May 14th, 2014 LearnDash

thumbs-upOne of the biggest challenges for anyone who is implementing a learning management system is finding a hosting provider that is both reliable and scale-able.

Elearning is content heavy, which include videos, images, audio, and the like. There is a lot to maintain, so the hosting must be powerful enough to deliver the content without negatively impacting the user experience with slow load-times and outages.

The trouble is, sometimes the hosting provider with the best marketing isn’t necessarily the best provider.

Let me explain what I mean…

For some of you reading this article, you may have a Moodle site intended for many courses and users. In our particular situation, we needed to have a demo site delivering mock-courses using the LearnDash software – we had to find a hosting services that was capable of handling larger file sizes and active users.

Long story short, it was not long until we outgrew our shared hosting plan from one of the popular providers (we originally went with them because they had a strong market presence).

Fast Forward to Today

After plenty of searching (and yes, multiple switches) we have found an exceptional service provider in LightningBase. We were initially interested in them given that WordPress hosting is their specialty – naturally a must for the LearnDash plugin.

But features are one thing… what is most impressive is their dedication to quality support.

Rarely do our sites go down. When they do, a ticket is responded to in minutes (not hours) – even on a Saturday!

We have been so impressed with their service that we recommend them to all of our customers. Heck, they’ll even transfer your entire site for FREE to their servers (just ask).

This is not a sponsored reviewed, but an honest recommendation based on first-hand experience.

If you need to host a learning management system that is built on WordPress (or even just a regular WordPress blog or site), then the quality and care offered by LightningBase is simply unmatched.

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Justin started LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide. He is currently founder & CEO of GapScout. Justin's Homepage | GapScout | Twitter

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Points well made, Justin. As a former instructor who used Moodle, I found one course I taught would shut down the whole website for thirty minutes due to excessive MySQL queries that reached the hosts limit. This occurred twice a few years back with just four students online both times. They were high school seniors taking practice exams for college credit

I don’t blame Moodle, rather the service provider. MySQL query limits are fairly common among popular shared hosting packages. A VPS usually solves this issue. Does LearnDash run into similar issues? I’ve yet to purchase the plugin/software but have been investigating its features. The hosting issue is one that should always be addressed by any LMS instructor/administrator, based on my past experience.

Great blog posts btw!

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Hi Mike-

Thanks for the comment. To be honest, if people are using a quality hosting platform, then any issues from a LearnDash standpoint tend to be a conflict with the theme that they use (to which we will jump in and fix). If someone is using hefty programs like Articulate Storyline, then another possibility is the loss of storage space, but it really depends on a case-by-case basis (and hosting itself can always be scaled).

Dear Justin,

I am by no means an expert in this field, but I have always thought that specialized video hosting suppliers would be the better choice to ensure an optimum learning experience using video streaming. Would LightningBase be a sensible choice for this? If not, which alternatives should we consider?

Any hint will be more than welcome, I am analyzing an e-learning project at present and this is a really important issue!

Many thanks in advance and best regards from Spain 🙂

Hi Jose-

Thanks for the note. When it comes to specialized video hosting, you would probably be best with something like VIMEO Pro. That said, you still need a mechanism for hosting your main site or LMS, which is where I would say LightningBase excels.

I know at LearnDash there are people using both a hosting provider for their videos and one for their site, user management, documents, etc.

Hope the helps!


I was not familiar with some of the privacy options offered by Vimeo, like hidden videos, url-control embedded videos and so on.

Thank you so much for the clue, Justin, Vimeo seems to be an outstanding solution for my project!

Greetings 😀

However, as the niche has evolved, its uses (and advantages) have been noticed by more than just bloggers.

moved to Lightning Base as a result of your suggestion. It was a great decision. Thank you, Justin!

I am considering a move to Lightning Base after seeing your recommendation. I am just wondering, since the post is a couple of years old, if you still consider them a good hosting option.

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