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Lesson Page Content

The lesson page content is where you have full control over adding whatever content you’d like to your lesson. If you’ve added topics or quizzes to your lesson, LearnDash will automatically add a list of associated content to the bottom of the lesson page.

The lesson page content you add here is your own custom information that will be displayed above any associated topics or quizzes.

Where to Add Lesson Page Content

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > LESSONS
  2. Click on the lesson you’d like to edit -or- click the Add New button
  3. You will automatically land on the Lesson page tab
  4. You can immediately start adding your content

LearnDash lesson page content

This article assumes you are using WordPress 5.0 or greater, which includes the new WordPress editing experience (aka: Gutenberg). If you’re using the Classic Editor plugin, your experience will be different.

If you’ve chosen to use a page builder plugin (Elementor, Beaver Builder, Divi, WPBakery, etc.) to edit your lesson content, you should refer to the page builder’s documentation on adding content.

Lesson Title

Your lesson title is the first thing you’ll see at the top of the editing screen. Look for a placeholder that says “Add Lesson title.”

Most themes display the lesson title near the top of the page, below your header and/or global navigation.

Lesson URL

When you click inside of the “Add Lesson title” box, you’ll see an area appear above, labeled “Permalink.” This is your lesson URL.

The first two parts of the URL are not editable. They are determined by your site’s domain name and the lesson slug you have chosen (which will be /lessons/, unless you’ve customized your LearnDash permalinks).

You can edit the third part of the URL:


If your URL looks different than above, it’s because you’ve enabled shared course steps. You can still edit the final part of the URL. Learn more about shared course steps »

In most cases, the permalink should be a reflection of your lesson title.

  1. Click the “Edit” button next to the permalink
  2. Type your new permalink
  3. Hit Enter, or click the Save button
Updating a LearnDash course URL in Gutenberg
This shows a course URL but lesson URLs are edited the same way.

Lesson Content

Everything below the lesson title is a blank canvas for you to add your content. This is powered by the same WordPress editor used for pages, blog posts and other content types in WordPress.

Add text, insert images, embed videos or other multimedia content, link to PDFs or audio files… the possibilities are endless. You have full control over the type of learning experience you deliver to your users. You can add as many content as you like. The manner on how these files, such as videos, audios, and embeds like PDF will be displayed is dependent on your current WordPress setup. If you installed plugins to display and playback these files in a certain way, refer to the documentation from these plugins.

For example, WordPress has built in support in embedding files like PDF using the “File” block, and they will be displayed in full when published. If you want to change how this is displayed, you may download another plugin to change how you display PDFs or check on the official WordPress Editor documentation below.

If you are adding file embeds such as YouTube videos or SoundCloud audios, you have to make sure that these are publicly viewable. Otherwise, they won’t be able to be played by your users. Please refer to your host website’s rules and policies on embedding files.

For more information on how to use the WordPress editor, please see the official WordPress Editor documentation.

Featured Image

The featured image is the main image associated with your lesson. Most WordPress themes will display this image near the top of your lesson page. It’s also the image we’ll display if you’re using the course grid add-on with the [ld_lesson_list] shortcode.

  1. Look for the Featured Image panel in the sidebar
  2. If it’s not already open, click on it to open it
  3. Click Set featured image
  4. Choose an image from your Media Library, or upload a new one
  5. Click the Select button at the bottom
LearnDash set featured image
This shows a course image but lesson images work the same way.

Where and how your lesson title, content & featured image are displayed is heavily dependent on your WordPress theme. If you’re experiencing layout issues with this content, please contact your theme developer.

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