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.md' file that comes with the theme.  This is because the theme is complex and I regret that I don't have the time / resources to freely assist with questions pertaining to specific enhancements / changes / knowledge improvement.

I will investigate genuine bugs and issue fixes in a timescale set by myself.  I will only explain / report my findings at my own discretion.  You MUST state the Essential and Moodle versions as I'll only ask for them and that delays time - in software bug fixing there is no 'latest' version as your 'latest' could be different to my 'latest', so please don't use that word or similar like 'current'.

Reporting issues:

Please read the 'Reporting issues' section in 'README.md' 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.

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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
3.33.3.1.5Being maintained
3.43.4.1.4Being maintained
3.53.5.1.4Being maintained
3.63.6.0.2(beta)
TEST SERVER ONLY!
 

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

Potential privacy issues

Google CDN fonts can be set to be used.

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 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
  • Picture of Andres Rodriguez
    Wed, 22 Aug 2018, 4:30 AM
    Hi, I'm trying to change the words "My Courses" in the dropdown menu in the frontpage but I don´t know where. Please help.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, 22 Aug 2018, 5:09 AM
    Dear Andres,

    The Essential theme comes with NO SUPPORT. Please see the Readme file for details.

    Gareth
  • Picture of Mike Finch
    Wed, 3 Oct 2018, 3:30 AM
    This theme may indeed be popular with the end users. But, as a site administrator, I dislike this theme. It hides many things from me that are easy to access in the default Clean theme. For example, my latest problem is that I cannot access the "Tags" page.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, 3 Oct 2018, 4:31 AM
    Dear Mike,

    ? Essential has all the functionality of the Clean theme and more. Which 'Tags' page do you mean? I can only find the 'Manage tags' page in the Clean theme in the same way as can be accessed in Essential. Please do explain with screen shots and version numbers on the Themes forum: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=46.

    What other of the 'many things' are hidden as I'm not aware of it hiding anything.

    Gareth
  • Picture of Raymond Frangie
    Mon, 19 Nov 2018, 8:40 AM
    Hi Gareth,

    Can you please advise when your theme will support the new Login Token feature as introduced in 3.5.3 (https://docs.moodle.org/dev/Login_token)

    We've had to disable this feature to continue using your theme.

    Appreciate the update.

    Cheers,
    Ray
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Mon, 19 Nov 2018, 6:44 PM
    Dear Ray,

    I don't know why you keep asking this (https://github.com/gjb2048/moodle-theme_essential/issues/880) as the theme ALREADY SUPPORTS THE LOGIN TOKEN!!!!!

    I've already checked the Moodle 3.5 version and have just double checked the versions for Moodle 3.3 and 3.4. Any version less than that is unsupported but I doubt that there would be a problem due to the nature of the issue.

    Please post on the issue clear evidence that it is actually the Essential theme with the issue.

    Gareth
  • Picture of waldek koran
    Fri, 4 Jan 2019, 9:22 PM
    Hello Gareth

    The theme is outstanding Yes however I'm having some difficulties changing the dropdown menu. Is there any hope for little customization? Say just changing the words in the menu?
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, 4 Jan 2019, 11:30 PM
    Dear Waldek,

    The Essential theme comes with NO SUPPORT. Please see the Readme file for details.

    Gareth
  • Picture of Martin Greenaway
    Sat, 5 Jan 2019, 2:32 AM
    Hi Waldek - if you want the functions to remain the same but change the names of them, then you can do this in the Language Customisation screen - search for the text across all files and you should find the menu entries in there. (https://docs.moodle.org/en/Language_customization).

    If you want to change what the items in the menu actually do as well, (remove/add items) then this will definitely be code changes, and I think this is mostly going to be in the file core_renderer.php (which lives in either the renderers directory or the output directory depending on the version you're using). I'd not be too keen on diving in there personally, because it's pretty complex. You may be able to add additional navigation options to the top of the page using the "Additional HTML" section - not sure if this will help?
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