Themes: Adaptable

Maintained by Picture of Jez H Jez H, Picture of Fernando Acedo Fernando Acedo, Picture of Manoj Solanki Manoj Solanki
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:

  • Front page Marketing Blocks. You can display Up to 60 custom blocks with different layout.
  • Layout Builders! You can now define a custom layout to add blocks using drag and drop for:
    • Front Page
    • Footer
    • Dashboard
    • Course Page
  • Fully Customisable:
    • Fonts
    • Colors
    • Block styles (including icons)
    • Buttons (including radius)
  • Choice of two sliders on home page with custom colours
  • 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 site-wide 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)
  • Activities and Resources Adaptable icon pack improved 
  • Support for Social Wall Course Format (thanks to Chris Kenniburg for help on this)
  • Support for Grid Course Format (thanks to Gareth J Barnard for help on this)
  • Mobile settings
  • Option to add login form in header on front page
  • Favicon uploader
  • Background image uploader
  • Activities status NEW!


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 navigation items and notices.

It is also possible for individual users to customise where they want top menu navigation to appear (disable, home pages only, site wide) 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 set up an attractive Moodle site with a high degree of individuality without without knowing any CSS.


  • Adaptable is a fork of BCU theme and owes its existence to all those credited on that theme
  • Adaptable development was driven by 3bits e-learning solutions and Coventry University
  • Persistence of Bootstrap Alerts provided by Justin Hunt in between mowing lawns and brokering cease fires (see his Moodle Services page
  • Ideas on Social Wall support provided by Chris Kenniburg 
  • Help with renderers and other tricky stuff provided by Mary Evans and Gareth J Barnard
  • Additional support provided by New School Learning
  • Thanks to Bas Brands for helping fixing some issues and adding new features.
  • And many thanks to all the volunteers, developers, translators and users for its continuous support.


Documentation coming soon.

Advice on migrating from BCU to Adaptable can be found here.


Please, DO NOT ASK for technical support in this page

Visit the moodle themes forum (English/Spanish/Catalan)

or (only English)



This plugin is part of set Adaptable UI.


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  • Picture of John Whitworth
    Thu, 10 May 2018, 11:12 PM
    Hello all- I'm having a problem with header graphics not wanting hold placement (larger monitors fine, smaller monitors gets cut off) when moving from different size screens? Anyway to fix this? Thanks for the help!
  • Picture of Manoj Solanki
    Fri, 11 May 2018, 7:10 PM

    Just a reminder.

    For technical support and assistance please visit the Moodle Themes forum here :

    or Adaptable homepage here:

  • Picture of Sairan Sairan
    Wed, 16 May 2018, 7:46 PM
    how to create announcements an ad so that it appears in the "ANNOUNCEMENTS" ?
  • Picture of Владимир Кузнецов
    Sat, 19 May 2018, 9:03 PM
    Can you add the location of the blocks in your beautiful theme to the left and right (from two sides)?
  • Picture of Rodolfo Siles
    Tue, 7 Aug 2018, 1:29 AM
    The website for the demo is down since last week. Any other place where we can see the theme in action?
  • Picture of Kiran Derle
    Thu, 9 Aug 2018, 11:57 AM
    Very nice theme. Thanks a ton for this!
    Would love if few things are addressed:
    1. Main menus on front page are shown as (linked menu) which is not user friendly. Users are not able to identify that. Instead the menu can be given in-line with announcement row.
    2. While quiz attempt, timer is given at the bottom of sections. It should be on the top of sections or top corner. If sections/questions are more, students are unable to see the timer easily i.e. they have to scroll down all the way, which waste their time.
    3. In quiz report, we can not get section wise report and also right answers and also report containing wrong answers and right answers by a student. Which is an essential part of assessment. Please address if its in your scope.
    However, I have become a fan of this clean and responsive (in true sense) website.

  • Picture of P W
    Fri, 17 Aug 2018, 4:36 PM

    Is there an Visual CSS Layout Guide or reference of where all the classes and ID's are for quick reference? This would be very beneficial to its users......Thanks you.
  • Picture of Fernando Acedo
    Mon, 20 Aug 2018, 12:32 AM
    Adaptable demo site is already working. Please visit:
  • Picture of Rodolfo Siles
    Mon, 20 Aug 2018, 12:51 AM
    Thank you! I see the demo site is now back on.
  • Picture of Dave Foord
    Wed, 14 Nov 2018, 10:57 PM
    In some themes, on the Dashboard page, the tutor (or student) gets a summary of items that need attention (e.g. assignments to mark). As far as I can tell this feature is missing from Adaptable. Would it be possible to incorporate that functionality as would be very useful. Thanks in advance.
  • Picture of Luigi Ferrari
    Fri, 16 Nov 2018, 12:57 AM
    The adaptable theme has problems with logging in after the last upgrade to 3.5.3 (see, for example, and requires changes such as shown here:
    The Adptable site is not active.
    Is there any information regarding a possible update of the theme to solve the problem?
  • Picture of Marta de Souza
    Sat, 24 Nov 2018, 2:59 AM
    So I've added the wrong version of the adaptable theme, the most recent on github that has a banner across the top saying not to be used in production sites. I got it installed before I realised it was the wrong version and cannot install the proper production version now.
    How do I remove the banner across the top, please!


  • Picture of ali niciejewski
    Wed, 28 Nov 2018, 7:21 AM
    Hi, I updated my Adaptable theme yesterday and now the auth development tools plugin that allowed me to login as someone and then click on my name and jump back into my account without having to log out doesn't work anyone else having this issue?
  • Picture of Fernando Acedo
    Thu, 29 Nov 2018, 2:44 AM
    Please, search, or ask for support, in the moodle forum
  • Picture of jhony barboza
    Tue, 4 Dec 2018, 11:27 PM
    No me muestra los botones para entrar al mi sitio
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