There are some significant differences between these 2 LMS plugins. It really depends on your needs. LifterLMS has everything built in, course checkout, membership protection, etc, where WP Courseware requires that you have an e-commerce system in place, and another solution to protect the content. My preference is to have 1 solution, with 1 learning curve, and 1 place to go for support. This is what I personally use LifterLMS because everything is built in and I don't need to further complicate my website. But with WP Courseware, you need to add so many other things to your website, and these are all things that can go wrong at some point.
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.
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.
LifterLMS Key Features
- Core Plugin Is Free
- Beaver Builder & Divi Integration
- Drag / Drop Course Builder
- WooCommerce Integration
WP Courseware Key Features
- Drag / Drop Course Builder
- Powerful Quiz Options
- Drip Feed Lessons
- Multiple Instructors
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.
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.
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.
WP Courseware Coupon / Discount
There are currently no active WP Courseware Coupon or WP Courseware 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.
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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