Design Upgrade for LearnDash

Design Upgrade for LearnDash | Escape Creative


LearnDash is a powerful learning management system (LMS) for managing your online courses, but there are some areas where the design falls short. In order to provide your students with an exceptional learning experience, you need a professional design.

Enter Design Upgrade for LearnDash

Design Upgrade for LearnDash completely redesigns every aspect of LearnDash so that it closely resembles your existing WordPress theme. No settings or custom code. Just activate & enjoy!

Compatible with LD3 & “Legacy” Templates

We’ll automatically detect whether you’re using the “LearnDash 3.0” or “Legacy” template, and assign styles appropriately. If you’re still running LearnDash 2.x, all of the same design upgrades that you’ve always enjoyed will still be there.

See below for a list of what’s new.


LearnDash 3.x Features

Tested with LearnDash 3.2.2

  • NEW: Major design improvements for WisdmLabs’ LearnDash Group Registration plugin
  • Focus Mode: Improved styles for Focus Mode comments, which were added in LearnDash 3.1
  • Global: Larger clickable areas for all course content, navigation & Focus Mode areas
  • Buttons: All buttons have matching rounded corners & increased font size
  • Font Sizes: These will now be inherited from your theme, which should increase your font sizes across the board
  • Focus Mode: Improved sidebar tray design, Course Sections, shadow added to mobile menu, collapse arrow flips to show current menu state, and more.
  • Focus Mode: Top navigation bar received several small improvements
  • Animations: Subtle animations for LearnDash tooltips & the Focus Mode top menu
  • Profile: Several styles were improved & standardized
  • Login/Registration: Unified styles for all form fields
  • Course Grid: Equal height columns & other small tweaks
  • WisdmLabs Ratings, Reviews & Feedback design upgrades

Also: Small tweaks were made to assignments, pagination, the “User Status” widget and more.

LearnDash 2.x “Legacy” Features

Tested with LearnDash 2.6.6

  • Much improved course grid styles, equal height cards & no more weird spacing issues 👍
  • All fonts have been reset to use your theme’s default font family, size & color
  • All PNG icons have been replaced with comparable SVGs
  • All complete/incomplete icons for lesson/topic/quiz lists have been moved to the right for better consistency
  • Spacing around & between elements has been adjusted to provide greater consistency throughout
  • All LearnDash widgets now have more consistent spacing & sizing, including improvements to Course Info & Course Navigation
  • Styling for the [ld_profile] shortcode has been completely revamped
  • Completely revamped & restyled quiz elements 💯
  • Improved design of the statistics modal window (for quizzes), including row highlights on hover
  • Larger pager navigation buttons to improve usability
  • Full support for RTL languages

Who is this for?

Brand new LearnDash users: There is absolutely no reason not to try it out. At the very least, it will give your site a more consistent design. If you plan to customize LearnDash further, you can still do so using a child theme or Additional CSS in the Customizer.

Seasoned LearnDash veterans: If you have not made any customizations to your LearnDash design, but would like to improve it, give us a shot. You might want to try it out on a test site first, but you can deactivate it with one click and return to your previous design.

You might also want to give your students a heads up that you’re updating the design. But we feel confident that they’ll like it 🙂

LearnDash developers: If you’re a developer who builds LearnDash sites for your clients, this could save you hours (maybe even days) of development time. LearnDash’s markup & CSS is a beast to customize. This will give you a much easier baseline to work with.

We designed the plugin to be just specific enough to override LearnDash’s default styles, but not so specific that you’ll need to use a ton of selectors to override our specifity. All CSS in child themes and Additional CSS will take precedence over our styles.

Pro Version

Need custom styles? Our pro version uses the Customizer to bring you over 110 customizable design options. Completely customize your LearnDash site with just a few clicks.

Pro Features

  • Show/Hide various course & profile features
  • Disable expand/collapse links & show all by default
  • Course Content Lists: Update background & text colors, hover effects, customize line separators, remove the list count numbers and more
  • Progress Bar: Customize the color, border radius & height, add stripes, and animate the bar on page load
  • Buttons: Add your own background & text colors
  • [ld_profile]: Avatar shape, custom “edit profile” link, hide profile info, hide quiz information, and more
  • Login/Registration Popup: 10+ design options
  • Focus Mode: 20+ design options, including 7 for Focus Mode comments
  • Course Navigation Widget: 15+ design options
  • Course Grid Add-On: 20+ design options
  • Alerts: 9 custom colors, plus a few other options
  • Tooltips: customize the background & text color
  • Uncanny Groups: buttons, border radius & improved styles are applied to many Uncanny Groups frontend elements
  • Tin Canny Reporting: 12+ design options for Tin Canny reports on the front-end

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Theme Compatibility

Design Upgrade for LearnDash should work on most themes, assuming they have not customized the LearnDash markup in any way. While we can’t guarantee full compatibility, we have tested with the following themes.

Tested With

We have tested with the following themes, and they all appear to be compatible:

  • Astra
  • Divi
  • GeneratePress
  • eLumine (when using the “LearnDash 3.0” active template or eLumine’s “Elementary Layouts”)
  • LearnMate
  • Edufire
  • Neve
  • OceanWP
  • Storefront
  • Twenty Twenty
  • Twenty Nineteen
  • Twenty Seventeen
  • Twenty Sixteen

Incompatible Themes

  • BuddyBoss Platform (released June 2019)
  • Boss. / Social Learner (If you deactivate the “Boss for LearnDash” plugin, it will still work in “Legacy” mode)
  • eLumine (when using the “Legacy” active template or any version of LearnDash before 3.0)

Incompatible Plugins

  • LearnDash Visual Customizer by SnapOrbital: The Visual Customizer takes a similar approach to designing LearnDash components, and thus the code conflicts with ours.

Uncanny Owl Toolkit Compatibility

We recognize the Uncanny LearnDash Toolkit by Uncanny Owl is a popular LearnDash plugin that adds some nice features. We’re in the process of making our plugin fully compatible with theirs. Here’s where we are so far:

  • Reset Progress button: Button styles upgraded
  • Simple Course Timer modal: Button styles upgraded
  • [uo_dashboard]: Styles upgraded
  • [uo_courses]: Styles upgraded
  • [uo_breadcrumbs]: Compatible; Considering upgrades
  • [uo_lessons_topics_grid]: Compatible; Considering upgrades
  • [uo_login_ui]: Compatible; Considering upgrades

NOTE: Uncanny LearnDash Toolkit styles are only upgraded if you’re using the “LearnDash 3.0” active template. Styles do not apply to the “Legacy” template.

Plugin Compatibility

Ratings, Reviews & Feedback plugin by WisdmLabs

As of version 2.5, we now enhance the styles of the Ratings, Reviews & Feedback plugin by WisdmLabs. For a detailed overview, please see our article on

Group Registration plugin by WisdmLabs

As of version 2.6, we now enhance the styles of the Group Registration plugin by WisdmLabs. General design improvements will be made to all frontend elements output by the [wdm_group_users] shortcode.

Browser Support

A few techniques we use to improve the LearnDash design are only supported in the latest versions of major browsers. For the most part, as long as you’re not using Internet Explorer, most (if not all) of our plugin’s design upgrades will work.

We support the latest versions of the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Chrome for Android
  • Firefox for Android
  • iOS Safari (not tested, but should work)

We do not support any version of Internet Explorer, however, we do offer a few code snippets & suggestions to fix a few issues in IE11. See the IE11 section below in FAQ.


As LearnDash adds new features, it is our goal to keep this plugin updated.

Features planned for future release:

  • Compatibility with more Uncanny LearnDash Toolkit modules
  • Exploring compatibility with other WisdmLabs plugins

We’d love to hear from you!

Does something look weird with your theme? Is there something we missed? Wouldn’t it be cool if…

We tested it on a handful of popular themes, but we couldn’t possibly cover them all. If you have any feedback, please let us know in the support forum.


From within WordPress

  1. Visit “Plugins > Add New”
  2. Search for “Design Upgrade for LearnDash”
  3. Click the “Install” button
  4. Click the “Activate” button
  5. There are no settings to configure. An improved design will automatically be applied to all LearnDash elements on your site.
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