The importance of education is clearly showed in a famous sentence of George Washington Carver: “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom”. Nowadays, online education or learning management system becomes trending and more popular due to its benefits. If you go to ThemeForest – the biggest marketplace, with the “education” insert to the search bar, you can find more than 400 themes & templates in this aspect and more are coming. Therefore, picking the best one among them is not so easy because you have to consider from design to code quality, features, functionalities or even how good is their customer support system. In order to simplify this step, today I will give you a showcase of 5+ best education WordPress themes for universities, colleges, institution or for eLearning in 2016.
Education WP Theme
The 1st listed in our collection of best education WordPress themes is Education WP by ThimPress – a new rocket in the eLearning industry. Differently with other friends in the same field, Education WP uses LearnPress – the most wanted item in WordPress.org to manage its learning management system and education. This LMS plugin by ThimPress brings so much features: lightweight core, easy course creation, review system, multiple question types support, a pack of adds-on costing around $250, data portability…In order to sell paid courses, there are 3 method payments of Paypal, Stripe, Offline. You also can have another way to sell over the WooCommerce plugin.
The design of Education WP is so attractive and unique with amazing parallax, unlimited footer and layouts, unlimited color and skins, Google Fonts and Font-Awesome. Number of 5 existing homepage demos does not mean because you will have endless combination ability to combine those features into your own original website. To exchange information and discussion among learners and between learners and instruction, this WordPress education theme support bbBress. For event part, the built-in custom events plugin is intergrated to manage full functional events.
- Revolution Slider.
- Translation ready with RTL.
- Contact Form 7.
- Student Profile.
- Instructor Profile.
- Student Certificate on course completion.
- Coming soon feature.
- and so much more.
University – Education, Event and Course Theme
University by Cactusthemes is a WordPress theme for education, university, training centers, LMS, events, business and shopping with 7 demos support: University slider, Revolution Slider, Event Carousel, Metro Grid, Course Showcase, Edu business portfolio and online courses listing. Just choose one of them, you surely will have a similar website launched thank to one-click sample data. Even more, you will be able to build other unlimited demos with page builder. Courses and lessons are quickly created as separated custom post types by the installation of U-course plugin in which you can customize easily settings in the U-course setting page. Similarly, events, member and project parts of this education WordPress theme are operated by the U-event, U-member and U-project plugins respectively to have custom page types and settings. If you want to sell online courses and events, then WooCommerce plugin will help you sell tickets.
University comes with premium plugins of Slider Revolutions and Visual Composer which save you more than $50. In order to have more options to build pages and contents, this theme provides a wide range of shortcodes that you can optionally copy and paste into page and post contents, insert shortcode to Classic Editor using Cactus-Shortcode Icon or use Backend Editor from Visual Composer.
Apart from the above features, Univeristy WordPress theme is also compatible with LearnDash – very famous WordPress LMS plugin to have complete solution for online courses and bbPress to run forums and social networks. Furthermore, this template also supports translation ready with RTL, child theme, Contact Form 7, Mobile responsive and much more.
Masterstudy – Education Center WordPress Theme
Being released by StylemixThemes since the middle of 2015, Masterstudy currently becomes one of the best education WordPress themes with more than 1300 sales, 400 comments and 4.78 average buyer rating. The design is unique by the parallax & video background and FontAwesome icons. With one click into the Customize ajax located in the left, you can choose how to display the header type and header transparency or immediately apply one of 4 skin presets. Course system is managed by WooCommerce plugin in which you can treat courses as single products and create free and paid courses. The standard Content area with Visual Composer is used to write description of courses, where you can insert any shortcode you would like to display. The Paypal payment method is available in case you want to sell courses. There are 3 options to show your courses: grid layout, listing layout and single course layout. Besides that, the course review system is also supported so that students can leave a comment to any course they passed.
The powerful and easy to use theme options of Masterstudy are operated under the Redux framework which give you endless configuration options to affect core features. Besides, this WordPress education theme comes with custom sidebars and widgets to create your own page layout easily with shortcodes and widgets. The premium plugins of Revolution Slider and Visual Composer are also seamlessly intergrated here.
Polytechnic – Powerful Education, Courses & Events
The next one in our collection of best education WordPress themes today is Polytechnic by ThemeIsland which is working out of box. The Faculty members role can be easily assigned that they will have rights to add, edit, update their own courses & course information and modify their own personal information via WordPress dashboard log-in. Courses and catalogs are created and powered by the Polytechnic Courses plugin and Visual Composer in which the Course Details section is used to distinguish the course from others by information such as: Course Description, ID, Number, Name, Time, Days, Location, Prerequisites, etc. The Homework section by Visual Composer allows you for drag and drop editing and more dynamic contents: lecture notes, study guides, required reading…And then categories are created/assigned for each course and filter courses for each catalog. You also can search courses by the ajax search bar.
The white label login is working under the built in Custom Login Maker to provide the best perception and UI about your university or educational institution. More than that, this educational WP template comes with extended profile fields including: a custom profile photo uploader and faculty specific fields of department, title, specialty, and additional contact information. For students, who have take several courses with different teachers, the Advanced User Page & Course Sidebars will help you have more relevant and usable contents of office hours, contact info, and a list of their courses.
Similarly with above WordPress education themes, Polytechnic comes with Slider Revolution, Visual Composer, Contact Form, WooComerce plugins and Visual shortcodes. If you do not want to use any of them, just simply deactivate it. The theme is compatible with Sensei learning management plugin in case you want to run your LMS with this famous plugin. There are a lot of other awesome features about Polytechnic theme, you had better to visit below links.
Education Center – Training Courses WordPress Theme
Education Center by ThemeREX is specially built for universities, colleges, schools, as well as training and courses. The design of the theme is colorful and modern to attract visitors from the first sight. The style switcher is arranged in the front-page helping you quickly customize body styles, color scheme, color settings, background pattern, background image. Team and course are custom post types in which new elements can be created with ease. There are page options settings for each course to regulate specific course information like schedule, teacher and so on. In case you prefer another powerful learning management system to manage online courses and lessons, then you can think about of using LearnDash. Although this LMS WordPress plugin is not included in the package, you have opportunity to get 30% off coupon on the plugin. More than that a special rating system is also available to be easily integrated into any post or category. If you need completely different rating criteria relevant to different areas, then you can override the list of criteria in each category.
With 3 homepages and 10+ blog styles support, you will have plenty ways to display the website. This education WordPress theme is built on ThemeREX framework that provides unique settings inheritance and override system, shordcode buidelr, Visual Composer, custom theme options panel, media content manager, translation options, PO composer, WooCommerce ready and SEO ready. The event section of Education Center theme is powered by Tribe Events Calendar plugin which allows you to control all daily and monthly events. You also can search events via the search bar.