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Maintained by Picture of Daniel Munera Daniel Munera
Archaius is a moodle theme with several options to customize your Moodle


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What is new

Thanks to the interview David Mudrák and Tim Hunt gave me a hint to be able to store user preferences to save the state of lateral blocks. Because of that, if you hide the lateral blocks, them will remain hidden the next time you go back to that specific page.

Thanks a lot to Barbara Ramiro and David for their suggestions, I will try to improve everything you said.


Archaius is a moodle theme with several options to customize your Moodle:

  • Social Icon options (facebook, twitter, youtube, linkedin)
  • Upload background image for login page
  • Upload logo.
  • Upload mobile logo.
  • Footnote.
  • Background color.
  • Header and footer color.
  • Tabs color (to be used with blocks titles).
  • Color for the current block tab (block titles).
  • Color of the current item in custom menu.
  • Activation of the collapsible topics effect.
  • Activation of the hide/show blocks effect.
  • Activation frontpage slideshow.
  • Custom CSS.
  • Custom Javascript in footer.
  • Color of custom menu.
  • Set timeout of the slider.
  • Set height of the front page slider (pixels).

Need a hack hand or want to support me

Yo support my work you can buy me a beer using the following option:

Buy Me A Coffee

If you need a hack hand you can contact using the contact form of my blog or sending a private message here.



to all people that helped me with my master project, I already delivered it, so, I am going to have time to write code instead of my thesis. I hope I can fix all issues and implement all improvements soon and release an amazing version. .

Do you want to help me to improve this theme?


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  • Picture of Danyal Ashton
    Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 1:57 AM
    Hi Daniel,

    on the login page of the moodle i've enabled self enrolment and the login container isn't being extended to fit the extra information which comes with enabling the self enrolment option.

    just wondering how would i go about extending the container so the self enrolment fits properly.

    Thank you


  • Picture of Julio Ramírez
    Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 8:49 PM
    Hi Daniel, you did a great job with this theme, congratulations!

    I have some questions about this theme.. I would like you to answer me.

    Archaius meets the requirements of responsiveness and configurations for 2.8 platform?

    Thank you.
    Julio R.
  • Picture of Daniel Munera
    Tue, Nov 17, 2015, 12:24 PM
    Hi Julio,

    Sadly, I don't have a short answer for your question.

    I still saying that the maturity of my theme is BETA. It is because, even though I have been testing my theme for a long time, I am a single person developing this theme without use any framework for testing (to write acceptance test, integration test), so, I don't have enough proves to say my theme is completely solid. Even having the time to write a good test suite, I can not be sure that a platform which use my theme is completely responsive, because I can't control the content and plugins people use.

    I used to use to test my theme in several browsers and devices. I did it as part of my master tesis, but using a theme I build for a company that is part of my home university ( That "manual" testing was great because I was able to prove that my theme was working in very old browsers.

    What I offer

    My whole master thesis was about building e-learning platforms trying to prevent as much as possible usability problems in self-conducted courses, that includes the prevention of problems with responsiveness. Nowadays I am working on improving my theme for conducted courses, my goal is to improve the teacher tools, like the grade book. My point here is that I will be glad to try to fix any problem you find in my free time.

    If you want you can test my theme, checks if it meets your expectations. You can report any problem to, I will be glad to help you in my free time (sometimes it takes a while because I can work on my theme when I have free time, because I have a job that pay for my house, food, etc. So, My job is a priority :P)


    My theme doesn't use any framework like bootstrap, foundation, etc. It is because when I decided to make my theme responsive I decided to prove that you can create a responsive application without have to use a framework that sometimes offers more things that the things you really need.

    But, I used fluid layout and a very reduced version of a grid system to make my theme responsive.

    Hope this helps you (I know it is not a good answer for your question I just don't want to lay),


    Pd. If you want to yo can ask more using the contact for of my blog: (spanish, english)
  • Picture of Daniel Munera
    Tue, Nov 17, 2015, 1:18 PM
    Hi Danyal,

    mmm it is rare, because I set the width of the login box base don the 'registerauth' option, (if you use the admin search you will find de option). It makes the container be bigger when self enrolment is enabled. I tested it in moodle 2.9, are you using version 2.9?

    You can clear cache (purge all cache ) after enable self enrolment, just in case, but it works for me without have to purge all cache, probably because I am in development mode.

  • Picture of Carly Born
    Wed, Jan 6, 2016, 11:02 PM
    I have a question about how forums are displayed in this theme. Is it intentional that the name and picture of the person who posted is nowhere to be seen? I have a little bit of custom CSS, but nothing that should be touching the display of forums at all. If this is intentional, is there any way to change it? It makes for very confusing online discussions!!
  • Picture of Daniel Munera
    Wed, Jan 6, 2016, 11:52 PM
    Hi Carly,

    Which version of Archaius are you using? , because it was fixed a long time ago.

    If you want you can access my testing website

    username: testforums
    password: testForums91!

    NOTE: The forum is in the first section of the course called topics.

    Check if the forums behaves as the should in that website, if they did, the problem should be related with your custom CSS.

    Let me know once you have tested everything to know if i have something to fix.

    Best regards,
  • Picture of Carly Born
    Fri, Jan 15, 2016, 10:49 PM

    Thanks for getting back to me. I'm using Moodle 2.8.9 with Archaius build 2015011900.

    So, I added this Custom CSS to our site to resolve the problem:
    #page-content #region-main div.header {
    display: inline;

    I did this because it seems that #page-content #region-main div.header was set to display: none in archaius.css on line 258. It seems to be a section that is supposed to apply to blocks in the main section.

    I do have some custom css that applies to the gradebook, but I did check that first and there is nothing that removes display (it just adds color to the gradebook to make it easier to read).
  • Daniel
    Wed, Feb 3, 2016, 9:24 PM
    Hi Daniel,
    In Moodle 2.9, the installation of third-party plugin "Block notifications" sets default displaying this graphic theme within a course. Over displayed blocks. Disappearance of the content of sections ...
    Do you have a proposal?
    Thank you beforehand.
  • Picture of Masab Paracha
    Sat, Feb 6, 2016, 12:03 AM
    In Moodle 3.0 how to set the slide show? i am not getting the slide show settings option
  • Picture of Óskar Moltó
    Sun, Feb 14, 2016, 1:17 AM
    Hola Daniel. Increible tu tema. Lo uso desde hace ya años y va genial
    EL caso es que he puesto la ultima version y el logo se me ve mas pequeño. Como arriba está, supongo la linea para social, pues se me queda todo más pequeño. Puedo de alguna manera deshabilitar esa linea, ya que no la utilizo, para que se me vea más grande???.
    Gracias de Antemano
  • Picture of Josh LeJeune
    Mon, Feb 15, 2016, 10:00 AM
    Is there a way to increase how wide the side blocks are, as well as allow the page to completely fill the screen without having a margin?


  • Picture of adam loonat
    Tue, Feb 23, 2016, 9:16 PM
    Hi Daniel,

    I was just wondering, is there any way to change the layout of how the courses are displayed on the home page so instead of them being listed down the page more in a table form of rows of 3 or 4 etc? as i have many courses so its becoming quite a long list haha

    Many thanks

  • Picture of Daniel Munera
    Wed, Feb 24, 2016, 10:30 PM
    Hi Adam,

    I am thinking about the same thing. Let me work on that when I have the time, unfortunately it is going to take some time because I am kind of busy.

    Best regards,
  • Picture of adam loonat
    Mon, Mar 14, 2016, 10:24 PM
    Hi Daniel,

    I am glad you feel the same way! did you get round to getting anywhere with this i would be very interested to find out and test for you smile

    Thankyou Adam
  • Picture of Amanda Rablin
    Mon, Apr 4, 2016, 8:06 AM
    We have used this theme on our site for a few years and are testing the 3.0 version of moodle. Most of our courses use the OneTopic format and with the most recent version of both plugins the design of onetopic breaks with this theme. The tabs views do not display correctly. The section name is shown under the tab and it is off center. The OneTopic option works in other theme just fine but we would really like to keep Archaius. Do you have any suggestions?
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