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Sensei is Now Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses

We’ve just released a new version of Sensei that changes the name of the plugin to Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses.

You may see a strange version number ( when prompted to update. This is due to the fact that Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses is a bundle of the free version of Sensei LMS that exists on, and the WooCommerce Paid Courses extension that enables selling courses with WooCommerce.

After updating, you will see Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses listed on the Plugins page:

If you currently have a valid Sensei license for your site, nothing changes with the release of Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses. Your existing plugin will continue to function as before, and you’ll still receive updates and support.

You can read more about why we made this change here.

What’s in this Release?

Here are the highlights of the release:

  • The new minimum required version of PHP is 5.6. If you’re not sure which version of PHP your site is running, you may find the How to Check Your WordPress Site’s PHP Version section of this article helpful. You can also read more about updating PHP on
  • The new minimum required version of WooCommerce is 3.0.
  • The Access Permissions setting now controls only lesson content, not lesson and course content. Always displaying the content on the single course page is an opportunity to further promote a course and encourage user enrolment.
  • When Sensei is first activated, a pop-up appears asking you to join our mailing list. This pop-up will only appear on sites that have never had Sensei installed before.
  • We added a new Sensei LMS extensions page available from the Sensei LMS > Extensions menu.

You can read more about what else is in this release, including template file changes and deprecations, here and here.

Head over to DashboardUpdates to update Sensei from within WordPress.

Please note: While we have thoroughly tested this release, it’s always possible that we’ve missed something. We recommend that you test the update on a staging site before updating your live site.

5 thoughts on “Sensei is Now Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses

  1. nice! awesome.

    That is a bit of a change to the product. Hopefully it will trigger more contribution to the free LMS.

  2. Hey, I’m having trouble getting my students to my classes. Can somebody help me?
    I created the classes years ago, and now my association wants to use them.
    I’m rusty and trying to figure out how to message students to get them started.
    Can anybody point me in the right direction?

    1. Hi Diane,

      It would be best if you opened a Support ticket and our Happiness Engineers will be able to help you out. Cheers!

  3. Make a purchase of the Sensei plugin on April 04, 2016, in conjunction with the Sensei Share Your Grade plugins, Sensei Certificates,
    Sensei Media Attachments, Sensei Course Participants, Sensei Content Drip, and Sensei Course Progress. Should I buy the WooCommerce Paid Courses now? or my previous password?

    1. If you previously had an active license for Sensei, you would already have been prompted to update to Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses.

      If you purchased Sensei in 2016 and haven’t renewed since that time, then you have an expired license and are no longer receiving plugin updates. As a result, you would not have been prompted to update to Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses. A valid license entitles you to 1 year of updates and support, so you need to renew annually to keep receiving those benefits.

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