LearnDash is a popular Learning Management System (LMS) that can be used for anything from formal education to more casual online courses. If you’ve developed a web-based class or need to move your in-person training to a virtual environment, LearnDash is an excellent tool.
However, it is a plugin, so you’ll still need to build a WordPress website as well. Fortunately, creating a site is made more accessible by a large selection of themes that work well with LearnDash. These specialized solutions can help you to unlock the LMS’ potential and take advantage of its features.
Naturally, you’ll want to give your students the best learning experience possible. If that means a lot of discussion and collaboration, you might look for themes that focus on community-building. You also may want to consider how busy you’ll be running your training, and opt for a theme that makes setup simple.
To help you make the right choice, here are nine themes that, when paired with LearnDash, can help make your online course a success. Let’s get learning!
The first theme we’ll look at is Edubin. This tool is easy to use, despite coming with a lot of built-in features.
For example, Edubin enables you to share plenty of information about your teachers. You can use the list layout to showcase your entire faculty, along with their social media links. The teacher profile pages also have lots of room for photos and quick biographies.
If you’d like to hold events for your students, either online or in person, you might want to use Edubin’s dedicated page layouts. You can create a list of upcoming events, complete with a brief description and pricing information. There’s also a layout that you can dedicate to a single occasion. You can even include a registration link, so students can sign up right from the page.
Price: A license for Edubin starts at $49.
Divi has a well-earned reputation for being a quick theme to set up. Its LMS layout pack can get your online course up and running right away.
This layout pack includes a gorgeously-designed pricing page. You may want to take advantage of this feature if you offer tiered plans. Like the rest of the theme, you can style this section to match your branding. Your pricing page can also be used to advertise your course’s specific offerings.
If you provide a variety of classes, the courses page is an excellent way of displaying them neatly. Potential students can get more information on an individual class by clicking on its listing.
Price: A license for Divi is $89 for a year or $249 for lifetime access.
Edumodo is an education-focused solution that has a fun side. Your students will likely enjoy this theme’s features as much as they do your course material.
To get the ball rolling, Edumodo’s course progress graph offers a satisfying way for users to monitor where they’re at in your class. This is a strong visual indicator of how far they’ve come, and is great for increasing engagement and retention.
As students pass milestones in their studies, LearnDash’s automated email notifications can let them know about their achievements. To provide even more motivation, you can configure certificates of completion to be awarded at specific points in the course.
Price: A license for Edumodo starts at $59.
If your class requires a lot of collaboration, you might need some specialized features. Fortunately, Cera offers plenty of community-building capabilities.
For instance, Cera’s ‘Groups’ feature can be very useful for cooperative projects. You can add members to the group, and they’ll have a dedicated space to upload media and hold discussions. Each student can see the groups they’re in from their user dashboard.
You might also want to try Cera’s private forums for holding class discussions. This is an effective way of keeping online learners engaged with the class material, and with each other.
Price: A license for Cera starts at $59.
Like Cera, Gwangi prioritizes features that can help you to build a web-based community. This theme also comes with video tutorials to get you started on the right foot.
Students can see who their classmates are using Gwangi’s Learners Lists functionality. You can showcase new members, the most active individuals, or even a random selection of students. Clicking on any person’s photo will bring visitors to their profile.
Gwangi also enables your students to create their own blog posts. Blogging can be an effective way to further explore what they’re studying in your LearnDash course, and may even help them to connect with other members.
Price: A license for Gwangi starts at $59.
Part of what makes LearnDash such a powerful LMS is the amount of control it gives you over your content. Talemy is an excellent theme to partner with this plugin, as it provides you with similar control over your website.
With Talemy, you can get your website built quickly, thanks to its one-click demo imports and a wealth of pre-built page templates. There are also plenty of relevant widgets, including progress bars and a countdown timer.
To attract more students, you can use the included Slider Revolution plugin and give your site an exciting, modern look. This slider is easy to work with, and you can swap the images out easily to keep things fresh.
Price: A license for Talemy starts at $59.
Next up, we have Turitor. This is a flexible learning theme that can work for a wide variety of age groups.
In fact, Turitor comes with built-in layouts that are suitable for grade levels from kindergarten to college. You can get started with these templates, and then use the included Elementor builder to complete your vision.
If you’d like to display reviews from past students, Turitor also has you covered. It comes with a beautiful testimonials carousel element. This is an excellent feature for convincing visitors to sign up for your course.
Price: A license for Turitor starts at $37.
With University, you get a professional-looking theme that has a lot of style. It’s also quite flexible, while still being easy to work with.
University gives you plenty of options for displaying your class offerings. You can include images using the course grid shortcode. If you prefer a simpler layout, you can present your courses or lessons in a table format, and separate them by category.
Best of all, setting up this theme is simple. University comes with the Visual Composer builder, so you can drag and drop page elements until your site looks just the way you want it to.
Price: A license for University starts at $49.
Finally, we have Learn Plus. If you’re looking for a modern, visually-impressive LearnDash theme, this is a solution to check out.
Visual Composer and Slider Revolution are both included with this theme, which can make building a unique website a lot easier. You can even create video sliders to bring some style to your pages.
If you have multiple teachers, you use the ‘Course Instructors’ layout to introduce your staff. You’ll be able to add a bit of information about each teacher, and showcase their skills. You could also include a quick way for students to contact these instructors.
Price: A license for Learn Plus starts at $49.
After building the curriculum for an online class, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed at the thought of creating a website as well. However, choosing a specialized LearnDash theme can make this task a lot easier.
If your students will be doing a lot of collaboration, you might be able to make use of Cera’s many cooperative features. Alternatively, Talemy is an excellent choice if you’re on a tight schedule and need your site up and running quickly.
Do you have any questions about the themes we looked at today? Ask us in the comments section below!