September 14th, 2015 LearnDash Tips

team-workJust recently LearnDash was included as a Top 5 LMS Off the Beaten Track, and a nifty infographic was created that sums up both the benefits and potential opportunity areas.

While the infographic itself is just a brief summary, it does emphasize a point that I have been harping on since we first started our WordPress learning management system.

Specifically: WordPress is proving to be an excellent platform for online learning.

This may be old news to many of you but the truth of the matter is that for years learning management was held captive by proprietary, clunky systems.

I know first hand because I used to implement these learning programs for large organizations.

In fact, it was my experience in this area that directly resulted in LearnDash. WordPress had always proven to be a flexible platform and this made it immediately applicability to an organization’s elearning program.

Now I am first to admit that while I think WordPress is the ideal LMS platform, it’s not perfect. As such, it’s not going to apply to all situations.

The infographic rightly points out that WordPress isn’t always a good choice for enterprise learning management solutions. I see this as eventually becoming a reality but as of now the WordPress LMS industry isn’t quite there.

Any learning program built on WordPress also requires more work around configuration. You may need to add plugins and perhaps pursue custom development for specific features. For organizations looking for a “one-stop-shop”, this is clearly not the ideal.

The upside though is that any custom configuration you do make to WordPress, LearnDash, or even other plugins will not require as much of an investment compared to developing an entire system from scratch (or even to modify other open-source systems).

This means that an organization can implement a completely custom learning management system that is uniquely tailored to their audience – something never before seen in years past.

This level of flexibility and customization, as well as the global use of WordPress, is why it is quickly becoming the best LMS option for many.

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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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why did it state not as an enterprise solution? I think it could work for enterprise…

Avatar vu

Good question, and I suppose ‘enterprise’ needs to be defined a bit better. When I think of enterprise, it’s in the realm of conglomerate organizations with hundreds (if not thousands) of user-roles, departments, reporting needs, and so forth. I think WP is close, but perhaps not mature enough yet in this regard.

Congratulations Justin!! We love Learndash and have it used it in many of our projects. We appreciate the well designed LMS, constant improvements along with the great customer support.

Congratulations Justin!

We have been using Learndash for nearly 2 years, and has been working really well. Learndash is affordable, packed with great features (but not bloated) and you and Kloe provide great support.

Avatar Andrew Pawluk

Well done Justin! This is a great and well deserved achievement.

While I agree that LearnDash may be a tad light still in some respects, the ease of use for my clients is a huge benefit. Plus your customer service is unmatched, which I really value.

I can’t wait to see the new features coming down the pipeline. Keep up the hard work guys!


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