LMS Plugins: Honest Review

Manuel Campos

Learning Management System (LMS) plugins allow you to create and run online courses like Udemy with WordPress.

What do they have in common?

They want to squeeze more than $150 out of your pockets every year for a single license.

LMS Plugins are not perfect so I am sure that you will find something you don’t like about them

So before choosing one, make sure you choose the right one since they aren’t cheap.

Most Popular LMS Plugins

I am not committed to an LMS plugin yet but I am planning to use one in the near future.

These are the most popular LMS plugins for WordPress

  • LearnDash is a premium plugin so it is hard to know how many sites it is currently installed on.
  • LearnPress has more than 100,000+ Active Installations
  • TutorLMS has more than 50,000+ Active Installations.
  • Sensei LMS has more than 10,000+ Active Installations
  • LifterLMS has more than 10,000 active installations
  • MasteryStudy LMS has more than 10,000+ Active Installations
  • Masteriyo is a new LMS plugin and it has more than 2,000+ Active Installation
  • Namaste! LMS has more than 800+ Active Installations
  • Academy LMS has more than 300+ Active Installations

Gutenberg Support

I don’t really understand how some of the most popular LMS plugins don’t have support for Gutenberg.

Why do they want to drag our asses back to 2017?

Two great plugins that don’t have Gutenberg support for their lessons are:

  • TutorLMS
  • Masteriyo
  • LearnPress
  • Academy LMS
  • MasterStudy LMS

Great LMS plugin with Gutenberg support is:

  • LearnDash
  • Sensei LMS

Focus Mode

I like LMS plugins with focus mode since that feature makes courses look great.

Their Focus Mode is not perfect but it is there for you to modify if you want it to look a bit better

These plugins have Focus mode among their features:

  • TutorLMS
  • Masteriyo
  • LearnDash
  • Sensei LMS
  • Academy LMS

Free Version

You will find free versions of most LMS plugins in case you want to play with them before committing to a long-term relationship.

You can play as much as you can with:

  • TutorLMS
  • Masteriyo
  • Sensei LMS
  • Academy LMS

Get your credit card ready or your PayPal credentials if you want to see what these LMS plugins are like:

  • LearnDash


You will find LMS plugins that give you a theme for free in case you want to use their templates

  • TutorLMS
  • Masteriyo

Other LMS plugins give you free recommendations and Premium options to squeeze more money out of your bank

  • LearnDash

LearnDash: Final Verdict

LearnDash is probably the king of LMS plugins but their menu on Learning/ Focus Mode kinda sucks.

LearnDash is one of the few LMS plugins that support Gutenberg.

If you are a user who likes to tweak things here and there, you should take a look at the LearnDash Design and Tutorials

Sensei LMS: Final Verdict

Sensei LMS has more than 10.000 active installations and their post types support Gutenberg.

Having said that, it feels like they don’t really want to take over.

The course pages created by the plugins suck bigtime

LMS Plugins with less than 2000 active installations are doing it better.

I hope the plugin gets some love as time passes.

I really like the Sensei Blocks Plugin. I think it has a lot of potential


I really like TutorLMS. The plugin isn’t perfect but I have nothing negative to say about it.

The only problem is that they have Gutenberg support for course pages but not for lessons and quizzes.

Manuel Campos, English Professor

Manuel Campos

I am José Manuel. I am writing about things I know and things that I am learning about WordPress. I hope you find the content of this blog useful.






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