Why we think LearnDash and WordPress are a better alternative to Moodle, Google Classroom, Teachable, Thinkific and many other Learning Management Systems (LMS)
With so many eLearning or Learning Management Systems (LMS) available, it’s hard to know which one to choose. We’ve done plenty of research over the years to keep up to date with eLearning trends and ensure we give our clients the best possible solution for their training requirements.
Right now WordPress with the LearnDash plugin installed is the best online learning solution for the majority of our clients. And one we’d highly recommend.
LearnDash is an opensource LMS plugin that works with WordPress. So, a great choice for anyone looking to add online courses to their existing WordPress website or those looking to build an eLearning website from scratch.
LearnDash is much more than a simple plugin. It’s more like a platform. It features multi-tier courses and the ability to drip-feed content to students. You can sell courses and issue certificates directly from the platform. It also provides advanced quizzes, a way to manage assignments, timed lessons and the option to expire course access after a set number of days.
Hosted platforms like Thinkific and Teachable have become very popular and are suitable for some individual educators, as they are easy to use. This, however, comes at the expense of growth and long term flexibility. And, there is a monthly or annual cost for using them. So these hosted eLearning platforms are not always a cheaper option.
Top-tier universities around the world use LearnDash. As well as individual educators, and everything in-between. So, even those just dipping their toes into the world of online education. You can do so knowing the WordPress and LearnDash solution will scale as your business grows.
Like WordPress, LearnDash is open-source and widely used. This means the code is open for external developers to modify. Allowing them to create custom plugins and expand the functionality of the platform to create bespoke online learning solutions. So, you’re not limited by out-of-the-box functionality. LearnDash will accommodate your changing needs and has many third-party plugins already available.
There is a vast community of WordPress and PHP developers able to answer questions in online forums as well as offer their services. So, whether you change agency in the future or need to find a new developer, there will always be support available for your online learning platform.
Both WordPress and Learndash are incredibly user friendly and easy to learn. The user experience is excellent for both the front and back end users. For anyone already familiar with WordPress, LearnDash blends seamlessly with WordPress and feels like a natural extension to the platform.
Although LearnDash works in combination with WordPress, the application itself is a learning management system. This means all development and updates are devoted to improving e-learning and keeping up with the latest instructional design innovations.
Easy to Update Content
The main criticisms we hear around some of the other learning platforms are that they are difficult to update and lack flexibility. particularly for those that aren’t web developers.
So, if you are looking to offer online courses, whether you have an existing website or not, we recommend WordPress and LearnDash. We will help you migrate content from your existing platform.
Please get in touch via our contact page, if you’d like us to answer any questions around online learning solutions or give you a quote.