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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.

Video Promo:


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 2.7.9.5.2Last release for M2.7
2.82.8.1.7  Current version
2.9 2.9.0.6
Test server beta
TEST SERVER ONLY
Sponsorships make things happen.
 

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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  • Picture of Lou K
    Mon, Jun 8, 2015, 8:44 PM
    We are having an issue with the header background image. It keeps repeating. Is there a way to stop it repeating with CSS but not impact different screen resolutions? Thanks!
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Mon, Jun 8, 2015, 8:58 PM
    Hi Louis,

    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 school of arty deolali
    Fri, Jun 12, 2015, 12:16 PM
    Hi .. after installing plugins asks for register your moodle site. can i register my site offline ..?
  • Picture of school of arty deolali
    Fri, Jun 12, 2015, 12:16 PM
    Hi .. after installing plugins asks for register your moodle site. can i register my site offline ..?
  • Picture of Miguel Angel Velasquez Teran
    Wed, Jun 17, 2015, 12:02 AM
    Hello, I use this, and I need to delete the dropdown menus that appear in the header, it is possible?
    http://www.screencast.com/t/eFIreGaRG
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, Jun 17, 2015, 1:29 AM
    Hi Miguel,

    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
  • Just wondering . . .
    Thu, Jun 25, 2015, 5:50 AM
    Gareth, you said above, last month:
    "Once that is done I'd be happy to quote you for the work of adding Awesome Bar into Essential for Desktops only (as it looks bad on mobiles) - initial estimate would be two to four days work. My current day rate is 210 GBP per day. Would you like to fund the enhancement?"

    Did anything come of this?
    What do you mean 'Looks bad on mobiles'? Do you mean the hambuger?

    -Derek
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, Jun 25, 2015, 7:25 AM
    ^^^^^^ Replied on themes forum.
  • Picture of Catalin Popescu
    Sat, Jul 4, 2015, 2:38 AM
    Just wondering where could one get the translations from? For instance, in Spanish.
    They don't seem to be present in the main package.
    Thank you for such a great work!
    Catalin
  • Picture of Dave Sheehan
    Sat, Jul 18, 2015, 2:53 PM
    Is there a simple way to allow full width course descriptions on category page?
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Sat, Jul 18, 2015, 7:20 PM
    Hi Dave,

    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 Anis Jradah
    Thu, Jul 23, 2015, 4:58 PM
    Dear Gareth,

    Kindly, when the 2.8.1.6 version will be released or the 2.8.1.5 version.

    Thank you,
    Anis
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, Jul 23, 2015, 7:31 PM
    Hi Anis,

    It takes me thirty minutes to make a release. This happens when I feel it needs to happen. If you would like it sooner then please consider sponsoring the theme.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Charlie W
    Mon, Jul 27, 2015, 2:36 PM
    Hi Gareth, Can i modify/change it and put it up for sell? (@themeforest) ... Like this theme :

    http://themeforest.net/item/lambda-responsive-moodle-theme/9442816
    They wrote at the end of page : Built on: Essential by Julian Ridden

    I am very grateful if you answer me. Thanks
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