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 Marko Marko
    Wed, 7 Dec 2016, 1:32 PM
    The newest version 1.2.5rc2 (2016120500) comes with big red banner on the top saying "DEVELOPMENT VERSION. DO NOT USE IN PRODUCTION SITES". How do I remove this? or how do I downgrade the version? There's not warning about this on the instructions.

  • Picture of Timothy Buell
    Sat, 10 Dec 2016, 9:50 AM
    I agree with the above, I can't get a feel for what the theme look like with that big warning banner. Is there a way to turn it off if we promise not to use it in "production" or whatever?
  • Picture of Fernando Acedo
    Sat, 10 Dec 2016, 5:06 PM

    From now, Adaptable will detect your moodle and Adaptable version and will display this banner to avoid compatibility problems or the use of beta versions in production sites.

    The latest version is a RC (Release Candidate) and still not ready for production even we didn't find any serious issue for the moment.

    The stable version will be published soon and will not show this message except if you are running version 2.9 that will not compatible with Adaptable never more.
  • LMS studio professional
    Sat, 24 Dec 2016, 10:39 AM
    dear... the version 1.2 can be see the layout size of the screen is suitable with it.. but after i update new version 1.3 why the layout size is bigger and need to zoom in the screen.. who can help me?
  • Picture of Alexander Mueller
    Wed, 11 Jan 2017, 10:58 AM
    Hi Guys, do you have a support page I can post my questions to for this theme? The link above seems to be a generic forum. Thanking you in advance. Alex.
  • Picture of Samuli Koskinen
    Wed, 8 Feb 2017, 1:56 AM
    Hi, first I want to thank the developers of Adaptable, it's an amazing theme!

    I'm having problems with the multi-language filter, since it doesn't work in custom navbar tool menus, or alerts. Is there a way to get the multilang filter work with these adaprtable features?
  • Picture of Carolina Díaz
    Tue, 14 Feb 2017, 11:57 PM
    Hello, I am happy to have downloaded this beautiful theme. I have a question in this moment, as it is described above in the features, I would be able to "Option to add login form in header on front page", I need you guidance to perform this. I´ll appreciate your support.
  • Picture of Diego C Martin
    Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 1:37 AM
    Is possible to create custom headers for course categories with this theme?
  • Picture of Alí Quiroz Bruno
    Fri, 17 Feb 2017, 3:56 AM
    Agradecido, por por el tema. tengo una duda, ¿Alguien me podría decir como deshabilitar el slide para versiones móviles? no se ajusta bien y preferiría deshabilitar la opción (solo dispositivos móviles).
  • Picture of Carolina Díaz
    Fri, 24 Feb 2017, 8:31 AM
    Hello, I installed this theme in a 2.9 moodle site, used the 1.21 version that appears in this page. When I selected the theme using the theme selector option in moodle, every option dissapeared, I cannot do anything because I cannot see nothing but the green header. I don´t have access to courses, admin menu, and the site is useless as it is now after install ADaptable. I really need help. I tried to get paid support but no body respond from the adaptable theme page. ¿What can I do now?
  • Picture of Mark Iannone
    Sun, 26 Feb 2017, 5:15 AM
    Hi Carolina,

    Did you get any help? Email me at

  • 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.
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