October 15th, 2014 Grow with LearnDash

LearnDash Updates latestOne important feature of LearnDash is that it is easy to start selling courses. All you need to do is add your PayPal email address, a price, and click “publish” to start selling.

As easy as this process makes it for you to start selling courses quickly, we also know that there can be benefits to using a feature-packed shopping cart for selling courses on your WordPress site.

Rather than re-invent the wheel, we have made it a priority to integrate with these great solutions.

Today we are excited to announce a new integration with one of the most popular solutions on the market…

Sell Courses With EDD

What is Easy Digital Downloads?

Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) was created by Pippin Williamson, a developer known for creating high-quality and well supported products. With over 400,000 downloads, EDD is one of the most popular shopping carts for WordPress.

In addition to being a powerful solution, EDD comes with a large number of add-ons (both free and paid) so that you can really customize the shopping experience for your unique needs.

Key Features of the Integration

Easy course mapping: When you create a product in Easy Digital Downloads, you can quickly map a course to the product from the LearnDash course selection box.

Associate one, or multiple courses: Decide if you want to associate one course, or multiple courses, to your Easy Digital Downloads product. Perfect for creating course bundles.

Auto-User Enrollment: After successful purchase, the integration will auto-enroll the customer into the course so that they can begin taking the content.

Works with any payment gateway: Choose any payment gateway offered by Easy Digital Downloads and use it to accept payment for your courses.

How To Use EDD with LearnDash

To get started with the integration, all you need to do is install and activate:

  1. LearnDash
  2. Easy Digital Downloads
  3. LearnDash-Easy Digital Downloads integration (no settings necessary)

Yes, it’s that simple! You can now start selling courses with EDD. Of course, you can customize the selling process even further by leveraging one of their popular add-ons.

The integration is available for download on the support site.

What’s Next?

Our current developments are on a few different fronts. First, you can expect additional integrations so that you can leverage other popular applications in conjunction with LearnDash.

In addition to those, we are nearly complete with an update to ProPanel. The original release of this enhancement was delayed slightly because we wanted to extend ProPanel capabilities to Group Leaders, which required some additional development and testing. Oh, and Group Leader capabilities are getting a face-lift as well 😉

Until next time!

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About Justin Ferriman

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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Easy Digital Downloads integration is a great thing ! I disover the plugin recently and it is really a killer one ! It is nice that it is now integrated with LearnDash 🙂

EDD is really quite amazing (they have some fantastic add-ons)!

What advantages, if any, does EDD have over jigoshop?

Avatar Norman

It really is a matter of personal preference at the end of the day because they all pretty much do the same thing i.e. get you the same results. Also, when you consider that they’re free there’ll not be much between them compared to other options that might do more (for a price).

Hope this helps.

Having put myself through hours of fighting with the settings of jigoshop to get it to smoothly and neatly integrate with my theme I am not sure whether to road test EDD or wait until the next time jigoshop springs an unpleasant surprise.

Avatar Norman

Hi Justin –

Thanks for the recommendation. I knew about it but wasn’t too sure about it for some reason,but your post about it (as simple as it is) made a difference. I’ll be testing it on one of our sites and have no doubt it’ll be a great tool.


Happy to have helped BAYO 🙂

I myself am waiting and hoping to see the integration of learndash and iThemes Exchange. Great work guys.

Avatar Ciaran

Hi Ciaran, we already have one 🙂 , you can download from the support site here.

EDD is awesome. Thanks for making this happen. Your instructions are a bit too brief for this newbie though. I’ve installed all the plugins and got it mostly working. How to I set the LearnDash course so that the customer automatically gets access once the payment is complete via EDD? I could not see a way to do that.

Avatar Steve

Hi Steve-
Thanks for the note. Try setting the LearnDash course price to “CLOSED”, and then put the URL of the EDD product into the custom button URL field. Happy to help if you need further assistance, just open a thread in the forum.

Do you know if there is away I can accomplish registration for in person classes with a combination of LearnDash and EDD.

What I want to do is register people and collect payment for an in person class. The big question is, “can I cut off registrations at a certain number of attendees?”

Hi Jonathon-
Thanks for the note. Perhaps this add-on would be useful?Or you could have a look at the Event Espresso integration as their platform was specifically designed for in-person courses and registration caps.

Sorry, i cannot find the “LearnDash-Easy Digital Downloads integration” plug-in, neither in WP extensions, nor in EDD’s addons. Did i miss something here ? Thanks !

Avatar Karine

Hi Karine-
Thanks for the note! It’s located here.

Hi Justin

I have already asked about the possibility of protecting my media Folders from being accessed by anyone who is not logged in (including protection from indexing by robots). I don’t want any images or other media embedded in courses from being accessed by anyone not logged in/robots. I am not interested in selling any individual files.

If you can imagine, when I build a page, it will contain embedded images and audio/video media, plus the option for users to download pdfs, Word Files, mp3s associated with the course.

Could EDD still work for me?

Avatar Donal Elsted

Hi Donal-
Thanks for the note. Happy to assist, but probably best to continue the conversation specific to your project on the support site. Open a thread there and we can talk about your project needs.

I was facing this issue before i installed EDD. My users which i had enrolled (who came to my class and paid) as users from wordpress and some how not able to see the course now. Even though the course is showing up in their enrolled list.
Now i added EDD thinking may be this might resolve my issue. I am facing the same problem again.
Any idea on what could be the reason ?

Happy to help Shreekala, please open a thread or ticket with support and we can investigate further!

If you are selling courses as a bundle, then you add another course to the bundle, will existing students automatically have access to that new course once it is added?

Hi Dan, they will not. They will need to be given access from their profile.

Can Easy digital downloads be used to sell subscription levels connected to learndash courses, or should I first create subscriptions levels in learndash? What’s the best way to do this?

Hi Luke-
You can use EDD to sell courses on a subscription basis.

Do students automatically un-enroll if they cancel their subscription?

Avatar Victor

I want to create a training site on a particular niche which would offer multiple courses. I require users to be able to sign-up to any course from a single user account and upsell courses. Ideally this all takes place in a single learning environment. Is this something possible with LearnDash?

Avatar Al

Hi Al-
There are multiple ways to go about selling courses and offering up-sells. You’ll likely need to use a shopping cart to make it happen (such as WooCommerce, JigoShop, EasyDigitalDownloads, or iThemes Exchange).

Hi Justin,
I downloaded both plugins (EDD and EDD LD) and changed the default setting of EDD to Amazon but when I click on “take this course” button on the course page, it still takes me to paypal. I have a feeling that this is not an issue with EDD but the fact that the only option in course LearnDash payment setting is paypal. I don’t want my users to go to paypal and instead I want them to go to Amazon or Stripe (which I’m gonna but the EDD add-on later). Would you please help me with that?

Avatar Aboozar Hadavand

Happy to help! Make sure to open a support ticket.

Hi Justin,
Is it possible, with LearnDash + EDD, to use subscriptions (recurring paiments) ?
Thank you !

Hi Justin

Does LearnDash support EDD’s Front End Submissions extension for multi-vendor marketplaces?

Many thanks

Avatar Richard Best

EDD integration download link does not work.

Avatar Jim McCarthy

You can download from the add-ons menu under LearnDash LMS (when installed on your site). Requires a valid license key.

Using this plugin, is it possible to have the EDD purchaser added to a specific LearnDash group within a course? We have our Learndash drip allocated by Group so it is important that all new users get added to the correct group as well as the Course.

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