Themes ::: theme_evolved
Maintained by Picture of Chris KenniburgChris Kenniburg
evolve-D(earborn) is a Moodle theme focused on simplicity and style. Turn on the custom frontpage and your site will sport an impressive and beautiful login page. Once logged in you have complete control over the custom homepage complete with a navigation bar with icons, search, text, slideshow, and more.
Latest release:
588 sites
238 fans
Current versions available: 2

Introducing evolve-D(earborn).   A Moodle theme that is based off More but with an abundance of enhancements that evolved into a new theme.  Evolve-D sports a clean, minimal design with a focus on simplicity to minimize distractions.   What makes this theme different is it's new approach to the Moodle frontpage.  Logged in users are presented with a custom homepage while logged out users get a beautiful login page with a fullscreen image background.  You can even opt to use the built in login form or the standard Moodle login form.  Each login form has unique styling and a beautiful fullscreen image background.


  • Custom login page with fullscreen image background for logged out users
  • Simplified, custom Moodle homepage for logged in users
  • Two Column theme with blocks on the right
  • Support for Moodle's Socialwall Course Format.  If you use the Socialwall Course Format the evolve-D theme is the perfect companion as it contains super nice styling for the post interface and timeline posts.
  • Four image slideshow on custom homepage
  • Visual Separation of Topics/weeks.  Unique styling creates a visual separation of weeks/topics with the ability to customize the background color in theme settings.  
  • Custom Logo
  • Marketing Spots at bottom of page
  • Fontawesome support
  • Custom Menu "My Courses" dropdown
  • General and Weather Alert notices for users
  • Custom Colors

Moodle 3.2 compatibility

Several people have asked if there will be releases of Evolve-D beyond Moodle 2.9 to be compatible with Moodle 3.2.  After much debate we decided the best option was to take many of the features from Evolve-D and to build a new theme moving forward called Fordson.  Fordson is a child theme of the new Moodle default theme Boost.  Fordson builds on Evolve-D by incorporating a better custom homepage with up to six marketing spots, custom page header image for both the site and individual courses, and of course... Style Presets which can transform your site to give it a unique look and feel! I am even working on an "evolve-D" style preset so that the content areas and blocks will have a similar look and feel to evolve-D with the great new features of Boost.

If you like Evolve-D, I hope you check out Fordson:  https://moodle.org/plugins/theme_fordson

Documentation and Setup

(special thanks to German Valero for creating the doc page.)

General Overview

Version 2.0.2 and Newer Updates and Setup Instructions

Evolve-D is maintained and developed by Dearborn Public Schools.  We are a K-12 school district in Dearborn, Michigan.  

Moodle 2.9 Note:

 If you are using Moodle 2.9 the default homepage for the site is the new User Dashboard. You need to change this in Site Administration > Navigation > Default Homepage for Users. Please force "Site" for all users if you want to use this Evolve-D's custom homepage with icons.


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  • Picture of Emanuele Aloi
    Fri, Mar 4, 2016, 8:01 PM
    i would like to integrate the "socialwall course format plugin" in the frontpage of "evolved d" theme.
    The timeline should appear below the main navigation icons. I guess i can create a "socialwall course" and than make it appear in that position using the frontpage textbox option but i'm not sure how exactly. Any ideas?

    thanks you all!!!
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Fri, Mar 4, 2016, 8:56 PM
    Hello Emanuele,
    Thank you for using our theme and Socialwall Course format. You cannot make the Moodle homepage the Socialwall. Socialwall is a course format similar to topics or weekly and is applied at the course level.
  • Picture of Scott Camilleri
    Sun, Mar 6, 2016, 2:53 AM
    I love the book img in the pioneer design. But at the login screen, the img takes up too much room vertically. I found the pioneer.css under the theme folder and tried to change the background-image: 100% 35%; But that did not work. Is there a way of changing settings under the Administration >> Appearance >> Theme >> Pioneer ? Does anyone have any suggestions.
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Sun, Mar 6, 2016, 8:42 AM
    I will make a theme setting for the height of the frontpage image in Pioneer. Please post questions relating to that theme on its page.
  • Picture of Robin Leung
    Thu, Mar 17, 2016, 7:28 AM
    How does evolve-D play with Moodle 3.0+?
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Thu, Mar 17, 2016, 8:20 PM
    I am not sure how well it plays with Moodle 3. It was built off Moodle 2.7, so the underlying code is a little old. For Moodle 2.9 my organization decided to refresh the look and I developed the Pioneer theme based off that feedback and criteria. If I have time this summer I plan to upgrade the code but to focus on 3.1 and add in some cool features from what I learned building Pioneer.
  • Picture of Robin Leung
    Fri, Mar 18, 2016, 12:50 AM
    That's great to know, Chris! That's actually a better idea to upgrade the code to be aligned with 3.1, since that's here to stay for awhile. Looking forward to seeing it.
  • Picture of Emanuele Aloi
    Fri, Apr 1, 2016, 11:10 PM
    Hi Chris,

    I think it would be useful a function that allows you to assign to each user a picture taken by the respective global group.
    Let me explain: I have two different schools accessing at the same site and I wish the students of each of them would see the logo of the respective school next to the site's logo. Or in the worst case scenario they should see the logo of their school instead of the site's logo.
    Would it be possible to implement this feature in the future?
    At present can I accomplish this goal with the "custom css" function? (I do not know to program).

    Again, thank you very much for your work.
  • Picture of Albert Leatherman
    Sat, Apr 2, 2016, 12:23 PM
    Hi Chris, I was wondering if you are aware of a fix for the issue described at https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=265019#p1150580. I still get the calendar in "upcoming" view instead of "month" view when clicking "Go to calendar" in the Upcoming Events block (see images at https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=265019#p1331528). Is it possible to link to /calendar/view.php?view=month rather than /calendar/view.php?view=upcoming? The month view is much more intuitive, and I'd like student to see it instead. Otherwise this theme is great! Thanks a lot.
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Tue, Apr 5, 2016, 12:54 AM
    I do not believe the theme changes the links to the calendar block. Initially I thought you were referring to the custom icons with links. Those you can control. I from the images you are using a dev site. Have you changed or hacked any of the code for blocks or renderers?
  • Picture of bushra AlQadri
    Fri, Apr 8, 2016, 10:00 PM
    i don't know why the download button doesn't appear..
    is there any problem?
  • Picture of Ed Beck
    Wed, May 11, 2016, 3:22 AM

    Thank you for all your hard work maintaining this theme. One of the things I appreciate about this theme is the bright green or red turn editing on or off buttons. When you do work on the theme this summer, would it be possible for you to add your button to the gradebook?

    Also, the trend in design has been to flatten images and remove things like drop shadows and shading. Could we be given the choice between having shading on our blocks and a flat white.

    Thank you!
  • Picture of Glenn Pillsbury
    Sat, Jun 25, 2016, 1:03 AM
    Wishlist: I'd love to be able to customize the top header color and the bottom border color of the header via the GUI. Thanks!

    Glitch: I'm seeing an issue between evolve-D (2015092300) and the Grid course format in 2.9. Specifically, the blocks are being pushed below the main grid content area. Something with the floats is incompatible between the two.

    Otherwise, I really like the theme and the Socialwall format!
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Sat, Jun 25, 2016, 1:39 AM
    Evolve-D was built with Moodle 2.7. It is a bit long in the tooth now. I have plans to update it for Moodle 3.1 but it may not happen as quickly as I'd like. I am also interested in the new theme developments for Moodle 3.2 in November which should have an enhanced navigation using breadcrumbs to eliminate the Navigation block. Pioneer is our latest theme from Dearborn Public Schools. It took a different approach and has some amazing features. We will be revisiting the future direction of Evolve-D when we see where the default Moodle theme is going in 3.2.
  • Picture of Philip Varghese
    Sat, Aug 13, 2016, 3:11 PM
    Would this theme work on 3.0+ ?
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