LearnDash Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

LearnDash

Learning management system for WordPress

4.57/5 (123 reviews)

LearnDash overview

What is LearnDash?

LearnDash is a cloud-based WordPress plugin and learning management system (LMS) for businesses, universities, training organizations, and other enterprises. The platform offers tools for turning WordPress sites into learning management systems, creating custom courses, and selling them online. Users can create courses, quizzes, assessments, and other training content and deliver it to learners via a WordPress site.

With LearnDash, businesses can create custom learning courses for their WordPress site using the drag and drop course builder. The platform supports various question types including single answer, multiple choice, free text, essay, fill-in-the-blank, and more and course authors can set up rules-based triggers to display custom messages or questions to learners based on their answers. Users can reward learners with course points, certificates, and more in order to gamify learning and encourage participation.

Businesses are also able to monetize on courses by selling them online to other teachers or learning institutions. Users can set prices for their courses and accept online payments. LearnDash also facilitates subscription payments, memberships, course bundles, shopping carts, and more.

The Tin Can API allows users to connect the LearnDash plugin with any third party platforms. It also offers native integrations with existing solutions such as Stripe, Gravity Forms, and WooCommerce.
www.learndash.com

Pricing

Starting from
$199/month
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Devices

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Markets

United States

Supported languages

English
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LearnDash user reviews

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Jonathan Bennett

A proven and robust tool to create and deliver educational courses

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-09-28
Review Source: Capterra

We've used this for a new course we recently created and it has been working well for our students. They provide video training and solid documentation to help get going. It can be confusing at first, and we've had to adjust our course as we've gone along and learned, but once you get used to how it works then it's fast and simple enough.

Pros
The fact that it's used by large universities in Florida, Michigan and Washington gave me confidence that it is reliable. We like how easy it is to create new lessons and assign quizzes to them. The add-on library is fairly large to help expand its capabilities. It's a popular tool with a lot of resources online to help learn how to make the most of it. There are a lot of built-in options for tweaking how it works.

Cons
It is somewhat complex to use compared to other options. That's partially because it provides so many options. You have to put some time into it to get it setup how you want and understand how it works, so it's not as fast to get going with as some other services would be. It could use more question types for the quizzes. There doesn't seem to be an easy way to view all of a student's essays and quiz answers on one page, however there are custom-made plugins that help with this.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Eric Zhang

Awesome Support Team

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-01-26
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, my experience with LearnDash has been wonderful. It is an easy-to-use tool that is the basis of our eLearning platform

Pros
- Ease of use and set-up - Built-in functionality to present users courses in an organized way - Compatibility with multiple plug-ins and themes - Great value for the price

Cons
- Sometimes the features are a bit restricting

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Chi Zhang

Great customer support, product needs some improvement

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-11-03
Review Source: Capterra

I am an open online Chinese course provider. I used to develop an entire course using our own software, based on Moodle. It worked quite well, but I thought using a plug-in might be the smart move since I want to also optimize the quizzes and courses for SEO purposes. This turned out to be not so easy, in fact, it might make the URL structure much more chaotic than it is if you simply use a "normal" SEO strategy separating the blog content and the free course content. Almost all my customer support requests lead to the conclusion that I will need to hire a programmer to solve the issue. I definitely see more flexibility with moodle, if you have the knowledge to set up a server and run the moodle there. If you are someone who is just starting up alone, or with very little technical understanding, LearnDash would definitely be the right choice. but I think if you grow bigger, you will probably need something that can fulfill more purposes.

Pros
What I love is the customer support. I have encountered some issues and have always had a great experience with customer support. Especially one employee [SENSITIVE CONTENT HIDDEN] went a long way to make sure my problem was solved. Though the problem stayed as a default setup, she truly made it easy to keep using the solution. The customer support overall is amazing. For anyone who has a standard e-learning idea, I think LearnDash is the product to go for BECAUSE of the customer support.

Cons
I understand that e-learning products are all quite troublesome due to database issues - it is indeed a sophisticated industry. However, I still have to say LearnDash is not very intuitive to use, especially when you have a concrete idea of how to set up your course. It has an overall extremely complicated URL structure, which makes SEO hard to achieve. And there is no option to make it shorter. Each course creates a line of subcategories, followed by lessons with the same subcategories. And then when you finally reach the quizzes, you simply have a long URL and you have no other way to change that. This is only one of the smaller things that you can't change. Also, it's not possible to insert a page to describe something, followed by a question within a quiz.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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David Wells

Excellent product - terrible support

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-08-08
Review Source: Capterra

The Good : + Excellent functionality for authoring courses with all expected media types supported + Excellent functionality & UX for users taking courses + Full-featured for those starting with a blank slate + Mobile responsive (with our theme) The Bad: - Very hard to integrate with existing customized website (theme, plugins, etc) - GravityForms integration virtually useless - Unable to drive course access or pricing based on WP user role - Apparently no hooks allowing implementer to modify their course enrollment process. The Ugly - HORRIBLE SUPPORT!

Pros
The features/functions of this product are top notch. Particularly if you are building a new eLearning site and are willing to use their theme and their UX OOB, this is very easy to implement and has great features.

Cons
The support experience has been horrendous! My task has been to integrate this LMS into an existing website which is very complex and sophisticated, without turning the existing UX on its head. The Support organization has been utterly useless either re-directing me to other plugins or mis-directing me with information that was simply wrong. The GravityForms integration is so poorly conceived as to be useless for my needs, and Support cannot provide any developer-level assistance at all. I've tried everything to get through to them - even contacting the CEO via LinkedIn - with no success. I'm now on the verge of demanding they cancel my license and refund the fee.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Aaron Emmel

PharmacyTechScholar.com

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-07-20
Review Source: Capterra

Setting up an online course, on my own hosted website and with my own branding, has been a great experience. It has allowed me to customize my branding and create a strategy accordingly, which I think is a preferable approach compared to building a course on a universal platform.

Pros
Building my course using LearnDash was simple, even though I had no previous experience in building a webpage. I really like the interface and the ability to customize the branding. My students have had great feedback about the format of the course, especially since I switched to focus mode.

Cons
I'm still learning the software so not I'm note quite sure yet. User management and setting up reporting and email strategies could be better, but there are some add on solutions that may help with this.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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LearnDash pricing

Starting from
$199/month
Pricing options
Subscription
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LearnDash is available across 3 pricing tiers; Basic, Plus, and Pro. Pricing plans - billed annually - are outlined below:

Basic: $199 - includes 1 site license
Plus Package: $229 - includes up to 10 site licenses and access to ProPanel
Pro Package: $369 - includes up to 25 site licenses and access to ProPanel

LearnDash features

API
Assessment Management
Blended Learning
Content Management
Course Authoring
Customizable Branding
Learning Management
Progress Tracking

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Attendance Management (119 other apps)
Attendance Tracking (115 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (128 other apps)
Calendar Management (107 other apps)
Communication Management (148 other apps)
Data Import/Export (118 other apps)
Progress Reports (133 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (207 other apps)
Self Service Portal (109 other apps)
Third Party Integration (144 other apps)

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Additional information for LearnDash

Key features of LearnDash

  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Certificate Management
  • Certification Management
  • Content Management
  • Content Repository
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Tracking
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Questions
  • Electronic Payments
  • Gradebook
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Mobile Learning
  • Progress Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Tin Can API
  • Training Management
  • User Management
  • eLearning Companies
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Benefits

LearnDash allows professional trainers to create and sell online courses at different price models and facilitate automated content delivery based on learners' predefined schedules.

Higher education institutions can improve learning engagement among students by providing certificates, badges and points on course completion.

LearnDash's administrative dashboard allows administrators to manage assignments, user profiles, grouping, enrollments, and reporting on a unified interface.

LearnDash supports integration with various eLearning technologies such as multisite installations, WordPress themes, multimedia support, and more.

Through its integration with various payment gateways including PayPal, Stripe and 2Checkout, LearnDash allows trainers to monetize and sell content at various subscription levels.