Integrate with LearnDash

LearnDash is a learning management system (LMS) plugin for WordPress that makes it easy to create online courses. Memberful has built in support for LearnDash. Please note: You need a license to access LearnDash help articles, some of which are linked in the documentation below.

Install LearnDash and activate your plugin. Once you activate the LearnDash plugin, you'll see a new option appear in the WordPress sidebar.

LearnDash sidebar

Click LearnDash LMS to access the LearnDash menu and the LMS.

LearnDash LMS

You will use the Memberful Restrict Access settings to restrict access to your course for members only instead of the LearnDash learning management functionality.

Course structure

LearnDash courses are made up of Lessons, Topics, and Quizzes. Here’s an example of a basic course outline:

Course title: Baking 101

Lesson 1: Baking Basics

Note: You can also create a course made up only of lessons. Using topics to further break down your content is optional.

Create a course

  1. Under the Courses tab, click Add New. Enter a course title and description, and set the course price type to Open.
  2. Scroll down to the LearnDash Course Builder meta box at the bottom of your course page. Click the + symbol and then the green checkmark to create a new lesson, topic, or quiz.

    LearnDash course builder

  3. Drag your lessons, topics, and quizzes to the right column to add them to your course. Keep in mind:

Drag course assets

Add lesson content

  1. From the LearnDash menu, navigate to Lessons and select a lesson.
  2. Add some introductory information about the lesson in the WordPress editor. For example, “In this lesson, you will learn how to make the most popular types of cookies like chocolate chip, peanut butter, and oatmeal.”
  3. Optional: You can also use LearnDash shortcodes to include additional information to any course, lesson, or quiz. Read more about LearnDash shortcodes here.

Add topic content

  1. From the LearnDash menu, navigate to Topics and select a topic.
  2. Add your text and media in the WordPress text editor.
  3. If you’re including a video in your topic, add the video embed code (YouTube, Vimeo, or Wistia) directly in the WordPress text editor.
  4. To access additional video options, scroll down to the Lesson Topic box and click Enable video progression.

Add quiz questions

  1. From the LearnDash menu, navigate to Quizzes and select a quiz.
  2. Configure the quiz settings.
  3. Enter your quiz questions.

Protect your course for members only

Now that your course is built, you need to restrict access for members only. Navigate to your course from the LearnDash menu. Scroll to the bottom of the page to access the Memberful: Restrict Access meta box. Checkmark the corresponding plan to define which plan members can access the course.

LearnDash course builder

The content to the right of the Restrict Access settings is shown to anyone without access. This is where you should add your purchase link and marketing content.

Here’s an example of what members will see once they purchase a plan to access your course:

End user course

Tip: If you want to remove the post date from your courses, lessons, and quizzes, try these suggestions from the LearnDash team.

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