The last time I wrote about the WPLMS theme it was in August. We had completed our first WPLMS project for a client around the time and were just about getting to know the system. While Akshay, our guy from the business development team was all gung-ho about the theme, given the fact that it was a ‘all-features-under-one-roof’ type of system our developers had their reservations!
The system was yet in its nascent stage, had it’s fair share of bugs and the end user response was not the best I would say. So, while we weren’t ready yet to proactively start recommending the theme to clients we were investigating the WPLMS theme further. We just wanted to wait a while before taking a call on the theme. And no brownie points for guessing this, but the wait was well worth it!!
The developers of the plugin have worked like a beaver to improve the all-in-one learning management system called WPLMS and have released as many as many as 8 versions since, with the number of updates and fixes combined to a sum of 153. Yes, that’s right! The developers of the theme seem to be dedicated to the goal of delivering a great product.
So, here’s a lowdown from my end on the 4 absolutely compelling reasons you should consider the WPLMS theme to meet your online learning management system needs.
But wait a minute. Don’t use this as your guide to choosing a Learning Management System. The process of choosing a Learning Management System is largely dependent on requirements which can differ substantially on a case by case basis.
4 Compelling Reasons to use the WPLMS Theme
1. Easy LMS Commercialization
- itThe WPLMS theme has been integrated with WooCommerce, one of the most widely used eCommerce plugin. This factor when coupled with the fact that WooCommerce is very easy to use makes the process of commercializing your learning management system effortless.
- So, if your primary intention is to start selling courses online and you are starting from a blank screen then the WPLMS theme is a good option.
- Of course that is assuming that your choice of eCommerce plugin is WooCommerce. Also, aspects such as expected user base should also be considered thoroughly while making the choice. You wouldn’t want your website to crash because WooCommerce cannot handle the burden right?
2. Good Value for Money
- If you are looking for a crisp and neat user interface then the WPLMS theme will not disappoint. The developers have incorporated an intuitive mega menu, a easy to locate search option, an image slider for the homepage and many such elements while keeping the design uncluttered. Furthermore, the WPLMS theme has been integrated with Visual Composer plugin making the process of creating customized pages effortless to say the least.
- The theme also provides the website admin with an option to incorporate both a social media platform as well as a discussion forum for enrolled users.
- The gamification factor has been introduced into the LMS by integrating it with the BadgeOS plugin.
- Further if you would like to offer courses based on membership then that option has been made available too.
- All in all, the design, layout and integrations when put together provide the user with a remarkable experience and a complete learning management system.
- This brings me to my deduction that the WPMLS theme is worth it’s price tag.
3. Top Notch Support
- The WPLMS theme has an active support team which addresses issues and queries swiftly, clearly and concisely.
- Users have an option to get their queries addressed either on the themeforest comment section or on the vibethemes support forum. And while they are raising their queries they can be sure to get a satisfactory reply from the theme owners.
- Here’s what their customers have to say!
4. The Masses are Saying So
- One tendency that we have as a customer is to get an overview of what the current users of a product or service are saying about any particular product. Here’s a sneak peek of the sentiment echoed by most users of the theme.
The WPLMS theme however requires a high learning curve from the web administrator’s perspective, and if you’re a newbie in the WordPress domain then you might want to consider getting professional help. Also, unlike other learning management systems, WPLMS has a high functionality dependency on third party plugins it has been integrated with. This should ideally not be the case as it requires for the plugins to remain activated even if they might not be required, thereby burdening the website unnecessarily.
The Final WordThe WPLMS theme definitely gets a thumbs up from my end for sure! Having said that though, do not dive into the system just because ‘X’, ‘Y’ or ‘Z’ have said so. Take your time and analyze your requirements. The following are some of the questions you might want to ask yourself while doing so.
- Am I in need of a theme or plugin?
- Do I have an already existing website which can be converted into an LMS?
- Do I need the diverse functionalities of WPLMS or will it just be a overhead?
- Do I need a specific plugin to work with my LMS?
- To what extent do I need to scale-up my eLearning website?
Probably, once you have these answers you might be able to decide more easily. Otherwise you can always use the comments section to get a practitioners perspective 😀
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