Empowering Instructors with the LearnDash Frontend Course Creator: Secure and Efficient

    Nitansha Tanwar
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“Security should be built in, not bolt-on.”

Any LearnDash business owner with multiple instructors on their site knows the importance of giving limited access to course creators. This is because, currently in LearnDash, anyone who wants to create a course needs to navigate through the backend WordPress panel. Meaning, they have to go via complex WordPress settings to access the course builder.

Now, this would not have been a challenge if all course creators, SMEs, teachers, and trainers were tech-savvy and knew exactly what to do next. But that’s not always the case. 

For example — an instructor who wants to publish a course on “Creative Writing” may not know how to navigate through the backend settings to access the course builder.

So, exposing them to the backend while creating a course is not only overwhelming but putting your website at risk.  

But luckily there’s a cure. 

To make course creation and management less painful, you can use a front-end course builder in LearnDash.  

And LearnDash integrates seamlessly with the two most popular plugins with a course builder on the front end Instructor Role for LearnDash, and LearnDash Dashboard.

But before exploring each option, Let’s dive into some of the key features and benefits of using a frontend course builder.

Features and Benefits Of a Frontend Course Creator in LearnDash

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The core feature of a front-end course creator is that it limits the instructor’s access to the front end. Instructors don’t get exposed to the backend WordPress setting to access the course builder. And as a result, your website is more secure.

But for maximum speed and efficiency in the course creation process, it should also include all attributes of the traditional LearnDash course builder such as:-

Option to design a detailed and truly amazing course page:- 

You should be able to create a course page that clearly states the expected results of your course. You could list out the modules, lesson plans, and any extra course material that users peak before enrolling.

A drag-and-drop course builder with multimedia supports to create a course quickly:- 

It should be easy to quickly organize your course into lessons, topics, and quizzes. Moreover, using high-quality images, videos, and other resources to make every module interactive and rife with information.

Quiz builder to create engaging quizzes:-

A quiz builder on the front end to create engaging quizzes with single as well as multiple choice type questions.

Settings to manage courses on the go:-

Lastly, in addition to course creation, just like the traditional LearnDash course builder on the backend, a frontend course builder should also include all must-have course settings like — drip content, course access, flexible prerequisites, course sharing, and some optional content settings like adding additional course material or assigning a certificate.

In conclusion, the advantages of a frontend course creator include:

  • Increasing security for your LMS with limited access to the backend
  • Making the course creation process more streamlined and quicker
  • Simplifying advanced quiz building
  • Allowing non-tech-savvy instructors to manage courses like a Pro

With that in mind, let’s now explore the popular options…

Frontend course builders for LearnDash

LearnDash Dashboard


Developed by WBcomdesigns, LearnDash Dashboard is one of the easiest ways to let instructors create and manage courses from the front end. It comes with a personalized dashboard for all LearnDash users such as admins, instructors, group leaders, and students to monitor and manage all their LearnDash activities from a single place. For instructors, the dashboard comes with a frontend course builder that allows instructors to create and manage their courses without going into the WordPress backend.

It provides all the backend attributes on the front. Plus, some tooltips to help instructors.

You can check out the demo here, to see it in action.

Instructor Role for LearnDash

Instructor Dashboard

The Instructor Role for LearnDash is the most popular plugin used to add multiple instructors and create a course marketplace in LearnDash. Once logged in, instructors can access a personalized, secure dashboard with limited functionality and a brand-new front-end course creator to create and manage courses using only the front end of your site.

They can create courses, lessons, topics, and quizzes and also assign certificates to them. In addition to an easy-to-use drag-and-drop course builder, instructors also get access to a powerful quiz builder to create stunning quizzes. And lastly, it brings all the backend settings to the front in order to manage courses like a pro.

What’s unique about the Frontend Course Creator in Instructor Role for LearnDash is that the UI is so simple and intuitive that instructors can visualize the entire course structure. It speeds up the course creation process and helps them create a course within minutes.

Plus, it’s very easy to let external instructors ‘sign up’, become instructors, and start creating course content. They just need to register on your LMS. 

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Upon registration, instructors can access their dashboard and start creating the course using the new frontend course creator.

Want to see it in action? You can create a course using the demo here and also give us some feedback.

Read more: New in Instructor Role for LearnDash: Frontend Course Creator to build courses easily

Secure your website with a Frontend Course Creator

Did you know, 95% of cyberattacks are due to human error? (

But the power of a frontend course builder combined with LearnDash means that you can save your website from an unimaginable number of breaches. 

If you’re still using the backend LearnDash course builder, then this is your sign to save instructors from accidentally modifying any important settings in the backend.

Bring in a frontend course creator and let instructors intuitively create a course from scratch without diving into the backend settings.

To decide between LearnDash Dashboard and Instructor Role for LearnDash, you can refer to this article that compares the front-end course creation functionality in detail.

If you need more information, feel free to reach out to us.

And that’s it for today. I hope this article inspires you to take the first step in making your website more secure.

See you in the next one. 🙂

Nitansha Tanwar

Nitansha Tanwar

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