It's WP, there is a plugin for that!
Before we get into the WordPress LMS plugins for creating and selling your online course, let's define the problem a bit more clearly.
If WordPress is a robust content management system and your course is awesome sauce why exactly do you need a special LMS plugin?
Why can't you just put together your course in say 30 pages and call it a day?
Well, when we think of online courses our perception of a well designed course besides the content is how well it's delivered and how easy it was for us to consume, resume, and complete.
Our perception of "a quality course" takes a few technical features as part of the experience and we lump it together as part of the course in general.
For example, here are five features that can impact a students view of how valuable they consider a course to be.
- A course having a quiz at the end of each unit or module can increase the perceived value of your course as it ensures that your student has grasped the knowledge in a sufficient way.
- Feedback/Surveys during the course to find the topics your students are struggling with and then addressing those topics would show your students that you care about them personally.
- This goes without saying, but these days video/audio content is seen as standard formats and your students expect this.
- Tracking course progress and resuming from the last 'completed' section has a higher quality course perception than a list of links and menu dropdowns.
- Engaged community where there are lots discussions and wins shared shows your students that your course delivers on it's promise.
Now, these "basic features" that you are associating with a well executed course are as you might have guessed "features" 🙂 and why you need a plugin to implement these.
And that my friend is what LMS plugins do and a whole lot more including a the backend management of students and your "marketing" options necessary for a successful online course 🙂
LMS Plugin Choices!
The overwhelm is real when it comes to all the available LMS plugin options we have in WordPress.
Here is a short list of LMS plugins with their basic premium special offer prices as of this writing.
This is not a feature to feature price comparison but just a starting base price point for reference.
- LearnDash ($159/yr)
- LifterLMS ($99/yr)
- TutorLMS ($149/yr)
- MemberPress Courses ($149/yr)
- LearnPress ($49 lifetime)
- WP Courseware (124.50/yr)
- Sensei ($129/yr Paid Courses Plugin)
- Good LMS ($32 lifetime)
- Namaste! LMS ($67/yr)
- MasterStudy LMS ($54/yr)
- AccessAlly ($984/yr)
- Edivently ($9/yr)
- Many more!