With thousands of existing WordPress themes, it can be hard to choose one to build your elearning site. Being a WordPress based LMS, LearnDash can work with a wide variety of the themes available for the platform. However, there are also many tailored LearnDash WordPress Themes created specifically with this plugin and your online courses in mind.
Working with a LearnDash WordPress theme poses many advantages that extend beyond their tested compatibility with LearnDash LMS. These themes will give you access to custom page templates and layouts, crafted specifically for LearnDash pages such as course catalogue, lesson, and topic pages. Many of these themes also come pre-populated with content that can be easily customized, allowing you to quickly launch your LearnDash site. Plus, you’ll get access to a lot of information on how to use the template for elearning and a supportive community to bounce ideas off.
In this post, our LearnDash consultants share their pick of LearnDash WordPress Themes for 2021! You can also take a look at our LearnDash theme selection for 2020 for some additional inspiration. Looking for something more professional and exclusive? If you need a completely unique design and feature set for your elearning site, you can also reach out to LearnDash customization experts.
Best LearnDash WordPress Themes In 2021
The Buddyboss theme is one of the most popular LearnDash WordPress themes out there. Its seamless integration with LearnDash and BuddyPress make it the perfect choice for those looking to offer a professional learning experience while growing a community of students around their courses.
Here are some of elearning features you’ll get with BuddyBoss:
- A fully-customizable learner’s dashboard showcasing all students most important information
- If you are using LearnDash with Elementor, you can take advantage of custom Elementor widgets
- Distraction free navigation to keep your learners focused
Buddyboss is very user friendly, which makes it easy to navigate when customizing the layout and look of your site. Plus, the theme also allows you to customize your site’s footer and header and is compatible with page builders.
Other notable features of this theme include:
- Multilingual and RTL support
- WooCommerce Integration
- H5P compatibility (if you plan on adding interactive content to your LearnDash Courses with H5P)
- Tin Can API & SCORM
- Gamification friendly
Our team has extensive experience building elearning sites with LearnDash and BuddyBoss, so if you need help configuring the theme or customizing its looks and features, don’t hesitate to reach out to our LearnDash customization experts.
Astra + LearnDash Academy (Starter Templates)
If you are looking for a theme with extensive features that can benefit any kind of website, but that will also seamlessly work withLearnDash LMS, this is it! The Astra Theme is not only compatible with LearnDash but also has a ready-to-use LearnDash Academy website template available in their Starter Templates. Using this theme you’ll be able to customize every aspect of your LearnDash pages.
Astra also includes other powerful features such as integrations with WooCommerce, Elementor and Beaver builder. It is also SEO friendly and includes a distraction free checkout page to help you convert more course sales.
Keep in mind that while Astra is available for free, in order to take advantage of all design capabilities and the complete set of features of the LearnDash integration, purchasing Astra Pro is required. Here you’ll find a more detailed look into the differences between the Free Astra and Astra Pro.
If you need help setting up your LearnDash site with Astra, make sure you check out our guide on how to customize your LearnDash courses with Astra. If you need further assistance or are looking to add specific features to your site through LearnDash customization, our LearnDash experts are here to help. Just reach out.
Looking for a LearnDash WordPress theme built for elearning businesses and that will fit your courses like a glove? eLumine is a LearnDash specific theme created by WISDMLabs. Fully compatible with LearnDash and supercharged with elearning specific features, this theme was built specifically for LearnDash users.
eLumine comes with its own set of pre-built elearning websites that are ready to customize and use. Additionally the theme includes several LearnDash specific layouts that help you give all your LearnDash pages a professional and attractive look. If you are using other plugins to build your online learning site, such as WooCommerce and BuddyPress, you’ll be glad to know that this theme includes layouts for their pages as well.
Beyond its seamless LearnDash integration the eLumine theme includes the following stand-out features:
- Speed optimization
- Support for RTL layouts and translation compatibility
- Custom page loaders
- Integrates with page builders including Elementor, Visual Composer, Brizy, Unyson, and Beaver Builder
- Gamification friendly through BadgeOS Integration
- Night mode and read mode
Academy Pro + Genesis Framework
Academy Pro is a StudioPress premium Genesis theme created specifically for elearning. This theme was designed specifically for online educators looking to deliver their content in a way that is attractive, professional and attention grabbing.
Some of this theme’s standout features include:
- Attractively display course topics, lessons and quizzes.
- Fold-out FAQ sections
- SEO optimization
- Conversion-minded design for your elearning site’s homepage
Kadence WP Theme
While not built for e-learning specifically, Kadence is one of the best WordPress themes to use with LearnDash. This theme includes an easy to use block editor and drag and drop customization for your site’s footer and header, making it ideal to build unique, good looking pages for your LearnDash site.
If this sounds like too much work, you’ll also get access to a library of starter templates you can add and edit to quickly design your site. Currently, the Kadence Theme has both “membership” and “online course” templates available.
Kadence also smoothly integrates with WooCommerce, making it a great choice if you use this ecommerce plugin along with LearnDash.
Bonus pick: Tutorque theme
Tutorque is a WordPress theme designed to create all kinds of elearning sites ranging from sites for a simple online course to online schools and universities. Tutorque seamlessly integrates with LearnDash, TutorLMS and LifterLMS.
This theme adapts to varying needs providing different homepage layouts specifically designed for universities, online courses and coaches. You can also edit your pages from the front-end using its built-in customizer. Additionally, thanks to its compatibility with Elementor, you can also comfortably use this page builder to design your site’s pages (you can find out more about how to do this on our post on how to create LearnDash courses with Elementor).
Other notable features included with the Tutorque theme:
- WooCommerce Integration
- Multilingual support
- BuddyPress Integration
- Multiple header designs
- SEO and speed optimization
Bottomline: The Best LearnDash WordPress Themes
Any of the themes above will help you make the most out of LearnDash LMS while giving your elearning site an attractive and professional look. We hope this post helped you identify the strengths of each LearnDash WordPress theme and helped you make a selection. If you still have some questions, our LearnDash consultants can also assist you in selecting the best theme according to your needs.
If you want your website’s design to stand out from other LearnDash sites created using these same popular themes, theme customization is the way to go. Our LearnDash customization experts have worked on hundreds of LearnDash sites and can help enhance your elearning site with a unique look and features.