Create an online course website with WordPress

Create an online course website with WordPress

Creating an online course website is not that challenging if you consider using WordPress. This content management system (CMS) offers a variety of plugins and themes, built to give website owners the ability to provide courses on their WP sites.

One good option is to create a knowledge base on your WordPress site. However, there is another way to go about the development of an online course website. Here we talk about adding LMS functionality with the help of the WP plugin. 

Today, the web development team at WishDesk explains what you need to pay attention to when creating an online course website with WordPress. Here, you can also find some of the plugins and themes suitable for a knowledge platform.

What do I need to create an online course website with WordPress?

In order to create the WordPress online course website you need:

  • a reliable hosting provider
  • website address (domain name)
  • LMS (learning management system) plugin
  • LMS theme (or custom design created from scratch by a development team)

P. S. You can enjoy an affordable and reliable hosting solution provided by WishDesk!

Setting up a WordPress website

Here are the ways of how you can set up a WordPress website:

  • Localhost. Set up WP on your computer running OS X, Windows, or Ubuntu. After that, you can move a site to the live web host.
  • WordPress hosting.

If you are not familiar with coding and have no idea of how to install WordPress, contacting a web development company is the best solution! They can create a site for you, and then you’ll be able to add any functionality you need with the help of plugins available on the official WordPress website.

If you weren’t able to find a suitable plugin, WordPress professionals at WishDesk can create a custom one just for your needs!

WordPress online course plugins

First, you need to find and set up WP LMS plugin which will allow you to create your online course. All you need is to choose one that suits all your needs and requirements, download it, install it to your WP platform, and configure the functionality.

Tutor LMS

Tutor LMS is the most popular learning management system (LMS) plugin to easily create online courses. This plugin is easy to set up and control. It provides rich Tutor Setting to define, select, or limit options for Course, Quiz, Teacher, Student, and more.

Tutor LMS plugin

Tutor LMS key features

  • intuitive course builder
  • video lessons
  • teacher profiles and panels
  • lesson management
  • quizzes
  • rating system
  • content security
  • tracking course progress
  • and more!


LifterLMS makes it simple to create and sell online courses. It is an all-in-one solution with the ability for third-party integrations.

LifterLMS plugin

LifterLMS key features

  • LMS roles
  • payment gateways
  • membership
  • grade book
  • email marketing
  • course protection
  • user account management and registration
  • and more!

MasterStudy LMS

Master Study LMS is a powerful online education plugin for WordPress that lets website owners create lessons with videos, images, slides, graphs, and more. This lesson management tool is powered by the WYSIWYG editor.

MasterStudy LMS plugin

MasterStudy LMS key features

  • offers text, video, and slideshow types of lessons
  • integration with third-party payment systems (PayPal, Stripe)
  • messaging and announcement system
  • Instructor and Student profiles
  • recurring subscriptions
  • and more!

WordPress online course themes

After you are all set with an LMS plugin, it is time to think about the website design. You can choose any suitable theme in the WordPress theme directory, but we recommend contacting UX and UI designers at WishDesk in order to create your own responsive theme for an online course website according to all your wishes and requests.

Scholarship Lite

The Scholarship Lite theme is one of the best education themes that will make your online course website stand out!

The Scholarship Lite theme for WP

Online Courses

The Online Courses WordPress theme was developed specifically for online course websites. It has a responsive design and looks good on any mobile device!

Online courses WP theme

Entrust an online course website creation to professionals!

This was a brief overview of the essentials necessary for online course website development. However, it is always a good idea to contact specialists when it comes to web development, especially when it is a complex project like an online course website using WordPress. Leave your task here and we’ll get in touch soon!


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