDash is not an all in one solution in the sense that you may need to also have a shopping cart and a membership plugin. So it is more designed to work with your existing infrastructure.
Yes, you can sell courses in a basic way without a shopping cart, but its doesn't have all the bells and whistles you may want, like coupons, product bundles, etc. It's not so bad since it is very easy to add WooCommerce.
LearnDash is not a membership plugin. So if you want to protect content outside of the lessons themselves, you will need to also add a membership plugin such has MemberPress or Restrict Content Pro.
LearnPress Things To Consider
There are many concerns I have with this plugin for using it in a serious environment. If you look at the reviews people have left, there are many red flags there.
Concerns with it breaking websites, not following proper coding standards, and limited to no support.
I do question their business model and if there will be enough revenue for them to continue developement.
LearnDash Coupon / Discount
There are currently no active LearnDash Coupon or LearnDash Discounts available. I do have a special promotion when you purchase LearnDash through the link on this website. For more information on that, you can click on the button on this page.
LearnPress Coupon / Discount
There are currently no active LearnPress Coupon or LearnPress Discounts available.
LearnDash Review Summary
LearnDash has a lot of things going for it. They say the cream rises to the top, well LearnDash has clearly become the market leader for WordPress Learning Management Systems.
When you pair LearnDash with the Astra Theme, you can have a beautiful online course website with very minimal effort.
I expect to see LearnDash continue to add innovative features to stay one step ahead of competing products.
LearnPress Review Summary
LearnPress has the largest user base of any of the learning management systems for WordPress mainly because it is bundled with themes sold on ThemeForest.
Personally, I wouldn't trust LearnPress for a serious website. If you are testing and learning, then sure why not. But if you are serious about having online courses on your website, you should go with a more reliable solution.
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