If innovative features are important to you, then the choice between these two is LearnDash. Sadly I haven't seen any innovation from WP Courseware, plus with it, you need to have a membership plugin and an e-commerce platform if you want to sell your courses. That just adds complexity that may not be necessary. With LearnDash you don't need any of that and they are actually innovating with their recently released video progression feature and new course builder. So while WP Courseware has been on the market for a few years, personally I prefer using a LMS that is evolving and giving me the tools to have a better learner experience.
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.
WP Courseware Overview
WP Courseware allows you to have online courses on your WordPress website. It's a solution ideal for people that already have an e-commerce platform and a membership plugin and just want to add courses.
LearnDash Key Features
- Sell Your Courses
- Drip-Feed Content
- Engagement Triggers
- Innovative Video Progression
- WooCommerce Integration
- Advanced Quizzes
WP Courseware Key Features
- Drag / Drop Course Builder
- Powerful Quiz Options
- Drip Feed Lessons
- Multiple Instructors
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.
WP Courseware Things To Consider
If you want to sell your courses then WP Courseware will need to be integrated with an e-commerce system, which further adds complexity to your online course website. They do offer integrations with most e-commerce and membership platforms for selling courses, but I think it would be better if this was built in.
Also, when I used WP Courseware last, it did not protect course content, so it also required a membership plugin, which is another system you will need to learn, manage, and maintain.
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.
WP Courseware Coupon / Discount
There are currently no active WP Courseware Coupon or WP Courseware 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.
WP Courseware Review Summary
WP Courseware is a pretty solid option, but when you factor in all that it doesn't do, you have to decide if it is a deal breaker.
I would prefer if it didn't require an e-commerce platform and a membership plugin because that will be additional cost and learning curve.
It just adds complexity that is a huge turn off for me.
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