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2021 LearnDash Black Friday Deals: Top Plugins, Themes & Hosting

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales bring us some of the biggest deals on WordPress plugins that you’ll find all year. But the roundup posts are cluttered with 100+ WordPress plugins & themes, 99% of which you don’t need and will never use.

👉 Just gimme the 50% off LearnDash deal

So I’ve pulled together a handful of LearnDash Black Friday deals to make your life easier. If you’re looking to take your online course platform to the next level, or have been eyeing a certain plugin but haven’t been able to justify the cost… here are the top LearnDash Black Friday deals of 2021.

Most 2021 LearnDash Black Friday deals have now expired.

NOTE
Some of the links below are affiliate links & I may earn a commission, but rest assured, I’m always honest with my recommendations. Any money I make helps me reinvest in the LearnDash community with free tutorials on this blog, free plugins on wordpress.org & free help on the LearnDash Facebook page.

👇 Jump to:  Hosting  •  Video  •  Plugins  •  Themes  •  Ecommerce/Membership  •  Affiliate Programs •  Other

In addition to the LearnDash-specific deals below, I also highly recommend you…

  • speed up your site with WP Rocket. __% off from ___ – ___. A single site license is only $__. Add Perfmatters for ultimate performance & script management.
  • optimize your images with ShortPixel (5x more image credits)
  • consider a page builder. Elementor is the clear choice. __% off, depending on the plan.

LearnDash – 50% OFF 🎉

The LearnDash Black Friday sale is available now! Go grab 50% off the most popular LMS for WordPress.

LearnDash logo

Great news! LearnDash is running a sale this year, and it’s a big one. But it’s only for new customers and available from __ – __. They typically run this in US Eastern Time.

For all of you holding out hope that there would be a LearnDash lifetime deal… sorry, not this year.

Click here to get 50% off LearnDash →

LearnDash Hosting Deals

If you talk to 20 people about their preferred LearnDash hosting, you might get 20 different answers. We’ve put together a comprehensive rundown on LearnDash hosting here.

Of the small handful of hosts I can recommend for LearnDash, only one of them (Cloudways) is offering a Black Friday deal. You should also keep in mind that hosting is the bedrock of a successful LMS. If your hosting sucks, most everything else you do doesn’t matter because people won’t be able to access your site anyway.

Out of all the aspects of a self-hosted LMS, hosting is the one you should not just chase down a good deal. Invest in powerful, scalable hosting right from the beginning, even if it costs you a little more.

Kinsta

Kinsta is still the best all-around WordPress host out there. They’re powered by the Google Cloud Platform & are very scalable. But just like any good LearnDash hosting platform, you have to pay for it. Kinsta doesn’t offer huge discounts for Black Friday, but they offer the following all year round:

  • free, white-glove migrations from any host
  • 2 free months w/ a yearly plan
  • 15% off for non-profits
  • and they have the best support of any WordPress product or service that I’ve worked with in my 9 years with WordPress

You might be interested to read their article that explains hosting for LMS sites. And then sign up for a plan 😉. If you are not very technical, this is arguably the best option.

Kinsta logo

Cloudways

Cloudways is another popular choice, as they are a managed cloud hosting service. You can actually choose between 5 cloud providers: GCP, AWS, DigitalOcean, Linode & Vultr. And Cloudways helps manage them for you. You can get __% OFF for the first 4 months with code BFCM21, from __ – __.

Cloudways is a bit more technical to set up than Kinsta. Most of it is set-it-and-forget-it, but you do have to find your way around their control panel when you first get started. Their support is there to help.

We currently recommend the Vultr (High Frequency) server for LearnDash sites. You can start with the 2GB RAM plan if you have a small site, but you might find yourself upgrading to 4GB or 8GB once you start gaining traction.

Cloudways logo

Pressidium

Pressidium is the final host I’ll mention because of the praise they have received from many in the LearnDash community, especially for enterprise LearnDash hosting. They also have written extensively on their blog about how they’ve taken steps to optimize LearnDash sites. They’re not running a Black Friday deal (that I know of), but they are worth a look.

Pressidium logo

LearnDash Video Deals

If your LearnDash courses are video-based, you definitely want to consider a good video host. Our favorite combo right now is using Presto Player with Bunny.net, but Vimeo is always a solid choice as well, and a little more beginner friendly.

Presto Player – __% OFF

Presto Player is a feature-rich video player that works great for elearning sites. It offers many industry-standard features at an amazing price. The plugin can play videos hosted on your WordPress site, as well as many popular video hosting platforms, including YouTube, BunnyNet & Vimeo.

Other features include muted autoplay, adjustable controls, chapter markers, picture-in-picture, dynamic video URLs, password-protected videos, and a customizable video player.

NOTE
Presto Player doesn’t actually host your videos. They just provide the interface that plays the videos, which offers a ton of useful features for LearnDash sites. We recommend using BunnyNet to host your videos & Presto Player to display them to your students.

Vimeo – __% OFF

Vimeo continues to be one of the most popular video hosting platforms for LearnDash.

  • Get __% off all annual Vimeo plans, as well as upgrades to a higher plan. Now through 11/30.

Video Editing Software

  • __% off Screenflow (for Mac Only), now – Dec 3

LearnDash Plugin Deals

There are a handful of companies that focus on LearnDash plugins, and a few are running deals for Black Friday.

Our Plugins

All of our own plugins are on sale for the entire month of December.

Design Upgrade Pro for LearnDash is offering $10-20 off, depending on the plan. Get a 1-site license for as low as $29.

Quiz Customizer for LearnDash is offering 50% OFF all plans. Get a 1-site license for as low as $12.50.

Design Upgrade Pro for H5P is offering 50% OFF all plans. Get a 1-site license for as low as $19.50.

Uncanny Owl – __% Off All Access Bundle 🤯

Uncanny Owl logo

The Best LearnDash Deal We’ve Ever Seen
This is arguably the best deal on this page, and maybe in the history of LearnDash products. Unbelievable value, for a ridiculously low price, from an amazing company.

Uncanny Owl manages a small suite of incredibly popular LearnDash plugins. They’re offering a whopping __% off their 5-plugin bundle from Nov 26 – Nov 29.

Grab the bundle →

Here are the plugins you get with an all access pass:

The discount is only good on the bundle, not the individual products, and you can use the bundle license on up to 10 sites.

Uncanny Automator – __% OFF

Uncanny Automator logo

Another incredibly useful tool from Uncanny Owl that deserves its own mention. The Automator plugin is like Zapier but specifically for WordPress. Connect 70 different WordPress plugins & third-party services with one another using over 400 triggers & actions, without ever leaving the WordPress admin area.

Connect LearnDash with WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, WP Fusion, MemberPress, Gravity Forms, H5P, GamiPress and more.
View all LearnDash automations →

Business & Unlimited plans are discounted __% off from Nov 26 – Nov 29. You need these plans to do site-to-site integrations, so if you host LearnDash on a sub-domain, you’ll need one of these plans.

  • Business (10 sites): Normally $349  –  Now $199
  • Unlimited Sites: Normally $599  –  Now $299

Check out Automator today →

WP Fusion – __% OFF

WP Fusion logo

WP Fusion integrates your LearnDash site with your CRM or marketing automation system (ActiveCampaign, Drip, ConvertKit, etc). You can track student progress in your CRM, automatically engage students via email based on activity in LearnDash, and control access to site content based on tags in your CRM.

  • New annual licenses & upgrades get __% off from Nov 26 – Nov 29 with code BFCM2021. Excludes lifetime plans.

Aside from LearnDash, they help connect & integrate over 80 popular WordPress plugins to popular services you’re probably already using.

LearnDash Gradebook – __% OFF

LearnDash Gradebook plugin example

Real Big Plugins built the LearnDash Gradebook plugin to give you a better way to visualize grades on LearnDash assignments & quizzes. You can set up a gradebook in the backend (for admins) AND on the frontend (for teachers & group leaders). You can also display a report card on the frontend for students.

You can also:

  • add grades manually
  • export grades to a CSV file
  • assign points & configure percentage values for grading weight

In celebration of Gradebook for LearnDash 3.0 🎉 (which just launched last week), they’re offering __% OFF from Fri 11/26 through Sunday 11/28. Use code BLACKFRIDAY30.

📣 The first 30 customers on Black Friday will receive __% off.

In addition to __% off the Gradebook plugin, they’re also offering 30% off the other LearnDash plugins they offer:

WisdmLabs – __% OFF Everything LearnDash

WisdmLabs logo

WisdmLabs builds themes & plugins for LearnDash, as well as a few other popular WordPress plugins. They are also known for doing LearnDash development work when you need something custom. This discount runs from Nov 25 – Nov 29. The discount will be applied automatically.

All of their individual LearnDash plugins are also __% off:

WBCOM Designs – __% OFF

WBCOM Designs logo

WBCOM Designs is another company that has several LearnDash plugins, all of which are __% off from Nov 24 – Dec 1 with code BFCM30.

I haven’t used any WBCOM Designs products so I can’t speak to their quality, but they solve very specific needs & integrations, so they might be worth a look (if you use PeepSo or wpForo, for example).

Training Spark – __% OFF

Training Spark has 2 LearnDash plugins that they’re discounting __% this Black Friday.

I haven’t tried out either of these so I can’t personally vouch for them, but they appear to offer some unique features that I haven’t seen from any other LearnDash plugin. Give ’em a look and let us know if you try one out.

LearnDash Themes

Many of you have likely chosen a theme already, but in case you’re still early in your LearnDash journey, here are a few theme deals worth looking into.

Our top recommendation is to use either Kadence (deal below), Astra (deal below) or GeneratePress (no deal), and then add our own plugin on top of it, Design Upgrade Pro for LearnDash ($10-20 off).

For even more flexibility, grab yourself a license of the Elementor Pro page builder, which now has a LearnDash integration. You’ll be off to the races! 🏎️

Kadence Theme, Blocks & Cloud – __% OFF

Kadence WP

Kadence is offering __% off everything except lifetime bundles. No code needed; the discount will be automatically applied.

Grab the deal →
Available Now – Nov 30

Kadence is owned by StellarWP, who recently purchased LearnDash. It was already a great theme, but now that Kadence & LearnDash are owned by the same company, I except to see some integrations between the two soon.

Bonus: Anyone who buys a Kadence Black Friday deal gets free access to the Kadence Starter Site Training Nov 30-Dec 1.

Elementor Pro – __% OFF

While not technically a theme, the Elementor page builder is now integrated with LearnDash. You’ll need Elementor Pro to take full advantage of the integration, but you can now get…

  • __% OFF – Essential (1 site):

Sale runs from NOW to 12/2 IST (Israel Standard Time).

Get Elementor Pro now →

Astra Pro – Up to __% OFF

Astra logo

🎉 Single Theme, Essential & Growth Bundles are up to __% OFF →

Many people in the LearnDash community love using Astra because it’s fast, customizable and works great with page builders. Their 2021 Black Friday deals are good for both annual & lifetime licenses.

  • Now – Dec 3. Discount automatically applied. Get Astra Pro for as little as $__.

eLumine by WisdmLabs – Included w/ LearnDash Bundle

The eLumine theme is not discounted by itself this year, but it is included with the LearnDash Essential Add-Ons Pack (LEAP), which is __% OFF for Black Friday.

The eLumine theme is for those who are looking for a more customized layout for their LearnDash site. Check out the live demo →

An example eLumine theme course page

BuddyBoss – Lifetime Deal 🎉

BuddyBoss logo

BuddyBoss is a theme/plugin combo that is popular with LearnDash users. It is loaded with a ton of features (some of which you might not need). But if social learning is a huge component of your site, BuddyBoss is the only solution out there that seamlessly incorporates BuddyPress AND bbPress into LearnDash. It’s really powerful and there’s nothing else like it out there.

BuddyBoss is running the following 2021 Black Friday deals:

1. BuddyBoss lifetime deal for Black Friday is available starting at 9am CST Nov 23. Get the BuddyBoss theme & Platform Pro. You’ll also get 10% off for the lifetime of your BuddyBoss App subscription.
1 site $728  •  5 sites $928  •  10 sites $1,228
You can also split these up into 2-3 payments.

You can get a prorated refund if you recently purchased an annual license. And BuddyBoss will likely be increasing their prices soon when they release BuddyBoss 2.0, so this is a great time to snag a lifetime license.

We don’t know when this deal is ending so I’d jump on it quickly if you plan to pull the trigger.

2. Yearly License Discounts

  • Nov 26-28 (Fri-Sun), use code BLACKFRIDAY21 to get…
  • Nov 29-30 (Mon-Tue 9am CST), use code CYBERMONDAY21 to get…

Example of BuddyBoss LearnDash theme pages

Reign LearnMate by WBCOM Designs – __% OFF

We already mentioned WBCOM Design’s plugins, but they also have a LearnDash-focused theme called LearnMate. It’s an extension of their flagship theme, Reign.

  • Get __% off from Nov 24 – Dec 1 with code BFCM30

LearnMate is compatible with Elementor and they have demos, as well as a sandbox you can play around with yourself.

Reign LearnMate LearnDash theme example

Ecommerce/Membership Options

The following plugins do not add extra functionality to LearnDash itself, but rather they help you with your checkout process, registration flow, etc. if you are selling LearnDash courses for a fee. They are popular options amongst many current LearnDash users.

WooCommerce – __% OFF everything

WooCommerce is offering __% off every extension in their marketplace now – Mon, Nov 29.

Many LearnDash users love to combine WooCommerce Subscriptions with WooCommerce Memberships to create a full-fledged, recurring membership site with LearnDash. These extensions are not cheap so now’s a great time to snag them for a discount.

Easy Digital Downloads – __% OFF (ecommerce)

Easy Digital Downloads logo

EDD, as it is known in the community, is my go-to ecommerce plugin for selling anything digital. LearnDash courses obviously fit into this category, so it makes for a great choice if you’re looking for a more flexible checkout process for LearnDash.

It does take a little time to set up, but once you have it configured, it runs like a charm.

  • Get __% off now – Nov 26. Discount applied automatically.

Want to know why I use it to power ldx.training? Read my guide on how & why to use Easy Digital Downloads w/ LearnDash.

CartFlows (checkout flow)

CartFlows logo

CartFlows is all about improving the checkout experience. You can create better checkout flows, redirections, upsells, downsells, order bumps, etc. It requires WooCommerce as your ecommerce plugin, but many LearnDash users have been raving about it in the private Facebook group, and it has great reviews amongst the WordPress community.

It was also developed by the folks at Brainstorm Force, the creators of the Astra theme, alongside Adam Preiser who runs WPCrafter.

  • Get $__ off from Now – Dec 3. $299 → $199. Discount automatically applied.

Restrict Content Pro – __% OFF (memberships)

Restrict Content Pro get started banner

Restrict Content Pro (RCP) was built for offering varying types of membership levels. It’s an excellent choice if you’re looking to sell access to a membership with many LearnDash courses within it.

If you plan to sell LearnDash courses as part of a membership, definitely consider RCP.

MemberPress – $__ OFF (memberships)

MemberPress logo

Along with Restrict Content Pro (above), MemberPress is one of the most popular membership platforms for WordPress. It has excellent integrations with LearnDash, and many folks in the LearnDash community are using it successfully to manage membership programs for their platform.

💻 Also, you can enter to win a 14″ MacBook Pro M1! 😲

Setting up an Affiliate Program?

AffiliateWP logo

There are a few options if you plan to offer an affiliate program for your courses… but AffiliateWP is far and away the best one. Good news. They’re running a Black Friday deal.

Other Plugins You Might Be Interested In

These plugins aren’t directly related to LearnDash, but you could improve a LearnDash site with some of these things, if they are required features for your specific site.

  • RankMath SEO plugin: __% off their pro versions, plus double the keyword tracking & site licenses. Now – Sun, Nov 28.
  • SearchWP: __% off (1-site license $__ → $__). Now – Fri, Nov 26
  • Gravity Forms: __% off all licenses (elite license $__ → $__, recommended). Tue, Nov 23 – Dec 1
  • WP Rocket: __% off now – 12/1. A single site license is only $__.
  • Perfmatters: __% off now – 12/1 for ultimate performance & page-by-page script management.
  • ShortPixel: Automatically optimize your images with 5x more image credits, Nov 26 – Nov 30.

If there’s a product you’re interested in that isn’t on this list, leave a comment below and we might be able to hook you up with 2021 Black Friday deals for it as well.

That does it for our LearnDash Black Friday deals for 2021. I hope you were able to score a nice deal on something you needed to enhance your learning experience.

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10 Comments

  1. Hello,

    I’m Victoria − Affiliate Manager at TemplateMonster.com

    Is it possible to add TemplateMonster’s Black Friday deal here? We have a 50% off on all products on the TM website.

    Please let me know if you are interested and we can provide you with promo materials.

    • Victoria — You have precisely ZERO LearnDash themes/plugins available on your site. This post is clearly about LearnDash products, therefore it makes no sense to include your Black Friday deal.

  2. Well done, Dave.
    I see you are still creating value for LearnDash users with this post on Black Friday special… Will be ordering the quiz customizer in the next few days… Looks good – love how you can eliminate the need to get your hands dirty with css!

    • Thanks Tim “with one of the best looking avatars I’ve ever seen” Muhundan.

      CSS is my jam so I’m happy to handle it for you guys. After all, you bought LearnDash so you can teach people things, not learn how to code, right?!

  3. Hi Dave,

    Can LearnDash take in bulk question import via excel or csv files?

    Regards
    Colin Koh

    • Hi Colin,

      No, LearnDash does not have a quiz importer. However, there are 2 plugins that were created for this purpose. I have not used either one before so I can’t speak directly to their quality. I have heard a few challenges with them in the LearnDash Facebook group, so I wouldn’t put all of my faith in them. It might depend on how simple/complex your quiz questions are.

    • I have used the WP Plugins for you. I imported around 13,000 (that’s right) questions with over 200 different quizzes. To me this was more valuable than Learn Dash itself, other than the fact I needed learn dash. I had a developer take my moodle database and do some sql and php. As a result he setup the output of his sql and php to align perfectly with the wp plugins for you template. Things Imported with no issues, other than time spent, making sure everything was clean before importing.

  4. Hi Dave,

    Thanks for your great writing. Had been looking for this. I have already bought some plugins reading your useful write up.

    Cheers
    Zahir

  5. Hi Dave – great post! We’ll be taking advantage of several of these ourselves!

    Just an FYI – we’re offering a 25% Black Friday discount on the first year of our two plugins:

    Organization Toolkit
    https://www.training-spark.com/organization-toolkit-for-learndash/

    Arlo-LearnDash Integration
    https://www.training-spark.com/arlo-and-learndash-integration/

    Thanks!

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