TalentLMS Features & Updates

Integrating WordPress and TalentLMS

Integrating WordPress and TalentLMSThe TalentLMS plugin for wordpress let you consume course data from TalentLMS. It also offers a widget to login directly from your wordpress theme to TalentLMS.

We assume that you use the WordPress site as presentation site; all user data is stored on TalentLMS.

Installation

To install the TalentLMS wordpress plugin go to Administration Panels > Plugins > Add New and search for TalentLMS. Find the plugin and click Install Now. Alternatively, you can download the TalentLMS wordpress plugin (v1.1) from here.

After downloading the plugin extract its contents into the plugins folder of wordpress. You can find more information about managing and installing WordPress plugins here.

After you install the plugin you can find it in the list of installed plugins (Administration Panels > Plugins > Installed Plugin). There click on the link Activate.

 

Setup for integrating wordpress

After activating the plugin, in order to be able to use the TalentLMS features you need to setup some TalentLMS details.
Go to Administration Panels > Plugins > TalentLMS

Fill the required fields with the details for your corresponding talentLMS domain.

  • TalentLMS Domain: The talentLMS domain which you want your wordpress site to link to.
  • API Key: The API key of the corresponding talentLMS domain. In order to get that log in to your talentLMS domain as administrator and then go to Account & Settings > Security. If not clicked, click on Enable API and copy paste the provided key.
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Using the plugin

To list all the courses of your talentLMS domain create a new wordpress page (for more information about wordpress pages click here) add the shortcode: [talentlms-courses] and publish your page.

To configure the number of courses listed in each page you can setup a limit using the courses per page option (Administration Panels > Plugins > TalentLMS).

TalentLMS WordPress theme

We have developed a wordpress theme which can be used to setup a wordpress site in order to promote content from a talentLMS domain. TalentLMS wordpress theme is based on the WordPress Boostrap (which can be found here).

On top of WordPress Boostrap theme option, our theme offers a few additional theme options for a more flexible customization.

TalentLMS theme options

  • TalentLMS Options: TalentLMS options lets you setup some details about your site appearance, such as if you want to have a link to your talentLMS domain on the navigation bar, etc. You can find these options under Administration Panels > Appearance > TalentLMS Options
  • Logo: Under Administration Panels > Appearance > Add logo you can upload an image which will be the logo to your site. The logo will appear in the top left corner of the navigation bar. Its dimension could be anything since the image will be resized but we recommend that the height of the logo image should be not more than 28 pixels.

Widgets and widget sidebars

TalentLMS wordpress theme offers you three widget sidebars for the frontpage of your site, on top of the sidebar already provided by WordPress Boostrap. Their names are Homepage Slot 1, Homepage Slot 2 and Homepage Slot 3. You can use them to customize your websites frontpage by adding wordpress widgets to them.

TalentLMS wordpress widgets

 

Under Administration Panels > Appearance > Widgets you can find default wordpress widgets or widgets added by your plugins. TalentLMS plugin adds a new widget “Login to TalentLMS” which gives your website access to your talentLMS domain by your wordpress website.

 

A website example

Following you can find some screenshots of a really basic sample wordpress site build using TalentLMS wordpress theme. This basic example features talentLMS domain offering history courses.

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  • Integrating Joomla and TalentLMS?

    • admin

      Not yet but stay tuned!

      • Hi,

        I’m in the specification stage of creating a website, which I wish to integrate with your service.
        The web designers are asking me which platform I wish to build the main website in, I have mentioned the need to integrate Talentlms and my preference to use WordPress.
        Are there any others that offer easy integration or should I insist on WordPress as a known quantity?

        BTW thank you for your unique feature rich offering, it gives people like me (with product concepts) an opportunity to test them out at no/low cost, before growing and succeed together when I find buyers. Superb.

  • You probable missed tha step… In order for the plugin to best integrate with WordPress you MUST change your Common Settings in the Administration Panels > Settings > Permalinks to other than default (we strongly advice that you use Post name)

  • Thanks for the info.

    Everything else seems to work, but when I click on a course thumbnail/link on courses page, the course details are not shown, rather it gives page not found error.

    On the same page though, clicking on categories links works.

    The url format is /crs/?course=

    Can you provide some guidance?

  • @papagel,

    Thanks for the quick response.

    As suggested, I had changed it to “Post Name” *before* reporting this problem.

    Fun part is that http://talentreboot.com/crs/?category=4 works but http://talentreboot.com/crs/?course=69 does not ( If there were a problem in permalink settings, I suspect none on these should have worked). Here ‘crs’ is the name of the courses page.

    I would appreciate any further help as I am seriously evaluating TalentLMS for my elearning platform. I like it a lot and as my website is a wordpress based website, the integration part is critical.

    Regards,
    Rahul

  • @papagel,

    I have noticed other issue.

    The login widget although is able to log me in, but does not redirect. For the record, I know about redirection settings that TalentLMS gives on its settings page. I tried it multiple times.

    After the login operation, instead of getting redirected, the current page loads and the following text is displayed:

    “Welcome back Rahul Verma Goto to your learning portal” followed the link “here” which points to the correct link and if I click it I does lead me to the dashboard.

    You can see the login widget for TalentLMS on my website homepage/footer area.