What is the difference between Memberpress Courses and Open edX?


I’m a French conversation coach, and I took a couple of courses from HarvardX built on the EdX platform.

I already use MemberPress Courses to build my own courses, but I’m very tempted to switch to the self-hosted OpenEdX platform.

I’ve Googled to find differences between these two platforms from a course builder’s point of view without much success.

Can anyone help, please?

Many thanks! :slight_smile:

Hi @Llyane and welcome!

I don’t believe I’ve heard of MemberPress before. This video may help you understand the Open edX platform against some other big names. I hope it’s a good start! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emfEXgMt-gI

Thank you for the resource!
However, I now have MemberPress Courses and wanted to stop paying my subscription. To decide, I need a comparative list of features and functionalities between MemberPress Courses and OpenEdX.
Many thanks! :slight_smile:

If you can come up with a list of features you utilize in MemberPress, I may be able to help a bit. But as it is a platform that I have not heard of, it’s not one I believe we have a comparison for.

Hi Sarina,

I haven’t started using the ‘Courses’ side of the MemberPress plugin yet. Currently, I only use the Membership part of the plugin, and my courses are created with static pages without any additional functionalities.

I was planning to start using the ‘Courses’ feature when I came across the OpenEdX option.

What initially attracted me to MemberPress was the ability to manage users as members, allowing me to handle subscription payments and revoke access when they stop paying. Subsequently, they added the ‘Courses’ feature.

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Many thanks!

Hi, @sarina !
Here is a video that describes the features and use of MemberPress Courses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOedEnUBozw
Many thanks! :slight_smile:

Hi @Llyane - it sounds like you’re most interested in ecommerce features. Currently our ecommerce integration is with WooCommerce; you can find the documentation here, and the release announcement here.

I don’t know more about the Open edX platform’s ecommerce functionality, unfortunately.

Hi, @sarina thanks for your response!

I’m interested in building my courses, but they must be protected by a membership functionality.

In my research on this forum, I found that the OpenEdX membership functionality has been developed since 2020, so that is not an issue.

My question stands: what is the difference between the MemberPress Courses and OpenEdX course features?

Many thanks! :slight_smile:

Hi @Llyane - my deepest apologies, I currently don’t have the time to watch a 35 minute video and produce a report. If you can list some features you are interested in, I can point you at the proper documentation (I am a software engineer just trying to be helpful!).

You could also ask on Slack, Slack, in the #wg-marketing room to get in touch with the volunteers in our community who do Marketing work.

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No problem at all, I didn’t expect you to.

I assumed that MemberPress Courses might interest you since they may become one of the top competitors, given they are the #1 membership WordPress plugin.

I’m surprised that nobody has made a comparative analysis of these two platforms.

Thank you for your help, and I’ll be back with more details.