WordPress LMS Themes Comparison and Review

If you’re an entrepreneurial educator and looking for WordPress themes comparison, I want you to know that I will continue to update this page as new WordPress LMS themes are released into the WP ecosystem.

There are WordPress themes and there are WordPress plugins. In this review we are only going to look at only WordPress LMS themes. In theory a WordPress LMS plugin can work with any theme like Sensei or LearnDash, but this article is about strictly WordPress LMS themes.

In a recent forum post you can see the popular WordPress theme marketplace Themeforest is incentivising developers and designers to create WordPress LMS themes.

Sales of WordPress LMS themes on themeforest are way above average, which signals incredible high demand for WordPress LMS themes.

I am not presenting these themes in an unbiased order. I do have an opinion on what is best and will share my thoughts. My top pick is first.

1) Academy WordPress LMS theme

Academy – Learning Management Theme WordPress LMS 11-56-45


Theme Description: Academy is a perfect theme for sharing and selling your knowledge online. It’s not just a theme, but learning management system that makes learning and teaching online easier for everyone… Read more→

Click here to read what others are saying about this WordPress LMS theme

My Opinion: This is the best WordPress LMS theme currently on the market. I use it here for myself and many of my web clients use it. The support from the plugin author is the best I’ve ever seen too.


2) WPLMS theme

WPLMS WordPress LMS theme


Theme Description: WPLMS is not just a WordPress Theme but a advanced Learning Management System. This theme utilises the maximum potential of WordPress + BuddyPress + BBPress + WooCommerce. It is a powerful theme with lot of flexible and usable features. It comes with custom plugins specifically designed for this theme to work as a powerful Learning management system. Built with HTML5 and CSS3, WPLMS has many unique features … Read more→

Click here to read what others are saying about this WordPress LMS theme

My Opinion: This theme has a lot of promise. It’s more complicated than Academy which is good for the extra features, but bad for ease of use and clean code. It’s also built to be more like an online course marketplace like Udemy. I’ve been watching this theme evolve and must say I’m impressed with how the creator keeps iterating it based on customer feedback. This theme could move up to the number one spot, but I’d like to see the design cleaned up a bit, and see some of the complexity minimized a bit.


If enough people want me to create a detailed online video course about how to build a WordPress LMS site from scratch I will …

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Chris Badgett of Badgett Web Design

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  1. Ram

    You can add our theme also – http://themeforest.net/item/lms-responsive-learning-management-system

    Hope it is worth comparing!

  2. michael

    Thanks a ton for this review and the link to your example site. It was by far the most relevant I have found (though still on the second page of google for search of “WordPress LMS Theme review” .

    I offer something similar to what you are doing on your organic site.

    My big struggle right now is trying to figure out if I want to go the LMS plugin route or the theme route. Every couple years I like to update a theme, and I am not sure I want my LMS to lock me into a specific theme.

    Thanks again. Have a good one.

  3. Sandy

    HI Chris, I’ve been scouring your blog to learn all I can about LMS on WordPress. I LOVE the information you’ve provided here. It’s among the most helpful of websites I’ve visited on the topic!

    Currently, I have WP Courseware installed and have developed a few courses on it. I’ve realized that a lot more people can be helped if I allow other people to create courses (have multiple instructors helping with Learning Abled Kids’ needs), so I’m investigating the Academy WP Theme and WPLMS as options.

    I have two questions I haven’t been able to find answers for, so I thought you might be able to provide answers.

    1) Can the current WP Courseware be retained and converted into the new theme without difficulty? Or, would the courses have to be rebuilt from scratch in the new theme?

    2) When you have other instructors, like you do on your http://organiclifeguru.com/ site, are the earnings able to be split between you and the instructor? I’m thinking I might eventually end up having enough traffic to require more space and processing ability from my host, so I’d want a way to cover that expense through some sort of course hosting fee.

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    P.S. Feel free to email me privately–I was investigating your fees and was curious about how much it might cost to get your help in converting my WP Courseware site to an Academy or WPLMS site.. My current learning platform is hosted on my .us site rather than my main site.

    • Chris Badgett

      Hey Sandy,

      Thank you for the kind words.

      1) WP Courseware is a WordPress LMS plugin like LifterLMS and is therefore portable between themes in theory. Not all WordPress themes are created equal and sometimes conflicts arise. We created this post for the LifterLMS community about themes that we know work well with our WordPress LMS plugin: http://blog.lifterlms.com/version-1-0-3-now-available/

      2) Currently I manage the accounting and revenue share manually on Organic Life Guru. Both Academy and WPLMS allow multi instructor. I have yet to see a system that makes the accounting part easy or automated. There is a lot of demand for this in the WordPress community and is one of the things we are working on with our WordPress LMS themes that integrates with LifterLMS.

      I’ll send you an email about converting your site.

      For anyone reading this, the best place to reach me and my team directly is on this page.