June 30th, 2015 LearnDash Tips


If you want to build a robust online community using WordPress, then you need to look no further than BuddyPress.

Using BuddyPress your users can create online profiles, participate in groups, private message other members, and so much more.

But it gets a little better…

Starting today, you can use all of these great features with your LearnDash courses!

We are pleased to announce the new BuddyPress-LearnDash add-on created by the folks at BuddyBoss – experts in BuddyPress theme and plugin development.

Using BuddyPress and LearnDash together is a great way to create a community around your course offering. If you already have BuddyPress, then this integration allows you to create more value for your members by providing them with online courses!

Add-On Features

BuddyPress Groups

Easily tie any LearnDash Course to a BuddyPress Group.

  • Course participants automatically get added as members to the group
  • Group becomes private to course participants and invited members
  • Course Lessons become visible at the group
  • Course activity gets streamed into the group feed (optional)
  • Forum gets added to the group (if bbPress is enabled)
  • Course featured image becomes group avatar (if no group avatar has been set)

BuddyPress Activity

Activity is one of the core features of BuddyPress, allowing users to interact with each other in real-time. When a course is tied to a group, course actions are optionally added to the group’s activity stream. BuddyPress group admins can determine which actions to allow in their group, including:

  • User starts a course
  • User completes a course
  • User creates a lesson
  • User completes a lesson
  • User creates a topic
  • User completes a topic
  • User passes a quiz
  • User comments on single lesson page

bbPress Forums

If bbPress is enabled, a forum will be tied to every “course group” automatically, using the same name as the course for the forum title. Group members can then discuss the course in one central location.

As a reminder, you do not have to use BuddyPress in order to use bbPress. If you only want to use bbPress, you can use the LearnDash & bbPress add-on.

How It Works

With both LearnDash and BuddyPress active on your site, install and activate this integration. After doing so, you will notice new menu items within BuddyPress that allow you to incorporate LearnDash information with your BuddyPress functionality.

Select your desired options and click “Save Changes” – that’s it!

Where To Download

This free add-on was created by BuddyBoss and is available for download on WordPress.org.

You can also add it to your site by going to PLUGINS > ADD NEW from your admin dashboard.

Thank you all so much for choosing LearnDash as your WordPress LMS. If you have any questions related to this add-on, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.

Until next time!

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Thanks Justin!
We are very excited to launch this integration.
This opens up e-learning on WordPress to new possibilities.
Stay tuned for more, in the coming week!

Thanks Tom, looking forward to it!

Hi Justin,

Yeah, this is so awesome! I was a beta tester for this integration and it does all the things that LD users were asking for in the forums.

There still some things that need to be fixed, and the developers say it will be in the next update.

Meanwhile – perfect integration, and you have no idea how happy I am.

Thanks 🙂


Avatar Milena

Great to hear Milena, happy that you will find this integration useful!

Dear Justin,

Let’s see if you can understand my weak English:

1) Some time ago I installed the plugin “bbPress” The bbPress Community (v 2.5.7.); I can create public or private forums.

2) When create a new forum there is an option “Associated Course” for students use their forum in public or privately.

I consult:

1) Should I uninstall something?

2) If I install Plug BuddyBoss I’ll alter forums that are created? It is best to remove them and start setting up new forums as this add?

Thanks for your attention,

Best Regards,


Hi Mario-
Thanks for the comment. In terms of bbPress & BuddyPress compatibility, this article is useful. With regards to the integration, might be best to choose one or the other for most situations. If you want to discuss specifics, send us a note.

Hi Mario,

I am using both. When you create your buddypress groups, that will be associated to the courses, just choose the relevant existing forum as the group’s forum.

For now the plugin complement each other nicely, since only LD-bbpress has the forum widget that is displayed on all the course’s content, and only the buddypress-LD plugin has a link back to the course in the group.

Hope this helps.


Avatar Milena

Thanks for sharing your experience using both Milena.

Awesome news Justin, I was waiting for this integration!!

I’ll try it right now :=)

Thanks a lot!

Wao ! It’s so good to see that happening ! I had dreamed you would do it, Justin. Great job.

Avatar Delphine

Happy you like it Delphine, big props to BuddyBoss as well!

Hey! Thank you so much!

Does anyone know if it is possible to use this plugin but NOT sync the members of the connected groups and classes? I like keeping them separate because in my setup the students need to keep access to the lessons but lose access to the group as they progress. Thanks!

Avatar Brandon

Hi Brandon,

Thanks for the comment.

With the current plugin, the only option I am seeing is to remove the user manually from the group.
They will still have access to the course.
However, if they leave the course and join it again, they will re-gain access to the group.

We will consider this to possibly make it into a future version.

For support related questions, please go to the support page on WordPress.org: https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/buddypress-learndash
Our support team will respond to your questions.

Tom Chedd

It’s great to see this add-on, thank you! I’m using BuddyPress, bbPress and BadgeOS. I was wondering whether the new activities will be available to BadgeOS? I would certainly love to issue badges for posting specifically in a course forum.

Thanks again!

Avatar Derya

Thanks Derya, and interesting use-case for sure. I’d recommend raising it to the creators of the BadgeOS integration, Credly (contact form here). There might be a current workaround but if not it will at least be on their radar.

Thanks, Justin! Will do. 🙂

Avatar Derya

Very nice features !
Thanks for making this free !

Hi Milena (and Justin!)-

This is a BIG deal, Justin. I had been hoping for this for a while, and thrilled to see LearnDash continue to grow. Your quest to improve never seems to end. 🙂

Justin– is it possible to restrict the interaction/community between students per class/group of a certain number of students? For example, let’s say I have a Drawing 1 course, but would like to have three separate classes- one of young children, one of high schoolers, and a third consisting of adults. For safety reasons, I’d like to allow the young children to interact, but not have others have access. Possible?

Milena- is it possible to sample your site to see how you’ve integrated BuddyPress and bbPress into LearnDash?

Thanks for the great news, Justin!


Thanks Tim! Regarding your question, I know that you can restrict forum specific interactions to their designated groups. Perhaps the folks from BuddyBoss will weigh-in.

Hi Tim,

Glad you like the new plugin!

This is not possible with current version, but we will definitely consider this scenario, to possibly make it into the future versions.


This is great! Been waiting so long for this! 🙂

Groups seem to work perfect with forum (BBPress) and (great to have it in Groups too…) Course Tab!

Profile > Courses, shows my courses, but when I click the arrow on the left for a course, it only opens and shows progress bar (nice), no lessons (?), and Quizzes. For Quizesses it show each and every question in a quiz, and not just the quiz name (like it does in LearnDash course view, and the Course tab in Groups).

Only briefly tested, but hope the Profile > Courses tab/view could be fixed, then this would be perfect! 🙂

PS: Profile > Courses should show all my registered courses (it does today), and then when I click the arrow on left for a course, it should show progress bar (it does today), lessons (it does not), and Quizzes in that course (Quizzes, not each and every question in that course).

PS2: I do not recognize any of the images above in this article. Profile > Course view looks nice, but is not what I am seeing, and the settings I found in other views. Please write an article about how to use this plugin, where to find these settings.

Avatar Torgrim Sandvoll

Thanks for providing feedback Torgrim! I know that Tom and the rest of the BuddyBoss crew are monitoring the comments as they look for ways to enhance the integration. If you need support related to this and/or want to post a specific suggestion, you can also add them here.


We’re using a translated version of BuddyPress and I noticed that in buddypress-learndash\includes\bp-learndash-groups.php:240, the $bp->groups->slug returns the default “groups” slug instead of the translated one. Thus the “Course Discussion” -link points to a wrong URL.

Avatar Waltteri Turunen - Mobie Oy

Thanks Waltteri, make sure to post your findings here (on the integration forum).

Hi Waltteri,

Thanks for letting us know.
For future bug reporting, please post to our support forum for this plugin: https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/buddypress-learndash

I will add this to our list, so we can get this fixed quickly.


Hi Justin,

This is awesome!
It is possible that instructor be automatically also the group admin?

Thank you so much for this news!


Avatar Florin

Hi Florin,

That’s nice to hear!
Yes, it is the case now.

Tom Chedd

Wow, Justin, this integration is great. I am looking forward to taking it out for a spin.

Is this plugin multisite compatible?

Avatar Reva McEachern

Hi Reva-

Thanks for the comment. You’ll want to inquire with BuddyBoss regarding multisite capabilities of the integration.

I can also integrate this plugin BuddyPress Docs.
I need wiki

Avatar Francesco

Is anyone else having trouble with comments? On the buddypress group activity page I see course/lesson completions but when someone submits a comment on a lesson I do not see it in the activity. Can someone help me?

Avatar Scott Thompson

This is great! Justin, do you have a list of themes that are compatible with both Learndash and BuddyPress?

Avatar Lisi

There are some pretty good ones Lisi, “Social Learner” by BuddyBoss is worth having a look at – there are some others on Themeforest as well.

Can you tied more than one course to one group? Let say I have group X and courses A, B and C, can A, B and C be all tied to group X rather than having a group for each course?

I believe so Rafa, but the add-on developers (BuddyBoss) would be able to give you the specifics.

Ok, excellent, I will address the question to them. Many thanks!

Hi, will activity show up on the general (main) buddypress activity wall not just the group forum? Im particularly interested in when a user registers for a course.

Thank you

Avatar Belle

Hi Belle-
Yes it will. See the section in the article titled “BuddyPress Activity” for additional details.

Hi, “Group becomes private to course participants and invited members”
“Course Lessons become visible at the group”….

Then, in a course specific private group, anyone invited my the members (but not enrolled in that course) can see or access course contents?

Is the free version of this BuddyPress plugin much different to the paid version?

We’re using the BuddyBoss/Social Learner platform, but it apparently is not possible to have automated sharing of answers to homework and quizzes in forums or the activity feed. I figured out a workaround with GravityForms and Gravity View, in conjunction with imember360, as we’re on Infusionsoft also. It’s pretty labor intensive to build a course this way. Is there any possibility to do this with the new LD3.0 and share answers in the forums or the Buddypress feed?

Thanks for any pointers.

I too would like to share results from quizzes to other group members.

Avatar Ivan

Is there a significant difference between the free and paid versions of this BuddyPress plugin?

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