LearnDash Vs LearnPress Comparison 2019

Updated: January 2, 2019
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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.

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Cost: $159 - $189 /per year




Cost: Free to $249 /per year



LearnDash Overview

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 Overview

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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These reviews & comparisons are my opinions based on my usage and testing. Although I have been solicited for paid reviews, I want to make it clear that I have always declined! I have never been paid to write or record any reviews, EVER! For more information on my review process, visit my Transparency Report linked above.

18 thoughts on “LearnDash Vs LearnPress”

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. “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.

  6. 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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