Platforms versus Plugins

Oct 13, 2020Course, Website

Platforms versus Plugins is an interesting debate. If you haven’t already, I would highly recommend reading my “Where Should My Course Live?” that discusses 5 different platforms for courses out there.

In this blog, we will be looking at 4 different options for Plugins for your WordPress site. These are not listed in any specific order.



LearnPress starts off FreeI love when things start free, I mean, who doesn’t tongue-out. For free, you get:

  • Unlimited Courses, Students and Instructors
  • Paypal payment option
  • 3 Quiz Types
  • Course results stored in the student’s profile
  • Use with any theme

For $49-$69, You can choose their Theme Bundle with that bundle you get:

  • Everything from the free version
  • WooCommerce, & Stripe Payment Options
  • Sell a membership or subscription
  • More Quiz Options
  • Content Drip
  • Certificate Available>
  • 1 LearnPress Theme of your choice

So, LearnPress has options…



The basic pricing starts at $159 annually. You get everything you need for this price, though.

  • 1 Site License
  • Unlimited Courses and Users
  • Course Content Protection
  • Content Drip
  • Advanced Quizzing
  • Certificates
  • Email Notifications

If you need more site licenses, you would have to upgrade, but for $159, this is a pretty good deal. They also give you a template to start from. I love it when they give you examples.


WP Courseware

WP Courseware is more popular. I know several people who use it and love it. It starts at $249 for a year and includes everything!

  • Drag and drop course creation! Something you don’t see often.
  • One-time payments, subscriptions, installments, bundles, and more!
  • Automated emails
  • They offer a demo and training materials as well.

Another excellent course plugin option.



It’s fascinating how LMS (Learning Management System), which was actually introduced in the 1990s, is not a commonly used term.

LifterLMS has a FREE plugin that you can use to create your course. It says it is an all-in-one solution, but I did not find a list of features. They do, however, have a video that looks like it has everything the other plugins offer.


I’m sure there are other plugin options out there, but these seem to be the most popular options.

I just want to note I do not use these plugins myself, but I have worked with sites that have used some of them. 

Amy Signature
Certified Online Business Manager | Virtual Operations & Technology Specialist

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