Both are very solid learning management system plugins for WordPress and are clearly the top 2 learning management systems for WordPress. There used to be many differences between the 2, but in 2017 they caught up to each other. They now both have course builders to make it easy to setup and manage large courses. LifterLMS has unique page builder integrations for Beaver Builder and Divi. As far as pricing goes, I think the price of LearnDash is more realistic, where LifterLMS has seriously inflated prices. I will say though that with LifterLMS all you really need to purchase is a payment gateway for $99. I have their entire bundle and only use the Paypal gateway. Both are great options, I think for scalability you should consider LearnDash, and if you are just starting out consider LifterLMS.
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.
LifterLMS is a free learning management system for WordPress. They also have paid extensions available to fund the development of the core plugin. It is also the LMS that I use on this website.
LearnDash Key Features
- Sell Your Courses
- Drip-Feed Content
- Engagement Triggers
- Innovative Video Progression
- WooCommerce Integration
- Advanced Quizzes
LifterLMS Key Features
- Core Plugin Is Free
- Beaver Builder & Divi Integration
- Drag / Drop Course Builder
- WooCommerce Integration
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.
LifterLMS Things To Consider
The core plugin is free, but doesn't come with a payment gateway. You will have to purchase the gateway you want, currently, Authorize.net, PayPal, Stripe, and WooCommerce are available for $99 each.
Customizing colors requires custom CSS, but I find it fairly easy to do.
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.
LifterLMS Coupon / Discount
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.
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.
LifterLMS Review Summary
LifterLMS is great. The one thing that I think is insane is their pricing model. Yes I am complaining about pricing.
Truth be told, all you really need to buy is 1 payment gateway. The rest is completely optional.
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.
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