Themes: Adaptable

Maintained by Picture of Jez H Jez H, Picture of Fernando Acedo Fernando Acedo
Adaptable is a highly customisable responsive two column theme designed for use on both large University installations as well as small training companies.
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Adaptable is a highly customisable responsive two column theme based on the popular BCU theme. Adaptable has all the features of BCU along with many new features:

Layout Builders! You can now define a custom layout in the admin settings for:

  • Block Regions (drag and drop)
  • Marketing Blocks
  • Footer Blocks
  • Fully Customisable:
    • Fonts
    • Colors
    • Block styles (including icons)
    • Buttons (including radius)
  • Choice of two jQuery sliders on home page with cusomisable colors
  • News / Announcements Ticker on home / dashboard
  • Multiple front page course styles
  • Extensive custom menus (can be targeted to different users based on custom profile field)
  • "My Courses" list can be organised to put older courses in sub menu item
  • Dismissible Bootstrap Alerts
    • Display sitewide notices using different Bootstrap styles
    • Allow users to dismiss alerts once read (persistent between page loads / login)
    • Allow re-use of alerts (display again even if user has dismissed) buy updating a "key" field
  • Additional layout settings for width, slider width, padding of various elements
  • Social icons or Search box in header (admin can choose between the two)
  • Support for Social Wall Course Format (thanks to Chris Kenniburg for help on this)
  • Mobile settings (greater control of how the theme looks on mobile devices)
  • Option to add login form in header on front page
  • Favicon uploader
  • Background image uploader

In addition many fields (menus, news items, alerts and help links) can be targeted using custom profile fields, thus it is possible to present different users with different nagivation items and notices.

It is also possible for individual users to customise where they want top menu navigation to appear (disable, home pages only, sitewide) using custom profile fields.

Adaptable has a lot of settings and may seem daunting at first, our advice is to simply install with the default settings and play with it afterwards.

With a little time you should be able to setup an attractive Moodle site with a high degree of individuality without without knowing any CSS.


Documentation coming soon.

Advice on migrating from BCU to Adaptable can be found here.

Please, DO NOT ASK for support in this page



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  • Picture of Carlos Alberto Sosa Muñoz
    Tue, 28 Feb 2017, 1:26 AM
    Buenos días, el tema adaptable en versiones posteriores a la 3.2 funcionan excelente el problema es esta última, me imagino que ya se han de ver percatado de que al momento de usar este tema en una pantalla como ipad table o smarthphone no se ve correctamente el menu del ingreso a la plataforma y tampoco se puede desplegar para salir, alguien ya resolvio este problema, les agradecere si responden gracias.
  • Picture of Simon Barrios
    Wed, 1 Mar 2017, 3:41 AM
    Hi! I'm having the same problem as Carlos Alberto Sosa Muñoz so I'm going to translate his problem to english: We are in Moodle 3.2.1+ (Carlos states he's in 3.2) and when we use the Adaptable Theme for mobile or tablet devices the profile menu doesn't appear (probably because it is activated on hover rather than on click), which makes logging out impossible. If someone could resolve this or knows a solution we'd be very thankful. I can also translate for Carlos if he doesn't speak english.

  • Picture of Mark Iannone
    Sun, 5 Mar 2017, 1:33 AM
    Hi. Is it possible to increase the size of the course image on the courses page. The them value appears to be 100px for max height. Can I change it to 200px with css? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
  • Picture of Sebastián Villalba
    Tue, 7 Mar 2017, 12:57 AM
    Hola Fernando Acedo. Utilizando la versión 3.2.1+, el menú "Administración del sitio" no se despliega en la página principal. Otra cosa que extrañan mis usuarios docentes es la posibilidad de poder cambiar su rol dentro de sus cursos. Un cordial saludo y muchísimas gracias por tu magnífico trabajo.
  • Picture of Josh hernandez
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017, 4:37 PM
    Buenos días! Me encanta el tema adaptable y agradezco mucho vuestro trabajo. Lo utilizo desde la versión BCU. El problema que tengo es que, al utilizar el formato de curso "grid" (rejilla), y pretender cambiar la imagen de cada rejilla, el cargador de la página para subir el archivo aparece en blanco. Si cambio, por ejemplo, al tema "boost" este problema desaparece. He consultado al creador del formato grid y me remite a vosotros. Hay algo que se pueda hacer? Utilizo moodle 3.2.2+. Otro problema que he encontrado en el tema, es que al tratar de insertar en los bloques promocionales de la página principal twitter o google maps, no se visualizan, pero al insertarlo en cualquier bloque html del curso, sí. Muchas gracias!!
  • Picture of Josh hernandez
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017, 4:45 PM
    Y otra cuestión que no he conseguido utilizar una imagen de cabecera con la opción "usar nombre del sitio personalizado" (ahí tengo una imagen), y activar los iconos de redes sociales, curiosamente los iconos se ven correctamente, pero no aparecen enlazados a su página correspondiente. Si quito la opción de nombre personalizado, entonces funciona correctamente. Gracias!
  • TIC
    Fri, 14 Apr 2017, 2:39 PM
    Excelente este tema, pero tengo una duda... ¿Cómo cambio las imágenes de fondo en cada bloque de curso de presentación en la página principal? habla de un código html, pero ¿en dónde debo colocar ese código? gracias
  • Picture of UK OA
    Sat, 22 Apr 2017, 2:06 AM
    I have installed your theme and we like it.
    I'm struggling with making change of the Course title size in the Course Overview block. It is a place where user will see the list of courses when he will click Dashboard.
    I tried to make changes in the CSS file called block.css in style folder of the theme folder.
    .block_course_overview .course_title h4 .title {
    font-size: 200%;
    But it doesnt work.
    Please help if you can.
    Thank you!
  • Picture of محمد الفارسي
    Mon, 24 Apr 2017, 4:40 PM
    We tried this theme which is excellent in terms of its features and characteristics, but we faced a problem in the Arabic language browser.

    Has it been tried in the Arabic browser?
    What are the suggested solutions (if any one tried it in the Arabic browser)
  • Picture of Sam Lyle
    Fri, 12 May 2017, 10:34 PM
    Some strings in the catalan (ca) translation are wrong and block the upgrade to Moodle 3.1.6. Example: $string['messagepopupbackground';] = 'Color de fons dels missatges emergents';
  • Picture of Shaikha hadhrami
    Tue, 16 May 2017, 2:50 AM
    I am using moodle version 3.2.2 with Adaptable theme, i choose 2 lagueges.SO I would like to know what to do when a learner changes the language from English (default) to Arabic, i need the whole front page and not only the titles of some of the blocks come up in my translated content.

    What has to be done to allow this change?
    (Change language and also change to translated content of the front page)

    in another meaning i need tow different front pages ( one for arabic and the other for english)
  • Picture of SmythSys IT Consulting
    Thu, 18 May 2017, 4:28 PM
    Hi, I've update my theme to the latest version, and I get an error on the frontpage when people are logged in:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function render_mycourses() in /var/www/clients/client1/web4/web/theme/adaptable/renderers.php on line 2847

    This only happens when I activate "show registered courses" but it's something I like to have for people who log in. I've deactivated it by now but any help would be appreciated.
    I had no problems with previous versions. I have Adaptable 1.3.3 and Moodle 3.1.5+ (Build: 20170421)
  • Picture of Tudor Drugan
    Fri, 19 May 2017, 11:57 AM
    PHP 7 error, no matter moodle version:
    Exception - Call to undefined function mb_strimwidth()
  • Picture of Mark Whitesides
    Wed, 24 May 2017, 12:14 AM
    I realize the latest version of Adaptable is not compatible with 3.3 but would you happen to have a temporary fix? We've loaded Adaptable but it does not appear in the Theme Selector. Thanks!
  • Picture of Mark Iannone
    Wed, 24 May 2017, 12:35 AM
    Hi Mark,

    I had the same problem when I used the plugin installer that comes with Moodle 3.3+. The Theme selector was a blank white page. I uninstalled the adaptable pluggin and then did I manual install from a cpanel. I changed the permissions to 755/644 and the theme selector started working.
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