LMS Plugin in WordPress

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What is LMS?

LMS stands for Learning Management System is a software that many companies use for tracking, recording and delivery of educational courses, training or learning programs and development programs. This came into picture from E-Learning. Using LMS learners from across the world can connect with instructors, whether through real time or offline with recorded sessions. Also they can access online materials like quizzes, videos, documents, etc  anytime. It helps to control which content the learner can access and which they cannot. This is useful for students in case of online learning in which the teacher can create customized tests and attendance. Students can give feedback about the teachers which helps them to improve their way of teaching. Teachers can also keep track of student’s performance and students can re-use study material without any interruption.

What is LMS Plugin in WordPress?

LMS Plugin in WordPress is a plugin like any other plugins in WordPress which allows to add extra functionality to a website. This plugin helps in building online selling course websites like Udemy, Coursera, Udacity, etc. It includes features for managing online courses, subscriptions, running and grading quizzes, accepting payments and much more. 

What are some of the best LMS Plugins available in WordPress?

1. MemberPress

MemberPress is the WordPress membership plugin which has built-in features

to easily create, manage and even sell courses. It comes with classroom mode so we do not have to wait for long in designing our own online classroom and takes care of it, so that the course always looks good and to have the highest completion rate.

We can easily drag and drop to build our course curriculum. It allows adding lessons, topics, categories, embedded videos, images, etc. Their course builder is built on the top of the WordPress block editor which makes it easy to use for beginners.

As a website admin we can easily see the progress of each student to see how far they are away from completion of course. We can use MemberPress to create either a free or paid course with payment acceptance. Creation of multiple courses, with different subscription options and managing them all from the dashboard also can be done.

It has a powerful control access rule to let us configure exactly who should have access to which content. Individual membership levels for specific courses can be created, but we can also create advanced rules to sell packages or bundles. For example we can create a membership package that gives users access to  all beginner level courses. We can even offer full-access. This is a good way to increase the revenue.

It also comes with a powerful content dripping feature  that allows to show restricted content to members after a certain amount of time. For example we can release one lesson a week. It integrates seamlessly with many popular payment gateways, including PayPal, Stripe, etc. 

2. LearnDash

LearnDash is very popular and easy to use WordPress plugin which has lots of features. It comes with a simple drag and drop course builder , which allows to easily create multi-layer courses with lessons, topics, quizzes and categories. All the lessons are deliverable at once or can be scheduled for the entire course  duration with Drip-Feed content feature. Using LearnDash assignments can also be given to the users and then approved or commented on. It also comes with quiz and test management tools with multiple question types. It can be set accordingly. For instance, finishing a lesson first before going to the next lesson. It supports many monetization options including subscriptions, one-time purchase, memberships and a shopping cart of online training courses.  Payments are acceptable using multiple gateways like Paypal, Stripe and 2Checkout.

3. LearnPress

LearnPress is another WordPress LMS plugin which is free and comes with many features. Unlike other LMS plugins which come with a setup wizard, it gives the option to do setup on our own. In this also course creation can be done with the help of lessons, quizzes and questions. Lessons and quizzes can be used from one course within another course. It has free as well as paid add-ons available, which allows it to extend features. . It supports scheduled content (content drip), quizzes, assignments and grading. This plugin works with any theme, but we can also choose from one of their own LMS WordPress themes. This helps to avoid any compatibility issue and offer a better experience for  the users.

Altogether, LMS plugin and all the plugins mentioned above allows to create, manage, and sell online classes from the website for the users who do not want to build their own online course selling website from scratch and want pre-built stuff.

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March 31, 2021

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