Do You Need a WordPress LMS Theme, a WordPress LMS Plugin or Both?
In 2016 you need both, and here’s why …
In the WordPress space, functionality belongs in plugins and design belongs in a theme.
Why the LifterLMS LaunchPad Theme is the Best Theme to Go with the LifterLMS Plugin …
The LifterLMS LaunchPad theme enables you to modify the design, layout and typography of your online courses website. If you want a highly customizable theme, LifterLMS LaunchPad is definitely for you or your next client project.
In this LMScast episode, Joshua Millage and Chris Badgett discuss the WordPress LMS plugin vs. WordPress LMS theme debate in more detail. They also discuss the arrival of the LaunchPad theme into the LifterLMS suite of products.
The LifterLMS LaunchPad theme is a great option for you because:
- You get powerful theme options where you can adjust the key areas of your website without needing to know how to code and without needing to hire a specialist.
- You get a theme that gives you point-and-click design control over all the custom elements that LifterLMS LaunchPad creates. This includes the courses, lessons, course tiles, student dashboard (My Courses), and checkout pages.
- You get access to the Google Web Font library so you can easily bring in new fonts to match your style and brand.
As a WordPress LMS theme, it’s important to note that the LifterLMS LaunchPad theme can be used to build an attractive website even if LifterLMS is not installed or you don’t have your online courses set up yet.
Here’s a quick video tour of the LifterLMS LaunchPad theme options in the 1.0 release
So What Can you Build with a Powerful Point and Click Design Tool like LifterLMS LaunchPad?
The truth is that it’s difficult to demo a site with LaunchPad, because with such an expansive theme options panel, there are unlimited number of designs and layouts that you could create.
If you look at the LifterLMS LaunchPad Demo, you will see just one possible configuration.
Is LifterLMS LaunchPad the right WordPress LMS theme for you?
For some people who may be very new to WordPress and working with themes and plugins, LaunchPad may have too many options for the newcomer to WordPress implementation. For those people who are new to the technology or who are very protective of their time, the LifterLMS Boost (Done-For-You Setup Services) might be a much better fit. The Boost services work best for already successful businesses looking to grow to new levels or take their offline teaching into the online space.
If you’re already happy with your website, you may not need to change themes. What we see many people do is to keep their main website as it is, but then they spin up a new LifterLMS + LaunchPad powered website on a new URL (mywebsiteacademy.com) or subdomain like (academy.mywebsite.com).
If you are curious if the LifterLMS LaunchPad theme might be a great fit for your project and you have questions, you can contact the LifterLMS team here.
Let’s make great courses together!