- By Dianna Gunn
- September 19, 2020
If you want to teach courses and you have a WordPress site, using a course building plugin is the obvious answer. But what plugin should you use? This guide to LifterLMS vs WP Courseware will compare two of the most popular options to help you answer that question.
In the past few weeks, I’ve tested a variety of course building plugins, also known as Learning Management Systems (LMS’s). I’ve pitted WP Courseware against LearnDash and found them to be equal in many ways. Now it’s time to see how well LifterLMS holds up against the competition.
In this guide, I will explore:
- What to look for in a course building plugin
- How LifterLMS works
- How WP Courseware works
- Similarities between the two plugins
- Differences between the two plugins
- What the best plugin is based on ease of use, flexibility, and value
By the end of this article, you should know what plugin you want to use.
What to look for in a course building plugin
Before you dive into the debate of LifterLMS vs WP Courseware, it’s important to consider what actually makes an LMS worthwhile. There are a variety of features you’ll want to look for, all designed to give you flexibility during the course creation process.
The most important component is, of course, the course builder itself. You want the process of building new courses and editing existing courses to be simple, without any requirement for code. The course builder should also offer extensive customization, including the ability to control how students progress through the course.
Some online courses consist only of lectures and allow students to progress as they listen, but for many courses, tests are an important component. Look for a plugin with a code-free quiz builder that allows you to configure a variety of question types. You should also be able to customize the grade students need to pass and what happens when they complete a quiz.
Content dripping is the practice of making content available over a period of time. For example, you might send lessons out once per week.
Building a community around your course is a great way to keep students engaged, and forums are one of the best ways to build that community. Most course building plugins provide this functionality through compatibility with bbPress. Some may also have this functionality built in.
Email is the best way to get course updates to your students. Along with automated emails when students complete parts of the course, you should be able to manually send emails to students.
This article was written by Dianna Gunn and originally published on WinningWP.