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 Chris Kenniburg
    Wed, Apr 15, 2015, 11:10 PM
    Karl, Thanks for finding this. I uploaded a new version today v2.0.1 and it puts the dashboard menu back in for Moodle 2.7. In the Moodle 2.8 version it is intentionally removed as Moodle now has this by default. Also, as an update to this theme I am very close to having a new update for the M2.8 version that now will allow you to use Font Awesome icons, custom text, and custom links for up to 8 items. These items appear on the custom frontpage at the very top and are meant to help direct users to the content. Simple and easy.
  • Picture of Gunnar Ingi Omarsson
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015, 10:34 PM
    Hello Chris.
    I am looking at this and I was wondering if you can add an RSS feed in the Marketing blocks?
    With regards.
    Gunnar Ingi
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015, 10:37 PM
    Gunnar, You can most likely hack the code to do so but it will not currenty.
  • Dogbert rules!
    Tue, May 5, 2015, 5:34 AM

    Thank you very much for developing this theme. I had been looking for something that would give a different look to the front page (before and after login), and you nailed it.

    I posted this question in the Moodle theme forum - https://moodle.org/mod/forum/user.php?id=189269

    I simply wanted to override the color of the Log In on the front page. As you can see (on the forum), it didn't seem to work. Any suggestions?

    BTW - I currently do not have FTP access, so that will not be an option. I'm not sure I'll be getting that access anytime soon.
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Tue, May 5, 2015, 8:45 PM
    Hello Frank,
    Mary answered your question in the forums. I have corrected the ordering of the stylesheets but it will not be fixed until the next release. Working on that now and may release shortly. It is a 5 second fix, so you should contact whoever runs your server and see if that can be addressed.
  • Picture of Baye Fily MBENGUE
    Wed, May 20, 2015, 8:11 PM
    Hello @Chris, i'm a senegalese IT student !! Thanks so much for your work smile
    Keep it up !!
  • Picture of Jean-Pierre Mouret
    Sat, May 23, 2015, 2:55 AM
    Hi there,
    Awful theme! Together with the "Fullscreen toggle button" it's nearly perfect for me.
    One question: Would it be difficult to split the font-selection? For example: Choosing Istok Web for heading and Open Sans for text?
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Wed, May 27, 2015, 8:37 PM
    Look for evolved/layout/includes/fonts.php and in the root folder the lib.php file to change or add fonts.
  • Picture of Theodosis Karageorgakis
    Thu, May 28, 2015, 4:53 PM
    Thanx for this awesome theme, it made me wanna use moodle. Am kinda newbie to modding and I wanna make my front page look like this " ". So I kinda wanna change the way the Frontpage textbox looks like ,and also to add a coloured frame behind the custom frontpage icons.
    Cheers !
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Thu, May 28, 2015, 8:28 PM
  • Picture of Harsh M
    Sat, May 30, 2015, 4:03 PM
    Hi Chris, could you guide me how I can add Pages similar to the main Custom Homepage and also change the site title to a logo?

    Thanks in advance.
  • Picture of Theodosis Karageorgakis
    Sun, May 31, 2015, 9:12 PM
    Nice thank you for your reply . What about the Front page's textbox? How can I make it look like yours? smile cheers
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Mon, Jun 1, 2015, 8:39 PM
    Theodosis, I used a bootstrap tab example code. It doesn't quite work. It is not part of the theme. I was merely testing some things out.
    Harsh M, I don't think you will be able to add pages like you think on the homepage. I modified a layout in the theme to do so. Look in the layout folder. There are also great tutorials on how to make your own theme. You can upload a logo but the theme puts it in the right side of the screen.
  • Picture of Brian Rigwald
    Thu, Jun 4, 2015, 3:04 AM
    Chris, I am looking for a theme to update the look of my course. I am looking at both evolve-D and Essential. I like the look of both. Is there a way to add a background image to all the course pages? I like being able to add the image in Essential, but I like the 3-D look of the blocks/navbar in evolve-D.
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Thu, Jun 4, 2015, 3:06 AM
    Brian, Yes. In the Theme Colors section you control the style, colors, and background image of the site. You can add a photo and make it full screen from there. Just click the checkbox for Full Screen and drop in your photo.
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