LifterLMS Review – Launching an Online Course in WordPress

LifterLMS is a WordPress plugin that helps you build and sell your own online courses. LifterLMS is not just your run-of-the-mill WordPress online course plugin, it is a complete system, a learning management system for WordPress. LifterLMS is advertised as a fully-functional and easy to use solution for building and selling your own courses on your WordPress website.

According to the developers, what sets their plugin apart is how it solves the four problems that education entrepreneurs and e-teachers have;

  • LMS is easy to use.
  • ENGAGEMENT with their students based off of their actions and stages.
  • The ability to take and manage MEMBERSHIP, and have it integrated.
  • The ability to do E-commerce and have it integrated.

LifterLMS is the only learning management system that does all those 4 things together. This means with LifterLMS, you do not have to install 10 other plugins, this plugin is usable “out of the box”.

In this LifterLMS review, we will install the plugin, examine the features and try creating our own online course with the LifterLMS WordPress plugin.

LifterLMS – Under The Hood

LifterLMS has a very clean dashboard.


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Under the general tab, you can activate the plugin by entering the activation key, you also have the option of selecting different currencies.


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Under the courses tab, you can select a page for your courses. The plugin creates this for you when you get started if you want, you can also control how many courses to select per page.


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Under the membership tab,  you can select the membership page and restrict the site by already created membership levels.


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The account tab enables you customize the user account experience. You can select the account access page and edit the slugs for different actions in the user account.

You can enable user registration on the login page, allow students to use their email address for their username and other very useful options.


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The checkout tab enables you to select a checkout page.


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You can enable Paypal, and allow it show in a sandbox mode. It is already integrated, you just have to fill in the form with your API Username, Password and Signature.


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The email tab helps you manage your email settings; specify a sender’s email address, name, email footer text and a header image.


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Under the integration tab, you can enable BuddyPress and Woocommerce, both of which are well integrated into the plugin.

LifterLMS Features

LifterLMS comes packed with a lot of features. We can’t list them all without promoting the plugin, we will just list some of them.


LifterLMS enables you to use custom sidebars for your course or membership levels.


The learning management system allows you award badges to students based on lesson and course completion.


LifterLMS enables you to create member levels, add a price, offer a discount, set the discounted price period, set billing period, billing cycle and even billing frequency for recurring payments.

Student Profiles

LifterLMS student profiles are set so that students are never logged into the WordPress backend. They can view courses in-progress, certificates, and achievements.


We need a system to track everything. LifterLMS enables you to track orders received & you can easily issue refunds.

CoMobile Responsive Coupons

LifterLMS enables you create coupons, price coupons or percentage coupons, you can also set an expiry date for the coupon created. Mobile responsiveness is now a Google search ranking signal. Thankfully, LifterLMS is fully responsive across all devices.

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  • Functionality
  • Ease of Use
  • Speed
  • Pricing
  • Support


Here is our review of the LifterLMS WordPress plugin


LMS stands for learning management system, it is therefore expected that the core offering of the LifterLMS plugin depends on how robust and easy to use the learning management system is. The plugin comes with a lot of features and you might have the feeling that some of the features may be bogus, but they really aren’t. The plugin comes with more than enough features to create and manage an online course.

Ease of Use

The plugin has a quick start guide that creates necessary pages and points you towards the right direction when you activate the plugin. Every other thing is done following acceptable and general WordPress standards which makes the learning management system really easy to learn and use.


The LifterLMS plugin was set up on a test site and the impact on speed was very low when tested with the popular P3 performance plugin. The plugin itself is just a bit over 1mb and it does not add any significant weight on your load time.


The LifterLMS plugin costs a whooping $149.00 which is three times what buyers are used to paying for a WordPress plugin, is LifterLMS worth the price? I’m afraid this question would really depend on how important a learning management system is to you and your users.
I do not think that price is cheap, but if you are going to sell online courses, that price shouldn’t be too much to pay especially when the plugin is essential to your operations.


LifterLMS is developed by good people, they are not going to sell you the plugin and go quiet. They will guide you step by step through how to set up the whole system and help you out with any difficulties.


The LifterLMS plugin is a fantastic plugin, codeBox, the developers have put in a lot of effort into making this a complete plugin. An all-in-one solution is never easy to achieve, but LifterLMS really nailed it. The plugin could use more tweaking here and there to give users more control over the design, but when it comes to functionalities, the plugin is already adequate.

For $149, you get a complete and usable out-of-the-box solution to create and sell your own courses. I believe it is a fair investment.

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