Themes: Essential

theme_essential
Maintained by Gareth J Barnard Gareth J Barnard
Essential is a clean and customizable theme. Essential is tested and tried by thousands of users, and ranks number one by site usage 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 Font Awesome font (fontawesome.io).
  • The slider on the front page is completely customisable through theme settings.
  • I am really trying to push what Bootstrap (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 theme can use Google web fonts (fonts.google.com) 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.

Support:

The theme comes with NO support.  Please see the 'Support' section in 'README.txt' file that comes with the theme.

Reporting issues:

Please read the 'Reporting issues' section in 'README.txt' file that comes with the theme before posting / contacting me.  If there is any missing information then I'll only ask for it which will delay you getting a solution to your problem.

Video Promo:


Properties:


In versions 2.9.1.22, 3.0.1.15, 3.1.1.7 and above.


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 2.7.9.5.3Last release for M2.7
2.82.8.1.11 Last release for M2.8
2.9 2.9.1.24
Last release for M2.9
3.0 3.0.1.17Last release for M3.0
3.1 3.1.1.12Last release for M3.1
3.23.2.1.5Last release for M3.2
3.33.3.1.4Current version
3.43.4.1.2Current version
3.53.5.0.1Current version
 

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

Screenshots

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Screenshot #1

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 Animal the muppet
    Fri, 4 May 2018, 6:15 PM
    How is compatibility with 3.5?
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, 4 May 2018, 7:24 PM
    Untested with M3.5.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Mon, 7 May 2018, 4:24 AM
    Dear Kacper,

    Ok, that is a Wordpress site, this is a 'Moodle' theme! So not even the same software. With respect like a previous post then a hunch this is spam and just a means to get higher up on search engines.

    Gareth
  • Picture of Emmanuel Del Moral G
    Mon, 21 May 2018, 8:26 PM
    hello, when will it be compatible with moodle 3.5?
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Mon, 21 May 2018, 8:28 PM
    Hi Emmanuel

    When I get it done.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • cosimo
    Mon, 18 Jun 2018, 2:15 AM
    First of all congratulations, you have created a GREAT theme. I would like to ask you for information. Is it possible to move the block currently to the left in the central area to have more space in the input of resources and activities and navigation on the left? Thank you very much and congratulations again.
    Cosimo
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Mon, 18 Jun 2018, 2:35 AM
    Dear Cosimo,

    Thank you for your kind words. The theme comes with no support, please see the readme file for details.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • cosimo
    Mon, 18 Jun 2018, 2:05 PM
    He Hareth, Thanks for the answer, unfortunately in the file read me I found no indication on how to move the block left in the center, a pity because it is really a fantastic theme but, the fact of having the central block on the left of even small size will not allow me to use it in courses.
    If someone of good will can give me some indication I thank him in advance, I am very keen to use this theme. Thanks and good day

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  • Gareth J Barnard
    Mon, 18 Jun 2018, 11:09 PM
    Hi Cosimo,

    The readme file details information about support and not how to move the block left in the center.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Brian Pool
    Mon, 2 Jul 2018, 9:12 PM
    Is there a way to remove the available courses in the site page before logon? It make the landing page huge.
  • Picture of baraa abd el-hady
    Mon, 2 Jul 2018, 9:26 PM
    is it possible to add feature on table to change slide by touching it
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Mon, 2 Jul 2018, 11:44 PM
    Dear Brian,

    The Essential theme comes with NO SUPPORT. Please see the Readme file for details. Your question is not a theme one but a Moodle one, please learn and read the core documentation.

    Gareth
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Mon, 2 Jul 2018, 11:44 PM
    Dear Baraa,

    You probably can already as its the standard Bootstrap carousel.

    Gareth
  • Picture of baraa abd el-hady
    Tue, 3 Jul 2018, 3:24 PM
    can you lead me only to the files i need to modify to add this feature
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Tue, 3 Jul 2018, 7:18 PM
    Dear Baraa,

    I can't as I've already stated that it should already work.

    G
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