Learndash is one of the most popular self-hosted LMS solutions out there. Now, LMS is starting a new journey with its Cloud-hosting solution and joining the league of other learning management systems which are cloud-only.
What is Learndash:
Learndash is (used to be only) a WordPress plugin that converts your website into a learning management system. This way, you could sell online courses on your WordPress website. It offers integration with all popular payment gateways and is WordPress’s #1 LMS solution.
What is Learndash cloud:
Learndash cloud is the newest managed solution by the Learndash team, where you don’t have to host Learndash on your server. Everything is hosted on the Learndash cloud server, and you can choose from available templates and plugins to customize the website.
This is a better alternative to self-hosted Learndash for instructors and coaches who wish to focus on creating and marketing content rather than managing the technicality of the website.
Check out: Best WordPress LMS plugins for creating online courses
Difference between Learndash Cloud Vs. Learndash WordPress plugin:
When you are using Learndash cloud, you don’t have to worry about web hosting and WordPress maintenance. Think of Learndash cloud as Kajabi, Thinkific, and other cloud-hosted solution, which does not require you to manage complex open-source software such as WordPress. Learndash Cloud is running on WordPress, but it is a managed Learndash hosting. It means you don’t have to worry about day-to-day maintenance, security, and other aspects of your WordPress hosting.
All you need to do is, grab a $29/month subscription of Learndash cloud, and launch your online course with their easy-onboarding process.
Note: Learndash cloud comes with a 15-day full money-back guarantee.
Learndash WordPress plugin:
Learndash WordPress plugin requires you to buy their plugin for $199/year and use it on a self-hosted WordPress website. You need to buy a hosting for Learndash, and some of the popular Learndash hostings are:
These are mostly managed WordPress hosting, costing upwards of $25/month.
For running a Learndash WordPress plugin online course, you would be paying:
$199 (WordPress plugin) + $300 (Learndash Hosting) = $499 (This is the minimum cost, as you may be paying for customization + more plugins).
I’m currently using the Learndash WordPress plugin to manage my online course, hosted on Kinsta hosting. You can see the course here at https://pro.shoutmeloud.com
Which is better? – Learndash Cloud hosting or Learndash WordPress plugin:
If you are someone who never used WordPress and is a solopreneur (working alone), you are better off
This article was written by Harsh Agrawal and originally published on ShoutMeLoud.