• Introduction
  • User interface
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Cost
  • Summary

MATRIX vs. Moodle


MATRIX is a world-class, award-winning LMS for use by businesses. The platform is known for its easy-to-use and beautiful user interface, comprehensive set of innovative features, and pricing that provides great value for money. With MATRIX it's easy to create great courses that learners will enjoy anytime, everywhere.

MATRIX is a product of CYPHER LEARNING, which also provides a similar LMS for use by schools and universities called NEO. Both NEO and MATRIX are used by over 20,000 organizations, support 40+ languages, and have millions of users.

Moodle is an open source LMS with a comprehensive feature set. You can download the source code and host it on your own servers, or pay a business such as Moodlerooms to host and support it for you.

MATRIX Business portal

User interface

The MATRIX interface is a modern, responsive design that looks sharp and automatically adjusts based on the type of device. It provides attractive tile-based dashboards for learners, instructors and administrators, a graphical course catalog, as well as simple pop-out navigation. It provides rich content authoring as well as a visually attractive way to create and organize module material.

The Moodle interface is somewhat old-fashioned and clunky compared with what is expected of modern web applications. Although the Moodle UI can be customized, most Moodle sites tend to be dry and uninspiring. The Moodle UI is even harder to use from a mobile phone, and doesn't seem to use modern UI practices to adjust well to smaller devices.

MATRIX Learner dashboard

Ease of use

MATRIX is very intuitive and easy to use. In addition, it includes an online help center, with videos, getting started guides, and searchable help content. MATRIX also has a rapid response support forum where staff members typically respond to questions within 15-30 minutes during business hours.

Moodle has a reputation of being fairly hard to understand and use, and many sites that use Moodle have to run training courses for their staff so that they are able to use it effectively.

MATRIX Help center


MATRIX provides the range of functionality you'd expect in a modern LMS, such as support for courses (instructor led, blended, and self-paced), content authoring, integrated e-commerce functionality, graphical course catalog, beautiful module layouts, gamification, rules engine, learning paths, drip content, a customizable portal, web conferencing, collaboration tools, curricula and proficiencies, resources catalog, and more.

MATRIX integrates with a wide variety of systems, including G Suite, Google Drive, Calendars (iCal), Turnitin, PayPal, Stripe,, Salesforce, Zapier, xAPI, Single sign-on with Office 365, OneDrive, GoToMeeting, Zoom, and WebEx. We support industry standards such as SCORM, Common Cartridge Format, LTI, Equella, QTI, LDAP, and SMTP/POP3.

Moodle provides a similar feature set, with the main difference being that the features are typically harder to configure and use.

MATRIX Course catalog


MATRIX plans range from $149/month (monthly billing) for 50 active learners, to $13199/month for 20,000 active learners. There is a discount for yearly billing. There are no setup fees, cancellation fees, storage fees, bandwidth fees, support fees, or other hidden costs.

Moodle can be downloaded and self-hosted, or hosted and supported using a company such as Moodlerooms. Here is an analysis of the cost of each option:

Self-hosted for small businesses

You can run a few hundred learners on a single server and single database, as long as you don't mind the possibility of outages if the server fails or occurs outside of normal business hours. A small business configuration can often be installed and administered by an IT enthusiast, so the cost is based on the price of the server, backups, and the IT person's hours.

The self-hosted option for small businesses usually costs more than the Bronze plan, which is $149/month for 50 active learners.

Self-hosted for large businesses

To run Moodle reliably (99.9% uptime) for a lot of learners, you need a more sophisticated setup than just a single server. Specifically, we recommend:

  • 1 hardware load balancer
  • 2 servers or more, depending on the number of learners
  • 2 copies of your SQL database in a master/slave setup with failover
  • 2 memcached servers for fault-tolerant caching
  • 1 high capacity RAID disk system for file storage and backups
  • 1 search engine
  • Professional monitoring software

It also requires an IT specialist with knowledge of how to setup, configure, maintain a complex cluster environment, and who is available 24/7 to deal with performance issues and outages. This self-hosted Moodle option usually costs more than the Sapphire plan, which is $1499/month for 2,000 active learners.

Commercially hosted

The cost of a commercially hosted Moodle will vary by vendor. We have heard anecdotally that Moodlerooms is about twice the price of MATRIX.

MATRIX Course page


MATRIX is a more attractive, easier-to-use LMS than Moodle, at a lower cost for both small and large businesses.

MATRIX is an LMS with a rich set of features that are very useful for businesses and make it easy to deliver online training to your employees and clients.

This presents a comparison of the most important features of MATRIX and Moodle. If you require additional information on MATRIX, please contact us.


This comparison paper was written in March 2016 based on publicly available documentation on both vendor's sites. It was prepared as a guide and is not intended to be exhaustive. The comparison information is for guidance only and does not constitute any contractual representation, warranty or obligation on our part. Liability for errors, omissions or consequential loss is expressly disclaimed.

Since pricing and features can change rapidly, we do not represent that this information is up-to-date, and we encourage you to get the latest information directly from the vendor's web site. If you find any information in this comparison guide to be inaccurate, please contact us with details and we will correct the information within 72hrs.