Sensei vs LifterLMS is an easy competition. There is almost no comparison here because you are comparing an innovative LMS that is actively being developed in LifterLMS to an almost abandoned side project in Sensei. LifterLMS is also much less expensive and full featured. It will work perfectly with most themes out of the box and has special integrations with Beaver Builder and Divi. Sensei is just more of a “me too” product that WooThemes is not committed to. So this was an easy comparison, LifterLMS for the win.
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.
Sensei is a learning management system for WordPress from the makers of WooCommerce. WooCommerce was acquired by Automatic, the parent company of WordPress itself.
LifterLMS Key Features
- Core Plugin Is Free
- Beaver Builder & Divi Integration
- Drag / Drop Course Builder
- WooCommerce Integration
Sensei Key Features
- WooCommerce Integrated
- Question Bank
- Manual Quiz Grading
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.
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.
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.
Sensei Coupon / Discount
There are currently no active Sensei Coupon or Sensei Discounts available.
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.
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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