LearnDash Vs Sensei Comparison 2018

Updated: September 3, 2018
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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.

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Cost: $159 - $189 /per year

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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.

Sensei Overview

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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Review Transparency & Ethics
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.

11 thoughts on “LearnDash Vs Sensei”

  1. Barbara Tidwell

    Hi, thanks for the helpful comparisons. I want to build a music learning website where, much like Udemy, instructors can add their courses to my website and I sell the course, where I can a small transaction fee. Does LearnDash do this or is there another plugin that can accommodate this structure?

  2. Hi I have been researching all of the options now could you recommend what theme and plug ins i should go with regarding a membership website where not only courses will be given but discounts on software packages ans… Almost like the digitalmarketer.com I have been stuck with now for a very long time with what to go with. How is thive + learndash will that be an option. thanks for all your work i follow you on all platforms!

  3. I like many of the features, particularly h5p integration for interactive video, offered by LearnDash but big concern is the lack of mobile app / offline learning. So many people study whilst travelling where they may have no wifi (underground) or rely on 4g and don’t want to risk exceeding their monthly data plan that they want to download parts of courses for use in such circumstances. I see that there are bespoke services for developing a custom mobile app but guessing these are not cheap – starting at £8k from one I looked at.

      1. To which LMS did you switch, in order to compare to it? Thanks for helping me take the best decision.
        Miguel

          1. I have been working with LD so far and well it has its issues I am just not going to look back 🙂 Just go full force forowrd 🙂

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