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LifterLMS, the #1 WordPress LMS solution, makes it easy to create, sell, and protect engaging online courses.

LifterLMS is a powerful WordPress LMS plugin that makes it easy to create, sell, and protect engaging online courses. The mission of LifterLMS is to democratize education in the digital classroom.

Universe Bundle, LifterLMS Pro, LaunchPad theme, Boost and More

Users looking for more timely/in-depth support are encouraged to check out LifterLMS Pro. One-on-one LifterLMS Pro support is responded to within 12 business hours.

6 achievement badge packs and 6 premium certificate backgrounds graphic assets also come with LifterLMS Pro.

If you are looking for the best WordPress theme to pair with LifterLMS, check out the LifterLMS LaunchPad Theme.

You should also check out the LifterLMS Stripe, LifterLMS PayPal, LifterLMS WooCommerce, LifterLMS ConvertKit, and LifterLMS MailChimp extensions to LifterLMS.

You can save big and get all the products made by LifterLMS with the Universe Bundle

If you'd like to be up and running with a beautiful and professional WordPress LMS website in just 5 days, you can also explore our signature "done for you" white glove service called Boost.

Take a look at the explanation videos of LifterLMS. These 17 tutorial videos are included in the free LifterLMS demo course.

More information at


Whether you're an entrepreneur delivering your own courses, a school with lots of users, a player in the business-to-business corporate training space, or using online courses for marketing purposes, LifterLMS has your back.

LifterLMS works great for health and fitness courses, music courses, real estate courses, language learning courses, and much, much more.

Learning Management System Features

  • Intuitive course builder
  • Use text, video, audio, images, or any combination in your lessons
  • Quizzing
  • Prerequisites
  • Student dashboards
  • Student analytics
  • Student management

Ecommerce Features

  • Accept one-time and/or recurring payments for your courses and memberships
  • Coupon system
  • A voucher code system so you can grant access to large groups of people
  • Accept credit cards directly on your site with the LifterLMS Stripe Extension
  • Ecommerce analytics
  • Create degree programs or course tracks by grouping courses together that can be taken in any order

Membership Site Features

  • Group courses together inside a membership level so you can sell many courses at once
  • Protect non-LMS content, like regular WordPress pages, posts, bbPress forums, and more

Engagement and Gamification Features

  • Personalized email system triggered on user events in the system that you define
  • Personalized achievement and badge system triggered on user events in the system that you define
  • Personalized certificate system

Further Reading

Join Our Growing Community

When you download LifterLMS, you join a thriving community of education entrepreneurs, developers, and WordPress enthusiasts. We’re one of the fastest growing open source eLearning communities online, and you are welcome here.

If you’re interested in contributing to LifterLMS, head over to the LifterLMS GitHub Repository to find out how you can pitch in.

Want to add a new language to LifterLMS? Swell! You can contribute via

Author Thomas Patrick Levy, codeBOX LLC
Contributors thomasplevy, chrisbadgett, tpkemme, kathy11, lifterlms, codeboxllc
Tags badges, elearning, gamification, learning, learning management system, Lifter, LifterLMS, lms, Membership, online courses, quizzes, sell courses
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    LifterLMS Course Settings

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    LifterLMS Course Builder

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    LifterLMS Course

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    LifterLMS Achievements

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    LifterLMS Sidebar Widgets

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    LifterLMS Course Tiles

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    LifterLMS Sales Analytics

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    LifterLMS Lesson Completion Analytics

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    LifterLMS Membership Settings

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    LifterLMS Lesson

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    LifterLMS Certificate

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    LifterLMS Student Dashboard

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    LifterLMS Course Analytics

Installing the plugin is easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. From the dashboard of your site, navigate to Plugins > Add New.
  2. Select the Upload option and hit "Choose File."
  3. When the popup appears, select the file from your desktop. (The 'x.x' will change depending on the current version number).
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions and wait as the upload completes.
  5. When it's finished, activate the plugin via the prompt. A message will show confirming activation was successful.
  6. Click on Courses > Add Course, and you’re ready to build your first course!

That's it! Just configure your settings as you see fit, and you're on your way to creating online courses in style. Need help getting things started? Check out our Getting Started Guide and Documentation.

v3.4.2 - 2017/02/14

  • Backwards compatible css for tooltips

v3.4.1 - 2017/02/14

  • Password strength meter now functions correctly when using the [lifterlms_registration] shortcode
  • Ensure open registration with required voucher prevents registration with invalid vouchers
  • Lesson completion via quiz completion only recorded the first time the quiz is completed
  • Fix issue preventing membership catalog from obeying the catalog's ordering settings
  • Prevent duplicate engagements from being triggered
  • Admin tables can display percentages as a progress bar!
  • Students reporting table displays overall progress as a progress bar
  • Refactored frontend assets class to allow better management of inline scripts

v3.4.0 - 2017/02/10

  • Enrollment for free access plans has improved based on your feedback. For more information see
  • Updraded Student Management Table for courses and memberships:
    • Allow searching students by name / email
    • Allow filtering of students by current status
    • Allow sorting of students by name, user id, status, and enrollment updated date
    • Added student's grade to the table (courses only)
    • Table pagination allows skipping to the first and last pages
    • Student names link to full student reporting screen
    • Student IDs added to the table. ID links to the WP User Edit screen which was previously accessible by clicking the student's name
    • Utilizing improved database queries for displaying data on the table
  • One-click bulk enrollment of all current members of a membership into an auto-enrollment course. More info here
  • Students reporting table pagination can now jump to first and last page
  • Students reporting table pagination now displays current page and total number of pages
  • Added new class LLMS_Student_Query which is modeled, loosely, off of the WP_User_Query and allows for querying student data in relation to courses
  • LLMS_Admin_Table abstract now supports filtering and jump to first and last page pagination options
  • llms_get_enrolled_students now utilizes LLMS_Student_Query and resolves a bug where some users returned by this query would be returned with the incorrect status.
  • Ensure LLMS_Course::has_prerequisite( 'course' ) & LLMS_Course::has_prerequisite( 'track' ) always return booleans
  • Made a small performance tweak for courses without audio / video embeds
  • Fix coupon expiration dates check to be more i18n friendly
  • Update LLMS_Coupon class to utilize 3.3.0 class property enhancements
  • added llms_current_time, a pluggable wrapper for current_time() to enable easier unit testing of date-related functions
  • Shortcodes within course restriction messages are now handled properly to output their intend content rather than the raw shortcode
  • Ensure the Page Attributes area is available on lessons so WordPress 4.7 custom post type page templates can be utilized

v3.3.1 - 2017/01/31

  • Tested up to WordPress core 4.7.2
  • Added new engagement triggers for Quiz completion, quiz failure, and quiz passed.
  • Refactored Lesson Completion for sanity
  • Added function llms_mark_complete() for simple programmatic completion of courses, sections, lessons, and tracks. See usage docs for more information.
  • Class function LLMS_Lesson::mark_complete() has been staged for deprecation. It will still function but developers should update code to use above function.
  • LifterLMS background updaters will now display a progress report on the admin panel to add some transparency to how the update is doing.
  • Added author support to llms_membership post type
  • Added a way to remove all LifterLMS-generated data during plugin uninstallation.
  • llms_get_post() will now work with any LifterLMS Post Model post types
  • Removed references to LLMS_Activate class which was removed back in 2.0.
  • Changed include method to session related classes for better handling via phpunit
  • Refactored some of the LLMS_Install class for reliability and test coverage
    • Changed order of table and option creation during installation. Prevents a database warning from being thrown during installation.
    • Added funciton for retrieving default difficulty categories added during installation
    • Added function for removing default categories added during installation
  • llms_are_terms_and_conditions_required() ensure the page id used in this function is an absint
  • Removed redundant function LLMS_Lesson::single_mark_complete_text()
  • Add css classes for buttons to be auto-width rather than the width of their containers
  • Fix ID of engagement email class. Allows some filters and actions to actually be used.
  • Properly display quiz failures as failures on the quiz results screen
  • loop/feature-image.php now works for unsupported PHP 5.5 and down
  • Fix issue with modyfying section titles from within the course builder
  • Fix undefined warning resulting from admin notice "flash" being undefined on prexisting saved notices
  • Updated template at templates/course/complete-lesson-link.php to include a few new CSS classes and utilize llms_form_field() to standardize buttons

v3.3.0 - 2017/01/23

  • New course option allows displaying the video embed in place of the featured image on course tiles displayed on the course catalog screen
  • Courses can now be exported individually or in bulk. Export of a course includes all course content, sections, lessons, and quizzes.
  • Courses can now be duplicated. Duplication duplicates all course content, sections, lessons, and quizzes.
  • Upon completion of the Setup Wizard a sample course can be automatically installed.
  • Postmeta keys for Lessons and Sections which denote their relationship to their parents have been renamed for consistency, database upgrade 330 included in this release will rename the keys automatically. Read more here
  • Update to LLMS_Post_Model to allow easier programmatic definition and handling of extending class properties
  • classes extending LLMS_Post_Model can now be serialized to json and converted to arrays programatically
  • new function llms_get_post() allows easier instantiation of an LLMS_Post_Model instance
  • Added LifterLMS Database Version to the system report

v3.2.7 - 2017/01/16

  • Fix float conversion of large numbers with relation to coupon price adjustments

v3.2.6 - 2017/01/16

  • Tested up to WordPress Core 4.7.1
  • Fix the display of track-related engagements on the engagement admin screen
  • Fix float conversion of large numbers with relation to prices

v3.2.5 - 2017/01/10

  • New shortcode: [lifterlms_pricing_table] allows pricing table display outside of a course or membership. See for usage information.
  • New shortcode: [lifterlms_access_plan_button] allows custom buttons for individual access plans to be created outside of a pricing table. See for usage information.
  • ensure every return from llms_page_restricted is filtered. Thanks to @matthalliday
  • Ensure purchase page can only load for valid access plans
  • Course / Membership taxonomy archives now obey orders defined by their respective catalog settings
  • Fix language of automatic validation error message for numeric field types
  • Fix translation function error causing course syllabus to display incorrect "x of x" text
  • Added correct text domain to an i18n string displayed on the checkout confirmation screen, thanks @ymashev
  • Ensure search result pages are viewable by members and non members regardless of result membership restrictions (unless site is restricted to sitewide membership)

v3.2.4 - 2017/01/03

  • Fixed tooltips on lesson preview tiles (in course syllabus and on next/prev tiles inside lessons) to show the actual reason the lesson is inaccessible rather than always showing a generic enrollment message
  • Removed the language "You must enroll in this course to unlock this lesson" in favor of "You do not have permission to access to this content" as a restriction message fallback when no better message is available
  • "Quiz Results" title is now translateable
  • Removed deprecated JS file "llms-metabox-data.js" which controlled UI/X for 2.x subscription data on courses and memberships
  • Non LMS Content (pages, posts, forums, etc...) restricted to multiple memberships will now correctly allow users access to the content as long as they have access to at least one of the memberships
  • Fixed a redirect loop encountered if direct access to a lesson with an incomplete prerequisite was attempted

v3.2.3 - 2016/12/29

  • Progress and Grade are now sortable columns on the student reporting table
  • Make enrollment statuses translateable for courses and memberships on the Student Dashboard
  • "Sign Out" text on student dashboard is now translateable, thanks @yumashev
  • Fixed prerequisite lesson display on lesson post tables
  • Ensure post archive (blog) is visible regardless of post membership restrictions
  • Moved lesson post table managment functions to their own class
  • Unused section post table management functions removed

v3.2.2 - 2016/12/21

  • Adds filter llms_student_dashboard_login_redirect allowing customization of the redirect upon login via the Student Dashboard
  • Adds a shortcode parameter, login_redirect to [lifterlms_my_account] allowing customization of the redirect upon login via the Student Dashboard
  • Adds a new tool under "Tools and Utilities" on the LifterLMS Settings screen which allows users to clear the cached student overall progress and overall grade data
  • Fixes a compatibility issue with the OptimizePress live editor
  • Adds a text domain to a translation function where none was present, rendering the string untranslateable

v3.2.1 - 2016/12/14

  • Fix operator position on is_complete check

v3.2.0 - 2016/12/13

LifterLMS Reporting Beta
  • Students overview displays broad information about your students in a searchable and sortable table
  • Review data about individual students including:
    • Membership enrollments and statuses
    • Course enrollments, status, and progress
    • Quiz attemtpts and and their submitted answers
    • Earned achievements and certificates
  • Sales and Enrollments analytics are now found under the "Reporting" screen
  • Feedback on the beta? Let us know at
Other Updates & Fixes
  • Lesson completion checks now look for at least one record of the completed lesson as opposed to looking for exactly one
  • Fix positioning of teacher avatar on course/membership tiles
  • Remove explicit color definition from Student Dashboard navigation links for greater theme compatibility

v3.1.7 - 2016/12/06

  • Added support for WordPress Twenty Seventeen theme
  • Improved the messaging and functions related to LifterLMS Sidebar support
  • Add alternate language for a quiz requiring 100% grade to pass
  • Added CSS class .llms-button-primaray to lessom "Mark as Complete" buttons
  • Add box-sizing css rule to LifterLMS form field elements. Fixes layout issues on themes that don't border-box everything.
  • Fix an issue that prevented the admin notice to enable/disable recurring payments from clearing when a button was pressed from screens other than the LLMS Settings screen
  • Fix next payment date error when viewing a cancelled recurring order on the student dashboard
  • Recurring payments now scheduled based on UTC time in accordance with the action scheduler which executes based on UTC rather than site timezone
  • Add existing lesson to course modal now relies on async search. Improves performance and prevents timeouts on sites with a 500+ lessons
  • Removed 2.x -> 3.x update notification message
  • Fix an issue with comment counting on PHP7
  • Updated action scheduler library to latest version

v3.1.6 - 2016/11/11

  • Handle empty responses on analytics more responsibly
  • Fix typo preventing completed orders from displaying in analytics when using course / membership filters
  • Quiz builder now leverages llmsSelect2 rather than select2 directly. Resolves a number of theme and plugin compatiblity issues.
  • Prevent bullets and weird margins on LifterLMS notices with slightly more specific CSS
  • Login error messages will now display regardless of whether or not open registration is enabled
  • Attempts to access quizzes are redirected or error messages are output when student is not enrolled.

v3.1.5 - 2016/11/10

  • Fix Month display on Analytics Screen

v3.1.4 - 2016/11/10

  • Progress bars are sligthly more intelligent to prevent a widowed "%" on themes with larger base font sizes
  • LifterLMS Merge code button only displays where it's supposed to now
  • Fix issue where users removed from a membership were not properly removed from courses they were auto-enrolled into because of that membership
  • Fix analytics screen JS parsing error

v3.1.3 - 2016/11/04

  • Added new action hooks to the course syllabus widget/shortcode template
  • Added a small text link on the student dashboard which links to the full courses list of the dashboard
  • Display order revenue for legacy orders instead of 0
  • Make the Order History table on the Student Dashboard responsive
  • Only display published courses on the student dashboard
  • Fixes a conflict with WP Seo Premium's redirect manager which was creating access plan redirects
  • Reenable course review options on the admin panel
  • Updates review output method so reviews are now output via a removeable action

v3.1.2 - 2016/10/31

  • Update all course and lesson templates to rely only on global $post rather than on $course and $lesson globals which are working inconsistenly across environments
  • Fix typo related to the line-height of LifterLMS order notes on the admin panel. Thanks @edent!

v3.1.1 - 2016/10/28

  • Shortcode [lifterlms_hide_content] has some new functionality. See documentaition for usage and more information!
  • Fix logic when determining if terms and condition checkboxes should be displayed on checkout & open registration.
  • Define a placeholder on the Terms & Conditions page selection so it can be removed
  • Explicitly declare LLMS_Lesson on lesson audio/video embed templates instead of relying the global $lesson. Some environments appear to be losing the global.
  • Removed unused lesson template "full-descritpion"

v3.1.0 - 2016/10/27

  • New engagement triggers available to allow engagements to be fired when a student enrolls into a course or membership!
  • Add custom email addresses for to, cc, and bcc when sending email engagements
  • New Merge Code button for easy merging of custom merge codes when creating emails
  • Added post table data for LifterLMS Engagements
  • Added new filter llms_email_engagement_date_format which allows customization of the format of the {current_date} merge code availabe in LifterLMS Emails
  • Added explicit max width declaration to images within LLMS Catalogs to prevent image overflow. Fixes some theme compatibility issues.
  • Optimize course and lesson audio video templates for faster loads
  • Fix course & lesson video to load videos instead of duplicating audio embeds
  • Fix coupon usage query so that coupons cannot be used more than the maximum number of times. Also now displays the correct number of coupons used on the coupons post table.
  • Fix LLMS Engagement Email merge codes to work in subject line

v3.0.4 - 2016/10/20

  • Added shortcode [lifterlms_login] so the login form can be displayed. Information usage at
  • Added internal function LLMS_Student->get_name()
  • Three basic course difficulties will be automatically created on installation and upgrades
  • Updated course difficulty save methods to rely only on the taxonomy rather than the taxonomy and postmeta table
  • Updated admin settings screens to only flush rewrite rules on screens where it is necessary to update rewrites
  • Fix issue with customization of LifterLMS account endpoint URLs
  • Fix a conflict with Redirection url monitoring that was causing redirects to be created from Courses and Memberships to the site home page automatically whenever updating the post
  • Fix an undefined index warning on courses / memberships when updating post data
  • Remove confusing and invalid warning message from Membership post screen on admin panel

v3.0.3 - 2016/10/17

  • Added filter llms_show_preview_excerpt which can be used to hide the excerpt on course syllabus or next/back preview tiles in lesson navigation
  • Fix logic so that only free lessons are marked as free lessons post 3.0 upgrade
  • Fix incorrect display of the "restricted" and "non-restricetd" content areas for memberships
  • Fix undefinded index warning output by membership metaboxes
  • Fix dead like under "Force SSL" checkout setting
  • Course & Membership tiles output by course or membership shortcodes now automatically match column heights like the default catalogs do.
  • Correctly register students as the "Student" Role
  • Database Upgrade script converts users with the role "studnet" to "student"

v3.0.2 - 2016/10/14

  • Added action lifterlms_before_student_dashboard_tab
  • Added action lifterlms_after_student_dashboard_greeting
  • Added action lifterlms_after_student_dashboard_tab
  • Added action lifterlms_sd_before_membership
  • Added action lifterlms_sd_after_membership
  • Fix membership shortcode
  • Fix issue that prevented "Student Dashboard" from rendering if the page was set as the child of another page
  • Fix undefined function error in admin notices
  • Fix nonce errors resulting from admin notice html being served from the database rather than being dynamically generated
  • Fix db ugrade script which was enabling course time period for restrictions for all courses regardless of their pre 3.0 restriction settings
  • Fix db uprgade script that was causing empty sale dates to show start of unix epoch b/c they were empty strings
  • Fix Javascript parse error prevnting section & lesson editing from within the course outling on the admin panel
  • Fix lesson icons from highlighting lesson settings like drip delay & quiz association
  • Updated course outline color scheme to match the 3.0 admin color scheme overhaul
  • LLMS_Lesson::get_assigned_quiz() will output depecation warnings for those using debug mode. LLMS core no longer uses this function and will be deprecated in the next major release.
  • Handle enrollment status of legacy orders based on enrollment rather than enrollment AND order status

v3.0.1 - 2016/10/13

  • Properly prefix llms_is_ajax() to prevent 500 errors when leaving HTTPS forced checkout screen
  • Fix student unenrollment from memberships which was leaving a trace of enrollment in the user_meta table
  • Update student dashboard nav list items to have more specific no styles to prevent "double discs" on various themes
  • Return course progress bar and "continue" button which was accidentally removed
  • Added core support for "Divi" theme sidebars

v3.0.0 - 2016/10/10

This is a massive update which breaks backwards compatibility for many LifterLMS features. A database migration is also necessary for upgrading users to reformat certain pieces of information which are being accessed differently in 3.0.0

We strongly recommend that you backup your website before upgrading and, if possible, test LifterLMS 3.0.0 in a non-public-facing testing environment to ensure compatibility with your theme and other plugins and to ensure that 3.0.0 changes do not adversely affect your existing website.

Please thoroughly read the following changelog and, if necessary, submit support tickets or post in the forums with any questions prior to upgrading. LifterLMS Support cannot and will not manually resolve migration issues which may arise from upgrading to 3.0.0.

  • New shortcodes to be documented later, checkout "includes/class.llms.shortcodes.php" if you're feeling anxious
  • All kinds of CSS changes to make LifterLMS, in general, be a little less old looking
  • Added a number of CSS classes to various areas in the Checkout template at "templates/checkout/form-checkout.php"
  • Added a "Cancel" button that allows you to hide the coupon form if the user decides not to add a coupon
  • Removed jQuery animations from the coupon form toggle in favor of a CSS class toggle. If you decide you want some animations on the form add some CSS transitions to the .llms-coupon-entry element (and children) to change when the class .active is added or removed from the element.
  • Refactored JavaScript related to LifterLMS Checkout. Improvements are minimal (if any) but the file is now smaller and more readable! Yay code stuff.
  • Fixed some redundant text on single payment confirmation screen. ("Single payment of single payment of")
  • Added a link to memberships listed under "My Memberships" on the LifterLMS Account Screen
  • LifterLMS Order posts have been renamed in the database from "order" to "llms_order" to prevent any potential conflicts with other plugins. Automated database migration will handle the renaming of old orders.
  • Fixed undefined variable notice generated by Sections without any lessons inside of them
  • renamed function add_query_var_product_id() to llms_add_query_var_product_id()
  • added a class for interacting with a course TRACK, instatiated by a track term or term_id (LLMS_Track)
  • password strength meter and related settings / options via utilizing WordPress password strength functions available
  • cleaned up the lesson locked tooltips to be a bit more sane and also utilized in course navigation on individual lessons.
  • Updated admin menus for LifterLMS content to be more sane and organized and intuitive and so on and so forth
Payment Gateways

NOTE: at this release, LifterLMS PayPal is the only payment gateway that will work with this release. We haven't started working on Stripe 4.0.0 which will work with LifterLMS 3.0.0

  • Payment gateways powered by a new abstract gateway class
  • PayPal has been removed from LifterLMS and is available as premium extension
Frontend Notices
  • LifterLMS "Notices" have been rewritten, slightly.
  • Most templates have been updated
  • associated CSS has been updated
  • Some sanity has been added to the related functions
Post "Model" Concept / Overhaul

Updated classes for programmatically accessing all sorts of data related to custom post types registered by LifterLMS.

These post types currently include:

  • Access Plans -- a non-public post type associated with courses and memberships which store payment related information
  • Coupons (replaces includes/
  • Courses (replaces includes/class.llms.course.php)
  • Lessons (replaces includes/class.llms.lesson.php)
  • Memberships
  • Orders (replaces includes/class.llms.order.php
  • Products -- can be instantiated from courses or memberships (replaces includes/class.llms.product.php)
  • Transaction -- a non-public post type associated with orders which store completed/attempted transaction data
Improved admin metabox methods (and related)
  • Updated custom LifterLMS Admin Metaboxes to have a more sane programmatic interface. This affects nearly all admin metabox classes in the plugin.
  • A set of methods and classes have been added to improve the programmatic interface around custom post type post tables. These can be found in "includes/admin/post-types/post-tables"
  • New class LLMS_Coupon allows for easy getting & setting of coupon data.
  • Updated coupon post table to include relevant coupon information for all coupons at a glance
  • Refactored admin panel coupon metabox generation to utilize new model for saving data
  • Added translation functions to all strings in coupon settings screen
  • Added new coupon settings
    • Expiration Date -- coupons cannot be applied to a purchase after the expiration date
    • Payment Type -- coupons can only be applied to either single or recurring payment plans. Existing coupons will be treated as single payment coupons until updated by the Admin.
    • First Payment Discount -- Applies only to recurring payment coupons. Determines the discount applied to the first payment of a recurring payment transaction.
    • Recurring Payments Discount -- Applies only to recurring payment coupons. Determines the discount applied all payments (other than the first) of a recurring payment transaction.
    • Description -- Record internal notes for a coupon visible only by admins on the admin panel
  • The "Coupon Code" field has been removed in favor of the WordPress Coupon Post Title being utilized as the code. After upgrading, an automated database migration will move all coupon code fields to the title. The title previously functioned as the coupon description. During the migration the existing title will be moved to the new description field.
  • Added Order Statuses
    • Completed - Single payment only. Denotes a sucessful transaction
    • Active - Recurring only. Denotes the subscription is active with no issues
    • Expired - Recurring only. Denotes the subscription has ended and is no longer active
    • Refunded - Denotes the order has been refunded.
    • Cancelled - Denotes the order has been cancelled manually by an admin.
    • Failed - Denotes payment has failed. For subscriptions a failed payment will switch from "active" to "failed"
    • Pending - Denotes that the order has been created but payment has not been completed yet
  • Admin panel order table new features:
    • The following columns are now sortable in ascending and descending orders: Order, Product, and Date
    • Added totals based on order type (single or recurring) to the "Total" column
    • Added an order status column for quick status review
  • Order notes available for internal and system notes. powered by WP comments. lots of inspiration (and code) from WooCommerce, thank you <3
  • Added a bunch of currency settings (as well as right-side currency and decimal-less currency support!)
New Templates
  • Pricing Table at "templates/product/pricing-table.php" utilized by courses and memberships for displaying access plan information. Replaces "templates/membership/purchase-link.php" and "templates/course/purchase-link.php"
  • Course Taxonomy Templates at "templates/course/categories.php", "templates/course/tags.php", and "templates/course/tracks.php" display comma separated lists for course custom taxonomy terms
  • Course Prerequisite Template at "templates/course/prerequisites.php" displays prerequisite information (course and tracks) for a given course.
  • Meta Wrapper templates at "templates/course/meta-wrapper-end.php" and "templates/course/meta-wrapper-start.php" wrap some HTML around various meta data output about a course
  • Significantly updated checkout process with all kinds of new templates including:
    • templates/checkout/form-gateways.php
    • templates/checkout/form-summary.php
  • Unified "Lesson Preview" at "templates/course/lesson-preview.php" displays "buttons" in course syllabus (on course page) and in course navigation (on lesson pages)
  • Various template hook priority changes in order to make adding content between default LifterLMS areas easier
Deleted Templates
  • templates/checkout/form-checkout-cc.php
  • templates/checkout/form-pricing.php
New & Updated Admin Interfaces & Templates
  • Significantly improved, changed, or brand new templates for metaboxes for various post types:
    • templates/admin/post-types/order-details.php
    • templates/admin/post-types/order-transactions.php
    • templates/admin/post-types/product-access-plan.php
    • templates/admin/post-types/product.php
New Functions
  • llms_confirm_payment_url() - Retreive the URL used for confirming LifterLMS Payments
  • llms_cancel_payment_url() - Retreive the URL users are directed to when cancelling a payment
Install Script
  • Removed some legacy default options that were being created and are no longer required for new installations.
  • Removed unused update_courses_archive() function & related hook

Now utilizing a forked version of Select2 to prevent 3.5.x conflicts we've been plagued with

  • Removed filter lifterlms_get_price_html, use lifterlms_get_single_price_html instead
  • Removed unused LLMS_Product->get_price_suffix_html() function
  • Removed LLMS_Product->set_price_html_as_value() because we didn't like it anymore, don't use anything instead.
  • Removed add_query_var_course_id() function
  • Removed displaying_sidebar_in_post_types() function with the LLMS_Sidebars::replace_default_sidebars() function
  • Filter lifterlms_order_process_pending_redirect has been replaced with lifterlms_order_process_payment_redirect
  • Action lifterlms_order_process_begin has been deprecated
  • Removed lifterlms_order_process_complete action
  • Replaced LLMS_Course::check_enrollment() with various new utilities. See llms_is_user_enrolled() for fastest use.
  • Officially removed the LLMS_Language class
  • Officially removed the PluginUpdateChecker class stubs we created to prevent updating issues with LifterLMS extensions during our transition to 2.0.0. This library has caused nothing but pain for everyone on our team and many of our users. It's gone now, forever.
  • Removed function lifterlms_template_single_price() and replacted with lifterlms_template_pricing_table()
  • Removed templates at "includes/course/price.php" and "includes/membership/price.php" in favor of "includes/product/pricing-table.php"
  • Removed LLMS_Person::create_new_person() in favor of LLMS_Person_Handler::register() or llms_create_new_person()
  • Removed LLMS_Person->set_user_login_timestamp_on_register() and are simply adding the metadata during registration
  • Removed lifterlms_register_post action hook which fired after new user registration validation, this has been replaced with lifterlms_user_registration_after_validation
  • Removed lifterlms_new_person_data and lifterlms_new_person_address filters, replaced with lifterlms_user_registration_data
  • Removed LLMS_Person::login_user() in favor of LLMS_Person_Handler::login()
  • background updater
  • system report facelift + inclusion of all new settings via LLMS_Data class
  • Fix setup wizard styles to follow update admin panel styles
  • add links to last step of setup wizard for documentation and demo
  • removed a bunch of deprecated coupon-related functions
  • added a "force ssl" option to ensure checkout is secured
  • added settings and options around recurring payments and staging sites to prevent duplicate charges when testing on a cloned site
  • Check course restrictions automatically when checking lesson
  • Added user_id to all access function checks to allow for checks for non current user
  • course restriction messages display regardless of enrollment status
  • check memberships and lock purchase of members only access plans
  • Fixed titles of course closed and open messages on the course restrictions options
  • record a start date for access plans based off when order mobes to complete or active for the first time
  • automatically expire limited access plans
  • gave a quick facelift & unification to a lot of admin panel elements
  • Color consistency updated according to LLMS brand guide
  • Unified frint and backend button classes
  • Updated all frontend buttons to have consistent classes
  • Removed the "FREE" lesson SVG in favor of simple text which allows translating
  • Install & activation overhauls. Resolves #179
  • jQuery MatchHeight lib unignored
  • A bunch of settings pages updated and a bunch of settings deprecated
  • Gateways setting page removed
  • Memberships & Courses page combined into "Catalogs" settings
  • Added a data getting class used by the tracker class
  • added a new page creation function witn better intelligence that (hopefully) prevents duplicate pages from being created during core page installation
  • new default country setting
  • all order status changes recorded as order notes
  • pending orders can be completed after failed payments
  • better handling for gateways with fields
  • JS spinners support multiples via start & stop!
  • Updated (and semi-finished) analytics
  • achievemnt metabox converted
  • minor updates to voucher class
  • Added a "post state" visible on the Pages posts table identifying if the page is saved as a LifterLMS page (EG: Checkout Page)
  • Fixed copy/paste error of duplicate enrollment closed message on course restrictions tab
  • Removed WC integration in favor of WC
  • Upgade "back to course" template to new lesson API
  • Renamed course/parent_course.php to course/parent-course.php for template naming consistency
  • use strict when auto generating usernames when creating from email addresses, resolves #182
3.0.0 Auto Upgrader
  • lots of postmeta data rekeyed
  • intelligently generated defaults for various peices of new meta data on courses, lessons, and memberships
  • automatically generate access plans from existing course and membership data
  • update existing orders to pull semi-accurate data into analytics based on new database structure
  • cleans database of a ton of deprecated options and postmeta data
  • function llms_is_user_member(), use llms_is_user_enrolled() instead
  • function llms_check_course_date_restrictions()
  • function quiz_restricted()
  • function membership_page_restricted()
  • function is_topic_restricted()
  • function llms_get_post_memberships()
  • function llms_get_parent_post_memberships()
  • function parent_page_restricted_by_membership()
  • function outstanding_prerequisite_exists()
  • function find_prerequisite()
  • function llms_get_course_enrolled_date()
  • function llms_get_lesson_start_date()
  • function lesson_start_date_in_future()
  • function page_restricted_by_membership_alert()
  • function llms_does_user_memberships_contain_course()
  • class LLMS_Checkout
  • function LLMS()->checkout()
Auto Enrollment
  • Course auto enrollment for Memberships has been restored
  • Works exactly the same as previously except auto-enrollment is not dependent on a course "belonging to" the membership via membership restrictions. This is because membership restrictions no longer apply to courses
  • Charts! I'm really excited about this. I know we still need more data but please say nice things to me, I worked really hard on these little charts.
  • Updated styles & interface
  • Restrict individual forums (and their topics) to LifterLMS Membership levels
  • Fixes broken course display on bp profile
  • Adds memberships subpage to bp profile
  • Admin notices class for managing admin notices, it's pretty neat!
Student Management on Courses and Memberships
  • All new and improved student management interface for managing student enrollments from courses and memberhips
  • filter: llms_meta_fields_course_main, replace with llms_metabox_fields_lifterlms_course_options
Manual Payments
  • Manual Payment Gateway can now be enabled on the frontend!
  • When a manual payment is recorded the user will be redirected to a view order page where they will be prompted to make a manual payment
  • Define the payment instructions on the admin panel "Checkout Settings"
  • Once you verify payment, head to the pending order and hit the "Record a Manual Payment" button to record the transaction
  • Upon recording the order status will be upgraded to "Complete" and the user will be enrolled automatically
Student Dashboard Upgrades
  • More sane template hooks and functions
  • Pagination on Courses endpoint (view only a preview on the mian dashboard)
  • Orders history & view orders screens!

Deprecated options (and related functons where applicaple) for the following course & membership options:

  • lifterlms_button_purchase_membership_custom_text
  • lifterlms_course_display_outline_lesson_thumbnails
  • lifterlms_course_display_author
  • lifterlms_course_display_banner
  • lifterlms_course_display_difficulty
  • lifterlms_course_display_length
  • lifterlms_course_display_categories
  • lifterlms_course_display_tags
  • lifterlms_course_display_tracks
  • lifterlms_lesson_nav_display_excerpt
  • lifterlms_course_display_outline
  • lifterlms_course_display_outline_titles
  • lifterlms_course_display_outline_lesson_thumbnails
  • lifterlms_display_lesson_complete_placeholders
  • redirect_to_checkout

In all scenarions either a add_filter (returning false) or a remove_action() can be used to replicate the option.

v3.0.0-beta.4 - 2016/09/01
  • fix issue with course prereq checks
  • next payment due date visible on order admin view
  • trial end date visible on order admin view
Free Access Plans
  • "Free" access plans now defined as such based on a checkbox rather than by entering 0 into the price
  • Only single payment access plans can be free (a free recurring payment makes no sense but we can certainly discuss this if you disagree with me)
  • trials are disabled with free plans (because trials only apply to recurring plans)
  • sales are disabled for free access plans
Checkout Form JS API
  • unified JS checkout handler
  • allows extensions to enqueue validation or pre-submission JS functions that should run prior to checkout form submission
Manual Payment Gateway
  • handles purchase of access plans marked ar FREE & orders that are discounted to 100% via coupons
Open Enrollment
  • Open Enrollment allows users to register on the account dashboard without purchasing a course
  • Voucher settings are available to customize whether vouchers should be optional or required during open registration
  • Better error reporting around voucher usage during enrollment
Deprecated Functions
  • llms_get_coupon()
  • get_section_id()
  • check_course_capacity()
  • Updated admin metaboxes to use new metabox abstract class
  • display 0 instead of negative attempts on quiz summary
  • updated logic in start button template
Emails (for engagements)
  • Admin metabox updated to new API
  • Postmeta data migration:
    • _email_subject renamed to _llms_email_subject
    • _email_heading renamed to _llms_email_heading

v2.7.12 - 2016/09/22

  • Added a new filter on content returned after port permission checks
  • Added additional information to plugin update message in preparation for major 3.0 release
  • Updated plugin contributor metadata

v2.7.11 - 2016/07/22

  • Removed a duplicate action hook on course archive loop.
  • Switched registration template include to use a more sane function
  • Added updated banner adds with prettier ones. Wooooooo.

v2.7.10 - 2016/07/19

  • Fix undefined noticed related to LifterLMS custom post type archive filtering
  • Fix filter which was supposed to allow custom engagment types to be queried & triggered by engagements automatically but was passing data incorrectly

v2.7.9 - 2016/07/11

  • We are now properly storing delayed engagment trigger data.
  • Fixed an issue with our engagment query functions that caused, in very rare circumstances, the extra engagements to be triggered during an engagment trigger due to a lack of specificity in our query
  • Fixed an undefined property notice related to email engagments when the email had no subject or header
  • Fixed a typo in the description of a translation function.
  • Added an engagment debug logging function. You can log all sorts of data related to engagements by adding define( 'LLMS_ENGAGEMENT_DEBUG', true ); to your wp-config.php file.
  • Allow course title shortcode to be used on course pages (and quizzes too). Documentation incorrectly said it was available on courses so we've fixed the function to allow for use on courses.

v2.7.8 - 2016/07/05

  • Bugfix: Restore access to quiz results on quiz completion

v2.7.7 - 2016/07/01

  • LifterLMS is now 100% Translated into Russian thanks to our new Russian Translation Editor @kellerpt
  • All transition messages between questions during a Quiz are now translatable.
  • LifterLMS subpages below the LifterLMS icon on the admin panel will now always display regardless of how you've chosen to translate the menu items. Hopefully puts to rest a long-standing i18n issue.
Bug fixes
  • Attempting to access a quiz when not enrolled in the associated course and having not properly started the quiz now results in a useful error message rather than a PHP warning.
  • We've adjusted the way we're adding a admin panel "seperator" to reduce conflicts with other plugins that have menu items with the same position as our seperator (51).
  • Added new logic to display an error message (instead of nothing) if there's an error during question loading.
  • Resolve issue with course progress bar when added to a quiz sidebar (assuming your theme has sidebar support on your quizzes).
  • Updated version number in the changelog for last version (it was supposed to be 2.7.6)

v2.7.6 - 2016/06/28

  • Students manually removed by Memberships by using the "Students" tab of a LifterLMS Membership will now be fully removed from the membership.
  • Updated a few time-related strings to be l18n friendly. These items were all around Quiz time reporting and quiz time limits.
  • Updated testing information, tested up to WP 4.5.3
  • Fixed date of last release on changelog. It had the wrong date. Does that really matter?
  • Updated readme.txt description area, we have a new youtube video! Yassss.

v2.7.5 - 2016/06/13

New features
  • Added an "id" parameter to both LifterLMS Courses and LifterLMS Memberships shortcodes
  • Allow date translation on quiz results screen by using date_i18n() instead of date()
  • Allow date translation on my courses screen by using date_i18n() instead of date()
  • Ensure course status "Enrolled" is translatable on my courses screen
  • Thanks to @kjohnson who fixed undefined index warnings & errors which occurred when viewing the last lesson in a section when the next section contained no lessons.
  • Resolved an issue where formatting for "Restricted Access Description" course content would not display proper formatting.
  • Fixed an issue with the "FREE" stamp for a free lesson caused layout issues.
  • Removed the "is-complete" css class from incorrectly being added to lesson preview tiles for free lessons
  • Fix an escaping issue when rendering Course titles inside LifterLMS notices. Prevents "\'s" from displaying when "'s" should be displaying (and similar issues).

v2.7.4 - 2016/05/26

  • Fixed a bug with the new localization methods from 2.7.3
  • Removed bundled it_IT translation files in favor of official language pack available at
  • Removed bundled en_US translation files because LifterLMS is in English so the files are unnecessary.
  • Fixed a few mis-labled filters applied when registering LifterLMS Custom Post Types
  • Adjusted the default supported features of LifterLMS Quizzes and Questions
    • Quizzes now support custom fields as per user request
    • Commenting, thumbnails, and excerpts are no longer "supported" as they were never intended to be and were never correctly implemented.
    • If you are relying on any of these features for your quizzes or questions please use the following filters to re-implement these features: lifterlms_register_post_type_quiz or lifterlms_register_post_type_question. These will allow you filter the default arguments LifterLMS passes to the WordPress function register_post_type()

v2.7.3 - 2016/05/23

  • Added a separate filter for login redirects lifterlms_login_redirect and added the user_id as a second parameter available to the filter
  • Adde

Are there any troubleshooting steps you'd suggest I try that might resolve my issue before I post a new thread?

First, make sure that you're running the latest version of LifterLMS. And if you've got any other LifterLMS extensions or themes, make sure those are running the most current version as well.

The most common issues we see are either plugin conflicts, theme conflicts, or outdated servers. You can test if a plugin or theme is conflicting by manually deactivating other plugins until just LifterLMS is running on your site. If the issue persists from there, revert to the default Twenty Fifteen theme. If the issue is resolved after deactivating a specific plugin or your theme, you'll know that is the source of the conflict. If it is a hosting issue, contact your web host and make sure they’re running the most current version of PHP.

Also be sure to check out the official LifterLMS documentation and knowledgebase.

I'm still stuck. Where do I go to file a bug or ask a question?

Users of the free LifterLMS should post their questions in the plugin's forum. If you find you're not getting support in as timely a fashion as you wish, you might want to consider purchasing a LifterLMS Pro license.

If you're already a LifterLMS Pro user or you have purchased one of the LifterLMS themes or extensions, you're entitled to log into your account and contact the support team directly on the LifterLMS website. We can provide a deeper level of support here and address your needs on a daily basis during the work week. Generally, except in times of increased support loads, we reply to all comments within 12 business hours.

LifterLMS is awesome! Can you set it all up for me?

Yes. You can get an instant quote for the team at LifterLMS to set everything up for you through our signature Boost service. Get an instant quote through our automated quote generation tool on the LifterLMS website services page.

I'm interested in LifterLMS Pro, another LifterLMS extension, or a LifterLMS theme, but there are a few questions I've got before making the purchase. Can you help me get those addressed?

Absolutely. If you're not finding your questions answered on the product pages, you can ask your presales questions through this contact form. You can also connect live with a member of our team here.

What add-ons are available for LifterLMS, and where can I read more about them?

Currently, the following add-ons are available for LifterLMS:

  • LifterLMS Stripe Payment Gateway, for accepting credit card payments directly on your website and passing the money through Stripe to your bank account.
  • LifterLMS MailChimp, for adding your users to a MailChimp email list and organizing them into groups or adding to separate email lists based on the courses they’ve enrolled in.

I have a feature idea. What's the best way to tell you about it?

We care about your feature ideas and what you have to say. You can request a feature here. Also be sure to checkout the LifterLMS product roadmap and changelog to see how far we’ve come.

I still have questions. Where can I find answers?

Be sure you’ve taken the free tutorial training video course: How to Create an Online Course with LifterLMS.

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Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 14 Feb 2017

Date Added: 12 Feb 2016

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