Every single WordPress site out there uses plugins, and usually more than one.
In order for you to achieve the perfect learning environment configuration you will need to use a combination of plugins. It is one of the reasons why people choose WordPress in the first place. The hype of “all in one” is just that: hype. A true all-in-one option doesn’t exist (nor should it) because not everyone’s learning program has the same requirements.
Now over the years we have seen a lot of LearnDash powered learning programs. And yes, they all use multiple plugins to achieve their desired goals.
Some of the plugins are free while others are paid/premium. While it is rare for us to see a plugin that is on every installation with LearnDash, here are some of the more popular free plugins we have seen.
- LearnDash Course Grid – A favorite for those who want more flexibility for how courses are displayed. Also comes with useful shortcodes to display only courses of a certain tag, category, or enrollment status.
- BuddyPress for LearnDash – When BuddyPress is needed (and some of the more popular themes recommend it) then we see this plugin being used.
- Theme My Login – A straightforward option for creating login and registration forms on the front-end of your site. Yes, there are other options out there that do the same, but we see this the most. We use it on our demo site.
- WooCommerce – When elaborate pricing & selling needs are required then it doesn’t get much better than WooCommerce (though a strong case can be made for Easy Digital Downloads).
- YoastSEO – What good is your course if no one can find it? YoastSEO has been a staple in this space for a long time.
- LearnDash Toolkit – A popular choice for many who are looking to add some extra functionality to their LearnDash courses.
- Sucuri – The go-to choice for bolstering your WordPress site’s security settings.
- Akismet – Comment spam is a thing of the past when you have this installed. This arguably a “must-have” for any WordPress site.
- User Role Editor – If you have a need to manage or modify the WordPress (and LearnDash) user roles, then there are few better options than this plugin.
- Google Analytics for WordPress – The choice for people who want to see not only their site activity but also details around their course offerings (such as which ones are being visited the most).
- Toolset Types – The more advanced LearnDash users leverage this plugin to create additional fields for the LearnDash custom post types.