It’s a fact that WordPress powers more than 27% of all sites across the web. Therefore, it is not surprising that we are repeatedly approached by schools to ask for an over the counter school management system built in WordPress, or we are asked to develop one for them. Although we do not support this notion for many reasons beyond the scope of this post, here is a list of the best WordPress school management system themes and plugins. These themes and plugins can be customized based on the school’s needs, but they do have some customization limitations. We would recommend them for small to medium sized schools and that do not have a complex operations system, sort of traditional school workflows.
WPSchoolPress is a complete school management WordPress plugin. It claims to make the school operations transparent. As with all the other plugins and themes listed here, there are four roles: Admin, Teachers, Students, and Parents. Each has a definite access privilege and dashboard. WPSchoolPress can help the school manage attendance, classes, subjects, marks, exams, events, Time table, and transportation. It includes a notification system and sms API integration. WPSchoolPress is subscription-based.
Schoex claims to be the ultimate WordPress school management system. It is built on Larabel 4 and AngularJS, which give it greater flexiblity and robustness. In addition to WPSchoolPress plugin features, it has payment and accounting, online exams. polling, public registration and approval by admin, assignments, media center, study materials, generate mark sheets, and much more.
Though less visually appealing than the others, Inlabs is really robust under the hood. Unlike the others, it has unlimited role permissions. This is great for many schools that have different personnel categories like support staff : ITs, librarians etc. Inilabs supports online payment, easy student promotion gateway. IT can mange expenses, has a report card system, and includes a syllabus. This is in addition to the conventional modules.
4. Ekattor Pro
Ekattor has been on the market for a while. It has an all-in-one dashboard. It has study document distribution based on classes/teachers, exam marks management, vivid class routine schedule, invoice management, RTL support, and product language management. It has the most sales among the rest, perhaps this is due to its longevity on the market. However, it does have some negative reviews in terms of support. Ekattor also has a WordPress plugin in case you do not want to opt for a theme.
School Management System Plugin is an ideal way to manage complete school operation. The system has different access rights for Admin, Teachers, Students, and Parents. It has a front end student registration, followed by Admin approval, online fees payment, Library module, front end modules for parents, teachers, and students. It also has grade, class, and subject modules. It has a class route, reports, payment module, student migration module, Hall List, transportation and event-notice modules. You can combine it with WordPress Learning Management System plugin and Paymaster plugin to have an all star school ERP and learning management system.
No school needs are the same. So, you need to know what your school needs, and see if the theme or plugin can grow up as your school operations become more complex. Is it salable? IS it sustainable? Is it secure? Does it meet the special needs of your school? These and many other questions should prompt you to choose the right school management system and any other plugin that extends its features.