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Themes for dummies

My site still uses the default theme. I want to fix that. Unfortunately, I don’t know Linux, PHP, CSS, etc. I can't access the server files. However, I have heard that some of the newer themes are highly configurable from within the Moodle interface. Is this true? If so, what themes are best for an administrator like me?


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Mary Cooch
Re: Themes for dummies
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Hi John. Why not just experiment? Go to Settings>Site administration>Appearance>Themes>Theme selector and try them out? Most of the themes have their own page that you can see in the settings block and they let you tweak colours, change logo or add basic custom code( I don';t know any CSS but I have copied examples from elsewhere) Documentation here Themes

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Picture of Richard Oelmann
Re: Themes for dummies
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Just to expand on what mary has suggested - one step before the selector itself in the menus (Settings>Site administration>Appearance>Themes) you will see a list of theme names - this is NOT the selector, but is the list of themes with their own custom settings pages. this is where you can see what settings each theme has.

But so long as a theme has a customcss box on that page - choose one that has a layout you like and then you will be able to alter the css - using firebug or similar tools to help discover the selectors that are already in place and making changes in the customcss box. Some themes will have more settings too - but the main thing would be to choose one with a layout you like as this is harder to alter without access to the server files.

Don't forget, if you are making changes to the css, turn Theme Designer Mode on ( Settings>Site administration>Appearance>Themes>Theme settings ) to see the changes you make.



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Picture of Danny Wahl
Re: Themes for dummies
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not being able to access server files is going to limit you to your choices - but that might be a good thing.  You can just play with the different themes that are packaged with moodle.

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