Whether it’s to learn how to code, strengthen a LinkedIn network, or build and sustain organic traffic, more and more people are turning to the internet to acquire new skills. To keep up with this demand, online courses are proliferating at an unprecedented rate. According to a Research and Markets report, the eLearning industry is projected to triple in revenue over the next decade, hitting $325 billion by 2025.
You might be looking to turn your own knowledge and expertise into revenue by selling eLearning courses on your site. Or you might be looking to meet other business needs with your online courses. Maybe you want to create a security training course for new members of your workforce or an onboarding course for customers who just bought your services.
To build any of these courses and incorporate them on your WordPress website, you can use a learning management system (LMS) plugin. This type of WordPress plugin will help you organize courses, manage enrollments, and offer certificates and badges so you can provide customers with seamless learning experiences on your site.
Among WordPress LMS plugins, LifterLMS is a popular choice for creating, managing, and monetizing courses. In this post, we’ll discuss the plugin’s key features and then look at the premium add-ons you can use to extend its functionality.
Why You Should Use LifterLMS
LifterLMS lets you manage all aspects of your online courses — from administration to documentation to reporting — right within your WordPress dashboard.
With the core plugin, you can create an unlimited number of courses for free. You can generate coupons to promote registration to your courses, incorporate quizzes into your curriculum, and keep track of everything from refunds to membership orders. You can also accept online payments by integrating the plugin with a payment gateway with PayPal, Authorize.net, Stripe, or WooCommerce.
The plugin allows you to add even more functionality with individual add-ons or a bundle of add-ons.
Before we discuss how you can extend the plugin’s functionality with these paid add-ons, let’s take a closer look at its key features.
Key Features of LifterLMS Core
LifterLMS Core is a powerful tool for creating eLearning courses that engage users and generate revenue. Below are some of the key features of the core plugin.
Drag-and-Drop Course Builder
LifterLMS has a built-in course builder that allows you to create courses using a live editor. You can add, edit, and reorder lessons within a course by dragging and dropping them on the page. You can also add video, audio, text, images, and other multimedia to each lesson to make your courses more engaging and interactive.
You can add an element of gamification to your courses by giving out achievement badges when students advance in or complete a course. These will show up on their user profile on their student dashboard. Badges not only provide users with immediate validation, they also encourage them to consume more content in order to collect more badges.
With the core plugin, you’ll have to create and upload your own achievements. Below are some examples of achievements for a guitar course.
With LifterLMS’s drip content tool, you can set a delivery schedule for the content within your course. You can drip-feed your course content based on specific dates, the number of days since the student enrolled, or the number of days from the date the student began the course. You can also use this tool to gradually reveal content as students complete lessons within a course.
If your course material is complex or you’re worried about overwhelming your customers with all of the content upfront, then dripping the content out can help set expectations and drive completion.
While the LifterLMS Core plugin is free, you can upgrade to get premium add-ons to extend the functionality of your eLearning site. Check out the benefits of the following add-ons below.
To deliver personalized content or communicate directly with users in the LifterLMS platform, you can purchase the LifterLMS Private Areas add-on. With this add-on, you can automate a series of private posts to publish as soon as a user enrolls in a course, completes a lesson, or completes a course.
Say a new leader completes their first training video. You may want to automatically send them a post requesting that they schedule their first coaching call to discuss what they learned and see if they have any questions. They’ll receive a notification about this post in their student dashboard. They can also respond in the comments.
LifterLMS Social Learning can help you build a sense of community among your online users. With this add-on, timelines will be added to student profiles. These function like Facebook walls where users can communicate with their peers and instructors. You can also have users’ milestones posted automatically on their timelines to increase the gamification on your site and strengthen the camaraderie among users.
By purchasing this add-on, you can replace the “Mark Complete” button at the end of a lesson with a WPForm Submission. This will require users to submit a form before they can mark a lesson as complete. In this form, you may ask them to answer a question, leave a comment, give a star rating, register for an event, or more. These submissions can help you collect testimonials, gather feedback to improve your lessons or products, and increase registration to an event.
Whether using its built-in features or paid add-ons, you can use LifterLMS to easily create, sell, and manage engaging online courses on your WordPress site. Building these courses can help generate new lines of revenue on your site, improve your customers’ onboarding experience, or speed up new employees’ ramp-up periods. These benefits make LifterLMS a must-have WordPress plugin.
Originally published Dec 3, 2019 12:28:58 PM, updated March 18 2021