Running a Learning Management System (LMS) is not always a walk in the park. You’ve got to keep up with learner expectations. And it’s not just about the content. As technology evolves, so should you.
One of the most crucial aspects of an LMS is its user-interface – and on WordPress, that’s governed by the theme. A theme not only influences the visual aspect of your student’s journey but impacts the learning experience as well.
Of the many themes out there, which theme will help you set your eLearning website apart in 2018? Let’s find out!
- Social Learner
- Education WordPress Theme
- Clever Course
If you are searching for a theme that has all the latest features, then eLumine is the one for you. Created by WisdmLabs, this new-theme-on-the-block is compatible with leading LMS plugins on WordPress.
eLumine is built on the Unyson Framework, which implies, you can easily create pages using the Unyson Page Builder. Unyson features like Backup and Restore, SEO, are already built-in.
The theme also offers BuddyPress social integration, bbPress forums, BadgeOS support, and WooCommerce integration to name a few.
The whole look and feel of the fully customizable theme are elegant yet powerful. Courses, lessons, and quizzes are neatly displayed. eLumine is a fully responsive theme and works perfectly on desktops as well as mobiles.
Priced at $99 for a single site 1-year license, eLumine is a steal if you want a state-of-the-art feature-rich theme for your LearnDash LMS.
2. Social Learner
Social Learner is a one-of-its-kind theme which is completely tailored to support a social learning environment.
With the focus on profiles, groups, networks, Social Learner puts collaboration and communication at the center of the learning process.
Built by a team that specialized in BuddyPress, Social Learner is built on top of the plugin and uses the LearnDash plugin to offer the full-fledged e-learning functionality. The theme also supports all of BuddyPress extensions and is highly customizable.
Priced at $129 for a single site license. The highlight of the theme is its unique user interface.
Academy by themex is not just a theme. It is a full-fledged learning management system. This premium theme has a clean and professional design tailor-made for any type of content or course you want to sell online.
Some of the features Academy provides are :
- Courses (subscriptions, certificates, ratings, students list, student progress, and statistics),
- Lessons (sample lessons, quizzes ),
- File attachments & self-hosted media,
- WooCommerce integration and more.
Academy has a powerful options panel that allows you to fully customize your website’s look and feel. You can dabble with fonts, backgrounds, slider settings, page layouts, and much more. Priced at $59 for a 1-year single site license, it is a worthy purchase if you’re looking for a simple and intuitive theme.
The WPLMS theme has been developed by VibeThemes and has great support features with regular updates.
WPLMS has a bold look and incorporates a slider which gives the users the ability to use a fullscreen content slider on the homepage. Course listing is neat and easy to navigate.
Course creation can also be done through the front end of the user’s website, saving precious time spent on the back end panel, making WPLMS easy to use.
Even the students have their own dashboard, allowing them to see their progress and content, all in one place.
WPLMS can be bought on ThemeForest for $69 for a 1-year single site license.
Invent is a theme built for educational institutions such as schools, colleges, and universities. The theme seamlessly works with LearnDash and supports SiteOrigin Page Builder to help you create and customize course content pages with ease.
Invent packs multiple custom post types (team members, sliders, gallery, pricing plans, testimonials etc), and has 60+ shortcodes. It also offers a premium shortcode builder to help you create and use your own shortcodes.
The theme is simple, lightweight and easy to customize and is available for purchase at $59 for a single site license.
6. Education WordPress Theme
Education WordPress Theme is one of the most popular Education themes on ThemeForest. It’s built on the plugin LearnPress and created by the same team that maintains the plugin ThimPress.
The theme offers various features such as:
- 10+ pre-built demos
- Events booking and management
- Mega menu support
- WooCommerce, BuddyPress, and bbPress support
The theme is completely responsive and supports two visual page builders (Visual Composer and SiteOrigin Page Builder). The highlight of this theme is that all of LearnPress’ premium add-ons are available along with the purchase of the theme.
Education WordPress theme is sold at $69 for a single site license per year but is also available at $19 per month with Envato hosting.
University is a complete LMS WordPress theme that offers a responsive design, slider support, Facebook & Disqus comments integration, event Management, course management, and a built-in events calendar.
A top-rated WordPress theme, University offers 7 homepage demos that can be easily imported onto your e-learning website. A powerful options panel can help you easily customize the theme and layouts can be created with its drag-drop page builder.
University is completely compatible with LearnDash and is priced at $59 for a single site yearly license. The theme is created and maintained by Cactus themes.
Buntington is a theme with a user-friendly interface built especially for those who do not have experience with WordPress.
Built on Bootstrap and Vafpress framework, Buntington sports a visual homepage builder, offers events and course management, contains a slider builder and supports galleries.
If you’re looking for a lightweight theme that’s quick to setup, Buntington might be the one for you. Priced at $40, the theme is built and supported by feeleep.
This powerful theme lives up to its name 😀
At the core of Guru lies a premium LMS plugin called Sensei, which makes Guru stand out from the other themes. With Sensei, you can create courses, lessons, and add quizzes with ease. You can also allow user registration, receive course analytics and reports straight from your dashboard. Guru also integrates with WooCommerce to sell courses easily.
Apart from WooCommerce and Sensei, Guru also integrates BuddyPress for Social profiles and MailChimp for email.
Guru is owned by designthemes and can be bought on ThemeForest for $59
10. Clever Course
Clever Course theme can be used for selling online as well as offline courses. Even training centers can use its onsite course feature. This makes it dynamic and multifunctional, thus making it suitable for schools, colleges, and other educational institutions.
One of its distinctive features is a Front-End student dashboard that displays student progress in a decent arranged layout. Clever Course supports PayPal, PayMill, Stripe and other payment gateways, making it easy for purchases. You can also provide certificates to students on successful course completion.
Clever Course is owned by GoodLayers and can be bought on ThemeForest for $63 (1-year single site)
Choosing a theme can be a tricky business because of the plethora of options available in the market. However, we recommend buying a newly released theme with all the latest features so that your precious website is up to date, offering your students a wholesome e-Learning experience.
What is your take on these 10 best themes for Learning Management Systems on WordPress? Do let us know your favorites in the comment section below!
Saud is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WooCommerce Hosting Platform. Saud is responsible for creating buzz, spread knowledge, and educate the people about WordPress in the Community around the globe. In his free time, he likes to play cricket and learn new things on the Internet. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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