October 2nd, 2014 WordPress

Many people looking to create and sell online training courses using WordPress find themselves searching for the right theme. In reality, this can be a never ending process as the grass somehow always seems “greener” on the other side.

You know what I mean. You spend hours looking over theme directories, testing all the demos and reading about the features until you are finally ready to make a purchase. After spending days with the new theme, you realize that it isn’t as easy as it looks, and support is a bit lacking, so out of frustration you end up moving onto the next one.

It can be easy to get distracted by themes boasting hundreds of features – but who actually needs 10 different slider options anyway? Truth is, you probably will only leverage a fraction of the total functionality for your site.

With this in mind, you would be better off searching for themes with a different set of criteria. From my experience in helping people select a theme for their LearnDash powered courses, I always end up recommending the same three things. They should choose a theme that:

  1. Looks pleasing
  2. Isn’t bloated
  3. Has “Rockstar” support

So Which Theme Has All These Elements?

There are many themes that match this criteria, so don’t feel like your options are limited. By way of example though, Web Savvy Marketing has released a Training theme (called “Derrick“) that satisfies the three criteria above.

The design is clean and minimalist, and because it is built on the Genesis Framework you know that it is well coded (not bloated!), which gives you plenty of customization options.

Most important of the three criteria above is the support provided for the theme because you know you will at least have a couple of questions. When it comes to positive support reputations, Web Savvy Marketing is up there with the best. Rebecca Gill and her team are on standby to assist you with any questions you may have along the way.

If you’re in the market for a theme for your LearnDash courses, then this is definitely one option you should check out.

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Neat. Good to have a Genesis theme that is set up for an LMS. I am a long time user of Genesis and this means I will be able to roll out my site faster.
I am leaning towards the WooCommerce integration instead of iThemes. I need to be able to sell vouchers to college book stores and the WooCommerce “Smart Coupon” module should be able to handle this. I don’t see this type of capability offered with iThems. I assume this theme would work equally well with WooCommerce.

Avatar Grant Swaim

I am searching suitable wordpress themes for my training website. Thanks

thank you Justin , this post is really helpful!

i have some question in my head regarding the Derrick them :

is it simple to make site like the demo? ( i have small experience with wp and i am planning to create the solid site then hire someone for the customization )

one of the the theme Feature is the integration with the LearnDash so does that mean less customization ?

thank you ..

Avatar firas

I’m not entirely sure how they set-up the demo content. You’ll want to contact Web Savvy Marketing to inquire if they have a way to create an exact replica of their demo.

I would highly recommend Derrick as a Theme for LearnDash. Great looking and very easy to set up the demo site if that is what you require.

I am looking to switch from an iCloud LMS to running a WordPress LMS on my own website. Things happen so fast in the LMS area, I thought I’d check to see if using Genesis’ “Derrick” is still a very good option. It appears that I would need to buy “Genesis Framework” ($59.95) plus “Derrick” ($79.95). Then probably I should get the “Gravity Form” ($39.00). I need to use PayPal since I have a long history with them. I’m going to buy LearnDash this weekend. Anyone out there want to comment or offer advice? Am I on the right track?

Hi John-

That’s still a good theme, especially if you’re interested in using the Genesis framework. You don’t necessarily need GravityForms if you don’t want it. It would depend on the registration process you’re looking to implement.

Thanks for highlighting this theme Justin. I do have one question however – Will LearnDash work seamlessly with the Altitude Pro genesis theme? Thanks for helping.

Hi Anthony-

I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t as long as the theme is built using the recommended WordPress coding standards.

Many thanks for your speedy response. Cheers.

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