General Settings

  • BY btle_admin - 01st Jun 2023

General Settings

The General tab contains the majority of LearnDash’s global settings. It is organized into the following sections.

Design & Content Elements

This group of settings was introduced in LearnDash 3.0.

Active Template

The active template determines how your LearnDash elements (courses, lessons, topics, quizzes, etc.) will appear to users. While your WordPress theme still controls the look & feel of your site as a whole (header, footer, pages, blog posts, etc.), this setting controls the design & layout of your course elements. There are currently two options:

  • Legacy: The original LearnDash design used on all versions of LearnDash up to & including version 2.6 (essentially, everything before 3.0). If you were using a LearnDash version prior to 3.0, you can safely upgrade to LearnDash 3.0 and you’ll remain on the Legacy theme.
  • LearnDash 3.0: An updated design released with version 3.0 of LearnDash, which includes new login & registration features, along with a focus mode for distraction-free learning. Enabled by default on all new LearnDash installations of version 3.0 or higher.

If you’re using the LearnDash 3.0 template and having issues with a LearnDash-optimized theme or plugin, please contact the theme/plugin developer, and ask if they support the new LearnDash templates.

If you’ve customized the legacy LearnDash template files in your theme, switching to the LearnDash 3.0 template could cause those customizations not to appear.

LearnDash Legacy

If you were using LearnDash prior to version 3.0, LearnDash Legacy is the design your site was using. When you upgrade to version 3.0, this will continue to be your default design.

Upgrading to LearnDash 3.0 will not automatically change your active template.

The LearnDash Legacy template uses the original version of the LearnDash template files. Some new features, such as Focus Mode & Login/Registration, will not work with the legacy template. You’ll need to switch to the LearnDash 3.0 template to use these features.

We recommend new LearnDash customers utilize the LearnDash 3.0 template, but there are a few reasons why existing users might want to continue using LearnDash Legacy:

  • You’ve made your own customizations to the LearnDash template files
  • You’ve written custom CSS to change the appearance of LearnDash elements on your site
  • You’re using a plugin that modifies the design of LearnDash, and has not yet implemented compatibility with the LearnDash 3.0 template (ex: Design Upgrade, Visual Customizer, Social Learner, etc.)

Even if you’ve started using LearnDash at version 3.0 or higher, you may still use the LearnDash Legacy template, but it is not recommended, as new features will not become available to you.

LearnDash 3.0

The LearnDash 3.0 template introduces new features, as well as a brand new design for all your course, lesson, topic & quiz pages.

Once enabled, a new group of settings will appear below the dropdown menu.

These additional settings are only available when using the LearnDash 3.0 template.


You can customize the colors of three main types of elements within LearnDash:

  • Accent Color: The main color used throughout the theme (buttons, action items, and other callouts.
  • Progress Color: The color used for all successful progress-related items (completed items, certificates, and progress bars).
  • Notifications, Warnings, etc.: The color used for warnings and other important messages.

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