Udemy, Udacity, and Coursera are popular examples of online learning resources where people sell and enroll courses and other types of learning materials. With WordPress, you can also create the same site type using an LMS plugin.
A WordPress LMS (Learning Management System) plugin is a plugin designed to help you create an online learning system like the websites mentioned above. You can manage an online class and invite your students to join the class. Or, you can also turn your learning site into a market place to sell online courses. You can also invite your colleagues to sell their courses on your site as well.
In general, an LMS plugin comes with the following key features:
- Course management. This feature allows you to create courses quizzes, tests, and other components related to the learning process
- Monetization. This feature allows you (and your users) to sell online courses
- Administration. You can use this feature to control your users
Best WordPress LMS Plugins
We have compiled the best WordPress LMS plugins to save you time in conducting research in an attempt to find the best LMS plugin.
LearnPress is one of the best solutions if you are looking for a free LMS plugin. It is also one of the most popular LMS plugins with over 90,000 active users according to a stat on WordPress.org. You can download the free version of LearnPress on the official plugin directory of WordPress. With the free version of LearnPress, you can:
- Create and manage courses
- Create and manage lessons
- Create and manage questions
- Create and manage orders
Can you monetize your online learning site with the free version of LearnPress? Yes, you can. The free version of LearnPress allows you to accept payment via PayPal. However, you can only sell courses individually. To sell multiple courses, you need to install an add-on.
The core of LearnPress itself is basically free. You only need to spend money when you want to buy add-ons. You can install an add-on to add a certain feature to LearnPress, including the ability to sell multiple courses. LearnPress offers add-ons separately and as a bundle. You can visit this page to learn more about LearnPress add-ons.
LearnDash is another popular LMS plugin just like LearnPress. The difference is, LearnDash is a paid plugin and offers no free version. You can see a live example of an online course site created with LearnDash on this page. LearnDash is a feature-rich LMS plugin. It comes with an easy-to-use course builder, the ability to create several quiz types, grade book, the ability to award points for completing courses, and so on. If your users (the tutors) want to provide a certificate for students, they can also do so. They can award a certificate to students based either quiz performance or completing a course, or both.
The administration feature of LearnDash include User Profile to allow users to track their course activity. There is also a Group Management to place users into groups and allow others to manage them. About the monetization, LearnDash allows your users to sell their courses in a several ways.
- Advanced Quizzing
- Drip-Feed Content
- Dynamic Forums
- Course Points
- Certificate and Badges
- Flexible Monetization
- User Profiles
- Group Management
- Assignment Management
3. WP Courseware
WP Courseware is a feature-rich LMS plugin that you can use to build an online course business where you can sell your courses. WP Courseware also comes with an easy-to-use course builder. You can easily arrange the content of your course with a drag-and-drop interface. You can add a video to your course as the plugin also supports content adding from YouTube and Vimeo. Key features of WP Courseware include:
- Drag-and-drop course manager
- The ability to crate a wide range of quiz forms
- Intructor role
- The ability to reward certificate
WP Courseware also supports integration with some membership plugins to allow you sell cources to a certain membership level.
4. Sensei LMS
Sensei LMS has one thing in common with LearnPress. You can use it for free to create and manage courses. There is also a built-in analytics feature to monitor the courses on your website as well as other components. You can also create quizzes just like other plugins above. However, Sensei LMS doesn’t allow you to earn money from your courses until you install an extension. In order to be able to monetize your courses with Sensei LMS, you also need to install WooCommerce.
You can visit this page to learn more about Sensei LMS extensions. Sensei LMS itself is one of the products from Automattic.
LifterLMS is one of the best solutions if you are looking for a free LMS plugin. Most core features offered by the plugin is available on the free version. When adding a new course, you can set the difficulty level add a tracking name to make it easy for you to track the course. LifterLMS also comes with a built-in membership feature to manage membership on your site. You can use this feature (membership feature) to restrict courses to selected students.
LifterLMS also comes with a feature called Engagements. This feature allows you to reward your students with a certificate or achievement. Same as LearnPress and Sensei LMS, you can also add more features to LifterLMS by installing add-ons, whether individually or a bundle. You can visit this page to discover LifterLMS add-ons.
Edivently is a great plugin to create a market place that sells online courses like Udemy and Coursera. Compared to the paid version of the plugins above, Edivently is way more affordable. The cheapest plan of Edivently costs only $9 per year. What about the features?
Edivently is also a feature-rich LMS plugin. It has most features offered by the plugins above, including a drag-and-drop course builder. You can also offer certificates to reward successful course completion. Here are the key features offered by Edivently:
- Drag and Drop Course Builder
- Drip Content
- Quiz & Assignment
- User Profiles
- Custom Badges
7. Tutor LMS
Want to create a free online course platform? If yes then Tutor LMS is a great plugin you can use. The core of this plugin is free to use and you can get it on the official plugin directory of WordPress. If you want to monetize your website by selling your courses, you can install an add-on. Tutor LMS supports integration with WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, Restrict Content Pro, and Paid Membership Pro. Here are the key features offered by Tutor LMS.
- Course Builder
- Advanced Quiz Creator
- Frontend Course Builder
- eLearning Management
- Reports & Analytics
- Withdrawal Options
- Earning & Commission Allocation
AccessAlly is another paid LMS plugin that comes with rich features. This plugin is designed to allow you to sell online courses and memberships. It also comes with an easy-to-use course builder. When creating a new course, you can add video and audio content to it. AccessAlly comes with a bookmarking feature, allowing your students to skip to the right point in a long video.
- Drag and Drop Course Builder
- Course Progress Tracking
- Video and Audio Bookmarks
- Quiz Creator
- Homework Submission
- Autogenerated Certificates
9. Namaste! LMS
Namaste! LMS is another great option if you are looking for a free plugin to create an online course platform with WordPress. You can get this plugin on the official plugin directory of WordPress. A pro version is also available with — of course — more advanced features. The pro version of Namaste! LMS comes with features like the ability to restrict access to courses, manage protected files, create discounts for paid courses, award badges, enable shopping chart for premium course signups, and so on.
10. MasterStudy LMS
MasterStudy LMS is a freemium WordPress LMS plugin, meaning that there is an option to use it for free. MasterStudy LMS is especially great for Elementor users as it comes with Elementor widgets that you can use to display your courses to an Elementor page or template. You can display courses in a grid a carousel style, display course categories, display a featured teacher, display the latest courses, and so on.
The core of MasterStudy LMS, which is available for free, comes with rich enough features. There are lots of components you can add to your courses, such as course level, duration info, course status (hot, new, special), and so on. You can also add course materials in the form of PDF files, images, and videos. The integration with PayPal and Stripe makes it easy for you to sell your courses. MasterStudy LMS also supports integrations with popular WordPress plugins like bbPress and Paid Membership Pro.
Two features that make MasterStudy LMS slightly ahead from other plugins above are the ability to conduct a live season (live streaming via Zoom) and the ability to create a mobile app (you need to buy a separate plugin).
11. Good LMS
Good LMS is a paid plugin. You can get it on CodeCanyon. You can visit this page to see a live example of an online course site created with Good LMS. Good LMS also comes with features to make it easy for you to create and manage courses as well as the supporting components, including the ability to sell your courses thanks to the native integration with PayPal. Good LMS has a feature to reward your students with a certificate and exclusive badge.