This plugin works. The design approach is better than the last one I tested. The developer stays with the common wordpress editor so learning startup curve for making posts (lessons) is pretty low.
What is difficult is understanding how to operate the overall system. One sheet of help with short codes is not an operating tutorial. Any of the LMS systems I have looked at so far are complicated. Most suffer from a lack of written operating instructions. The kind that say to make a course do this. To make a lesson here are the steps, To integrate a quiz, install the Watu plugin and follow these steps to setup a quiz.
I got thru setting up a fairly extensive course with Namaste LMS, After struggling to setup two quizzes, I am done. Let alone the membership plugin to sell product. (Having to edit one of the model files to get a backend display into id order also did not impress me.) While it is obvious a lot of work has gone into programming this system, I am not of a mind to spend money on the pro version just to add in some instructor control and reporting. Every thing in the LMS world right now is pretty mush difficult or you have to spend money. I am going to spend money.
I am working on a LMS as a proof of concept and I find that this plugin does wonders. But, there is always a but, the documentation is, to use an euphemism, very spartan. Before going PRO I would like some more documentation. On the site there isn't even a decent products comparison table.
Anyway, for a free plugin the 5 stars are well deserved.
Having been informed of the current vogue of “eLearning” and the huge sums of money involved in programming bespoke packages, I was merely curious as to whether I could fulfill the following criteria using only open-source software, freely available...
1. Student had to register
2. A section must be completed satisfactorily before progression to further sections
3. A PDF “Certificate of Completion” must be available upon passing.
I am happy to say that with a little time and effort, the “Namaste! LMS” plugin (combined with 3 others) successfully achieved the objectives, and I’m happy to rate it five stars!
Having created a “proof of concept” site, I sincerely hope the charity I put this together for move forward in the “open source” direction, and purchase the “pro” version of this and the other plugins I’ve used (as the community needs support from those who are able to afford it).
I installed this plugin thinking that it was an actual LMS. It seems to be extremely basic and there are no step by step tutorials to walk you through setting up courses, lessons etc.
I started by Creating a Course Description as a page under Courses. Tried both options of admin approval and logged in user can enroll.
The short code for the enroll button doesn't show in page.
It doesn't give a section under which courses are all grouped together.
The plugin isn't very well thought out.
Other LMS like Learn Dash seem friendlier
Very disappointed in this plugin!
I am totally impressed with Namaste! LMS. I was looking for a replacement for Moodle, because we already have a WP site and we wanted our users to have a single sign-on experience. There were some advanced features we had to have, such as conditional release (must complete X before you get to see Y), that are not available in other LMS plugins for WP. Documentation is light, but the I am very happy with the support. The developers are very responsive. This is only going to get better and better. Recommendation: Go PRO! Get Addons!! It's totally worth the money for this great plugin, and it will help it continue to grow.
Once courses and lessons (as well of categories) are correctly organised, the results are just ... perfect !
Congratulation for the work done, and thanks !
The best WP LMS.
Using Namaste now for the last 6 months. Although it is work in progress it is already very good as it is and the new features that are coming with every new release are only making it better.
I have highly customized the Namaste plugin and it is extremely easy to follow.
The file names and comments provided in the php files make it easy to customize the plugin to fit my needs.
The admin is also highly active on the forums which I have found doesn't always happen :)
I would recommend this plugin to anyone!
After trying many dedicated LMS softwares, finally I use this fantastic plugin for wordpress. It is stable, clean and uncluttered in looks and always improving.
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