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Global Course Settings

The LearnDash course settings screen is where you can set some global options that will apply to all courses on your site. Course settings are organized into a few sections, outlined below.

To access your global course settings:

  1. In the WordPress admin area, navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > COURSES
  2. Click the Settings tab

LearnDash course settings navigation

Course Taxonomies (Categories & Tags)

LearnDash course taxonomy settings

LearnDash vs. WordPress categories & tags

Using course taxonomies is completely optional, but they provide an additional way to organize your courses, especially if you have many offerings.

  • LearnDash Course Categories: This enables you to organize your courses into custom categories that are only available for LearnDash courses.
  • LearnDash Course Tags: This enables you to organize your courses using custom tags that are only available for LearnDash courses.
  • WordPress Post Categories: This enables you to organize your courses using WordPress’ default category management system. These categories can be viewed & managed in the WordPress admin under POSTS > CATEGORIES. You can share them amongst both the Posts & Courses post types.
  • WordPress Post Tags: This enables you to organize your courses using WordPress’ default tag management system. These tags can be viewed & managed in the WordPress admin under POSTS > TAGS. You can share them amongst both the Posts & Courses post types.

If you’ve enabled these options, when you go to edit a course, you’ll see each of them in the sidebar of the editing screen. In the above screenshot, WordPress categories & tags are shown in pink, while LearnDash categories & tags are shown in blue.

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All of these categories & tags, if enabled, can also be used as filters when using the Course Grid add-on. You can add a dropdown menu that will filter courses in the grid based on the chosen category or tag.

WordPress has a good article on the difference between categories & tags, and when & how to use each one.

Course Custom Post Type Options

LearnDash settings for the course custom post type

These options will apply globally to all LearnDash courses on your site:

  • Course Search: Enable this setting if you want courses to be included in search results when using the default WordPress search form on the front-end of your site.

NOTE
Course Search has nothing to do with Google search results. This setting only applies when using the built-in WordPress search form on your website.

  • Archive Page: Enable this setting if you want visitors to be able to access the default course archive page. When enabled, a preview of the URL is displayed. Note: The design of this page is controlled by your theme, not by LearnDash.

  • RSS/Atom Feed: Enable this setting if you want to include LearnDash courses in the RSS feed of your site.
  • Editor Supported Settings: You can choose which features of WordPress you’d like to enable for the Course post type.
    • Featured Image
    • Comments
    • Custom Fields
    • Revisions

NOTE
Be sure to enable “Featured Image” if you want to use images with the Course Grid add-on.

Global Course Management & Display Settings

Global course management & display settings

Course Builder

The course builder is enabled by default. It simplifies course creation and, especially for larger courses, will save you a ton of time.

It can be disabled, but we recommend leaving it enabled.

Learn how to use the course builder →

NOTE
If you want to reuse steps across multiple courses (aka: shared course steps), the course builder must be enabled.

When the course builder is enabled, you have a few additional options:

  • Steps Displayed: This signifies the number of items that will appear in the course builder, before showing pagination at the bottom. For large courses, decreasing this number could make your courses easier to manage with the builder.
  • Shared Course Steps: Read full documentation »

Course Table Pagination

This setting allows you to customize the number of lessons & topics that are displayed for the:

  • course content table
  • course navigation widget

By default, if you keep this disabled, it will use your LearnDash general settings. But you can specify a number for lessons & topics here, and it will apply to all courses. But keep in mind, you can still adjust this on a course-by-course basis in your individual course display settings.

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