March 1st, 2018 E-Learning

Yes! WordPress can be a viable learning management system, and LearnDash is helping to lead the way.

Let’s travel back in time to 2012.

March 2012 to be exact.

This was the time that I considered the idea of WordPress as a learning management system after attending a client meeting where we were discussing open source LMS options.

After that meeting I turned to my colleague and told them how I thought WordPress would be a really cool LMS if done correctly. They responded with, “What’s WordPress?”. And so that marked the beginning of a new blog, which eventually turned into a project, which in turn became the LearnDash software.

A lot has changed over those early LMS years, and the biggest shift that we are seeing is WordPress being considered a serious option for learning management across a variety of industries.

Our continued growth as a company is certainly one indication of this, but another is industry recognition. In recent years we have seen the e-learning industry tip their hat to WordPress in this industry. While WordPress and LearnDash certainly haven’t “arrived” yet, the recognition means that we are being recognized as a true player in this space. Something that would have never happened six years ago.

The Lists

Every industry has “best of” lists. What is unique today compared to in the past is that these lists are often curated by the users themselves – making it all that more humbling when we see LearnDash among the venture funded giants in the learning management sector. Recent achievements for LearnDash include:

  • Top 20 Highest Rated Corporate LMS by G2Crowd (Ranked #19)
  • Top 20 Easiest to Use Corporate LMS by G2Crowd (Ranked #11)
  • Top 20 Easiest to Use General LMS by G2Crowd (Ranked #19)
  • Top 20 Most Affordable LMS by Capterra (Ranked #14)
  • Top 20 LMS based on User Experience by ELearning Industry (Ranked #15)

We owe our users a tremendous thank you for getting LearnDash onto these lists along side the traditional enterprise solutions. It is motivating to see that the direction of WordPress and LearnDash is being endorsed by the e-learning industry as a whole!

We aren’t finished yet!

As great as it is to be included on these lists, we aren’t even close to being content! We will continue to push the boundaries of e-learning with WordPress, the world’s most flexible open source platform.

Thank you to all who use LearnDash. We literally would not be here without you!

If you are using another LMS, or are curious about potentially using LearnDash then I encourage you to join our community and start creating dynamic, engaging courses for your learners today!

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About Justin Ferriman

Justin Ferriman started LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses. Justin's Homepage | Twitter


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I think the biggest obstacle for LearnDash is high traffic. LearnDash can work with hundreds, but not thousands of users.

If possible, I would like to read a post about testing loads traffic.

Avatar Oleg Buylov

Hi Oleg-

I must humbly disagree. LearnDash is on sites with thousands (and tens of thousands) of users. If you have a lot of simultaneous users, then it comes down to the hosting provider and the hosting plan, not LearnDash.

Agreed Justin – we use Google Cloud Platform because GoDaddy just couldn’t handle the loads

Avatar Brett

Chosing a good host is the key. Obviously PHP has some limitations as well.

Avatar Ripul

Hi there… Are there any recommendations on Hosting plans with LearnDash? Some plug ins have recommendations around it.Can you help do an assessment. Even if ballpark


Avatar Anu Lall

Hi Justin,

We would like all the LMS features, but anticipate a requirement (hopefully) to one day handle a live video broadcast of up to 50,000 people. How would we do this from within LearnDash? Is it even possible?

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