As the world goes into the era of the knowledge economy, the e-Learning website is a more and more popular business model, people like to share their knowledge and then get rewards. No doubt that creates an online course website is a very profitable business. So, today I will share you 3 free LMS WordPress plugins can help you make a profitable online course website.
LearnPress is the most popular free LMS WordPress plugin developed by ThimPress, over 60000+ active installations until July 2019. Like its description, the core plugin is free and always be free, but super powerful with lots of add-ons to empower its core system.
The free version of LearnPress includes the basic features like create the course, manage and sell the courses, communicate feature. So it’s enough to create the common online course website.
Actually, the biggest highlight is LearnPress themes. ThimPress sells LMS themes on ThemeForest and generated big sales, for example, Education WP.
LifterLMS is the second popular free LMS WordPress plugin in the WordPress.org plugin repository. The business model is almost as same as LearnPress, free core plugin + Premium Add-ons.
There are more than 5000 online course websites are built with LifterLMS, you can refer to these websites list from builtwith.com and the official showcase. It means this plugin is a mature solution for the online course website.
The biggest reason for suggesting Sensei LMS plugin is that the leader plugin author is Automattic, WordPress official team produced. The good news is that you can easy to create the courses with it for free, however, if you want to sell your courses, you may have to purchase WooCommerce Paid Courses extension, it means the E-Commerce features of your website should be based on WooCommerce.
Sensei LMS also offers the documentation on their official website. If you are a WordPress developer, I think you can also extend your own E-Commerce features instead of using the expensive WooCommerce extension.
As far as I knew, there’s another solution for selling the courses without buying the paid course extension, just use Membership & Content Restriction – Paid Member Subscriptions plugin and sell the course as the membership pricing model.