We have just released a simplified and amplified version of the WordPress plugin for TalentLMS. The new plugin reduces the backend complexity and provides a centralized dashboard for sync and update activities. Continue reading for what is new and important!
There are two ways you can install the TalentLMS WordPress plugin in your WordPress site. The first one is the automatic installation through the WordPress plugin panel and the second one is the manual installation.
To automatically add the TalentLMS WordPress Plugin use the WordPress built-in plugin installer:
- Go to Plugins > Add New.
- Under Search, type in TalentLMS to find the TalentLMS WordPress plugin.
- Click Install Now to install it. A popup window will ask you to confirm your wish to install the plugin. If this is the first time you’ve installed a WordPress Plugin, you may need to enter the FTP login credential information. If you’ve installed a Plugin before, it will still have the login information. This information is available through your web server host.
- Click Proceed to continue with the installation. The resulting installation screen will list the installation as successful or note any problems during the installation.
- If successful, click Activate Plugin to activate it, or Return to Plugin Installer for further actions.
To manually add the TalentLMS WordPress plugin follow these instructions:
- Download the TalentLMS WordPress Plugin to your desktop. You can download it from the WordPress repository.
- If downloaded as a zip archive, extract the Plugin folder to your desktop.
- With your FTP program, upload the Plugin folder to the wp-content/plugins folder in your WordPress directory online.
- Go to Plugins screen and find the newly uploaded Plugin in the list.
- Click Activate Plugin to activate it.
The new version of the TalentLMS WordPress plugin, introduces a plugin dashboard, where users can navigate themselves around the functionalities of the plugin.
The Dashboard gives you access to all the plugin’s features and options. Let us overview briefly all these new elements in the Dashboard.
- Setup: This is a link to the setup page, where you can setup the required information that TalentLMS plugin needs to communicate with your TalentLMS site.
- Options: This is a link to the options page, where you can choose the appearance and behavior of your TalentLMS plugin within your WordPress site.
- Sync: This is a link to the sync page. You can sync and integrate users and content from WordPress to LMS and vice versa.
- CSS: This is a link to the edit CSS page. You can edit the rules of our plugin in order to customize it, according to your WordPress theme.
- Shortcodes: This is a link which shows you all the available shortcodes of the TalentLMS plugin. Shortcodes are some simple set of functions for creating macro codes for use in post or page content. You can find out more about shortcodes here and here
- Help: This is a link which has all the information you might need with the TalentLMS WordPress plugin. If this is not enough you can still contact the developers team at email@example.com
The Setup page
After activating the plugin, in order to be able to use the TalentLMS features you need to setup some TalentLMS details. You need to fill in your TalentLMS domain and the corresponding API key of your site.
- TalentLMS Domain: The ΤalentLMS 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 ΤalentLMS domain as administrator and then go to Account & Settings > Security. If not clicked, click on Enable API and copy paste the provided key.
Options page is where you can setup the functionality and behavior of your instance of the TalentLMS WP plugin.
This section manages the appearance of your courses catalog. You have the option to setup the appearance of your TalentLMS course categories and how many courses per page you want to have in your course list. Choose whatever fits best the look and feel of your WordPress theme.
You can integrate TalentLMS learning management system and WordPress signup processes. If you choose this option each time a user signups with WordPress or is added to your WordPress site by the administrator he will be signed up in TaletLMS too.
Accordingly when your users use the TalentLMS signup form provided by the corresponding shortcode, a user will also be created in WordPress. You can also choose what actions the plugin is going to take upon a new user signup. You can have your newly created users redirected to TalentLMS, so they can start their eLearning experience right away, or you can have them redirected to WordPress users area, where they shall get an overview of details and courses.
You can choose what is going to be the behavior of the plugin when your users log in to WordPress or when they log out. Upon logging in, you can either have your users get redirected to the WordPress members area where they will find their control panel, or stay in your WordPress site to further navigate your content. Accordingly, upon logging out, you can choose whether your users are going to be redirected to your TalentLMS site, or if they are going to stay in your WordPress site.
Keep in mind that you can have your users log in to TalentLMS through your WordPress site in two ways. The old versions of the plugin offered a WordPress widget, which you could place in any of your theme’s sidebars.
The latest version of the plugin now offers a shortcode which you can use in any of your posts or pages. This shortcode will output a login to TalentLMS form for your users. Again this form will behave according to the selected options.
The latest version of TalentLMS WordPress plugin introduces various improvements in the sync users feature that was included in previous versions of the plugin. You can now choose to have your WordPress users synced with your TalentLMS users. In addition to the integration of the signup process of both systems, syncing of users is more stable and consistent in this new version. You can have your WordPress users with the click of a button created in TalentLMS and vice versa.
Since version 1.2, TalentLMS WordPress plugin is automatically caching the data it retrieves from the corresponding TalentLMS domain for optimal performance. You no longer need to clear your cache manually, instead you can select to have this task performed automatically.
Since version 1.2, users can add/remove or modify CSS rules that come along with TalentLMS WordPress plugin. You can use this advanced feature to customize to the detail the way your WordPress site and the TalentLMS plugin integrate.
Each user created in WordPress through TalentLMS signup integration or synchronization get the WordPress role of a subscriber. Below we demonstrate the user’s control panel:
- [talentlms-courses] Shortcode for listing your TalentLMS courses.
- [talentlms-signup] Shortcode for a signup to TalentLMS form.
- [talentlms-forgot-credentials] Shortcode for a forgot your TalentLMS username/password form
- [talentlms-login] Shortcode for a login to TalentLMS form