Custom Labels, Fast Courses, And More!

LearnDash Updates latestWe are pleased to let you know about the new features in the latest version of LearnDash, officially made available today.

Many of these features are the direct result of conversations we have had with all of you as you use LearnDash for your online learning programs.

Below are some of the highlights of this new version.

To see all of the updates, please reference the changlog.

Easy Custom Labels

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As you likely already know, by default LearnDash courses have the following terminology:

  • Courses
  • Lessons
  • Topics
  • Quizzes

However, sometimes it makes sense to call them something else.

While this was always possible, it was a bit more cumbersome than we liked.

Your feedback echoed this sentiment. As a result, we have added a settings page so that it is a lot easier to change these labels.

In addition to the items listed above, you can also change the labels for the following buttons:

  • Mark Complete
  • Take This Course
  • Click Here to Continue

After making your desired terminology changes and updating, your permalinks (URLs) will all update as well.

For example, if you wanted to change “Courses” to “Modules”, then this:

yoursite.com/courses

…automatically becomes:

yoursite.com/modules

You can find this new settings page under LEARNDASH LMS > SETTINGS > CUSTOM LABELS.

Hide Course Content Option

Currently when you visit a LearnDash course you can see a list of the course content (lessons, topics, and quizzes) in the Course Content table.

However, some of you mentioned that you would prefer to hide this information, and only make it visible after someone enrolls (or purchases) the course.

Well now you can!

On the EDIT COURSE page there is an option where you can choose to hide the Course Content table.

When selected, the course content will only be visible to someone who is both signed into their account and enrolled into the course.

Certificate Layout Options

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As we continue our make-over of certificates we decided to provide you early access to two new settings.

When you edit your certificate you now have the option to select the the layout (US Letter or A4) and the orientation (Landscape or Portrait).

Speedier Courses

To round out this update, we reworked the loading of courses and course content to be faster.

If you have a large course with many lessons, topics, and quizzes then you will immediately notice quicker course load-times after updating to this latest version.

To ensure optimum performance of your courses make sure that you update so that you are running the latest versions of both LearnDash and WordPress.

The Year Rolls On…

As promised, we are forging ahead with an eventful 2016 – packed full of new features, functionality, add-ons, and enhancements.

So as always, thank you so much for the continuous dialogue, patience, and overall enthusiasm for LearnDash.

Until next time!

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About the Author:

Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by the world's leading organizations, such as the University of Michigan, Digital Marketer, WPEngine, and Infusionsoft. Justin has made a career as an elearning consultant where he has implemented large-scale training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Twitter | LinkedIn

77 Comments
  1. Brian Reid

    This is great! Quick question. I’m using POEditor to update the learndash naming conventions…should I back out those changes before updating to this version?

  2. This is awesome Justin, we are going to make a learning platform for a big company, and I’m so glad that we have chosen to work with LearnDash. I’ve tried almost all the WordPress LMS plugins and yours is by far the best.

  3. HowardH

    As always, Justin, I am truly impressed by how you and your team at LearnDash refuse to stand still and are always trying to add new features and functionality to an already great product. And, as my recent experience has demonstrated, your customer support is also brilliant. I’m so glad I selected LearnDash for my online learning website.

  4. Jasper

    I have currently the Beta 2.2 version (with assignment option) installed. Are the beta features included in this version as well or will this version interfere with the beta version?

  5. When do you expect to add functionality that supports variable pints for a question on the quiz? My understanding is currently I can’t have more than 100 questions in a quiz because I can’t give a value less than one point for questions.

  6. Well done Justin and Learndash Team! We love your product and your constant efforts to make it better. Thank you for these upgrades and all of your excellent customer support. We are going on our third year with you and just can’t believe the great upgrades and you constantly listen to our needs. Good job and THANK YOU!

  7. Very nice work!!! I am using Learn Dash with complex elearning product in Brazil and works very well. Better than others expensives and fancies e-learning plattaforms. Worpress + learndash you can do everything!

  8. Well done Justin. I hope, some day, LearnDash can work with Optimizepress and make it easier for us to make the interface look like a web page rather than a post, while simultaneously allowing the use of tags.. I don’t even know if this is possible as I am not technical, but I continue to hope.. 🙂

  9. Jan

    Hi Justin,
    thank you for the update. I appreciate your working on speed. Most modern themes are way overloaded with features and tons of scripts, blocking rendering of the page. That having said, “learndash_template_script.js” is loaded on every page. We use GONZALES to finetune script-loading only on pages where the scripts are needed. But even this tool is not stopping “learndash_template_script.js” from loading on the front page where there are no courses. Any idea? JAN

    • Hi Jan-
      Thanks for the note. Totally agree about your comments on themes, though I know everyone is trying their best to provide both features and speed :). Regarding your other comment, feel free to contact support if you wish to provide more detail or discuss further what you see on your end.

  10. Thank you for all your updates and that you listen to your customers!
    I would really really like to be able to switch the Mark Complete on or off, so that I can chose not to have it at all on a course, or only use it on each lesson and not the topics, and so on. Because many of my students thinks its hard to get it right.
    So Please consider that function in your next update work.

  11. Phil

    Excellent news on the update and some really good features in this release.

    Really looking forward to seeing the development of LearnDash over the coming months and wish you the best of luck in building the most advanced LMS for WordPress!

  12. I love reading about this. I’m new to LearnDash and haven’t actually built my first course yet, but I will be soon, and I can easily see how these new features would be beneficial. Also encouraging to see how responsive you are to your customer’s feedback. Can’t wait to dive in!

  13. Mims

    To be honest, in the past I had built my site around a competing product and it was SO cumbersome to use, edit and it took FOREVER for new features to be added. But since I rebuilt my site using Learndash as the LMS I’m really happy with the results. You guys are awesome. Thanks for the update, exactly what I needed.

  14. Michael

    Justin , the update sounds awesome, I am using the beta with essay questions, and I would like to use the new features with the beta can you release the beta with the new updates.

  15. Bob

    Hi Justin
    Just got my new version of Learndash, only been using it for about a week now, and finding it so easy to use. Have completed all courses that I am looking to have available. have yet to set up the final quizzes for each course end, but with the ease that I have managed to put the course data together, I don’t think this will be too much of a problem.
    Quick question are you working on a feature that will allow a course to be ‘dripped’, as in first lesson is available, but the second lesson will not be available to the user for a period of days?

  16. Hendrik

    Hi Justin, after updating to the new version I have uploaded my edited language file via FTP and now I get a mix of English and German displayed.

    It seems to me that the variable terms (course, topic, lesson, quiz – with all combinations) are no longer come from the language file under the new label option. Is that possible?

    It would actually also logical, since now translations take place at two different locations.

    How can I solve this problem?
    Hendrik

  17. Jay

    Great update and just in time. This labeling issue was a big factor for an organization I’m developing an LMS project for. It’s hard to make change to a labeling structure when its been around for 40 years and convincing them otherwise was a losing battle. Then one frustrating night as I considered my options, I received news of this update and the world was back in order. Ha.
    Ok a little exaggeration but it almost became a deal breaker.

  18. Sarah

    Hi Justin,

    The custom labels feature is a great idea, and exactly what I need. Are these settings global for all courses, or can you customize the labels for each course?

    PS/ please advise what the latest version of learndash is, I can’t find the custom labels function in my LD settings.

    Thanks,

    Sarah

  19. Hi Justin,

    With larger courses resulting in slower loading times (or so I’ve heard), do you have a recommendation for a max number of pages in 1 course before it begins to slow down the loading times? My courses could have over 100 pages each. Your recommendation (in regards to total pages) would be extremely helpful to know, before I start organizing all my content (I have about 700 pages). Thanks!

    • Hi Jeff-
      Probably best to create multiple courses (i.e. Part 1, Part 2, etc.) if you have one massive course as you describe. Besides performance benefits, this is more conducive to online learning.

  20. bstone

    I think the Learndash system is great. Is it possible with, these new changes, to email the certificate to a student after completion? Either automatically or even just an email that congratulates them on course completion and contains a link to download their cert?

    • Hi bstone-
      Thank you for the comment! The latter can be done pretty easily and you can include a link to the page that contains the LD profile, or to the course page since the certificate will always be available for printing once it is earned.

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