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7 Free WordPress LMS Plugins to Build Your Online Learning Platform

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Updated for 2024

If you’re asking yourself, “How do I create a free LMS website with WordPress?,” you’ve come to the right place. We’ve researched & tested out all 10 of the free WordPress LMS plugins on the market, including feature lists, free vs. pro comparisons, design, integrations, and more. Currently, I think 7 are worth considering, and the remaining 3 have more work to do.

It’s worth nothing, all of the free WordPress LMS plugins on this page are very limited in features. If you’re serious about building an online learning site, you should definitely consider paying for a WordPress LMS plugin. With the free versions of these plugins, you’ll likely hit roadblocks as you start to build out your courses.

LearnDash Reporting Tools (Free & Premium) & How to Use Them

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Any good LMS should provide instructors & admins with reporting data. This article will focus on LearnDash reporting tools. There are some default LearnDash reports that are included with the plugin, an official LearnDash reporting plugin called ProPanel, and several third-party LearnDash reporting tools that are arguably better than what LearnDash provides.

We’ll briefly cover each option in this article, but we’ll link out to more detailed reviews that provide additional information & screenshots.

LearnDash CSV Reports (Course & Quiz Reporting)

LearnDash CSV report buttons

The core LearnDash plugin provides a few basic reports in .csv format. Unfortunately, to do anything with this data, you’ll need to download and manipulate it in some way, or import it into another program.

However, if you’re a data nerd and appreciate working with raw data, these LearnDash .csv reports are for you.

This article is part of our LearnDash reporting series.

LearnDash ProPanel Review: What is it & how does it work?

LearnDash ProPanel is LearnDash’s own reporting plugin. It is a separate plugin that needs to be installed & activated just like any other WordPress plugin. Once activated, it displays 5 reporting widgets on your Dashboard in the WordPress admin area.

This article is part of our LearnDash reporting series.

Let’s break down each reporting widget, and explain exactly what type of LearnDash reports ProPanel provides.

Tin Canny Reporting Plugin for LearnDash (Features + Review)

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Tin Canny Reporting for LearnDash is a premium plugin by Uncanny Owl. Uncanny Owl was one of the first companies to make third-party add-ons for LearnDash, and to this day, are one of the best. Their plugins are actively used on over 30,000 LearnDash sites. Many users say the Uncanny Toolkit for LearnDash is a necessity for any LearnDash site.

Tin Canny Reporting for LearnDash provides an easy, convenient way to upload, track, and report on all types of SCORM and xAPI/Tin Can data, as well as standard LearnDash records. While its initial purpose may have been to provide reporting on SCORM and xAPI data, it’s still a valuable LearnDash reporting tool for those who are not using SCORM or xAPI, and just rely on typical LearnDash reporting metrics for courses, lessons, topics, and quizzes.

This article is part of our LearnDash reporting series.

WISDM Reports for LearnDash Plugin Review (free + pro)

WISDM Reports for LearnDash

WISDM Reports for LearnDash is a free plugin (with a premium upgrade) that provides additional reporting for LearnDash sites. It was created by WisdmLabs, a company known for creating products and offering services related to LearnDash.

This article is part of our LearnDash reporting series.

Easy Dash Free LearnDash Reports Plugin

Easy Dash for LearnDash is a free LearnDash reporting plugin, with a few additional features available in a pro version. Most of the reporting features are contained in the free version.

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Example of Easy Dash for LearnDash stats

This article is part of our LearnDash reporting series.

The Complete List of BuddyBoss Shortcodes & How to Use Them

BuddyBoss is a powerful community platform that turns your WordPress site into a social network. Many features can be inserted in various places throughout your site using BuddyBoss shortcodes (as well as blocks).

Most of these blocks are available in the free BuddyBoss Platform plugin, but a few are only available in Platform Pro.

Let’s break down all BuddyBoss shortcodes & blocks, and discuss how to use each one.

LearnDash vs. Teachable: A Super In-Depth Comparison of LMS Platforms

When it comes to selecting the right learning management system (LMS), the choices can be overwhelming.

Teachable and LearnDash are two of the bigger players in the market. They both provide feature-rich platforms designed to facilitate online learning. However, there are some fundamental differences in how they deliver their product.

In this comprehensive comparison of LearnDash vs. Teachable, we delve into the strengths, weaknesses, and specific features of both platforms—design, reporting, notifications, marketing, integrations, pricing, and more— with an aim to help you decide which LMS is right for your online learning business.

How to Customize the LearnDash Sample Lesson Label

If you’re using LearnDash sample lessons in your course, a “sample lesson” label is added to the course content list, as well as in the sidebar of focus mode. Do you want to customize the way the sample lesson label looks?

This article will show you how to customize the label’s colors, borders, overall design, and more.

LearnDash Pricing Explained: Plugin vs Cloud vs Add-Ons

Ever since LearnDash was purchased by LiquidWeb/StellarWP in September of 2021, LearnDash pricing has become more complex. You used to just have a single price for the LearnDash plugin license per year. All official LearnDash add-ons were included for free, except for ProPanel, which was included on the second and third highest plans.

Now the LearnDash pricing page has many options, and it’s not immediately clear what you’re paying for. We’re here to make it easy:

  • How much does LearnDash cost?
  • What plans are available with LearnDash?
  • Which LearnDash add-ons are included in your license?
  • How is LearnDash Cloud different from the LearnDash plugin?
  • …and many more of your LearnDash pricing questions, answered.

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