After months of collecting your suggestions for functionality you would like to see in a WordPress LMS, we have finalized the core features that will be present in the initial release of the LearnDash. First, thank you to all who wrote us and provided their input – our WordPress LMS plugin is truly a product of your suggestions.
This entire process, while rewarding, did prove to be challenging at times. First and foremost, one of the hardest lessons we had to accept was that we cannot be all things to all people. This was a difficult realization since we sincerely want to help everyone who wants to use WordPress as their learning management system. In some cases we had to exclude certain functionality, not because it wasn’t viable, but because we would find ourselves in constant development cycles. We want to get this product to you guys sooner rather than later, afterwards we will add functionality as we receive relevant feedback from the community.
That said, we strongly believe that LearnDash has a solid core set of features. What’s more, the plugin itself is proving to be pretty lightweight, which will keep your WordPress sites running smoothly and without being detrimental to your site’s performance. To be honest, this was one of our main priorities as we want you to be able to customize your LMS to your audience’s needs. If you want to use a custom theme or additional plugins, the last thing we wanted was our plugin causing any issues.
Finally, I should note that LearnDash isn’t a “one-and-done” deal. It will be constantly evolving based on user demand. We also will provide you assistance if you need help with the customization and implementation of your LMS. In the upcoming weeks I will make another post that includes some screenshots of the LearnDash back-end, so check back often. Better yet, sign-up using the yellow bar at the top of the page so you are notified with all relevant updates.