Build a Learning Management System with LifterLMS

In this free course, you will discover how LifterLMS empowers you to easily create, sell and protect engaging online courses.

If you’re serious about your online course, LMS or membership project, be sure to become a LifterLMS Pro Member so you can get priority private support, some graphic design assets (achievement badge packs & certificate backgrounds), and access to special discounts and promotions that only LifterLMS Pro Members can take advantage of.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 2 Days

Difficulty: Beginner

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Chris BadgettChris Badgett

Chris Badgett is a passionate family man who loves learning, travel, and exploring the wild places





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199 thoughts on “Build a Learning Management System with LifterLMS”

  1. webcopada says:

    Very helpful!

  2. opensynergysup says:

    I have created five courses and published them. I got them in the My course page but when I click any of the courses, it will lead me to a page of the course structure showing all of the five. I want to see only the structure of the one I selected. How can I fix this?

    Plus, I can’t make the course sidebar work. I am using the twenty seventeen theme. Is it a theme compatibility issue? Can advise how to fix?

    thanks a lot!

    1. Chris Badgett says:

      Hi there,

      When you click on a course on the student dashboard, it should go to just that course.

      If you are having trouble with the LifterLMS sidebars I would encourage you to check it out Super Sidebars.

      If you need more technical support from the LifterLMS developers, please post your tech support issue for free in the community forums or if you are a LifterLMS Pro Member or have purchased any add-on from LifterLMS, please log into your account here and submit a support ticket.

  3. ss0530 says:

    Few more-

    I’m dripping out content each week. I have this all set up.

    1. I have current clients that are passed week 1. How can I “override” the drip in their account so they can view the content at the point where they are now?

    2. Can I schedule an email to be sent out each week to let them know they can know to check for content? Or will I have to do that with the mailchimp integration?

    1. Chris Badgett says:

      1. Perhaps you need prerequisites and not drip?

      2. You could do that with the LifterLMS email engagement system. Just put a delay on the emails from the course enrollment trigger.

      Also I invite you to come join us in the LifterLMS VIP facebook group.

  4. ss0530 says:

    I have created an online course in like an hour! Super simple! Thanks for that! I actually do counseling and take my payment up front using stripe over the phone during out initial call. I don’t require my clients to order online so no need for a e-commerce/stripe intergration or a payment or a course access plan. There is no “set price” as it all depends on the number of coaching sessions but everyone is privy to the course materials.

    So… how do I add them as a student manually? The only way I seem to be able to “pull them in” is if I add the student as a “user” to my wordpress site and then apply the membership to their user account. I don’t feel comfortable with this option. Also that doesn’t give me a way to automatically send out an email with their username and password.

    Is there a work around for this? Let me know. Thanks, Sarah

    1. Chris Badgett says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Thank you for the kind words!

      Perhaps you could use the LifterLMS vouchers so your people can activate on their own:

  5. Herman C says:

    I have a blackboard course. I have built a website with plans to host online courses. I have installed LifterLMS plugin for WordPress. I want to use previously used blackboard course materials for the new course to be housed in LifterLMS. How can a Blackboard exported package be uploaded into LifterLms?

    1. Chris Badgett says:

      LifterLMS does have import abilities, but if you are not importing a LifterLMS course from somewhere else, you will need to do some formatting and mapping of the course like you see in these instructions:

  6. UfU says:

    You guys are the MVPs!!

    A few quick questions.
    If we are building a website, oriented around letting the users create their own courses.
    – Is Dashboard access required? no front end editor?
    – Do all the “Teachers” have access to all the content> (courses and lessons)
    – is it possible to limit access to their own content only?
    – Is it possible to have front end, content creation?

    thanks from the team @ Universal Flow University

    1. Chris Badgett says:

      Hi UfU,

      Currently we don’t have an advanced teacher role with front end course creation like you describe. It’s on our roadmap to add a lot of functionality around this. Currently you can have a course author that can edit the course in the back end of WordPress, but the role is not super developed to lock down to specific courses.

  7. Adrian says:


    I installed your plugin and activate, but when I looked to my website, I couldn’t see pages created. My website still has classic WordPress look.

    Is any other setting to be done after I activate your plugin?

    I’m not very experienced with WordPress, so, please apologies for my dummy question.

    Thank you

    1. Chris Badgett says:

      Hi Adrian,

      Good to hear from you! Perhaps you still need to go through the quick setup wizard:

    2. UfU says:

      Turn on BuddyPress and BBPress, that did the trick for us

  8. Jerry Jones says:

    1) Would this plugin work for a small family reunion? (Approx 100 people). There will be a few variables in registration – type of housing desired, number of people in family, etc.

    2) Is it possible to change text? For example, where “Lesson xx” would usually be, can we change that to “housing option xx,” etc.

    3) Finally, is it possible to create a registration form in Excel and then upload it to this plugin? Thanks much for your kind attention. I love what I am learning about LifterLMS.

    1. Chris Badgett says:

      Hey Jerry,

      It’s great to hear from you!

      LifterLMS is more of an online education platform. It’s not really a family reunion management system.

      If you are doing an event like that you might check out:

      Please let us know if you have further q’s.


  9. forcesofwealth says:

    Hi Chris,

    I left off at How to Use Section but I can’t access the course. It keeps redirecting me to this link

    What am I doing wrong here?

    1. Chris Badgett says:

      Make sure you’re logged in here:

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