LifterLMS

Description

LifterLMS is a powerful WordPress LMS plugin that makes it easy to create, sell, and protect engaging online courses. The mission of LifterLMS is to democratize education in the digital classroom.

Extend and Enhance LifterLMS with Add-ons

Advanced

Courses + Community + Coaching = Engagement

Integrations

Integrate with the third-party tools you know and love

Design Tools

Make your learning platform beautiful

Support

Our world-class support has your back

Save Big with a Bundle

Save money while unlocking the full potential of your learning platform

Give LifterLMS a Try

Try LifterLMS and the premium add-ons before investing any time

LifterLMS Features

With LifterLMS and LifterLMS Add-ons you can…

Create Courses

  • Multimedia lessons
  • Quizzes
  • Course builder
  • Drip Content
  • Pre-requisites
  • Course tracks
  • Assignments (coming soon)
  • Quiz time limits
  • Student dashboard
  • Multi-instructor
  • Lesson downloads
  • Course import & export
  • Discussion areas
  • Instructional design
  • Forum integrations
  • Graphics pack
  • Course reviews

Build an Education-Based Business

  • Credit card payments
  • One-time payments
  • Recurring payments
  • Payment plans
  • Unlimited pricing models
  • PayPal
  • Subscriptions
  • Checkout
  • Free courses
  • Course bundles
  • Private coaching upsells
  • Coupons
  • Bulk sales
  • Affiliate ready
  • Native sales pages
  • Offline sales
  • Customizable enrollment
  • Country and currency
  • E-commerce dashboard
  • Credit card management
  • Subscription switching
  • Payment switching

Engage Your Students

  • Achievement bages
  • Certificates
  • Peronalized email
  • Social learning
  • Private coaching
  • Text messaging

Offer Memberships

  • Sitewide membership
  • Course bundles
  • Traditional memberships
  • Automatic course enrollment
  • Bulk course enrollment
  • Content restrictions
  • Members-only payment plans
  • Private group discussions
  • Members-only forums

Integrate with the Tools You Need

  • Payment gateways
  • Email marketing
  • Forums
  • Mobile friendly
  • Use any theme
  • Built for compatibility
  • CRMs
  • E-learning authoring tools
  • Tin Can API (xAPI)

Secure and Protect Your Content

  • Course protection
  • User account management and registration
  • Members-only content
  • Restricted access
  • Password management
  • Self-hosted

Own and Manage Your Platform

  • Detailed reporting
  • Gradebook
  • Email notifications
  • Bulk enrollments
  • Student management
  • Access management
  • Web design management
  • Branding & Typography
  • LMS Roles
  • Security
  • Require terms
  • Scaleable
  • Layout
  • Testing tools

Get Support

  • Technical support
  • Live office hours
  • Free training courses
  • Setup wizard
  • Detailed documentation
  • Dynamic resources
  • Demo course
  • System analyzer
  • User community
  • Developer ecosystem

Further Reading

Join Our Growing Community

When you download LifterLMS, you join a thriving community of education entrepreneurs, developers, and WordPress enthusiasts. We’re one of the fastest growing open source eLearning communities online, and you are welcome here.

If you’re interested in contributing to LifterLMS, head over to the LifterLMS GitHub Repository to find out how you can pitch in.

Want to add a new language to LifterLMS? Swell! You can contribute at translate.wordpress.org.

Also I’d like to invite you to the LifterLMS VIP Facebook group so you can check out what other LifterLMS users are up to and ask questions to the community.

Screenshots

  • LifterLMS Courses
  • LifterLMS Pricing Tables
  • LifterLMS Checkout
  • LifterLMS Lessons
  • LifterLMS Achievement Earned
  • LifterLMS Achievement Badges
  • LifterLMS Quiz Results
  • LifterLMS Student Dashboard
  • LifterLMS Certificates
  • LifterLMS Sales Reporting
  • LifterLMS Student Reporting
  • LifterLMS Enrollment Reporting
  • LifterLMS Sidebar Widgets
  • LifterLMS Subscription Management
  • LifterLMS Settings
  • LifterLMS Course Builder
  • LifterLMS Lesson Settings
  • LifterLMS Engagements
  • LifterLMS Email Engagements
  • LifterLMS Course Access Plans
  • LifterLMS Update Upcoming Order Details
  • LifterLMS Lock Down Non LMS Content with Memberships
  • LifterLMS Membership Course Bundles and Auto Enrollment
  • LifterLMS Business to Business Bulk Enrollment Activations with Vouchers

Installation

Minimum System Requirements

LifterLMS Requires

  • PHP 5.6 or later
  • MySQL 5.6 or later
  • WordPress 4.0 or later

Visit our full system requirements for additional information.

Automatic Installation

This is the simplest way to install LifterLMS as it utilizes WordPress to handle file transfers and you never need to leave the web browser or admin panel.

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Plugins -> Add New
  3. In the search field type “LifterLMS” and click “Search Plugins”
  4. Once you’ve located LifterLMS click “Install Now”
  5. Once installation is complete, click “Activate”

Manual Installation

To manually install LifterLMS you’ll need to download the zip file using the “Download” link on this screen. You’ll then need to use FTP to manually upload the files to the proper directory on your webserver.

Please see this WordPress Codex document for full instruction on Manual Plugin Installation.

Setup Wizard

After installing LifterLMS for the first time you will be redirected to the Setup Wizard. This wizard will walk quickly configure LifterLMS so you can get to course creating as quickly as possible. At the conclusion you’ll have the option to import a sample course.

You can return to the setup wizard at any time by following these steps.

FAQ

Installation Instructions

Minimum System Requirements

LifterLMS Requires

  • PHP 5.6 or later
  • MySQL 5.6 or later
  • WordPress 4.0 or later

Visit our full system requirements for additional information.

Automatic Installation

This is the simplest way to install LifterLMS as it utilizes WordPress to handle file transfers and you never need to leave the web browser or admin panel.

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Plugins -> Add New
  3. In the search field type “LifterLMS” and click “Search Plugins”
  4. Once you’ve located LifterLMS click “Install Now”
  5. Once installation is complete, click “Activate”

Manual Installation

To manually install LifterLMS you’ll need to download the zip file using the “Download” link on this screen. You’ll then need to use FTP to manually upload the files to the proper directory on your webserver.

Please see this WordPress Codex document for full instruction on Manual Plugin Installation.

Setup Wizard

After installing LifterLMS for the first time you will be redirected to the Setup Wizard. This wizard will walk quickly configure LifterLMS so you can get to course creating as quickly as possible. At the conclusion you’ll have the option to import a sample course.

You can return to the setup wizard at any time by following these steps.

Are there any troubleshooting steps you’d suggest I try that might resolve my issue before I post a new thread?

First, make sure that you’re running the latest version of LifterLMS. And if you’ve got any other LifterLMS extensions or themes, make sure those are running the most current version as well.

The most common issues we see are either plugin conflicts, theme conflicts, or outdated servers. You can test if a plugin or theme is conflicting by manually deactivating other plugins until just LifterLMS is running on your site. If the issue persists from there, revert to the default Twenty Fifteen theme. If the issue is resolved after deactivating a specific plugin or your theme, you’ll know that is the source of the conflict. If it is a hosting issue, contact your web host and make sure they’re running the most current version of PHP.

Also be sure to check out the official LifterLMS Knowledge Base.

I’m still stuck. Where do I go to file a bug or ask a question?

Users of the free LifterLMS should post their questions in the plugin’s WordPress.org forum. If you find you’re not getting support in as timely a fashion as you wish, you might want to consider purchasing a LifterLMS Pro license.

If you’re already a LifterLMS Pro user or you have purchased one of the LifterLMS themes or extensions, you’re entitled to log into your account and contact the support team directly on the LifterLMS website. We can provide a deeper level of support here and address your needs on a daily basis during the work week. Generally, except in times of increased support loads, we reply to all comments within 12 business hours.

LifterLMS is awesome! Can you set it all up for me?

Yes. You can get an instant quote for the team at LifterLMS to set everything up for you through our signature Done For You service. Get an instant quote through our automated quote generation tool on the LifterLMS website services page.

I’m interested in LifterLMS Pro, another LifterLMS extension, or a LifterLMS theme, but there are a few questions I’ve got before making the purchase. Can you help me get those addressed?

Absolutely. If you’re not finding your questions answered on the product pages, you can ask your presales questions through this contact form. You can also connect live with a member of our team here.

What add-ons are available for LifterLMS, and where can I read more about them?

You can find a full list of officlai LifterLMS Add-ons here

I have a feature idea. What’s the best way to tell you about it?

We care about your feature ideas and what you have to say. You can request a feature, vote on existing feature requests, and checkout the product roadmap.

I still have questions. Where can I find answers?

Be sure you’ve taken the free tutorial training video course: How to Create an Online Course with LifterLMS.

Reviews

VERY BAD EXPERIENCE

I read alot about this pluglin. Yes it is free but, it makes my fine working website a nightmare.
After installing this, one or two days are ok, then whenever someone want to open the website it shows Black and White Screen, then when they clear the cookies then the website opened correctly.
Please check training.techvardhan.com it still have lifter lms and still having same problem.

When I remove lifter lms plugin then the website works all fine. Its all because of LIFTER LMS.
Please don’t install this plugin.

Worst Plugin Ever

Still having issues with 404s. Went to their website and they said to flush permalink. Non logged in users can’t see the main page of the website. So I decided to remove the plugin. It left all sorts of user types and pages. I’m ok with the pages but now I have to remove these user types that it should have removed.

The worst plugin I’ve ever seen. Shameful

What all LMS softwares should aspire to be!

As a former School Teacher, professional User Experience Designer, and current online course creator – I can honestly attribute much of our success to LifterLMS and it’s consideration for multiple learning modalities, UI/UX out of the box, and natural student Engagement opportunities.

I only wish we started with it right from the start, instead of 5 months in on a massive redesign for the better! It’s exceeded all my expectations, increased student engagement, lowered our refund rate, and is a breeze for our team to use.

In less than 10 months we’ve gone from $0 to $300K in revenue with LifterLMS playing a huge part in that!! I’m looking forward to everything that comes next from the creators of LifterLMS!!

Everything to get up and running in one package

Instead of having to use several plugins to build a membership based learning site all that was needed was Lifter LMS. Other plugins tried for the project were clunky and limiting. However with LifterLMS the membership options are almost limitless and the overall setup process is sophisticated. It takes a deep dive to get all the benefits but once the learning curve is past the power inside this plugin will be a huge benefit. This challenge is one of the reasons it didn’t get a five out of five stars. However there is extensive documentation tutorials and a knowledge base that helps to get up to speed.

Great concept… but

The quizzes, ease of use, design, and GUI of the LMS is great. That’s the positive side. Support is not timely and usually not very helpful. The quizzes create multiple calls to admin-ajax and even after gzip compression and limiting heartbeat, we still get multiple stalls and timeouts because it’s not able to load the admin-ajax file.

Lifter LMS is a very well-designed program and is easy to learn. The lack of admin control over students, students progress, admin testing ability, and multiple stalling doesn’t have me confident about this plugin.

Looks good…but

I was very excited about this plugin. I started using it, and it looked fine for my needs. Then I couldn’t add a payment gateway without paying $99 for their integration plugin. If you’re going to have a plugin that is targeting people who sell online courses, it should be noted up front that in order to sell a course a premium add on has to be added. I now have to work on uninstalling and finding another platform. I might have actually purchased if the company had been honest in the description in the first place.

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Contributors & Developers

“LifterLMS” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“LifterLMS” has been translated into 15 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “LifterLMS” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.

Changelog

v3.23.0 – 2018-08-27

Access Plan & Pricing Table Template Improvements

  • The pricing table template has been split into multiple templates which are now rendered via action hooks. No visual changes have been made but if you’ve customized the template using a template override you’ll want to review the template changes before updating!
  • New action hooks are available to modify the rendering of access plans in course / membership pricing tables.

    • llms_access_plan: Main hook for outputting an entire access plan within the pricing table
    • llms_before_access_plan: Called before main content of access plan. Outputs the “Featured” area of plans
    • llms_acces_plan_content: Main access plan content. Outputs title, pricing info, restrictions, and description
    • llms_acces_plan_footer: Called after main content. Outputs trial info and the checkout / enrollment button
  • Added filters to the returns of many of the functions in the LLMS_Acces_Plan model.

  • Minor improvements made to LLMS_Access_Plan model

Updates and Enhancements

  • Improved handling of empty blank / empty data when adding instructors to courses and memberships
  • Added filters to the “Sales Page Content” type options & functions for courses and memberships to allow 3rd parties to define their own type of sales page functionality
  • Added filters to the saving of access plan data
  • Improved the HTML and added CSS classes to the access plan admin panel html view

Bug Fixes

  • Fixes issue causing the “Preview Changes” button on courses to lock the “Update” publishing button which prevents changes from being properly saved.gi
  • Fixed issue causing PHP errors when viewing courses / memberships on the admin panel when an instructor user was deleted
  • Fixed issue causing PHP notices when viewing course / membership post lists on the admin panel when an instructor user was deleted
  • Fixed issue causing PHP warnings to be generated when viewing the user add / edit screen on the admin panel
  • Fixed an issue which would cause access plans to never be available to users. This bug didn’t affect any existing installations except if you wrote custom code that called the LLMS_Access_Plan::is_available_to_user() method.

Template Updates

v3.22.2 – 2018-08-13

  • Fixed issue causing banners on general settings screen to cause a fatal error when api connection errors occurred
  • Improved CSS on setup wizard

v3.22.1 – 2018-08-06

  • Fix issue causing themes to appear as requiring updates when using the LifterLMS Helper

v3.22.0 – 2018-07-31

  • Frontend notifications are no longer powered by AJAX requests. This change will significantly reduce the number of requests made but will remove the ability for students to receive asynchronouos notifications. This means that notifications will only be displayed on page load as notification polling will no longer occur while a student is on a page (while reading the content a lesson, for example).
  • Course and membership catalogs items in navigation menus will now have expected CSS classes to identify current item and current item parents
  • The admin panel add-ons screen has been reworked to be powered by the lifterlms.com REST api
  • Some visual changes have been made to the add-ons screen
  • The colors on the voucher screen on the admin panel have been updated to match the rest of the interfaces in LifterLMS

v3.21.1 – 2018-07-24

  • Fixed issue causing visual issues on checkout summary when using coupons which apply discounts to a plan trial
  • Fixed issue causing .mo files stored in the languages/lifterlms safe directory from being loaded before files stored in the default location languages/plugins
  • Added methods to integration abstract to allow integration developers to automatically describe missing integration dependencies
  • Tested to WordPress 4.9.8

Template Updates

v3.21.0 – 2018-07-18

Updates and Enhancements

  • Added new actions before and after global login form HTML: llms_before_person_login_form & llms_after_person_login_form
  • Settings API can now create disabled fields
  • Added new actions to the checkout form: lifterlms_pre_checkout_form && lifterlms_post_checkout_form
  • Added CRUD functions for interacting with data located in the wp_lifterlms_user_postmeta table
  • Replaced various database queries for CRUD user postmeta data with new CRUD functions
  • Added new utility function to allow splicing data into associative arrays

Bug Fixes

  • If all user information fields are disabled, the “Student Information” are will now be hidden during checkout for logged in users instead of displaying an empty information box
  • Fixed plugin compatibility issue with Advanced Custom Fields
  • Fixed issue causing multiple choice quiz questions to require a double tap on some iOS devices
  • Fixed incorrectly named filter causing section titles to not display on student course reporting screens
  • We do not advocate using PHP 5.5 or lower but if you were using 5.5 or lower and encountered an error during bulk enrollment we’ve fixed that for. Please upgrade to 7.2 though. We all want faster more secure websites.

Template Updates

v3.20.0 – 2018-07-12

  • Updated user interfaces on admin panel for courses and memberships with relation to “Enrolled” and “Non-Enrolled” student descriptions
  • “Enrolled Student Description” is now the default WordPress editor
  • “Non-Enrolled Student Description” is now the “Sales Page”
  • Additional options for sales pages (the content displayed to visitors and non-enrolled students) have been added:
    • Do nothing (show course description)
    • Show custom content (use a WYSIWYG editor to define content)
    • Redirect to a WordPress page (use custom templates and enhance page builder compatibility and capabilities)
    • Redirect to a custom URL (use a sales page hosted on another domain!)
  • Tested to WordPress 4.9.7

v3.19.6 – 2018-07-06

  • Fix file load paths in OptimizePress plugin compatibility function

v3.19.5 – 2018-07-05

  • Fixed bug causing select2 multi-selects from functioning as multi-selects
  • Fixed visual issue with select2 elements being set without a width causing them to be both too small and too large in various scenarios.
  • Fixed duplicate action on dashboard section template

Template Updates

v3.19.4 – 2018-07-02

Updates and enhancements

  • Bulk enroll multiple users into a course or membership from the Users table on your admin panel. See how at https://lifterlms.com/docs/student-bulk-enrollment/
  • Added event on builder to allow integrations to run trigger events when course elements are saved
  • Added general redirect method llms_redirect_and_exit() which is a wrapper for wp_redirect() and wp_safe_redirect() which can be plugged (and tested via phpunit)
  • Added new action called before validation occurs for a user account update form submission: llms_before_user_account_update_submit
  • Removed placeholders from form fields. Fixes a UX issue causing registration forms to appear cluttered due to having both placeholders and labels.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed issue allowing nonce checks to be bypassed on login and registration forms
  • Fixed issue causing a PHP notice if the registration form is submitted without an email address and automatic username generation is enabled
  • Fixed issue preventing email addresses with the “‘” character from being able to register, login, or update account information
  • Fixed typo in automatic username generation filter lifterlms_generated_username (previously was lifterlms_gnerated_username)
  • Fixed issue causing admin panel static assets to have a double slash (//) in the assest URI path
  • FIxed issue allowing users with view_lifterlms_reports capability (Instructors) to access sales & enrollment reporting screens. The view_others_lifterlms_reports capability (Admins & LMS Managers) is now required to view these reporting tabs.
  • Updated IDs of login and registration nonces to be unique. Fixes an issue causing Chrome to throw non-unique ID warnings in the developer console. Also, IDs are supposed to be unique anyway but thanks for helping us out Google.

View the full changelog