The Top 5 Best WP Courseware Alternatives (2021)

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  • By Dianna Gunn
  • December 30, 2020

If you’re planning to build courses on your WordPress site, you’ve probably heard of WP Courseware. The plugin is quite popular, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best option for the job. This guide will compare five of the best WP Courseware alternatives to help you find the best learning management system (LMS) for your needs.

But first, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you might want to consider WP Courseware alternatives:

  • Access to advanced functionality. WP Courseware lacks advanced course building features, such as the ability to create and accept assignments. The plugin also lacks complementary features like the ability to create a membership program.
  • Complex sales capability. WP Courseware doesn’t offer the ability to create an upgrade/downgrade path or prorated subscriptions.
  • More built-in integrations. WP Courseware offers integrations with many popular tools for ecommerce, marketing, and membership programs, but they must all be installed as separate plugins. Many also require separate purchase, raising the overall cost of the plugin.
  • Compatibility with specific tools. If you already work with a specific email marketing service or CRM tool that isn’t compatible with WP Courseware, you might want to find a plugin that is compatible with those tools.
  • At $124/year, the base cost of WP Courseware is reasonable for many business owners but inaccessible to others. Some of the alternatives are more affordable or even free for the base plugin.

All of these are valid reasons to look for WP Courseware alternatives. By the end of this guide, you’ll know what the best learning management system is for your needs.

What to look for in a learning management system

What you’ll need from an LMS depends on the type of courses you want to build. If your courses are meant for casual self-improvement, the only things you need are a code-free course builder with the option to price your work.

On the other hand, if your courses are aimed at building professional skills, you might want to use quizzes and certificates to establish the legitimacy of your students’ achievements.

Here’s a quick overview of features to consider when you’re looking for an LMS.


Most of the learning management systems explored in this article are WordPress plugins, but that isn’t the only option. There are many third party options for course building software, including learning networks with an established audience like Udemy.

Progress control

You should be able to choose whether students gain access to all of your content at once or if they must complete one lesson



This article was written by Dianna Gunn and originally published on WinningWP.

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