I administer a moderately sized educational website (instructional material, quizzes, and certificates). It is built on the Joomla platform and we have about 10K users with about 300 actively using the site at any given time. After much research and trail and error, I switched to JoomlaLMS about 8 years ago. Here are reasons why:
Cost is a big factor in our operation. If costs are not reasonable, we cannot continue to operate.
- The Joomla platform is robust, very cost effective, and can be administered by someone (me) with a moderate knowledge of IT, coding, etc.
- JoomlaLMS is fully functional out of the box and again only requires a moderate level of IT/website skills to administer. The software continues to be developed/improved over time.
- JoomlaLMS support is outstanding. It is timely, patient, and friendly.
- The fees are not insignificant, but they are fair, and they are scaled to the size of your user base. When it comes to paying fees, remember that you want a company to partner with that makes enough money to be profitable and stay in business. It would be a major problem for me if I had to migrate to another LMS system
We needed a learning platform that integrated with Joomla and Articulate, was simple to use - with the possibility of customisation and work-arounds when that was not possible. We liked the clean simple layout and ease with which students and administrators can find their way around.
Pros: In every instance that we had, where customisation was not possible, we were able to find a satisfactory work-around. For example, if students need to sit a final, external exam that is not part of the online training , the results can be manually added via JoomlaLMS. No other moderately-priced programme that we looked at was able to do this. This flexibility make JoomlaLMS far more powerful than is seen at first glance.
Cons: There is no user-based forum. Whilst the support is excellent and JoomlaLMS staff is endlessly patient and prompt at answering the queries, I do think that the exchange of ideas and work around that users have found could really benefit the community.
Advice to Buyers: In order to customise, and not get overwritten in an upgrade, a reasonable knowledge of Joomla and how it works is required. This is possible without an in-depth knowledge of php or hacking into core files.
The open-source platform of Joomla allows JoomlaLMS to be one of the most competitively priced systems available. It is consistently at the top of our Low Cost LMS options, regardless of delivery of number of users. At the same time, however, Joomla LMS delivers a wide array of features and functions found in much more expensive solutions. Although some features come with added cost. There is a robust assessment tool included in the LMS that allows for a vast array of testing and reporting options. For a nominal additional cost, you can also integrate a feature-packed social collaboration tool called JomSocial. JomSocial features a Facebook-like interface with groups, rich media sharing and messaging tools. The user-interface for JoomlaLMS can at times seem somewhat busy, as there is quite a bit of information and options on the screen at any given time. The pages and navigation are not as slick as many of the higher priced systems that are available. That said, users will get an awful lot for their money with JoomlaLMS.
I would recommend JoomlaLMS to anyone that needs an excellent LMS solution and whenever support is needed you will receive the best support I have ever encountered from a program or Component.
My JoomlaLMS team is fantastic! They worked with me from the very start to ensure a successful training site. We had a great deal of customization work done and they fulfilled our every need. Their attention to detail and timely delivery has been incredible. I am very grateful for their expertise and friendly customer service. They made me feel comfortable and confident that we were going to deliver a great product. Today over 2,500 users are signed up for this training site and the customized reporting and management structure they created is working flawlessly!
Great Job! and Thanks Again!
I would like to commend JoomlaLMS for excellent service and technical ability in programming a custom component for my company.
They provided me with superior service and have an excellent liaison between the programmer and my organization. They have been informative and quick to respond with all of my inquiries. The programmers/developers have once again shown why JoomlaLMS is the best company for Joomla! components. The program works exactly to my specifications. I am impressed. I look forward to continuing our working relationship between myself and JoomlaLMS.
I'm working all day with your component making my online courses to my clients and every day I think your component is the best option that I can choose.
Thank you another time.