I just wanted to find out if a MoodleCloud site is customisable in appearance as I'm having some trouble with mine and am not sure where to ask the question. Do I have to have Moodle on a server to post here?
You are very welcome to post here
As far as I am aware the free cloud service is not customisable. That's one reason why it is free
Thank you for the reply. I did wonder! I was able to delete the swirl background in the "moodlecloud" theme and I can invert the navbar colours but the other customisation options like changing the font colour or background colour don't seem to work. I tried typing something very basic in the custom css box (after teaching myself very quickly what css was!) but no luck there either. I had the box ticked to be in design mode in the theme settings too, as I saw on someone else's forum post this might cause a problem.
Oh, well! At least I can begin creating the content for free while I save up for a server, that is one good thing about Moodlecloud I can learn how courses and the activities work too. I'm really excited about getting this going! That is one good thing about Moodlecloud
If anyone has suggestions for a cheap hosted server to install Moodle, for the same level of activity as Moodlecloud, up to 50 users etc that would be great, but so I can get rid of that orange text! Please let me know your recommendations if you have any
I've found this paragraph on the Moodlecloud website:
Your database size is unlimited (which means unlimited text pages, posts, and activities). You can also customise the look of your own site via the web with our custom MoodleCloud theme, based on the standard More theme.
Does this mean I should be able to change the look, by more than just inverting a nav bar? I'm using Chrome. Maybe I should use a different browser? This does suggest you can amend the font and background colours, or am I reading the paragraph wrong?
There are bits within the Moodlecloud theme you can customise like adding your own logo or footer.
Hello Red Harry. I just checked on my own MoodleCloud site. If you go to Site administration >Appearance>Themes>MoodleCloud then you have options for changing the colour, logo etc of your MoodleCloud site. Did you try this already? (oops - just seen Marcus' earlier reply; same as mine)
Hi Mary, Marcus and Howard,
Thank you for your replies and suggestions. I really do appreciate the support.
In theme settings I have ticked "Theme designer mode".
Then I go to the Moodlecloud settings as shown by Marcus and Mary's path.
If I tick or untick the "Invert navbar" option, and then press "Save changes" button below, I can immediately see the change in the bar at the top going from black to white each time.
If I try the top setting, "Text colour", and change it to anything, lets say a nice lime green #53FB33 for example, and then press "Save changes", nothing happens. I have a click around in the courses, check the dashboard etc. but nowhere has the text changed to lime green. If I then go back to the Moodlecloud settings page, it shows my text should be lime green, so it is definitely saving the setting.
Hello again. I did not activate Theme designer mode - I just went to the MoodleCloud theme and selected a limegreeny type colour - saved it - and my site has text now all over in the most -er-interesting lime green
Ah Mary, I don't use this expression really but I feel it's called for... OMG... *blushes*
I can't believe it was that easy! The button you think lets you quickly make the changes is actually the opposite! I turned it off and I too have some rather fetching green text!
Well, now I am off to make my courses look beautiful (and not lime green )
Thank you so much!!
I wonder how long it would have taken me to work that out alone?
I like using the MORE theme. I am able to make my moodlecloud site look identical to my production site. If you would like, I can add you as a student in one of my moodlecloud courses (experimental) so that you can see what I do with MORE.
Sorry it has taken so long to reply. I would really appreciate any help and looking at / participating in your course. How do I sign up? I'm happy to provide feedback and such too.
Thank you again!
Okay, this is my moodlecloud site: https://rjerz.moodlecloud.com.
I set you up with a username, rharry, your password is abcdefG-1, but you will be forced to change it. Hopefully, you will do this quickly so that someone else doesn't try this temporary password and mess things up for you. You will be able to go into the course STBE237-A-S14. You will see what I have done with the MORE theme by using its tools to modify it, along with my CSS.
If you would like my CSS and other settings, let me know.
This course is just experimental. I moved it from my production moodle. I don't think you can damage anything by experimenting. You might want to change your email address since the one that I used is bogus.
I've managed to make some changes to my Moodle Cloud Site but a small square of the original swirly background still remains. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? I'd really love to have a quick look at what you've done to modify the theme on your Moodle Cloud, would that be possible at all? thanks heaps
quick update - have managed to delete the last bit of swirly background - but would still really love a peek at your Cloud site if you wouldn't mind - to help open my mind to the possibilities, cheers
Sure, Jay. You should log in with jmcdonnell as your username, and abcdefG-1 as your initial password. You will be forced to change your password. Let me know if you encounter problems.
All that I have done is to modify the settings for the moodlecloud theme, add a background jpg image, and add some CSS code.
In my own production moodle, I use Collapsed Topics. But on this moodlecloud, one cannot add plugins.
I'm not sure why but I haven't been able to log in with this user name and password. Can I try again, sorry to be such a nuisance
Sure, give it another try.
thanks a lot Rick. I really like how you've cleaned it up and got rid of all those little boxes. Will definitely copy that idea if you don't mind! Couldn't get into your course but the actual site looks great, cheers
Yes, I just checked Jay and I saw that you logged in. Then, I noticed that I forgot to add you to the course. You can try again. Sorry about that.
thanks Rick - I tried again but still no luck. Will try again later - maybe it takes a while for the enrolment to register?
cheers, much appreciated
Well, let's try it again. jmcdonnell, abcdefG-1.
I don't use my moodlecloud enough so I am a little rusty with it. Again, you will be force to change your password.
For you and "Red", I am attaching a PDF showing how I adjusted MORE. This should help.
My real point behind all of this is that I really think MORE can work for many folks. The beauty of moodle is that one can make these changes and affect the look of their moodle. None of this takes any modification of code. Also, all of these settings persist during upgrades! Really cool!
I also appreciate all of the work that folks go through to provide additional themes. Some of them are also very cool! But what I like about MORE is that it is one of the base themes, and I hope that this means it will be around for awhile. It is also "responsive" (as are many of the plugin themes.) Can't do any of this cool stuff with the other major LMSs.