Posting a video course on YouTube might get you some followers, but it's no way to run a learning business. Whether you're sharing WordPress tutorials and courses like we do here on WPLift, or your training people to become better fiction writers, a full learning management system (LMS) is needed.
The cool part about an LMS is that it helps you organize and manage your courses with ease. In addition, you don't have to charge people to take your course, like if you made a training course for your employees.
A handful of LMS WordPress plugins support this type of functionality, and one of them is called Lifter LMS.
The free plugin has an impressive number of features, and you can extend the functionality with the help of paid add-ons.
Upon first glance I can see that the plugin looks clean and simple to use, but let's take a deeper look with a more extensive Lifter LMS review.
Lifter LMS Features
As discussed a few times in this article, the Lifter LMS plugin is free. However, the wonderful add-ons require payment. Let's check out the features for the plugin and the add-ons.
The Free Lifter LMS Plugin Features
- Generate custom sidebars to show how far someone has advanced in a course or for more information about the course.
- Gamify the process by giving out awards and badges for when someone advances past a certain level.
- Create membership levels and manage the program on your dashboard.
- Full student profiles and a login area that's clean and on the frontend.
- Analytics for tracking everything from refunds to membership orders.
- A mobile responsive interface for viewing on phones and tablets.
- Create coupons to promote your courses.
- The plugin has a drip content tool for gradually revealing course content as a student moves along.
- Quizzing and grading.
- Full eCommerce support right out of the box.
You can view and purchase all add-ons here.
- Universe Bundle - A much more affordable package of all the plugins I'm about to outline.
- Lifter LMS Pro
- Gravity Forms
- LifterLMS API
- The Core
Wanna See What Lifter LMS Can Do?
I figure that most people want to see how the courses are presented, managed and setup from the perspective of the student. If you take a look at the screenshot below, you'll see how you can organize your course list, with media support and information on the topic, teacher, estimated time and difficulty.
When someone signs up for a course they see all of the media, documentation and guides you have configured. A progress bar is shown at the top right, and you can utilize drip content based on this progress bar.
Although you can expand the eCommerce functionality with some add-ons, the basic setup works nicely. It has pricing tables for plans and memberships.
The customer is then sent through a simple and clean shopping cart.
A strong point in the Lifter LMS system involves the student profile. Each user logs into the system without having to go through the regular WordPress login page. It's all done on the frontend. Once logged in, the student views their courses in progress, certificates, achievements and memberships.
As you can see, the frontend interface is rather impressive considering the whole point of an LMS is to keep things basic and clean for your students. As for the backend, constructing a lesson works similar to that of a regular post or page on WordPress. They don't throw anything crazy at you in terms of functionality, and the feature-set is pretty self-explanatory.
Lifter LMs Pricing and Support
The actual Lifter LMS plugin is completely free. However, they do ask for your name and email address in order to get the download link through the website.
As for the rather versatile add-ons, every one of these can be purchased through the Lifter LMS store. As an example, the Stripe add-on will run you $99 per year for one site and $299 per year for five sites.
Each plugin costs the same amount of money for the one site and five site plans. However, you do have the option to purchase an add-on package, giving you a better deal and more add-ons in return.
The Universe Bundle
This bundle goes for $299 total if you're running the plugin on one site. Using it on five sites will cost you $499 total.
Therefore, you don't have to make a yearly or monthly payment, and you get eight add-ons for the price of three. This is a pretty darn good deal, especially if you have serious plans for making a learning website. The add-ons included with the Universe Bundle are:
- Gravity Forms
- LaunchPad Theme
- LifterLMS Pro
Since the following are third-party add-ons, you still have to buy these ones separately from the package:
A knowledge base and FAQ is available for anyone who downloads the free plugin. You can obviously utilize this if you pay for the add-ons as well. One benefit of buying an add-on package is that you get priority support for a full year. This means the developers respond to all of your questions before everyone else, and you're not just stuck with the knowledge base.
In this video you get a good overview of the product:
Who Should Consider Lifter LMS?
Since the Lifter LMS plugin is free, I have a hard time recommending against it for anyone trying to make an online course or training program. You don't need to make money from your course, so I recommend it for companies and schools giving away content for free.
However, Lifter LMS is the crown jewel of LMS plugins for making money. The flawless eCommerce integration and student profile areas make it hard to pass up. Whether you're selling courses on technology, arts, history or gardening, Lifter LMS and the Lifter LMS add-ons should do the trick.
If you have any questions about this Lifter LMS review, let us know in the comments section below.