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EduPro is a brand new WordPress theme for creating educational websites. Thanks to the 10 different website modes, creating sites for schools and universities, as well as online course platforms are perfect uses for EduPro.
In this hands-on EduPro theme review, we’ll be looking at what this theme can really do, including exploring its design properties and eLearning capabilities.
Who Should Choose the EduPro WordPress Theme?
WordPress is more than capable of helping you create an education website. Whether you need to build a website to promote your educational institute, such as a school or college, or you want to create a platform to deliver courses online, WordPress and its library of plugins can help.
However, while the WordPress software and its assortment of educational plugins will take care of the necessary functionality, it’s your choice of theme that will dictate how your website will look. Looks aren’t everything, of course. However, if you want your website to be successful, regardless of its goals, it needs to have the right look.
That’s where a professional theme like EduPro comes into play. While you could grab any old theme, from a basic free option to a flexible multi-purpose theme, sometimes it’s better to opt for a purpose built option. EduPro is one of the newest education WordPress themes to be released. It’s entirely focused on helping you make your educational website a success.
Therefore, if you’re creating any type of educational website, from simply building a homepage to promote your tutoring services to developing an online learning management system (LMS), then EduPro aims to provide you with everything you need. If this sounds like a theme that matches your requirements, be sure to read on. In this hands-on EduPro theme review, we’ll be exploring the best features in more depth, checking out the user experience on offer, and going beyond the marketing material to help you decide if this is the right theme for your project.
EduPro WordPress Theme Features
As mentioned, EduPro – or Education WordPress Theme Pro to give it its full name – has been designed for universities, colleges, schools, and other places of learning that need a high-quality website. Creating and selling online courses are part of the core functionality of EduPro.
10 Educational Homepage Demos
As EduPro can be used for a range of different educational websites, it’s not surprising to learn that this theme includes 10 homepage designs and layouts. When setting up your new website, you can choose which homepage design you want to use. So let’s take a look at what your options are in this section of the hands-on EduPro theme review.
EduPro Main Educational Demo
The main EduPro demo is perfect for websites that will be promoting a range of courses. As well as the homepage slider, as your visitors scroll down the page, they’ll be able to view all your most popular courses. You can also display upcoming events on the homepage, along with the latest news, student testimonials, and any other content you think is relevant.
General EduPro Demo
The general EduPro demo is another good option for websites offering multiple courses. Again, the default homepage layout can be used to showcase your courses, while also displaying useful content to your visitors. The search box makes it easy for your prospective students to find what they’re looking for, increasing the chances of them signing up for one of your course.
EduPro Language School Demo
If you’re creating a website for a language school, then you’ll be pleased to see this demo. Even if this demo isn’t a perfect match for your requirements, you can make changes it to relatively easily. The default homepage layout has space for all the information visitors will need, before and after signing up.
EduPro University Demo
The EduPro university demo is more focused on promoting your place of learning, rather than sharing your online courses. That’s not to say that this demo can’t be used to deliver online learning materials. However, unlike the other demos, the courses won’t be listed on the homepage. Instead, you can display photos of your institution, details of upcoming events, and the latest news. Social networking and discussion forum features can also be enabled to create a safe space for your students.
The other EduPro demos include an online course hub website, an online instructor design, a website for a single course, and a demo for a kindergarten website. These demos can all be imported in just a few clicks, all from within your WordPress dashboard.
Importing the demo content is very straightforward. Simply choose an option, then click the import button to set up your new educational WordPress website.
LearnDash Online Course Builder Included
LearnDash is one of the leading learning management plugins for WordPress. Normally you’d have to pay at least $129 to access LearnDash. However, with the EduPro WordPress theme, it’s included in the package at no extra cost. Thanks to this, you can create multiple courses, each with their own series of lessons. LearnDash has the ability to automatically manage the progression of your students.
Other useful features of LearnDash include the ability to drip feed course content to your students as well as award certificates and points based on completion and performance. You can create a range of different quizzes with LearnDash, giving you plenty of flexibility when it comes to assessing your students. As well as controlling who can access which content you can also use LearnDash to automatically remove people from courses after a set period of time.
To ensure your students are getting the most from your courses, LearnDash includes some great reporting tools. By using this LMS tool, you can now track student progress and view their results, all from a central dashboard. You can also manage your users more efficiently, organizing them in groups or allowing other users to manage them. LearnDash also has the ability to send out emails based on automated triggers. These emails could be used to increase user engagement and keep your students on track with their learning goals.
There’s also an impressive selection of free and commercial LearnDash add-ons available. These tools help you integrate your online learning platform with a range of other plugins. They also help upgrade your education WordPress website by connecting it with third party services and tools.
LearnDash is one of the premium eLearning plugins for WordPress. Therefore, its great to see that EduPro has been built around this powerful tool.
Sell Courses Online
Although you can use your education WordPress website to offer free courses, thanks to the LearnDash integration, you can just as easily sell your courses online. LearnDash integrates seamlessly with WooCommerce, the leading ecommerce plugin for WordPress. This means you can package up your courses or list them individually. Popular payment gateways like PayPal and Stripe are used to collect secure payments.
By using the free WooCommerce add-on for LearnDash, you can associate multiple courses with a single product. As well as creating course bundles, you can also sell other products and items, directly from your website.
Membership Site Ready
As well as offering online courses with EduPro, you can also create an online membership website. Unlike online courses, where lessons are delivered and students usually progress through a curriculum, membership sites often grant users access to a set of content in exchange for a recurring subscription fee.
The best membership plugins for WordPress, such as MemberPress and Paid Memberships Pro, are all supported. This gives you plenty of options for either offering your content on a membership basis or adding a membership area to your education website.
Now thanks to the new MemberPress add-on for LearnDash, you can easily integrate these two tools. This gives you the ability to map courses to your membership packages, and charge a recurring fee for access, rather than selling courses on a one-off basis.
Most educational organizations will need to hold events at some point. Whether they are online of offline events EduPro has all the functionality you need to organize and promote these events. Visitors can browse the events calendar. Sign-up for any that catch their attention. Whether you’re organizing an open day at your school or running a learning event, EduPro includes everything you’ll need.
Full Ecommerce Capabilities
As well as the ability to sell courses online, EduPro and WooCommerce give you the ability to sell anything online. From services to products, the bundled WooCommerce plugins makes it easy to create listings and collect payment from customers. Again, all the most popular payment gateways are supported, enabling you to accept secure payments via PayPal, Stripe, and more.
All the essential ecommerce templates are included in the EduPro theme package. Thanks to this you can use this theme to create an ecommerce store with an educational focus. Or you could simply use the ecommerce templates to add products and services to your education website. Either way, you’ll have all the ecommerce functionality you could possibly need.
bbPress and BuddyPress Ready
If you want to build an online community around your education WordPress website, then bbPress and BuddyPress are two of the most popular and powerful WordPress plugins that can help. These two discussion forum and social networking tools can add a wealth of useful features to your website. Now you can enable many features that will foster collaboration and keep your visitors coming back for more.
Creative Customization Options
Thanks to the 10 website demos, you shouldn’t find it difficult to give your website the appropriate look and feel. However, despite the quality of the EduPro demos, you’ll probably still need to give your website a few tweaks. Again, this isn’t a problem, thanks to the customization options on offer from EduPro.
By opening up the WordPress Customizer, you’ll be able to make many changes to the global settings of your site. Some examples include changing the site colors, uploading a custom header and background image, setting up the widgets, and adding additional CSS.
Drag-and-Drop Page Builder Tool
As well as the site customization options provided by the WordPress Customizer controls, EduPro also includes the powerful Visual Composer plugin. This premium plugin is one of the most popular page builder tools for WordPress and gives you an easier way to create custom designs for your website content. Thanks to its drag-and-drop interface, you should be able to use this visual page builder to edit the EduPro demo content and create your own custom designs from scratch.
As well as the intuitive front-end interface, Visual Composer is packed with elements. These elements can be inserted into your page designs, giving you a quick and easy way to upgrade your content. Examples of these Visual Composer elements include buttons, sliders, pricing tables, image galleries, tables, and more.
Other Features of EduPro
EduPro is packed with useful features. Here are some more of the tools and functionality you’ll get access to if you choose this theme:
- One click demo install.
- Over 800 Google Fonts.
- 5 portfolio layouts.
- 100% mobile responsive.
- Slider Revolution included.
- Mega Menu upgraded navigation.
- Social media login.
You can view the full list of features on the EduPro theme page.
EduPro Theme Review Final Thoughts
It’s fair to say that EduPro is a multi-purpose education WordPress theme. From tutors and language schools to university and online course providers, you can create many different types of websites with EduPro. Thanks to great support for leading plugins like LearnDash (which is included in the package) and WooCommerce, you’ll have no trouble creating advanced online courses and then monetizing them.
As well as LearnDash, having access to the premium Visual Composer and Slider Revolution plugins gives you plenty of creative options for your website. The customizer settings and theme options panel should provide you with a few more design choices.
Overall, EduPro matches a professional design with an impressive feature set, making it an excellent choice for a range of different education WordPress websites.