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:
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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  • Fri, Feb 13, 2015, 11:46 PM
    Hello. Where can I find the "My courses" text to translate it?
  • Fri, Feb 20, 2015, 1:26 AM
    In the language file. Line 112 through line 122.
  • Sat, Mar 7, 2015, 1:01 AM
    I have users who aren't enrolled by me. Can they still reach the register page from the home page? I didn't see a link on the home page. Thanks.
  • Mon, Mar 9, 2015, 8:30 PM
    Sharon, Yes. But you need to go to Site Administration > Security > Site Policies and check the box to "Force Users to Login". This will prompt the theme to use the default Moodle Login box which has registration. I will keep this in mind for the next revision to include a link to registration but for now the method I described above works.
  • Wed, Mar 11, 2015, 6:35 AM
    I really like your theme but I was wondering where I could change the frontpage after the user logs in. Instead of the custom front page I would like to redirect my users to http://myMoodle.com/course instead. Where would I change this?

    with regards
  • Thu, Apr 2, 2015, 9:33 PM
    Dear Chris,

    i can't see and configure the dashboard, please help me. I use moodle 2.8. Thanks in advance. the best moodle theme evet!

  • Thu, Apr 2, 2015, 10:09 PM
    Onur, All configurations are done under Site Administration > Appearance > Themes > Evolve-D. You will see all configurable options on the sub menu items.
  • Sat, Apr 4, 2015, 4:49 PM
    on this page (sub menu items) is the dashboard not not listed. sad
  • Wed, Apr 8, 2015, 6:18 AM
    Hi Chris,
    Is there a changelog of what's new in 2.0? Thanks.
  • Mon, Apr 13, 2015, 10:34 PM
    Onur, please use the discussion board link to try and solve your issues. I do not believe you are admin of your site. https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=265019
  • Mon, Apr 13, 2015, 10:37 PM
    Robin, there are CSS tweaks, new position of the edit button to be with the content you'd edit, and just a few other styling enhancements. No new features. Over the summer I will be looking to make a few new changes mainly to how the marketing spots and other elements work. I'd also like to give people the ability to add their own icons on the custom homepage.
  • Tue, Apr 14, 2015, 12:45 AM
    Hi Chris,
    Thanks! I'm digging the new CSS enhancements. I like how each menu stands out in 3D!
  • Tue, Apr 14, 2015, 10:03 AM
    Hi there!
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful theme!

    I have Moodle 2.8 and when I try to activate your theme, this error comes up:

    Coding error detected, it must be fixed by a programmer: page layout file [dirroot]/theme/evolved/layout/frontpage.php does not contain the main content placeholder, please include "<?php echo $OUTPUT->main_content() ?>" in theme layout file.

    I tried to add this line into the frontpage.php file, but I get only the main content and anything else (neither the blocks).

  • Tue, Apr 14, 2015, 10:51 AM
    Admin SSA, That code is injected into the frontpage.php via an include depending on whether you use the custom login and frontpage or the normal layout. Not sure what is going on with your server but I cannot reproduce the issue.
    Here is where the code is injected in frontpage.php
    if($PAGE->theme->settings->togglefp==1 && isloggedin()) {
    } else if($PAGE->theme->settings->togglefp==2) {
    } else if($PAGE->theme->settings->togglefp==1) {
  • Wed, Apr 15, 2015, 11:23 AM
    I just updated to the latest version and I think I lost the "My Dashboard" menu at the top. Can i get that back?
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