LMS or Learning Management System is an e-learning technology that enables institutions or organizations to spread their courses virtually across the globe without the physical effort required in classrooms. It also allows the user to configure their content suited for their clients.
WordPress + LearnDash is one such powerful combination that enables institutions/organizations to create their own online courses and extend this functionality with the wide range of plugins WordPress provides. Using LearnDash they can modify the layout of their courses, make them more user-friendly and further subcategorize them and divide them into lessons and topics. It also helps them keep track of the progress of their clients/students /employees. The plugin itself has a variety of options, and the institution/organization also has the ability to add functionality using free and paid LearnDash add-ons.
Addressing the requirement of limited access of the LearnDash site to students or complete inaccessibility to outsiders, the organization can set up SSO for their users using their organization ids. This would eliminate the infiltration of outsiders as well as save users the time of the lengthy signing up process and an additional set of credentials.
Let’s consider an example where we have a WordPress site in which LearnDash is installed to make/build courses and Woocommerce is installed to sell courses. We can see how SSO helps in limiting access to students and steer clear of outside intrusion.
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In such a case, if a student tries to access a course without logging in, he/she is redirected to the IDP login page for authentication first. As the student progresses a course, course progress can be tracked and on the basis of study domain (group), they can receive updates and notifications of various other courses.
miniOrange provides SSO for LearnDash so that you can design your own courses in accordance with your requirements and provide your users with the facility of Single Sign-On to save them the tedious task of signing up and remembering new credentials.
With miniOrange as an SSO provider, your users will be able to use their personal or organization credentials (as designed by the course provider) to access the courses and track their record.
Once the user logs into LearnDash using IDP, they can save their credentials which will enable them to automatically log into LearnDash via the Identity Provider.
miniOrange solutions provide varied features along with Single Sign-On which makes a plethora of LearnDash use cases possible. Some of them are listed below:
Secure Shared Login
Profile attributes synchronization
Role-based access to resources
Multiple IDPs Support
Download the WordPress SAML SSO Plugin on your LearnDash site to setup Single Sign-On:
WordPress Single Sign On SSO login with Azure, Azure B2C, Okta, ADFS, Keycloak, Salesforce, Ping, Onelogin, Gsuite, Shibboleth & many SAML IdPs [24/7 SUPPORT]
To setup SSO into your LearnDash, you will need to setup the WP SAML SP SSO 2.0 Plugin with your Identity Provider (IDP). You can find step-by-step guides to setup the SSO with your IDP from here.
miniOrange supports SSO setup with all major SAML compliant IDPs like AzureAD, Okta, AzureB2C, ADFS, Salesforce, GoogleApps and so on.
If you have an IDP that is not mentioned in the list, contact us and we can help you setup SSO with your custom SAML IDP as well. For any assistance in configuring SSO contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The Forced Authentication option forces the user to authenticate themselves each time they try to login into the LearnDash site, i.e., with every login attempt the user is forced to provide credentials on the IDP site, before accessing LearnDash.
Note: This feature also has the additional functionality of backdoor access to your LearnDash site through your WordPress login in case you are locked out of your IDP.
The plugin also supports IDP initiated SSO which would allow the users to automatically login to your LearnDash site by clicking on the application from your Identity Provider dashboard.
Once SSO is setup, you can checkout the following addons that can help you customize your LearnDash site and extend its functionality -
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