Because Sensei is not actively developed, it's sorta a weird side project, WP Courseware is the better choice between these 2 options. Sensei is just this stalled side project for Automatic that is overly complicated to setup and near impossible to get working right with your theme of choice. Now both of these require a separate e-commerce platform if you want to sell your courses, and a membership plugin to secure the content. No thank you.
Sensei is a learning management system for WordPress from the makers of WooCommerce. WooCommerce was acquired by Automatic, the parent company of WordPress itself.
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.
Sensei Key Features
- WooCommerce Integrated
- Question Bank
- Manual Quiz Grading
WP Courseware Key Features
- Drag / Drop Course Builder
- Powerful Quiz Options
- Drip Feed Lessons
- Multiple Instructors
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.
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.
Sensei Coupon / Discount
There are currently no active Sensei Coupon or Sensei Discounts available.
WP Courseware Coupon / Discount
There are currently no active WP Courseware Coupon or WP Courseware Discounts available.
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.
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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