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WordPress Can Be Your LMS: Here’s How To Set Everything Up

Last updated October 2022

In this current global climate, more businesses are gravitation to online platforms. Online platforms help companies run business as usual but in a virtual space.

When your company presents its next virtual, online course, why not consider an LMS.

Using a learning management system helps you organize educational content in one location. Users have any time access to learning materials, which saves time. Trainers can publish materials at once instead of sporadic downloads every training session.

Not to mention, businesses catch a financial break due to LMSs reduction in learning and development costs. eLearning quashes the constant need for instructors to travel to every learning site.

WordPress LMS plugins are one of the best ways to host your course. Here’s everything you need to know about setting up your next course.

Get Your Website LMS Ready

The first step in using any WordPress plugin in setting up a WordPress site. If you haven’t already done so, choose a host and install WordPress.

Depending on the host, the setup process takes less than 30 minutes. The cost is as minimal as $2.99 per month (for the first year) and has compatibility with most operating systems—Windows, Mac, etc.

Once you install WordPress, design your site, then get it up and running.

Design and Plan Your Course(s)

The next step in using LMS plugins for your WordPress site is designing your course. This is where you may face challenges because you have to consider the type of course you need to design.

The type of course you create dictates your plugin and theme.

Answer these questions before you start creating:

What is the purpose of the course? Is the course specifically for introductory training or post-learning as well? You need to establish this upfront so you know what type of learning content to create.

Will there be course prerequisites and requirements? Do participants or course registrants need precourse experience or training? Is another course required before they take yours.

Also, will the course be free of charge? If you’re going to charge for the course, that effects the commerciality of your site.

What type of content will you use and how will you distribute it? There are two types of virtual content—multimedia and text-only. Multimedia involves interactive content like text, images, audio, video, and animations.

You need to decide how you’ll present either in the course.

Also, will all the content be available at once or will participants have to complete one part before moving to the next segment?

Of course, your budget dictates all this.

Available Plugins

WordPress gives you the option to choose the type of LMS plugin you need. Some of them come packed with free add-ons that may further enhance course functionality.

Here are three great plugins to consider or start with:

  • MemberPress – basic, plus, and pro from $149 to $349
  • LearnDash – pro package, plus package, and basic from $199 to $369
  • WP Courseware – pricing as low as $129 for multiple sites

There are other plugins there are just as considerable, but these are a great place to start for LMS.

Using WordPress for Learning Management Systems Works

Hosting a course isn’t as difficult as it appears. WordPress helps simplify the LMS process by making pre-crafted themes and plugins readily available. 

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