How to Supersize Your Moodle LMS Using WordPress

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Steve owns an e-learning website on Moodle. He’s been using Moodle for quite some time now and has been happy with it. He can set up course content, manage student registrations, generate reports, track progress – basically anything related to a learning management system. But to sell his courses, Steve chooses to use a different e-commerce solution, which provides his students several payment options and the possibility to add coupons.

Any guesses on the e-commerce solution he chooses to use? (You know it…) WordPress!

Although WordPress and Moodle are different platforms, several Moodle users like Steve are looking towards integrating Moodle and WordPress to provide them a competitive edge in the LMS industry. Our reports show us that there is nearly a 3% growth every month in users integrating Moodle-WordPress.

WordPress provides Moodle users several advantages because WordPress is a multipurpose platform. Moodle users can supersize their LMS using WordPress and a few readily available plugins.

If you are a Moodle user like Steve and are wondering how WordPress can benefit you? We’ll take a look at just that next.

Moodle + WordPress Blog to Popularise Your LMS

WordPress is by far the most popular blogging platform. Don’t just take my word for it. It powers 23% of the web. As a Moodle user if you’re thinking of creating and maintaining an active blog, you can choose to build one on WordPress.

WordPress is simple to use and can provide you with additional benefits such as SEO friendly URLs and social sharing options. There are email marketing plugins available as well to create and manage your email campaigns.

WordPress Plugins You’ll Need

  1. WordPress SEO by Yoast: To optimise your website for search engines. The plugin provides you with an option to add meta fields for search engine optimization.
  2. Wysija Newsletters: This email marketing plugin helps you plan and schedule email campaigns without the use of a third-party service.
  3. Social Media Feather: Allows visitors to share your content on social networking websites.

Moodle + WordPress e-Commerce to Sell Courses

For Moodle users looking to sell courses, WordPress offers many powerful e-commerce plugins. WooCommerce, the most popular e-commerce plugin on WordPress powers approximately 11% of all eCommerce sites. WooCommerce can be a comprehensive solution for Moodle LMS owners looking to sell their courses online.

By integrating Moodle with WooCommerce, you can sell digital products like courses, as well as shippable products like course material, books, DVDs and so on. WooCommerce provides several options to create coupons, and offer discounts as well.

WordPress Plugins You’ll Need

  1. WooCommerce: As the e-commerce engine.
  2. WooCommerce Moodle Integration plugin: Along with WooCommerce, you’ll need the WooCommerce Moodle Integration plugin to integrate Moodle and WooCommerce. The plugin allows Moodle courses to be set up as WooCommerce products and auto-enrolls students in Moodle on course purchase.

You could also increase student loyalty by coupling WooCommerce with a membership or subscriptions plugin.

Moodle + WordPress Social to Create a Student Network & Add Forums

We all know creating forums and groups in Moodle is a challenge. WordPress provides several plugins to create a social network and/or student forums. You could create course specific groups and forums, if needed.

WordPress Plugins You’ll Need

  1. BuddyPress: To allow members/students to create a social network
  2. bbPress: To create private, public or group specific forums as needed.

How to Integrate Moodle & WordPress

WordPress and Moodle are different platforms. This means that as a Moodle LMS owner, you’d need a different website on WordPress. This website could be installed on a sub-domain. The WooCommerce-Moodle plugin can help you integrate the two platforms. And as mentioned you could use other plugins to add additional functionality as needed.

Your Thoughts

WordPress provides a purely LMS platform like Moodle a way to maintain a blog, create an e-store, create a social network for students, add membership, add forums, and much more. But, there is an overhead to maintaining an additional website. As a Moodle user, what are your thoughts? Do you think the advantages of WordPress outweigh the disadvantages, or do you prefer another solution? Let me know your thoughts or questions in the comment section below.


This post was written by Namrata Godkar. We are very grateful that Namrata has written this post for us, however, the views expressed here belong to the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of wpContent.
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Namrata is a tech blogger working at WisdmLabs, where she writes about solutions with WordPress. When not blogging, she enjoys travelling and photography.

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  • Øyvind Skjelstad

    do you install Moodle in the same folder as the wordpress installation ? Or is it the same ?