The hotness of education is growing day by day due to its importance. In previous posts, we have made several WordPress educational theme comparisons such as Education WP vs MasterStudy, Education WP vs University. Continuing this series, today I would like to give you another comparison between Education WP by ThimPress and LMS by Designthemes. And here we start!
Education WordPress themes: Education WP compared LMS
|Course management||LearnPress plugin (free)||
Sensei compatible (extra $129 purchase)
S2 member plugin
|Course search & Rating||Yes||Yes|
|Event||Thim Event – Countdown plugin||Free & pro events calendar|
|Number of demos||9||2|
|Slider builder||Revolution Slider||
|Page builder||SiteOrigin||Visual Composer|
|Translation ready + RTL||Yes||Yes|
Education WP vs LMS: Differences
Course Management and Payment Methods
The main part of a WordPress educational theme is course creation. For LMS theme, there are 2 options for you to create courses. The first one is by default courses/ built-in courses which are packed in the theme. In order to process payment for paid courses, s2Member plugin will take care the job via the default PayPal gateway. With this option, you still can quickly create courses, lessons, quizzes and customize settings…however in the future, if you want to change to another eLearning education theme, you will struggle with the data portability issues. There is high possibility for you to lost all the data and surely it is not nice at all. The 2rd way to manage courses of LMS is using SenSei plugin by Woothemes. It is very powerful eLearning plugin with amazing features such as easy content creation, quick user registration, courses analysis, quiz grading and 7 other extensions. In order to process payments and purchases, SenSei will work along with WooCommerce to fulfill the task. The only problem here is this is a premium plugin therefore you have to purchase it additionally with the price of 129$. Besides that, using the whole WooCommerce eCommerce system for the payment here is a little bit heavy load for your education site.
For Education WP theme, the course system is operated by LearnPress plugin by ThimPress too. This is the no. 1 eLearning plugin on the official WordPress plugin directory . It comes with so many awesome features such as super course creation and management, multisite support, lightweight core, data portability, scalability with pluggable and playable adds-on, easy to use interface for better UX and UI, frequent updates, premium support. Just purchase Education WP, around $250 valued adds-on will be offered for you freely. If you want to update or switch to any WordPress educational theme, your LMS data will still remain there to move. In order to sell courses, there are two ways for you to do: direct payment via PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.net or Offline payment by LearnPress add-ons or payment via WooCommerce plugin. This advance feature will help minimize load for your website and it is fact that Google search engines highly appreciates lightweight websites.
The demo part of these two education WordPress themes is taken into this comparison. LMS theme comes with only 2 demos: default demo for default/ built-in course and SenSei demo for course system using SenSei plugin. In the meanwhile, Education WP includes 9 pre-built demos: Learning Hub, Training Center, University, One Instructor, One Course, Boxed and RTL. ThimPress’ developers announced that they will continue building other demos to cover all topics related to education such as College, School, Kindergarten, ..
The initial intention of ThimPress about Education WP is to build the best, easy to use and lightweight WordPress educational theme. They applied many ways and methods to maintain this purpose. Using SiteOrigin plugin to build pages and contents is one of their wise decisions. Although this plugin is free, it is the best page builder plugin on WordPress directory. Highly efficient codes are automatically generated for you, therefore it is not necessary for you to know about coding. More than that, this plugin is very lightweight to reduce load for your server.
On the other side, LMS theme uses Visual Composer to carry out the same task. This is a no.1 premium plugin on CodeCanyon with amazing features such as: front-end and back-end editors, drag & drop interface, easy to add content and powerful page builder. Visual Composer is packed freely in LMS theme. This plugin comes with more shortcodes and a little bit heavier, therefore it is more suitable for people with technical background.
WordPress Education Theme Comparison: Similarities of Education WP and LMS
Best WordPress Themes for LMS, Education, Universities, Schools, Centers
LMS by Designthemes was created since September 2014. Currently this theme reaches to nearly 2400 sales and has very high average rating of 4.49. Education WP by ThimPress has newly released since December of 2015. After only two and a half month, it is put in the popular list of Envato with more than 800 sales and 4.94 average rating. Both these two themes are considered as the best choices for websites of LMS, education, universities, schools, kindergarten, centers.
Amazing course features
As mentioned before, the most important part of a WordPress educational theme is course. Both these two themes comes with great course features to make a successful website such as:
- Course search and sorting via Ajax search bar.
- Quick and easy course creation.
- Course rating and review.
- Certificate upon course completion.
- Popular courses sticky.
Awesome features for an eLearning Education WordPress theme
Looking at the above comparison table, you can figure out common features that both two themes have:
- Revolution Slider: to display every images in the best quality and effect.
- BuddyPress compatible: to create a social education website.
- Able to create and manage events professionally via plugins.
- Amazing mega menu: to provide best navigation experience for users.
- Translation ready with RTL support: to bring your education website closer to the whole world.
- SEO optimized: to index your education website in the first pages of Google search engines.
- Mobile friendly: to ensure the perfect look of your site in any equipment.
- Contact Form 7 ready: help users contact you easily.
- Best quality of customer support: to quickly handle all your problem.
- Live Preview Customizer: to have actual look and feel before applying any change.
Which WordPress educational theme is better?
Honestly, this is a difficult question. Therefore, I will leave the answers for all of you because each person will have different feeling and purpose. And now, you had better to go to ThemeForest to read more information and visit the demo of Education WP and LMS, then kindly give your thoughts by commenting below.