Canvas LMS vs. WordPress

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Canvas LMS
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Instructure is an educational software company based in Sandy, Utah. It is the developer of the Canvas learning management system, which is a comprehensive software package that competes with such systems as Blackboard Learning System, SumTotal and Saba.N/A
WordPress
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Wordpress is an open-source publishing platform popular with bloggers, and a content management system, known for its simplicity and modifiability. Websites may host their own blogging communities, controlling and moderating content from a single dashboard.N/A
Pricing
Canvas LMSWordPress
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Canvas LMSWordPress
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsMust contact vendor for pricing information.
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Features
Canvas LMSWordPress
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Canvas LMS
7.8
41 Ratings
4% below category average
WordPress
-
Ratings
Course authoring8.141 Ratings00 Ratings
Course catalog or library7.538 Ratings00 Ratings
Player/Portal7.632 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning content6.933 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile friendly5.640 Ratings00 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications8.037 Ratings00 Ratings
Assignments8.741 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance management7.432 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning administration7.636 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics7.538 Ratings00 Ratings
Social learning6.333 Ratings00 Ratings
Gamification10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Canvas LMS
-
Ratings
WordPress
8.3
128 Ratings
3% above category average
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings8.3128 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
Canvas LMS
-
Ratings
WordPress
8.0
104 Ratings
4% above category average
API00 Ratings7.894 Ratings
Internationalization / multi-language00 Ratings8.280 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
Canvas LMS
-
Ratings
WordPress
8.2
134 Ratings
8% above category average
WYSIWYG editor00 Ratings8.2121 Ratings
Code quality / cleanliness00 Ratings7.8122 Ratings
Admin section00 Ratings8.2132 Ratings
Page templates00 Ratings8.4129 Ratings
Library of website themes00 Ratings8.8131 Ratings
Mobile optimization / responsive design00 Ratings8.6130 Ratings
Publishing workflow00 Ratings8.4126 Ratings
Form generator00 Ratings7.5106 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Canvas LMS
-
Ratings
WordPress
8.4
132 Ratings
13% above category average
Content taxonomy00 Ratings8.1114 Ratings
SEO support00 Ratings8.4119 Ratings
Bulk management00 Ratings7.9101 Ratings
Availability / breadth of extensions00 Ratings9.2122 Ratings
Community / comment management00 Ratings8.5121 Ratings
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Canvas LMSWordPress
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Tovuti LMS
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Score 9.0 out of 10
ManageWP
ManageWP
Score 9.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Sakai
Sakai
Score 9.0 out of 10
WordPress VIP
WordPress VIP
Score 9.4 out of 10
Enterprises
D2L Brightspace
D2L Brightspace
Score 8.9 out of 10
Tridion
Tridion
Score 9.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
Canvas LMSWordPress
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(83 ratings)
8.9
(170 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.3
(5 ratings)
9.4
(36 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(8 ratings)
9.5
(17 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(6 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(18 ratings)
6.4
(21 ratings)
In-Person Training
10.0
(1 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
8.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.4
(5 ratings)
9.0
(18 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Canvas LMSWordPress
Likelihood to Recommend
Instructure
It is really well suited for school situations like knowing what [assignments] need to be done when, getting feedback, getting points, finding the slides that the teacher used for explaining an [assignment] or theory. I think It would be less suited in business situations because it's [primarily] made to be a [one-way] communication tool for schools. Businesses need more control on individual levels I think[.]
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Automattic
If your business relies heavily on content creation, and particularly on blog posts, then WordPress is really the best option you have. But if you don't have a blog, you only need static pages, or you want to build an eCommerce site, then you might want to explore other alternatives.
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Pros
Instructure
  • Creativity options for teachers to create a virtual space that still has fun graphics and accessibility options.
  • Canvas has versatility in viewing options for assignment due dates such as the calendar built in feature as well as the dashboard options to display upcoming and due assignments.
  • Allowing teachers to create community with each other and collaborate in each-other's space.
  • Discussion platforms within classrooms for students to communicate with each-other and with their teachers.
  • Easy messaging portal within each virtual classroom.
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Automattic
  • WordPress is incredibly easy to set up and get running with little to no technical knowledge. Most web hosts will do it for you, since it's so easy.
  • With thousands of themes available for free and for low cost, WordPress can accommodate any design you can imagine.
  • The community behind WordPress is generous, and there are loads of educational opportunities both online and in person to learn and connect with other users.
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Cons
Instructure
  • Their integration with Big Blue Button was a bust for distance learning. Would be great to see them collaborate with Zoom or Google Meets.
  • Their "feature request" process is slow and cumbersome at times because it relies on user "up votes" to get ideas addressed by the developers.
  • They seem to have a lot of turn-over with their staff. We get a new Customer Success Manager far more frequently than with other vendors.
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Automattic
  • WordPress breaks often so you need to have someone who understands how to troubleshoot, which can take time and money.
  • Some plugins are easier to customize than others, for example, some don't require any coding knowledge while others do. This can limit your project if you are not a coder.
  • WordPress can be easily hacked, so you also need someone who can ensure your sites are secure.
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Likelihood to Renew
Instructure
The other LMS tools have fallen behind. One reason is they are not able to update their systems, features, toolsets in a timely manner. While other LMS providers release bug fixes and new features several times a year, schools struggle to install and implement them in a timely manner. It is not uncommon for a school to take 6 months to a year to fully install and implement new releases on other LMS platforms. With Canvas, those features are released every 3 weeks, and there is nothing for a school to do other than choose to turn them on once released. This has allowed Instructure to innovate faster, and get new features and tools to customers quicker. Other factors include great pricing, customer support, and the innovative way in which LTI is implemented in the tool.
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Automattic
My rating is based on the knowledge I have of the community that WordPress has had built around it for years now. It's as solid as it comes when you talk about community involvement and expansion. There's no other CMS out there that can match-up with it, hands down.
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Usability
Instructure
The functions in Canvas are well integrated and consistent across the application, and mostly intuitive. Overall navigation and setup is streamlined through integrated features and navigation. The feedback we've gotten from our program participants is that it is easy to learn to use. It also integrates well with third party software like Google Docs and Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing software
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Automattic
I give it an 8 rating because it's a great piece of open-source software that can be customized easily. There is an ease of use and the customizations are a treat. There are a lot of themes to choose from (though paid themes are the best as they provide more support).
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Reliability and Availability
Instructure
No answers on this topic
Automattic
Anyone can visit WordPress.org and download a fully functional copy of WordPress free of charge. Additionally, WordPress is offered to users as open-source software, which means that anyone can customize the code to create new applications and make these available to other WordPress users.
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Performance
Instructure
No answers on this topic
Automattic
Mostly, any performance issues have to do with using too many plugins and these can sometimes slow down the overall performance of your site. It is very tempting to start adding lots of plugins to your WordPress site, however, as there are thousands of great plugins to choose from and so many of them help you do amazing things on your site. If you begin to notice performance issues with your WordPress site (e.g. pages being slow to load), there are ways to optimize the performance of your site, but this requires learning the process. WordPress users can learn how to optimize their WordPress sites by downloading the WPTrainMe WordPress training plugin (WPTrainMe.com) and going through the detailed step-by-step WordPress optimization tutorials.
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Support Rating
Instructure
I do not personally use Canvas support since we have a central office that helps us. However, our central office always has the answers we need and are always able to solve our issues - so I would assume that get great support from the Canvas team on their end. They also offer great training, which uses materials directly from Canvas
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Automattic
WordPress itself only has community service so your experience will depend on where you turn. Online, through forums and community boards, support is rudimentary but effective. You can easily turn to your local community and find exceptional individuals who know and use WordPress regularly for more advanced, inexpensive, support. I'm rating this less than 10 because of the lack of any formal support provided by a company.
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In-Person Training
Instructure
The training sessions were broken down into several days as well as different levels depending upon the knowledge of the user
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Automattic
Varies by the person providing training. High marks as it's incredibly easy to find experienced individuals in your community to provide training on any aspect of WordPress from content marketing, SEO, plugin development, theme design, etc. Less than 10 though as the training is community based and expectations for a session you find may fall short.
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Online Training
Instructure
The online tutorials and videos are very clear and addressed the issues/questions that I had about using the system.
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Automattic
It is very easy to find online resources to learn how to do just about anything with WordPress.
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Implementation Rating
Instructure
Once you purchase and sign the contract there is nothing to install or hardware to buy. You can almost immediately start using it and have courses up and going within weeks. We signed in December and had pilot courses online ready to go for the start of school in January
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Automattic
WordPress is not a great solution if you have: 1) A larger site with performance / availability requirements. 2) Multiple types of content you want to share - each with its own underlying data structure. 3) Multiple sites you need to manage. For very small sites where these needs are not paramount, WordPress is a decent solution
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Alternatives Considered
Instructure
Canvas is more secure, has a cleaner design, and has more features. For the features, they have in common canvas still stacks up against [Smart school] by going for the extra mile. Besidfor e that, [the] canvas looks a lot more [professional] than [Smart school]. I didn't make the decision myself to get canvas instead of [Smart school] but I'm happy they did.
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Automattic
We have considered and operated within Shopify and Squarespace. Both serve their purpose for niche clients, but we do recommend WordPress as being the superior option. We find that WordPress is easier to use and offers maximum scalability while the others are more challenging to design, code, configure and launch.
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Scalability
Instructure
No answers on this topic
Automattic
WordPress is completely scalable. You can get started immediately with a very simple "out-of-the box" WordPress installation and then add whatever functionality you need as and when you need it, and continue expanding. Often we will create various WordPress sites on the same domain to handle different aspects of our strategy (e.g. one site for the sales pages, product information and/or a marketing blog, another for delivering products securely through a private membership site, and another for running an affiliate program or other application), and then ties all of these sites together using a common theme and links on each of the site's menus. Additionally, WordPress offers a multisite function that allows organizations and institutions to manage networks of sites managed by separate individual site owners, but centrally administered by the parent organization. You can also expand WordPress into a social networking or community site, forums, etc. The same scalability applies to web design. You can start with a simple design and then scale things up to display sites with amazing visual features, including animations and video effects, sliding images and animated product image galleries, elements that appear and fade from visitor browsers, etc. The scaling possibilities of WordPress are truly endless.
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Return on Investment
Instructure
  • Canvas has helped us provide a more robust online component to our courses.
  • Canvas has helped us better adapt to a rapidly changing educational landscape.
  • Canvas has reduced the time that we have to spend training faculty on how to use our learning management system.
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Automattic
  • WordPress helps us reduce website management costs because we can oversee updates in-house.
  • WordPress is easy to use, reducing the amount of time we spend on website management.
  • The ease of use enables us to offer website management for clients, helping us grow our capabilities/business.
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