To help one million course creators and training based membership site owners (and the technologists that support them) find success.

We help them create, launch and scale high value online training platforms that they own and control.

We help education entrepreneurs unlock the power and flexibility of WordPress without the hassle.

Through our actions and leadership we are a model of how to create value and do business in the WordPress community.

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Our Story

  • Aug 26, 2001

    Chris goes off the grid

    Chris graduates college, becomes nomadic for a 10 year climbing, Alaskan dog mushing, and journey of leadership development and self discovery

  • Jun 6, 2003

    Thomas took his first job writing code for startup

    Thomas forges a career and skillset in software development and database design in California. 

  • Oct 15, 2001

    Thomas writes his first line of code

    Thomas started writing HTML code on loose leaf paper before most people even cared about having a website.

  • Nov 6, 2007

    Chris takes his first online course and is changed forever

    While caretaking a house for the winter Chris takes his first online course, a productivity course by Eben Pagan. He transforms into a person with elite personal productivity habits and falls in love with the information product industry

  • Feb 5, 2008

    Chris launches first online business and it FAILS

    Chris hires a programmer in Russia to build a green business directory web app and the project goes nowhere

  • Jan 4, 2009

    Chris discovers WordPress

    Chris teaches himself WordPress by watching YouTube videos and builds his first WordPress website ... a blog about outdoor leadership

  • Oct 20, 2011

    Badgett Media launches

    Chris becomes a WordPress website building freelancer available for hire. Badgett media is formed as a side hustle, and Chris sells his first website service package to a real estate developer for $300.

  • Sep 22, 2012

    Thomas publishes his first book of poetry

    Thomas publishes his first full-length poetry collection called I Don't Mind if You're Feeling Alone with publisher YesYes Books.

  • Nov 25, 2012

    codeBOX launches

    Thomas forms his web development agency called codeBOX focusing on custom website development and advanced marketing automation for Infusionsoft customers. The first customer was a legal educator.  

  • Dec 16, 2012

    Chris launches first online course on Udemy

    Chris challenges himself to launch an online course on Udemy in one day about one of his  favorite skills ... cooking omelets. 

  • Aug 2, 2014

    Badgett Media and codeBOX merge

    Chris and Thomas decide to stop being independent contractors for each other's companies and join forces as one company.

  • Nov 28, 2014

    The LifterLMS product idea born

    Based on client demand and the team's interest and experience in courses and membership sites, codeBOX partners decide to create a WordPress LMS product.

  • Sep 17, 2014

    LMScast podcast launches

    Episode 1 of the LifterLMS podcast launches to listeners worldwide to help course creators and WordPress LMS website builders succeed. 

  • Oct 14, 2014

    LifterLMS launches to the public

    After being used on client websites, LifterLMS rolls out for anyone to use as a WordPress plugin to power their online course or membership website. 

  • Jan 5, 2015

    LifterLMS Facebook group born

    The seeds of what would later become a massive online community started with Chris making posts that only a few people would see. 

  • Nov 8, 2016

    codeBOX closes client services offering

    codeBOX sunsets client services department to bring full focus and energy on being a product company with LifterLMS.

  • Oct 11, 2016

    LifterLMS 3.0 & Universe Bundle launches

    LifterLMS changes the business model from offering add-ons only to a bundle option while also revolutionizing the industry with their new course builder interface.

  • Nov 12, 2016

    LifterLMS crosses 1,000 customer milestone

    After 26 months of hard work investing in the LifterLMS project the customer base surges across 1,000 active subscriptions.

  • Apr 23, 2017

    Software trial platform debuts

    LifterLMS launched a demo site trial service to allow people to try the suite of software tools to help with the purchasing decision.

Core Values

  • Love On The Tribe

    We care about our customers. Everything we do demonstrates our ability and commitment to listen, understand, and serve our people.

  • Reduce Friction

    We are in the friction removal business. Everything we do is focused on removing friction so our users can accelerate their mission and vision.

  • Continuous Improvement

    We have a growth mindset, and we do the work to improve with an open mind. So do our customers. 

  • Learner Results First

    We believe in not just creating information products. We help education entrepreneurs facilitate learner results and lasting transformation. 

  • Extreme Ownership

    We value leadership. Taking responsibility and ownership of results and relationships is what we do as a software company and what our customers do for their learners.

  • Clear Communication

    Communicating effectively is the backbone of how we work, and we help education entrepreneurs communicate better as well. We believe that the clarity of conversation is in direct correlation to the quality of results and transformation. 

Meet the LifterLMS Team

The LifterLMS core team is a passionate group of online educators and technologists.

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Chris Badgett

Founder & CEO

Chris started learning about online education on a glacier in Alaska. He's created courses on everything from organic gardening to wood working. He is passionate about helping other entrepreneurial educators find success and create impact.

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Thomas Levy

Founder & CTO

Thomas is a self-taught programmer, a published poet, and he takes his mediocre amateur-level competitive weightlifting very seriously. He's the architect and lead developer of LifterLMS.



Kathy Gilchrist

Director of Numbers 'n Stuff

Kathy is a math nerd and likes all things to do with numbers and spreadsheets. She is passionate about education, and she spends a lot of time volunteering. Kathy wants to live in a world filled with kindness, well informed people, and cats.


Ali Mathis

Happiness Director

Ali is a project manager, vegetarian, runner, writer, and mother (not necessarily in that order). She taught herself WordPress to design a school website and has never looked back. She loves working with people to find the right product or solution for their online course.


Saurabh Shukla

Developer & Customer Support

Saurabh has been a WordPress developer, writer and educator for over a decade. He works on support, maintenance and development of LifterLMS. In his spare time, he enjoys long walks, running and cycling while listening to downtempo electronic music.

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Will Middleton

Sales Consultant

Will works with WordPress and LifterLMS websites. He is a course creator and entrepreneur who is also one of the LifterLMS Experts. He enjoys playing the card game Magic the Gathering.


Natalie Herron

Customer Support

Natalie has been WordPress developer for a little over a year, getting her start with WPFusion. She works with customer support for LifterLMS, combining her new skills with years of customer service experience. In her spare time she’s a writes fiction and obsesses over her cat, Kitty Rick.

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Rocco Aliberti

Developer & Customer Support

Rocco is a WordPress developer. He bumped into LifterLMS while looking for the perfect solution for his girlfriend's courses website. It was love at first sight, with LifterLMS, of course. When not busy torturing their two cats with the sound of his guitar, he mostly works on maintenance and development of LifterLMS.