LearnPress Vs LifterLMS 2020

by Adam @ WPCrafter   |   Last Updated: September 8, 2021

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LearnPress is a comprehensive WordPress LMS Plugin for WordPress. The core plugin is free and there are many free extensions and paid extensions available.

LifterLMS is a free learning management system for WordPress. They also have paid extensions available that start at $99 per year per site.

Current Pricing: Free to $249
Current Pricing: Free to $699

The battle of the free LMS plugins for WordPress. While the extensions available for LearnPress are much less expensive, the quality of the free version of LifterLMS is unmatched. Ultimately you are going to need to purchase an extension for either of these if you want to sell your courses.

LifterLMS is actively being developed with innovative new features being added monthly. The code quality is much better, and their support is top notch. The payment gateway will cost a little bit more, but overall the system will be much better and requires no additional plugins or extensions to work. LifterLMS is my recommendation.

LearnPress Pros

  • Core Plugin Is Free
  • Drag / Drop Course Builder
  • Looks Great Out Of The Box

LifterLMS Pros

  • Core Plugin Is Free
  • Beaver Builder & Divi Integration
  • Drag / Drop Course Builder
  • WooCommerce Integration

LearnPress Cons

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.

LifterLMS Cons

  • Extensions Get Very Expensive
  • Lacks Modern Front End Design
  • Performance Issues On Larger Site *Mine

Ease Of Use


Ease Of Use


It’s quite easy to add the course content to your website, but there are more moving parts to get it to look decent on the front end.

Price / Value


Price / Value


You can’t argue that the free version is a compelling value, but if you need to sell your courses it gets expensive really quick.





While good, it can also come across as technical and lacking a personal touch.


  1. Artur Zygmunt says:

    Which LMS plugin integrates the easiest with “my” theme?
    Which will not require me to hire a webdesigner to do css in my theme in order to display courses well?

    1. None of them. They will all work with your theme, but not look great out of the box. The only theme that specifically has integration so you can effortlessly make it look great is the Astra Theme.

  2. You should mention one more biggest problem with LearnPress. They use default WordPress registration mechanism to enroll new students. This limits the advanced customization which LifterLMS provides while enrolling the students. I also agree with support thing you mentioned. LearnPress doesn’t have attractive support model.

  3. Hello,
    It is a nice comparison. I have been searching for a long time. I have used WATUPRO once and I regret using it. I need advanced quizzes and the remaining parts are not important. I installed LearnDash and it is so much work to create one question and it seems not to have drag and drop. They have advertised it a lot and you think it is so much great but it is not.
    I checked lifter it seems to have basic question types and you need to buy advanced one but it still does not have best question types. I assume it is not possible in WP.

    Do you know any professional one that has mostly quiz features?

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