LifterLMS vs. MemberMouse: a comparison

You have big dreams. You want to sell online courses and memberships. You need to offer an amazing user experience.

Now you’re researching, exploring, and learning. You may have come across LifterLMS and MemberMouse as two viable options.

So, if you’re wondering which is best for you, LifterLMS or MemberMouse, you’re in the right place.

Why we're creating this online course platform comparison

Now, you may be wondering who we are, and why we care to write these in-depth comparison pages for you. Great question. 

We’re the creators of AccessAlly, a WordPress plugin for LMS and membership websites.

You may have found the marketplace confusing. You’re looking for answers, but coming up with a confusing mix of solutions that may or may not work long-term.

That’s why we write these comparison pages for you. We’ll dive deep into features, pricing, and more. By the end of this page, you’ll have a clear idea of what those look like. And since we’re the creators of AccessAlly, we’ll sprinkle in where our software shines.

We want to help you make the best decision for your business, even if that’s not AccessAlly.

How do LifterLMS and MemberMouse Differ?

LifterLMS has both a course builder with LMS features and membership functionality. MemberMouse is focused on membership functionality and lacks a course builder with LMS features.

Even though they’re both WordPress plugins, they support your business differently.

If you know you want to offer memberships and courses, then LifterLMS is a better choice for you.

If you’re going to offer only membership options, then MemberMouse may fit your needs.

All-in-one vs. Dedicated course builder

MemberMouse is a membership plugin. Its primary functions are protecting content and controlling access. A membership plugin typically has fewer learning enhancement features compared to a course builder plugin.

LifterLMS is a learning management system (LMS) and membership plugin. LMS is a term used to describe a course builder plugin or tool. An LMS plugin will typically have more features to support courses, like quizzes, progress tracking, and certificates, compared to a membership plugin.

Pricing limits on members, courses, and products

You’ll find that LifterLMS has three plans, and the core plugin is free. Its pricing structure is based on add-ons. You can purchase them individually or as a bundle. You’ll pay annually. LifterLMS doesn’t offer a monthly plan.

If you choose MemberMouse, you can pay monthly or annually. You’ll have three plans to choose from. Its pricing structure is a more traditional tier structure with feature limitations. 

You may find the Universal Bundle on LifterLMS fits your needs the best. You’ll pay $299 per year. It includes design add-ons, e-commerce add-ons, marketing, and CRM add-ons, and form add-ons. 

If you choose this plan but find yourself needing just one or two more features, you can add those on ad-hoc style. 

If you choose MemberMouse, all their plans include core features. These features include items such as checkout, memberships, SmartTags (which we’ll dive into a bit later), affiliate tracking, and basic reporting. 

You may find yourself drawn towards MemberMouses’ Advanced Tier for $99 per month or $786 per year. You’ll get access to the full analytics and reporting suits, social sign-up and login, advanced affiliate settings, and advanced billing features. 

You may look at LifterLMSs’ pricing and feel misled. That’s common. Map out your add-on features, then you’ll have a clear picture of the cost. LifterLMS offers more functionality than MemberMouse, and will most likely be less expensive, depending on your setup. 

Extensibility and Ownership

Both LifterLMS and MemberMouse are WordPress plugins. The setup for both looks quite similar. Once you purchase the plugin, you’ll add it to your WordPress site and activate it. From there, you can start configuring your settings, customizing pages, and adding your content. 

Neither LifterLMS nor MemberMouse are plug-and-play platforms, like Kajabi or Podia.

LifterLMS is more feature-rich than MemberMouse. Since you’ll have more options on LifterLMS, you may find it takes more time to setup. On LifterLMS, you may also be setting up memberships and courses, which can be more time-consuming. 

Take into account your comfort level with WordPress. Consider the time it will take for you to learn WordPress if you don’t already know it.  

Looking for an Option with less restrictions?

Have full control of your content, members, and their experience on your site.

Spend your time doing what you do best, not struggling with frustrating platform restrictions.

With AccessAlly, you’ve got all of the power and flexibility of WordPress, and there are no limits on your business’ growth potential either.

What AccessAlly Customers Are Saying...

Heidi Decoux

"We moved them over from Kajabi to Access Ally and every single member loves the new site!

I’m head over heels in love with AccessAlly! We saw an immediate increase in sales!

Access Ally is SO easy to use and integrates perfectly with Ontraport. We’ve had ZERO issues with it, which I don’t think I can say about any other software or tool or plugin we use. Plus the interface is beautiful.

We moved them over from Kajabi to Access Ally and every single member loves the new site. It’s extremely user friendly for our clients, and for us. AccessAlly is a brilliant, beautiful, user friendly platform that has had a direct positive impact on our bottom line.” – Heidi DeCoux, HeidiDeCoux.com

Eden Fried

"AccessAlly is the better option, hands down

“Honestly, Teachable, Thinkific, or Kajabi would have been the *easier* option, but AccessAlly with my WordPress theme is hands down the *better* option. It’s going to grow and scale with me over time, and that’s unbeatable.

AccessAlly allows me to provide a dashboard for all members, and it also allows me to create a member-directory (great for forming that community), an editable profile, plus lots of gamification features that can help members track their progress and reward them for their achievements.

AccessAlly integrates directly with my ESP, which gives me the functionality to track progress, send reminder emails. That’s priceless.” -Eden Fried, EdenFried.com

Integration with your Email marketing automation platform

You’ll use an integration when you need two systems connected in order to achieve your desired feature. 

You will almost certainly need a CRM integration. Maybe you use ActiveCampaign, MailChimp, Keap, Infusionsoft, or Ontraport as your CRM. Whatever you use, you’ll want it to integrate with LifterLMS or MemberMouse in order to create a cohesive flow for your users. 

LifterLMS integrates directly with MailChimp and ConvertKit.

If you use another CRM, you may want to purchase WP Fusion. This integration will help your CRM and LifterLMS communicate seamlessly. With WP Fusion, you’ll be able to push information updates on LifterLMS to your CRM. 

MemberMouse has similar features to CRM software through its Manage Members functionality. You can add contacts, tag them, and send basic email notifications. 

Even with MemberMouses’s manage members, you’ll likely still need a CRM. They offer integrations with email service providers like MailChimp, Aweber, GetResponse, iContact, Drip, and ActiveCampaign. 

If you use this integration, you’ll be connecting them through the API keys. The integration is simple though and will communicate with the email service provider if a contact needs to be added to a particular list. 

The integration isn’t thorough in the sense that you cannot update a record in your CRM based on updated fields in your MemberMouse site.

Looking for something that integrates both ways?

Marketing automation tools are here to stay.

Use your marketing automation tool to power your course and membership program by taking advantage of AccessAlly’s deep 2-way street integration.

It’s built to help you sell more, teach better, and engage with your students longer.

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Learning reinforcements: quizzes, progress tracking, homework, and certificates

LifterLMS is the clear winner here. Keep in mind that you’ll need add-ons to get access to these features. If you want all of them, you’ll need to consider upgrading to the Infinity Plan.

Learning reinforcements can be a variety of features that enhance the learning experience. Here are a few features that you might be interested in: quizzes, assignments, progress tracking, or video bookmarking, just to name a few.

Today we’ll take a look at quizzes from both LifterLMS and MemberMouse.

Quizzes

LifterLMS has native quiz features. You can attach one quiz to each lesson. LifterLMS offers you two levels: the core plugin or the advanced quiz question add-on.

With the core plugin, you’ll get multiple-choice questions that can have a single correct answer or multiple correct answers. You can offer picture multiple-choice or true/false questions.

With the advanced add-on, you can offer fill-in-the-blank, reorder items or pictures, short or long answers, and the option to upload.

Quizzes are graded automatically, but you’ll notice that some advanced question types require manual grading.

MemberMouse doesn’t have native quizzing features. They recommend using a third-party plugin like Gravity Forms.

Membership site and course design flexibility

Since both LifterLMS and MemberMouse are WordPress plugins, the theme you choose for your membership site will dictate the look and feel. 

You’ll find a recommendation list from MemberMouse that includes: Divi, Astra, OceanWP, Hello from Elementor, Neve from ThemeIsle, GeneratePress, AuthorityPro by StudioPress, AcademyPro by StudioPress, OptimizePress Essential Pro, MemberDev platform, and Memberoni from The Membership Guys.

You’ll see with LifterLMS, they have their own theme called LaunchPad. You can choose whatever theme you want though. If you use Divi, Elementor, Beaver Builder, Astra, or Course Maker Pro, LifterLMS sells these add-ons. 

When you build your memberships on MemberMouse, you’ll be creating individual pages, then granting access. There’s no drag-and-drop page builder. 

With LifterLMS, you can purchase a paid add-on that allows for easier building with their course builder. 

If you want full design flexibility, AccessAlly is for you

Because AccessAlly is a WordPress plugin, you can use any WordPress theme or builder you like.

Or start with AccessAlly’s theme, which comes with all of the progress tracking and navigation menus integrated out of the box.

Power, flexibility, and beauty all in one course platform.

Examples of AccessAlly websites

bulk course enrollment and umbrella accounts

LifterLMS has released Phase 1 of an add-on called Groups. When the full feature is released, you’ll have the power to enroll teams. The team leader would be able to add team members and manage their experience. 

Currently, Phase 1 of the Group add-on doesn’t include automated e-commerce features. So you’ll have to handle your pricing negotiations and orders outside of LifterLMS. 

MemberMouse doesn’t offer a native bulk course enrollment feature, however, a third-party plugin is available to integrate with MemberMouse to add this functionality. 

E-commerce and affiliate functionality

Both MemberMouse and LifterLMS have similar e-commerce features. They both offer 1-click upsells, coupon codes and promotional features, trial offers, and various pricing options.

Both accept payments via Stripe or PayPal. In addition, LifterLMS works with Authorize.net and WooCommerce. MemberMouse will work with Authorize.net, Braintree, ClickBank, and Sticky.io.

Neither LifterLMS nor MemberMouse offer affiliate functionality features natively. 

Both offer integrations with affiliate software, like iDev Affiliate and WP Affiliate.

AccessAlly includes affiliate management features natively. No add-ons, additional plugins, or third-party systems required.

your workflow on LifterLMS vs. MemberMouse:

LifterLMS logo
  1. Download, install and activate the LifterLMS plugin on your WordPress website
  2. Download the LifterLMS helper, install and activate
  3. Set up the design of your website using a WordPress theme
  4. Create your course catalog to show visitors your available courses
  5. Create your membership catalog where visitors can see your available memberships
  6. Connect your payment processor
  7. Set up your student dashboard
  8. Integrate with your payment processor
  9. Design your order forms
  10. Add additional learning reinforcements like quizzes, assignments, create certificates, and more
  11.  
MemberMouse Logo
  1. Install WordPress if you don’t already have it installed 
  2. Migrate your members 
  3. Conduct your basic setup of products, pricing, membership levels, and bundles 
  4. Create your core pages for check out, thank you pages, landing pages, and login
  5. Create your internal course and/or membership site pages 
  6. Protect all your content and media with your membership levels and tags 
  7. Customize your setup through stying, integrations, smart tags, or other developer tools 
  8.  

See How LifterLMS and MemberMouse Features Compare

We’re a digital marketing software company built by marketers and software engineers. With our particular background and expertise, we’ve designed our membership and LMS plugin AccessAlly, to give you everything you need in an easy to use, powerful package. Here you’ll see where Kajabi and Teachable fall short or shine in comparison:

Protected course content Included checkmark Included checkmark Included checkmark
Built-in Recurring Stripe and PayPal payments Included checkmark Included checkmark Included checkmark
Course builder for modules, lessons, and topics Included checkmark Included checkmark  
Automatically creates tags, pages, and menus Included checkmark    
Deep 2-Way Integration with Infusionsoft, Ontraport, ActiveCampaign, ConvertKit, and Drip Included checkmark    
Multiple currencies, automated expiring coupons, and order bumps Included checkmark Included checkmark  
Cart abandonment automation Included checkmark    
Progress tracking, and progress-based unlocking content Included checkmark Included checkmark  
Multiple types of quizzes, and auto generated certificates of completion Included checkmark Included checkmark  
Course Licensing with Teams or Umbrella Accounts Included checkmark Included checkmark Add-on required
Searchable member directories and editable custom fields through profiles Included checkmark    
Gamification where members can earn points, and activity-based automation, login tracking Included checkmark    
Media player, video bookmarks, tagging automation on quizzes Included checkmark    
Cross-selling dashboards, with 1-click upsells Included checkmark    
Built-in affiliate tracking with multiple tiers, links, and reporting Included checkmark    

The true cost of LifterLMS vs MemberMouse

You’ll feel the true cost of MemberMouse when you have all your memberships setup but realize you want to run courses too. You’ll have to migrate to a new system that can handle both memberships and courses. Or you may choose to purchase another system to handle courses. It will be a pain. 

You’ll realize the true cost of LifterLMS when you’re paying for the Infinity Bundle, plus a few extra plugins or add-ons, but still having to integrate with another system to handle gamification, your affiliate program, and your community forum. 

In Summary

LifterLMS might be right for you if...

  • You’re looking for a membership and LMS plugin all-in-one
  • You’re already using a WordPress website and looking for a WordPress plugin
  • You don’t mind using a third-party tool to connect your course with your CRM
  • You have a need for more advanced quiz functionality 

MemberMouse might be right for you if...

  • You want to offer a simple membership 
  • You don’t have plans for a complex membership with multiple tiers
  • You have no plans to create courses, digital downloads, or a free course
  • You already have a WordPress site and you’re comfortable working with your WordPress theme. 

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