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Maintained by Gareth J Barnard Gareth J Barnard
Essential is a clean and customizable theme for all supported Moodle versions. Essential is tested and tried by thousands of users, and ranks number one for all available third party themes.
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The "Essential" Moodle Theme
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With 2.5 now released Julian thought it time to take the opportunity to build a new theme that would push the new theme engine to it's limits a bit. With that in mind he introduced the new "Essential" theme.  Now Julian has left us for Canvassian adventures, David and Gareth took over development and maintenance.  And now David has left for pastures new, Gareth continues to maintain and make improvements.

The idea of this theme is to make the site look as little like Moodle as possible. In this specific instance, it would be used on sites where Moodle would potentially serve as a company homepage rather than just a course list.

Cool things to know about the theme.
- It attempts to load as many as possible icons from a font
- Most of what you think are "graphics" are actually the [Awesome font](http://fortawesome.github.io/Font-Awesome/)
- The slider on the frontpage of the demo site is completely customisable through theme settings
- I am really trying to push what [Bootstrap](http://twitter.github.io/bootstrap/) Grids can do. As such the theme is fully responsive.
- The footer is all custom Moodle regions. This means blocks can be added. The footer of the demo site is full of HTML blocks in this instance
- The Theme uses [Google web fonts](http://www.google.com/fonts/) to give it that extra bit of shazam!
- Social Network icons appear at the top of the page dynamically based on theme settings
- The entire colour scheme can be modified with theme settings
- The homepage main area is just a label. The theme will ship with custom classes that you can set for tables and links to modify their formatting. No knowledge of code is needed as you can use the text editor to do this. Documentation will be provided outlining what the additional classes are.

Support:

Due to the high volume of site specific installation questions I am no longer able to answer questions here.  Please post on the themes forum: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=46 for community support.

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Versions:

Please note that previously the version for Moodle 2.6 was 2.7.x as well, but since these versions are now separated we also lowered the displayed version number.
 

Moodle Version

Essential Version

Status

2.5 2.5.8Last release for M2.5
2.6 2.6.11Last release for M2.6
2.7 2.7.9.5.1Last release for M2.7
2.82.8.1.4  Current version
2.9 TBCTBD
 

For more information visit the official Essential theme website at: http://gjb2048.github.io/moodle-theme_essential/

Screenshots

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Contributors

Gareth J Barnard
Gareth J Barnard (Lead maintainer)
Julian Ridden
Julian Ridden: Original author
David
David Bezemer: Contributor
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  • Guido
    Thu, Nov 27, 2014, 6:28 PM
    Hi Gareth,
    I use the theme and your course formats for a client.
    Thats why I have sent you a (little) money via paypal.
    I hope many others might follow.
    Please stay healthy and continue the hard work.

    Guido
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, Nov 27, 2014, 6:30 PM
    Thank you Guido, I have just sent you an eMail smile
  • Picture of nayan v
    Fri, Nov 28, 2014, 3:41 PM
    Hi Gareth,

    When would you release Essential for Moodle 2.8?

    Cheers!

  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, Nov 28, 2014, 7:36 PM
    Hi Nayan,

    I have an arbitrary date of 10th December 2014: https://github.com/gjb2048/moodle-theme_essential/milestones/2.8

    But, please do read my comments on: https://github.com/gjb2048/moodle-theme_essential/issues/390 - as potential fee paying work must come first. It will happen when I get time.

    Cheers,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Laurent Bordier
    Fri, Dec 5, 2014, 1:18 PM
    Hello everyone,

    I do not see the logged user box as an option. Am I missing anything?

    thansk a lot
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, Dec 5, 2014, 6:11 PM
    Hi Laurent,

    Due to the high volume of site specific installation questions I am no longer able to answer questions here. Please post on the themes forum: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=46 for community support.

    Gareth
  • Me
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014, 11:06 PM
    Has anyone else come across this issue? I just upgrade to Moodle 2.8.1 and the latest essential theme and now the editor doesn't fit in the column and forces a horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the page. I've tried different width settings in essential with no luck.

    Thanks, David
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014, 11:10 PM
    Hi David,

    Due to the high volume of site specific installation questions I am no longer able to answer questions here. Please post on the themes forum: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=46 for community support.

    Gareth
  • Picture of Sanjay Singh
    Wed, Jan 7, 2015, 6:46 AM
    Hi, in my moodle, this theme does not work with internet explorer. Is there a fix
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, Jan 7, 2015, 7:07 AM
    Hi Sanjay,

    Due to the high volume of site specific installation questions I am no longer able to answer questions here. Please post on the themes forum: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=46 for community support.

    Gareth
  • Picture of Sa L
    Tue, Jan 20, 2015, 12:01 AM
    Hello,

    After upgrading to 2.8.2 I am getting this error when opening the 'header' section of the theme section:

    "Header
    Can not read file, either file does not exist or there are permission problems"

    All the others (footer, etc.. ) work fine, except this one.
    I already tried re-uploading the layout directory of the theme, but still got the error.

    Any idea how to resolve this?
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Tue, Jan 20, 2015, 12:26 AM
    Hi Sarah,

    Due to the high volume of site specific installation questions I am no longer able to answer questions here. Please post on the themes forum: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=46 for community support.

    Gareth
  • Picture of Prakriti Tiwari
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 9:57 PM
    Hi! Just installed your theme. Its awesome! I was just wondering if it is possible to put the login detail in the landing page instead of going to new page for login. How can I do that? Thank you!
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 10:19 PM
    Hi Prakriti,

    Due to the high volume of site specific installation questions I am no longer able to answer questions here. Please post on the themes forum: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=46 for community support.

    Gareth
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Tue, Mar 31, 2015, 7:25 AM
    Hi Fritz,

    Due to the high volume of site specific installation questions I am no longer able to answer questions here. Please post on the themes forum: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=46 for community support.

    Gareth
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