Themes ::: theme_evolved
Maintained by Chris 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:
568 sites
239 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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  • Wed, Nov 4, 2015, 11:37 PM
    I did both. But not worked.
    When I hide all blocks it becomes OK. But as I show a block (not core blocks. I mean blocks from any other plugins) it will face with that problem in chrome. (Everything is good in other browsers. Also there is no problem when I use blocks of the core.)
  • Thu, Nov 5, 2015, 12:11 AM
    Solved. Seems the problem to be related to "Fullscreen toggle button" plugin. Now everything is OK.
    Thanks a lot.
  • Sat, Nov 7, 2015, 4:06 AM
    The plug in is installed on my moodle site but its not working properly. can anyone help me?
  • Sat, Nov 28, 2015, 7:09 PM
    See how is my theme Evolved .... I'm using Moodle 2.9 and suddenly the issue lost all css formatting. What can it be?

  • Fri, Dec 11, 2015, 10:00 PM
    Thank you Chris for the template.

    I'm messing with the fpcustom.php file to add a list of courses that are available and a link to self-registration.

    While doing that I discovered that, if there are not courses available, it defaults to: echo $OUTPUT->main_content();.
    That's kind of nice but, when I have custom frontpage active, I can not figure out how to edit echo $OUTPUT->main_content(); (which is the standard front page).

    Is there a way to use custom frontpage but still be able to edit the non-custom frontpage?

    Also, bugs be that Site Administration is not bolded and it's own block (rather than a sub-block of Admin). I think it would improve usability to have Site Administration it's own block. Any thoughts on that?

    Thanks again for the theme and thanks for the help.
  • Fri, Dec 11, 2015, 10:44 PM
    Hello Alan,
    I have been busy with our new moodle theme (Pioneer) but I have learned a lot with the new theme and I am planning on implementing several new features for the Evolve-D theme. For the Moodle 3.0 and 3.1 release of Evolve-D I plan on doing a major re-write of the theme to bring it up to speed. This most likely won't happen until next year.

    One of those new features will be the ability to use the standard moodle frontpage options and settings even with the custom homepage much like what is implemented with the Pioneer theme. I think having the ability to chose might be best and I plan to work on it next year for Evolve-D. I might also add in "featured courses" as well which would allow you to choose which courses are displayed on the homepage.
  • Fri, Dec 11, 2015, 11:35 PM
    Thanks. I made an admin bookmark to switch it (Front Page Options) on and off and, given that content is pretty stable, that's not such a big deal.

    Here's one: http://www.aquinascollegecatechetics.com/CFP/
    Here's the other: http://birchwoodsolutions.net/groups/

    I'm a decent hack at getting CSS and other stuff to work so, if you need any help, ping me.
  • Fri, Dec 11, 2015, 11:40 PM
    Wow! I am always impressed with what people can do with these themes! Since the next version is going to be a major update I am open to new ideas and features.
  • Fri, Dec 11, 2015, 11:46 PM
    Alan, along with my previous comment be sure to style your new features on the homepage so that they are responsive. Looks great on a desktop but needs some work if you scale the browser window to be smaller.
  • Sat, Dec 12, 2015, 5:52 AM
    Will do, haven't got that far yet
  • Sat, Jan 30, 2016, 7:13 AM
    Hey all, have an odd one. I've installed Evolve-D on my site and it works mostly the way I expected, except ALL of the blocks on the home page have shifted to the bottom of the page under the main body (instead of sitting to the right of the content as they are supposed to). This happens whether I use the default home page, the custom one that is available in Evolve-D or My Moodle. Anyone else running into this?
  • Mon, Feb 1, 2016, 9:34 PM
    Doug, I cannot reproduce this issue you describe. Are you using blocks that are not part of core?
  • Tue, Mar 1, 2016, 4:31 AM
    I just installed the theme. I was wondering how can I have the blocks placed on the right side of the screen? The blocks are set to be on the left but they remain on the right.
  • Tue, Mar 1, 2016, 4:35 AM
    Hello Scott. It is a two column theme and the blocks are purposefully placed on the right as it was designed based on feedback and suggestions from our teachers. If you checkout our newer theme (Pioneer) I added the ability to pick which side the blocks appear on from the theme admin. However, the Pioneer theme has a slightly different look and appeal.
  • Tue, Mar 1, 2016, 5:39 AM
    Thank you Chris for the input. I will check it.
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