In the list of 5+ best WordPress education themes last time, Education WP by ThimPress and University by cactusthemes were put in the 1st and 2nd listing. Besides that, a detailed review about Education WP also was introduced to you. In order to help you have deeper information about WordPress education themes, in my post today, I would like to give you a comparison about Education WP and University themes.
Education WordPress Themes compared Education WP with University
|Course management||LearnPress plugin (free)||
U-Course plugin (free)
LearnDash campatible (Paid)
|Ajax course search||Yes||Yes|
|Certificate upon completion||Yes||Yes|
|Member / user control||Via WordPress user management||Via U-Member plugin|
|Event||Thim Event – Countdown plugin||U-event plugin|
|Number of demos||7||7|
|Page builder||SiteOrigin||Visual Composer|
|Translation ready + RTL||Yes||Yes|
|bbPress & BuddyPress compatible||Yes||Yes|
Looking into the comparison table above, you can have a full control over features of these 2 WordPress education themes. I am planning to split my posts into 2 parts: their similarities and differences. And now, let dig deeper to see what are inside?
The Similarities of Education WP and University WordPress Themes
Both Education WP and University are WP themes for education system, LMS, university, colleges, schools and other institutions. These two templates comes with 7 pre-built homepage demos: Course Hub, One Instructor, One Course, University, Training Center, RTL and Boxed for Education WP; University slider, Revolution Slider, Event Carousel, Metro Grid, Course Showcase, Edu Business Porfolio, Online Courses Listing for University theme. More than that, they all are built from big heart & soul and currently are best selling education WordPress themes on ThemeForest because a lot of amazing features are intergrated here such as:
- Course search via Ajax bar: to help users/ learners easily find necessary courses by entering keywords.
- Certificate issued for learners upon completion.
- Slider Revolution: saving $18 to display images and contents with high amination, resolution and quality.
- bbPress and BuddyPress compatible: to create great learning environment via forums and social media.
- SEO optimized: to get high raking in search engines by optimizing code, heading, title, tags, images…
- Mobile friendly & Retina ready: to ensure great look of your website in any sized equipments.
- Translation Ready: via WPML and even RTL.
- One click demo importer: to quickly import demo data just in minutes.
- Contact Form 7: to help users/ learners get in contact easily with you.
- MailChimp intergration: a sign-up method to your education and LMS site.
The Differences between Education WP and University
Course Management and Course Selling
The first different thing is course management and selling of these two themes. Education WP uses LearnPress, in the meanwhile, University has 2 options: either U-course plugin or LearnDash. From my point of view, I prefer LearnPress because you will find amazing and features for your learning management system. LearnPress is the 1st leading star WordPress LMS plugin in the Official WordPress.org directory which has been developed by ThimPress also. The improved UI & UX, data portability and scalability are great things that you will not find easily in any current eLearning plugins. Just purchase Education WP, you will have right to own a pack of 8 premium adds-on of LearnPress costing around 250$. Furthermore, LearnPress is very lightweight core to help reduce the loading for your site. In spite of being free of charge, this LMS WordPress plugin is still updated frequently and supported like other premium items. In order to sell courses, Education WP takes advantages of WooCommerce eCommerce or if you do not want to carry on a whole eCommerce system, you will have other choices to pay directly over PayPal, Stripe, 2Checkout.
For University, U-course plugin by Cactusthemes is used. It is very easy for you to create courses and customize settings. However, if you need more powerful features, this plugin can not offer for you as much as LearnPress. Besides that, you also will have choice to use Learndash for your learning management system because this plugin is compatible with University. However, LearnDash is a premium item, you will need an extra purchase. In order to sell courses, University theme can only process the payment via WooCommerce plugin.
Member and User Control
This is another difference between these two templates. Education WP uses the default users management from the WordPress dashboard to manage their users. From here, you can easily add new members and update profile. In the meanwhile, University theme uses U-member plugin to manage speakers of events or lecturers of courses. Considering this aspect, University is better than Education WP because you will have more features such as: more statistics, better UX & UI, more options in profile part, add new member by shortcodes…However, ThimPress developers states that they will update this part in the version 1.0 with better user dashboard, more statistics and better UX & UI…
The last different feature is how these two WordPress education themes create pages and posts. If Education WP uses SiteOrigin – a famous free plugin on the Official WordPress directory, University uses Visual Composer – a premium item of 24$. SiteOrigin requires less coding knowledge because it mix and match blocks to build pages and posts. On the other side, Visual Composer need deeper technical understanding from you and it also will give you more flexible tools.
Which Education WordPress theme is better?
This is always a difficult to answer because University has longer history and higher sales amount but ThimPress also is an experienced author of eLearning and education products with LearnPress, eLearning WP and now Education WP. However, considering about the learning management system, Education WP is better due to the support of LearnPress and a lot of nice features that this plugin brings along. Anyway, make a try and do not forget to leave your thoughts. about these two WordPress education themes.