Compared to several big names among the WordPress LMS plugins, Tutor LMS by Themeum is relatively new. Launched in early 2019, Tutor LMS already has more than 20 thousand active installations, and the number is steadily growing. It might take a while to reach the milestones covered by its competitors but rest assured, it is undoubtedly mostly there.

Using both the free and paid versions of the Tutor LMS plugin and playing around with its features, it is clear why it has a 5-star rating on WordPress.org. So, in this Tutor LMS review post, let’s look at what it has to offer and why it should be your next LMS plugin. 

WordPress Tutor LMS Review

Tutor LMS has a feature-packed free version along with a premium version with additional functionalities. Before getting into details, let’s look at what Tutor LMS offers:-

  • Intuitive drag and drop course builder. 
  • Limitless courses and lessons.
  • Quizzes creator.
  • Video lessons.
  • Lesson management.
  • Profiles and panels.
  • Video integration from multiple popular sources.
  • Review and rating system.
  • Course progress tracker.
  • Marketplace.
  • Page builder support. 
  • Course restrictions, and much more. 

These are only some from the sea of features that both free and paid versions of Tutor LMS hos to offer. We will be breaking down what you’ll get on the free version and paid versions. 

Tutor LMS – Free version features

Trust me when I say that most of you probably won’t have to opt for the premium version initially if you’re just starting on the e-Learning platform.

The free version of the Tutor LMS is ample for setting up courses and running a decent e-Learning WordPress website. Without spending a single dime, you get access to:-

  • Intuitive drag and drop course builder and editor.
  • Unlimited courses.
  • Easy course management.
  • Support for the video player and 3rd part video integration.
  • Quizzes and its additional components.
  • WooCommerce support, and more.

Let’s discuss these features in more depth. 

Course Builder

The course build is as easy as it gets. After installing the plugin, you will see Tutor LMS listed in the WordPress side panel. Clicking on it will present you with a list of options, and at the top, you’ll find “Courses.”

As the name suggests, this option will let you add new courses and configure them.

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When you scroll down, you will find many meta boxes that you can use to configure the courses as per your preference and course requirements. You have the option to configure the maximum number of students allowed in a particular course and course difficulty level.

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There’s also the option to add custom fields if you need to. You can update all the created custom fields right at that moment or come back later.

There’s the feature to add topics and include a topic summary to help the students get the idea about the topic’s activities.  

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Upon adding a new topic, you will see a new option under Course Builder – Lesson and Quiz.

The Lesson option opens a popup that lets you add a new lesson into the course. The lesson popup lets you add a lesson name, media, and description. That’s not it, though; when you scroll down, you’ll find additional options.

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You can upload a featured image, add a video from external sources or upload your own and determine the video playback time.

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The Quiz option allows you to add quizzes related to the lesson. You can add quizzes for any lesson you create. 

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The quiz editing popup has tons of configurable options. You can add a question, determine the question type, mark as required, allocate points, display points, add a description, and configure the correct answer.

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The Settings tab on the quiz popup has some additional options you can configure. You have the option to set a time limit, attempts, passing grade, and a few more.

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You can rearrange the components of the course easily with the drag and drop interface.

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Once you’re done creating a course and adding lessons and quizzes to it, you get down to Additional Data.

Here you can configure the total course duration, describe the benefits of taking this particular course, add requirements and instructions, determine the target audiences and explain what additional assets are included in this course.

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When you scroll further down, you get to the section that lets you add an introduction video for the particular course. You can either upload a video or choose to get it from external sources.

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At the very bottom, there’s one last section that lets you add announcements. You can personalize the announcement by using the variable {user_display_name}.

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Tutor Settings

There’s a dedicated settings page that lets you control settings of all your courses.. Clicking on Settings will take you to a separate page that has some tabs that allow you to control specific functionalities.

The settings page has 12 different tab that lets you configure course behavior. 

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The General tab lets you configure settings such as enable/disable public profile, load tutor CSS, enable/disable video player, and more. 

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The Courses tab is for configuring general course settings such as enable/disable Gutenberg on various fields, archiving options, and different other toggleable settings. 

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The Lessons tab lets you toggle classic editor, automatically load next course content, and ad lessons permalink base.

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The Quiz tab enables you to configure various quiz-specific settings like time limits, attempts, grade calculation, and a couple of others.

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The Instructor tab is for setting up instructor profile settings like allowing publishing courses, uploading their courses, and more.

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The Students tab helps you set up student profile settings. Here, you can select the student registration page, show student reviews on their profile, and show complete courses. 

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In the Earning tab, you can configure earning and commissions for your other instructor. You can choose to give a zero commission or allocate a certain percentage. There’s also the option to deduct fees from the entire earning before distributing it to the admin or instructors.

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Inside the Withdrawal tab, you will find options to add payment methods and set the instructors’ minimum withdrawal amount.

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The Style tab lets you set the primary color, hover color, text color, and light color.

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The Monetization tab lets you monetize your courses for a fee. You can install monetization plugins such as WooCommerce or membership pro to monetize your courses via LMS. 

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The final tab, i.e., the WooCommerce tab, requires the WooCommerce plugin to be installed and has the option to whether or not to let unregistered users purchase from the course details page. 

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Other Side Panel Settings

A few additional settings are available on the side panel, including course categories, locations, tags, students’ profiles, and a few more. 

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Tutor LMS lets you efficiently manage comprehensive courses from the side panel via the Students, Q&A, and Quiz Attempt settings. The free version doesn’t include many detailed management options, but the premium version will let you do more.

The Frontend

This is what your course page looks would like from the frontend. I am using the Kadence WordPress theme for this demo.

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You can see that all elements are visible, and everything is where it should be. All the details of the course are understandable. 

Once you students will click on “Enroll“, Here’s what a lesson will look like from the inside for the students. 

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And here’s how the quiz section would appear for the students. 

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Tutor LMS Pro – Premium Features

Tutor LMS offers few additional features on its premium version. Below is the list of all notable additions. 

Tutor LMS Addons

I will discuss a few to give you a quick idea.

Front-end Course Builder

The first notable addition is the front-end course builder, and what sets this LMS plugin standout from the rest. This feature lets you create a course without having to use the dashboard like on the free version. The options stay the same, but now you can create or edit your courses from the front end too.

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Additionally, you can assign tasks straight from the front-end and attach videos and other media.

Reports and Analytics

The pro version gives you the option to the vide detailed reports and analytics of each of your courses. You can filter specific options as per your preference. This feature lets you quickly review course popularity, manage reviews, and track students’ quiz attempts, among a couple of other things.

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Additional Email Notification Options

Apart from the standard option you get on the free version, you get additional opportunities to email students when they complete a course or finish a quiz.

You can even send emails to the instructors when a student enrolls in a course, completes a time, complete a lesson, or asked a question.  

Certificates

A nifty little but significant premium feature is the ability to grant certificates for students who’ve complete a course. 

Tutor LMS Certificate

Once you enable the “Certificate” add-on, a new tab would appear inside settings. Here, you can select a certificate template and add the required information. The certificate will be issued to all students who complete their courses respectively.

Content Drip

Another important feature that only comes with Pro version is the Content Drip option. One you enable content drip from the Addons, you will find a new section “Content Drip” under your all your courses page. 

Content-Drip Tutor LMS Review

For me, its one of the most important feature as it allows me to schedule my lessons the way I want them to get unlocked. I can unlock my course lessons on a particular date, after X number of days, sequentially or after any other prerequisites.

Content-Drip-settings

After, you have enabled content drip for a particular course, you can head over to your Course Builder-> Topics-> Lessons and then add your desired days in the drip settings.

Should You Buy Tutor LMS or Not?

I have tried to cover many important features in this Tutor LMS review post to give you an idea of what Tutor LMS offers in both Free or Pro versions. TutorLMS is undoubtedly rising fast and shows no intention to stop. It makes course creation a breeze with its backend drag and drop editor. And if you’re on the pro version, the one-of-a-kind front-end builder will surely hook you up.

In my opinion, it also has one of the best UI when compared to its other counterparts. TutorLMS isn’t old and established compared to most of the LMS plugins out in the market. However, with the pace of its progress, you should definitely try this out. 

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