On the surface, both look like solid options for adding an online course to your website, but only one of them are really worth consideration. Sensei is really difficult to get working with any WordPress theme, however, LearnDash will work right out of the box. Also, Sensei hasn't seen any new development since 2015, any updates have been bug fixes. Where LearnDash has had countless new features added, features that you would want in an LMS. I just can't recommend anyone use Sensei because it is not a serious product for the future where LearnDash is their main and only product, so they are laser-focused on it and have added massive improvements each year.
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.
Sensei is a learning management system for WordPress from the makers of WooCommerce. WooCommerce was acquired by Automatic, the parent company of WordPress itself.
LearnDash Key Features
- Sell Your Courses
- Drip-Feed Content
- Engagement Triggers
- Innovative Video Progression
- WooCommerce Integration
- Advanced Quizzes
Sensei Key Features
- WooCommerce Integrated
- Question Bank
- Manual Quiz Grading
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.
Sensei Things To Consider
Sensei does not integrate well with 99% of WordPress themes. So if you are not a developer/coder, you will have a tough time getting it to work right with your theme.
Also, it requires WooCommerce and several expensive extensions to function properly. This makes the total cost 3x higher per year.
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.
Sensei Coupon / Discount
There are currently no active Sensei Coupon or Sensei 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.
Sensei Review Summary
Sensei was and is a side pet project for WooThemes. It was never a serious learning management system and receives very little attention and improvements.
Also the fact that it will require several hundred dollars of additional extensions to function properly, I really can't recommend this for anyone.
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