Education sector is one of the most demanding and dynamic space for softwares, everyone is looking for a flexible, robust and full of features product which can be the deciding factor on which eLearning platform they chose. One of the most frequently asked question when user planning to start a eLearning site is which premium education platform to begin with. If you’re looking for a complete education platform in WordPress, there are two main choices, WPLMS and EducationWP.
While WPLMS is a 3 year old product still under active development, it is a Education platform (1 theme + 9 plugins) built over social network called BuddyPress. EducationWP is built over a free WordPress plugin called LearnPress. When compared to other eLearning plugins, Learnpress is an exception as free and GPL. However, the free version is very basic and most of its eLearning features are paid, but LearnPress authors make an attractive offer in form of EducationWP theme, which offers all of its premium plugins free. In fact the theme literally took off when it stated that it is offering all of its premium features for free.
When it comes to feature comparison with WPLMS, EducationWP is left far far behind even with its premium addons. Here’s a little comparison :
|Feature||WPLMS Theme||EducationWP (LearnPress)|
|Course Pursue and management|
|Students and Instructors|
|Front end Course Creation and Management|
|Front end Student Management|
|WooCommerce Integration||[ $49.99 ]|
|Notes and Discussions|
|User Dashboards with Statistics|
|Instructor Dashboards with Statistics|
|Download Statistics Course wise, site wise, module wise|
|User Notifications and Emails (email template)|
|Instructor Commissions||[ $39.99 ]|
|Custom Registration forms|
|Content Drip||[ $39.99 ]|
|MyCred Addon||[ $39.99 ]|
|Random Quiz||[ $29.99 ]|
|Membership Integration (Pmpro)||[ $39.99 ]|
|Co-Instructors||[ $29.99 ]|
|Collections||[ $29.99 ]|
|Certificates||[ $39.99 ]|
|Fill Blank questions|
|Sort Answer questions||[ $19.99 ]|
|Match Answer questions|
|Select Answer questions|
|Multiple Fillblank and Select questions|
|Essay Type questions|
|Manual Quiz evaluations|
|Quiz Retake with previous results|
|Independent Standalone Quizzes|
|Unit Media Lock (Video completion)|
|Negative Marking in Quizzes|
|Course Start Date|
|Unit Start Date|
|Dynamic Drips (Unit duration, drip origin)|
|Unit Assignment Locking|
|Instructor manually, complete, units,courses,quizzes for students|
|Custom Profile fields|
|Student and Instructor specifc menus|
|Custom Profile fields|
|Course Codes for direct assignment|
|Apply for Course (manual approval in courses)|
|Custom Classes for Courses (sub-group class wise, training centers)||[ $29 ]|
|Variable Pricing for Courses (different price for certificates, badge etc)||[ $19 ]|
|Amazon S3 integration (with Instructor privacy)||[ $29 ]|
|MailChimp Deep integration||[ $19 ]|
Besides above :
WPLMS offers following premium plugins : Visual Composer, LayerSlider, Revolution Slider , EventOn & EventOn DailyView worth $129
EducationWP Offers : Visual Composer , Revolution Slider + above premium addons worth $582
Biased ? Maybe..
It is clear that WPLMS has more features than LearnPress. However, there are many more areas where comparison can be made, however the main advantage of WPLMS is that it is built over a social network called BuddyPress and it internally uses all the features of Buddypress out of the box, plus you can use all the plugins/extensions of BuddyPress with the WPLMS theme without issues. For example : When a student in your course starts a course, WPLMS would automatically use the BuddyPress’s internal notification system to notify the instructor that the course has been started by the user and even trigger an email in a beautiful template.
This is just a glimpse, there many aspects of WPLMS user experience, for example, the Instructor can re-evaluate already evaluated quizzes, change marks and send a message to the users. Instructors can even manually award certificates, badges to users which empowers the instructors on adhoc management of the courses and their students.
Last but on the least, WPLMS is being used by many successful startups and universities around the world, some of them have close to a million members in their sites.
We at Vibethemes believe in delivering the best and most useful product, we believe that a great product does not require advertising gimmicks. We continuously make improvements in our code so that our customers get the best and that’s what they deserve for putting their trust on us.
While we’re working on LearnPress to WPLMS migration plugin, and we can confidently say that WPLMS is much better equipped for large scale sites than any LearnPress site. This is because of the fact the LearnPress is adding 10 custom tables in WordPress database whereas WPLMS is an entirely WP based product, no custom tables are added, so it performs much faster as it uses inbuilt WordPress caching. LearnPress is also using PHP Sessions which is another overhead on the WordPress’s stateless architecture.