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Rethinking Change and Uncovering Hidden Potential in Your Tech Stack

The urge to embrace change can often lead organizations down paths of significant overhaul, including the adoption of entirely new platforms. However, amidst the clamor for innovation, the true potential of existing tech stacks can often remain untapped. Such was the case with my client that initially contemplated a migration to a new Learning Management System (LMS) platform to address the shortcomings of their current setup. Yet, upon closer examination through a comprehensive tech overview discussion, a different approach emerged—one that involved reevaluating their existing tools and uncovering hidden potentials within their tech stack.

Background of the Online Learning Institute

My client’s mission is to inspire individuals to reconnect with their inner essence, valuing healing, wisdom, hope, and ease. Utilizing Learndash for its course portal, the institute faces several challenges. Key issues include difficulty in navigating between lessons, inability to resume videos where left off, limited video playback speed options, and slow loading times, particularly on the development end. The platform’s design also fails to align with the institute’s aesthetic vision, which aims to reflect a connection with nature and exploration.

The institute’s technological strategy revolves around simplifying and streamlining the platform for both administrators and users. They seek a cohesive system that is easy to navigate and update. Current tools include WordPress, LearnDash, Divi Builder, Keap (formerly Infusionsoft), and various video hosting solutions.

Hosting Optimization for Improved Performance

To address the first issue of slow and clunky limitations on the development end, it is crucial to prioritize hosting optimization. By optimizing hosting services, the organization can significantly improve website speed and backend efficiency, ultimately enhancing the user experience. A recommended course of action is to consider switching to a Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting provider, which offers isolated virtual environments that provide faster and more reliable performance.

Alternatively, exploring reputable hosting alternatives such as GetFlywheel or WPEngine can also offer improved speed and efficiency. These providers specialize in WordPress hosting and offer optimized environments tailored to meet the demands of modern websites, ensuring smoother development processes and enhanced performance for the Institute’s online platform.

Prioritizing Design Excellence for Visual Aesthetics

To enhance the platform’s visual appeal, we can utilize Divi’s tools to customize the layout, typography, color scheme, and imagery by creating a template that applies to all lessons. Additionally, upgrading to LearnDash 3.0 and enabling LearnDash Focus Mode offers an opportunity to enhance the user experience by providing a cleaner and more streamlined interface. This mode allows for customization of content width and sidebar position, optimizing the layout for improved usability.

To further enrich the user experience and reinforce the organization’s branding, we can incorporate interactive elements, such as quizzes, progress trackers, and multimedia content, into the Divi template. These Learndash widget additions not only engage learners but also facilitate active participation and retention of course material.

Enhancing User Engagement and Gamification with LearnDash Features

In addition to its core functionalities, LearnDash offers a range of additional features and add-ons that can significantly enhance user engagement and gamification within the course platform. These include notification systems that enable automated emails to learners based on various course actions, as well as achievement options that allow instructors to reward learners for completing milestones or tasks.

By implementing these features, the Institute can create a more interactive and rewarding learning experience for participants. Notifications can keep learners informed and motivated throughout their journey, while achievements add an element of gamification that encourages progress and active participation. I recommended exploring these features to capitalize on their potential to enrich the learning experience and foster a sense of accomplishment among learners.


Initially contemplating a migration to a new Learning Management System (LMS) platform, the Institute embarked on a comprehensive tech overview discussion that revealed a different path forward. By reevaluating existing tools and identifying areas for enhancement, the Institute’s technological strategy evolved to prioritize simplicity, efficiency, and user-centric design.

By capitalizing on these enhancements and embracing a holistic approach to tech optimization, the Online Learning Institute is well-positioned to fulfill its mission of inspiring individuals to reconnect with their inner self while providing a seamless and enriching online learning environment.

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