LearnDash Vs LearnPress 2019

by Adam @ WPCrafter   |   Last Updated: June 30, 2019
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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.

Current Pricing: $159 to $189
Current Pricing: Free to $249

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 Pros

  • *Exclusive* Modern Learner Experience With Focus Mode
  • Easy To Use Course Builder
  • Drip-Feed Course Lessons
  • Sell One-off Courses And Subscriptions
  • *Exclusive* Video Progression Feature
  • *Exclusive* Lessons Can Be Reused In Other Courses

LearnPress Pros

  • Core Plugin Is Free
  • Drag / Drop Course Builder
  • Looks Great Out Of The Box

LearnDash Cons

  • Slower / Methodical Development
  • Some Design Features Lack Options

LearnPress Cons

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.

Ease Of Use


There is no other WordPress LMS that is this easy to set up because of the new “industry first” focus mode feature.

Ease Of Use


Price / Value


Currently, I find LearnDash to be seriously underpriced when you look at what you get and the other options on the market.

Price / Value




It’s super easy to get the help you may want from their fully staffed ticket desk or their active Facebook group community.



28 thoughts on “LearnDash Vs LearnPress”

  1. Thanks Adam for all the helpful info. Great! Question: I already have my website running. I hosted on Dreamhost and built it with WordPress. Can I purchase Learndash and create my courses into my existing website? Thanks.

  2. I

    I don’t want to update my site. What happens If I don’t renew learndash license after 1 year. will my site crash & have problems? Or it will keep working without updates?

  3. A

    What would you recommend for someone who wants to commercially sell access to their training on a site? This will be typically videos + downloadables. We would definitely need recurring billing options, discounts and promos, etc.

    I am looking at LearnDash or LifterLMS

  4. S

    LearnPress (LP) has caused me and many other people who use or have used it serious financial and reputation damage. There is a group of us all upset about LP and improper release of upgrades. With each upgrade the site crashed. They never test the upgrades or the newer versions, and so after you install a new version nothing works. But if you dont install – site stops working as well. On top, support is super slow and is not available at all on weekends and all holidays.

  5. C
    Christina Black

    Support at LearnDash does their best to keep asking for more info without actually spending any time looking into problems. Avoidance at its best. They will delay and hope you can solve your own problem with LearnDash.

    1. I haven’t had that experience with their support. I do understand when they need to get more info before looking into an issue because many times the problem is not caused by what we think is causing it.

      1. J

        Hi Adam,

        It will be great if you can do a video about the most used LMS systems. Besides LearnDash, LifterLMS and LearnPress there’s is another new plugin by the maker of Ultimate Membership Pro, Azzaroco, named Ultimate Learning Pro.

        It has payment processors and integrations all included for $39. Would be cool to see how it compares against the other LMSs.

  6. V

    Hi, Great article! Can you suggest me the best WordPress Educational theme which is compatible with LearnDash? Initially, I was going for Eduma but then I found that it’s better with LearnPress which is not a good option for me. I’m looking for a more professional theme which shouldn’t give an impression of a ready-made template!

  7. A

    Thanks a lot for this incredible post.
    Is there. Is there a feature where a type of course will be determined based on a questionnaire students full up (students will have to go through a questionnaire to determine their level and a course will be selected automatically based on the questionnaire results) I tried my best to look for this functionality and I could not find in any LMS Plugin.

  8. “For example, there is no easy way to reorder lessons in a course, which makes managing large courses very tedious.” This was true, but LearnDash recently released Course Builder functionality that does let you reorder topics/lessons/quizzes etc. Works really nicely!

    1. 100% the Astra Theme because I have been working with then to have LifterLMS integration. Today they released the first version of the integration that will make it really easy for anyone to have an online course website. No other theme has integration, sure LifterLMS will work fine, but for styling, it can be a pain to add custom CSS for everything.

  9. o

    I am a purchasing user of EducationWP (LearnPress). LearnPress is the crappiest LMS ever built. It is not a LMS, even membership plugins have more features. I purchased in 2016 and my site is not ready yet.
    It is honestly a scam, every time you visit their site, they have a popup saying save $500 and get their theme (Eduma), the $500 and get those addons pack free. The addons are for simple functions which are present in LearnDash for free.

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