Who Uses This Software?

Businesses organizations and educational institutions of every size.


Average Ratings

23 Reviews

  • 4 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $159.00/year
  • Pricing Details
    Annual renewal for continued support & updates
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
  • Support
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • LearnDash
  • www.learndash.com

About LearnDash

LearnDash is a WordPress LMS plugin that instantly transforms any WordPress site into a viable learning management system.


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LearnDash Features

  • Academic/Education
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Corporate/Business
  • eCommerce
  • eLearning Companies
  • Gamification
  • Learner Portal
  • Mobile Learning
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Video Conferencing

LearnDash Reviews Recently Reviewed!


What a Learning Portal/LMS should be.

Apr 02, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Building a learning portal on WordPress is brilliant. The core features of LearnDash in creating courses is great. Good quiz engine and solid features for offering and tracking courses with clear progress indicators.

But the true power of LearnDash is that it works with virtually any theme, and expands its utility with the WordPress ecosystem. Aside from solid partner plugins for coursegrids and gradebooks, there are additional tools that really give LearnDash some amazing content features like H5P and tools to embed and track content from leading eLearning tools like Articulate and Adobe. No end in sight.

Cons: The most challenging parts of LearnDash are managing WordPress and Plugins. The challenge of adding more and more features with plugins is the administrative maintenance it requires. Users just need to be very clear that unlike using a vendor LMS that you just upload content, they must be prepared to get "under the hood" to maintain the system. This is common with professional WordPress Administration, but learning professionals who just used an LMS may not be clear on the fact that this does require some web administration skills.

Overall: I used LearnDash to set up a Learning Portal at my prior organization. it allowed me to deploy content to a large user base through the portal, while also allowing me to track our content being used in their xAPI compliant LMS systems and completions of content through our Help system.

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After months of testing Saas and WordPress LMS plugins, LearnDash came out on top.

Apr 11, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: We needed many features that were hard to find in SaaS based LMS solutions and WP plugins. Here's a list of features that pushed us towards LearnDash because it worked with our stack or is helping us upgrade it:

1. Integration with Zapier (allows communication with our Podio CRM hub)

2. Integration with any Shopping cart with One-Click Upsells. We will be migrating to SamCart after 6 years with Nanacast.

3. Ability to "Recycle" LMS content. (i.e. use one lecture in multiple classes)

4. Progress % for classes so students can see their progress.

5. Forum integration for class discussions. We chose BBPress and it works perfectly with it.

6. ActiveCampaign integration for email management.

LearnDash included all these features and they work. This was the *only* solution I found after months of testing WP plugins and Saas platforms that met our requirements. So far, setup has gone smooth and updates have not broken anything.

Cons: My biggest con is that this is a WP plugin and I'm hesitant to run mission critical software on WordPress. But since all the SaaS LMS' solutions were missing critical features, I decided to give this a shot.

In order to gain some peace of mind and find a middle of sorts, I decided to go the extremely safe route with hosting and chose Kinsta since they use the Google Cloud and their pricing structure is reasonable. Plus, having a "staging area" is nice along with their daily backups, crazy speed and Nginx reverse proxy caching.

Overall: This software is helping us simplify and streamline our ability to deliver online training to students at an affordable cost.

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Not quite there yet

Oct 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It works with Wordpress so has a familiar layout to those familiar with Wordpress. Visually it looks good to the end user. Open source, so it was fairly easy to modify for our needs.

Cons: Seems limited when compared to Moodle and this is more expensive. The structure of the courses is pretty limited, for example you can't require only certain activities to be completed in order for a course to be marked completed, all sub-sections are required for completion.

The navigation through the courses/lessons/topics could be improved. There are a lot of clicks to get to the course content and it can be frustrating trying to setup a course where the user can easily progress through from beginning to end. Often we found the user would complete a topic/lesson/quiz and there wasn't a clear path forward for them. We had to make some core customization to make this more user friendly.

Overall: We have been multiple Moodle learning systems and wanted to try this since it seemed easier to setup and use. It was easier, but ultimately took more time because of all the limitations in the system which we had to customize. Many features which are free in Moodle require paid plugins for Learndash and that was frustrating. The structure of the courses is not very intuitive and we had to make a lot of accommodations to work within the confines of the system.

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A premier option for LMS development. Has all of the features you would expect.

Mar 09, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: What is not to like about this? Multi-tier courses, classes, teacher interaction, and a handful of gateways to round out this system. There are really too many features to list, and most of them are rounded really nicely. Customer support is quick and easy to work with, the cost isn't prohibitive as this LMS supports creating large projects, and the features feel like fully-realized and integrated aspects of a complete software, not just bolted on options on a lesser-thought-out plugin.

Cons: We ran into a compatibility issue with our event software. It ended up breaking the software, and we had to axe the event system we had put in place because we wanted to use this LMS over others. We also ran into a problem where we couldn't create a class online to register with, and then host the classes offline, manually entering a grade and pass/fail for in-person testing very well. Our specific use-case ended up being the one that this software couldn't handle.

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Easy to Use but Ugly User Interface

Oct 18, 2018
3/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Working with LearnDash is very easy. It works very similar to the other functions in Wordpress. You create a course, add Lessons and then Topics for each lesson.

For example, the course could be about How to Be a Real Estate Investor. In that course, you might have multiple lessons like How to Flip Houses, How to But Rental Property, How to Finance Real Estate, etc.

The you add the detailed Topics. For example, How to Flip Houses might have things like How to Find Greta Houses to Flip. How to Fund Your Flip House Projects, How to Manage the Rehab. You get the idea...

It's literally copy and paste for text and you add graphics the same way you would to any page or post in Wordpress.

Also, you can have quizzes, delay the release of certain content, offer certificates and points for completion, sell your courses, interact with users based on actions they take, set timers for each lesson, set prerequisites for courses, and offer grading and badges. You can also offer the courses in bundles and even create a marketplace similar to Udemy where people can buy your courses.

It integrates natively with many membership softwares including Memberium and also with many email providers and CRMS including Infusionsoft. It;s responsive and even works with SCORMs.

Cons: Here's what I don't like. It's ugly. The user interface is plain and not very intuitive. You have to buy other add on's so users can do things like take notes, and so that you can begin to have an interface that looks better than native Wordpresss. In other words... ugly.

With all the work they put into this software, it is so crazy that they did not spend time on the user experience. It's hard to tell if you're in a Lesson or Topic. It's hard to navigate around the course form Lesson to Less or Topic or Topic to Topic and don't even think about jumping around. The only way to solve these issues is to use precious sidebar real estate for this navigation instead of being able to showcase other offerings. That or your sidebar gets really long.

The interface showing which items have been completed and which have not is also ugly. And while you can buy add ons, those are "meh" at best. I finally broke down and hired a developer to tweak the code and make me a nice interface with great navigation, awesome graphics and stats for users in each Lessona nd Topic and so on.

Overall: Lately I have been thinking that because I don't use the quizzes, etc. I could have skipped the whole LMS thing and just created pages or posts that link to the next. Luckily LearnDash is not too expensive so now that it is looking nice (thanks to custom coding), I will probably just stick with it.

Vendor Response

by LearnDash on October 24, 2018

Hi Karen, thank you for your review! Regarding the visual components in LearnDash, these are soon to be updated in LearnDash 3.0 - we think you will really like them!

A very good WordPress LMS

Jun 02, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I used LearnDash for WordPress for a few years now. It's well developed, feature rich, and stable plugin that integrates well with any theme. In LD you have a hierarchy of Courses->Lessons->Topics which can be utilized to develop easy to navigate courses. Quizzes are also a good feature. I18n is also great, they provide .pot files to translate to your own language if translation is not readily provided

Cons: Pricing model is quite awkward. I can't really find a good enough use case for a 1-site licenses vs pro 5-site license, unless I'm a developer/service provider

Woocommerce and Product Feature not compatible.

Dec 04, 2018
1/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Suitable for small, internal, and experimental projects. Lacks the sophistication to create a large, scalable, and sellable products.

Cons: Unfortunately while it is possible to sell courses through woocommerce, doing so will remove the listed features of the learndash product.

Most businesses will end up selling through woocommerce to unlock automations and the power of wordpress (ie adding customers to mailchimp, adding the sale to accounting software, directing a customer post sales path etc).

Unfortunately once you make a product available for sale through woocommerce many of the listed product features fail. Most notably the course prerequisite feature. Users can purchase any course available in woocommerce regardless of any restriction or settings made in Learndash.

Overall: Unfortunately you must make an early decision if you wish to use the features of Learndash or create a profitable product.

While LearnDash goes to great lengths to showcase their features. Once you attempt to use these outside of their limited sales pathway many will no longer be available to you. Using the features and scalable processes of woocommerce will remove many features that make Learndash at first glimpse and during superficial reviews attractive.

Any experienced UX designers will understand that this is a huge issue. Any user will be disappointed if they can purchase a product not available to them. In many countries selling a customer a product not available to them is illegal and will expose you to legal issues.

Very limiting for those wishing to make their product available or sale.

Purchase with care. Not as seamless presented throughout the presales marketing.

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Overall good software

Sep 14, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This package is extremely easy to set up and use. Lots of really great features. However, I would recommend getting help if you need to set up buckets and templates.

Cons: I found creating and managing the quizzes not very intuitive. Also, no matter what I do, I cannot get the software to push out notifications when students have completed homework. I need to check it daily which is not ideal because it means I have to do a lot of digging to find what is outstanding.

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Best plugin for creating a custom eCourse platform.

Feb 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I love that LearnDash integrates with other 3rd party plugins and can be customized to meet the needs and objectives of my courses.

Cons: Turning in and managing assignments is a bit clunky...no native Google integration. Also, wish there were more question types available for quizzes.

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We recommend LearnDash to all of our clients

Nov 19, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Structure in a way that it works well for any scale. We've used it on small, one course projects and projects with dozens of courses with unique workflows and needs. It's a great fit in all situations.

Cons: Nothing comes to mind, we've always found a way to make things work.

Overall: We have lots of clients that are moving into the eLearning space. They typically have a wide range of needs that fall well outside of a "off the shelf" LMS. That's what's so great about LearnDash - our clients that need a simple solution and want to own their data, content, etc... can simply install and go. Our clients that need custom workflows, solutions and design we can layer functionality on top of LearnDash.

Great Plugin for Private Tutors and Small to Medium Scale Businesses

Mar 24, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Support to Drip-feed Content, Ease of Use, TinCan API Compliance, Membership & eCommerce plugin integration, Customer Support

Cons: Quizzing Module, Documentation needs improvement

Overall: We've been working with LearnDash for a while now, and our clients have had great experience with the plugin. The features and extensions available, make it an ideal plugin to get your online training website started.

The highlights would have to be the possibility to drip feed content, e-commerce support (through add-ons), TinCan API compliance, and the excellent customer support.

LearnDash however lacks advanced quizzing and reporting capabilities that might be expected by enterprise-level businesses. But the plugin feature road-map looks promising.

Great LMS with more than enough features to great a great learning website

Apr 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: LearnDash is a product full of features that make it a great choice for many LMS systems, such as:

1- Based on WordPress, which grants flexibility and integration

2- Create an infinite number of Courses, Modules, Lessons, and Quizzes

3- Reuse content in multiple courses

4- Multilingual support

Cons: Being a WordPress plugin makes it less flexible in some cases. For example, creating vanity URLs might not be as straightforward as it is in other systems. Also, many LMS features are missing such as creating rubrics, which might be critical for educational organizations

Overall: LearnDash enabled me to integrate LMS ability in my website, with so much flexibility to satisfy my basic/average needs. I was able to create online courses directly on my website without having to create complex integrations with standalone software

Good for small to medium size businesses

Jul 13, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: I've been using this WP plugin for more than a year now. Used it as an alternative for Moodle. Overall as a LMS, its course and quiz builder are very easy to use. It has the basic functionalities you'll need to set-up your online courses.

Cons: The plugin and 3rd party modules are limited. Would be nice if they will have a larger library of extensions. Reports are also a bit limited to the basic ones

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Great for internal training

Sep 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: We decided to use LearnDash for our internal training, and couldn't be happier. It has a long list of features including quizzes and lesson timers, and it integrates perfectly into our existing WordPress site.

Cons: LearnDash may be a bit tricky to set up if you are not confident with WordPress plugins, but maybe this is your chance to learn!

Overall: We have used LearnDash to train new sales staff with great success. I found it easy to create the lesson structure, insert my videos and then develop short quizzes to make sure the team were all up to scratch. It's a great tool that I'm very happy with.

Fantastic learning management system software

Mar 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It gives us a lot of flexibility and mobility with their templates and let us build what we need for our learning modules.

Cons: I wish that they had more case studies available to show people out the gate. If there were more examples, I think more people would choose to use them.

Getting rid of Learndash

Jun 26, 2018
3/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I liked this program until I looked at other options. There are so many things that LearnDash could be able to do.

Cons: It is so complicated to use if you don't have a high grasp of wordpress. We are now switching to Edvance360 which is much more user-friendly and has so many more features.

Overall: Ability to assign courses to new employees but it's so hard to use and doesn't notify me when someone has taken a quiz.

Vendor Response

by LearnDash on June 28, 2018

HI Randall, I am sorry to hear that you are no longer using LearnDash. For future reference, there is indeed a setting to send notifications when a quiz is complete. It's an option when creating the quiz.

Perfect LMS!

Nov 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I considered a few learning management systems to run wpmrr.com but in the end, it was an easy decision to go with LearnDash. I was not looking forward to the technical implementation of my online course, but LD made it so, so easy. Plus there's a great team behind it that cares deeply about your success as a user. I couldn't recommend highly enough!

Cons: I wish the support documents were a bit more robust and took edge cases into account, but overall I'm very happy with them!

Overall: My online video course just works and our members are able to work through the course with ease. Thanks, LD team!

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Integrating courses on your website easily

May 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that LearnDash is one fee and they don't take any % from sales. It's easy to implement and after reading through the documentation, it was easy to understand how to use.

Cons: For first time WordPress users it can be a bit of a learning curve, but the documentation offered by LearnDash is quite thorough.

Overall: Owning the platform where my courses are living and not having to rely on a third party website for hosting and security.

Great LMS plugin for WordPress

Nov 01, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Provide all the features I need for my project.

Good ecosystem

Cons: Could be easier to use

Need more technical documentation for developers

Overall: Used in a big extranet for thousands of employees

Good for internal training courses

Apr 12, 2017
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: LearnDash is fairly easy to use, although we had to go through youtube videos to fully understand how to use it.

LearnDash is great for internal training courses (i guess for selling courses too, but can attest to it). We tried to use it for 360 type feedback, but the exams are not designed this way, so tests can only be directed to the enrolled student.

Great LMS plugin for Wordpress

Feb 27, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Active development on plugin for more than 5 years now. Wide selection of feature, addon- applications, fully translatable, flexible structure, WPML ready.

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Great place to start

Sep 26, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Wordpress integration and plenty of plugins for extended functionality.

Cons: Setup relies heavily on other plugins, requiring a bit of experimenation.

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You need some more advanced skills to use LearnDash

Aug 20, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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Pros: Creating courses is easy as it is the same dashboard as in any WordPress website which makes it all pretty convenient. It's user-friendly and quick.

Cons: You need to know more than just the basics of WordPress to be able to use LearnDash.