Themes: Fordson

Maintained by Picture of Chris KenniburgChris Kenniburg
The Fordson theme is focused on students going from login to learning, with features that help teachers build better courses and students engage with content. Your school is unique and Fordson provides impressive customizations for a professional and modern learning platform. Try out Fordson and show some love by clicking "favourite" ( ♥ ) !
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Fordson extends the core Boost theme to provide a dizzying array of styling options, customized color choosers, enhanced user interactions, improved navigation, and branding opportunities within the theme.  Depending on your needs, Fordson delivers a variety of style presets from bland to grand! 

Focused on What Matters

We are focused on the process of getting a student to go from login to learning as efficiently as possible. Once in a course, we utilize a variety of techniques to help students engage with the content and organize the page in a way that helps promote learning.  We accomplish this by listening to our teachers and students for ways to improve that experience. When we extend Moodle functionality, we try to stay as close to core Boost as possible. Fordson delivers impressive features such as an innovative Course Management dashboard for teachers and little features like a course editing button that is always visible and “location aware” to speed up building a course.  The learning content is most important and Fordson utilizes space, color, images, icons, and other elements to help guide students through a course. Fordson also provides many different looks so that you can customize the presentation of learning materials to your students.  Spend more time engaged in learning and less time clicking buttons. Fordson enhances the user experience for both students and teachers by combining clean and efficient design with innovative user features not found in other themes. From login to learning we are focused on making Moodle better for students and teachers.

Thoughtful and Purposeful Development

Development of the Fordson theme is often guided by community, teacher, and student feedback.  We listen to suggestions that match our desire to provide the best experience from login to learning.  The Fordson theme shines when you are looking for the the following:

  • A theme that organizes Moodle’s navigation and enhances it to improve the user experience.

  • A theme that is focused on going from login to learning and getting out of the way of your teachers and students.

  • Improved navigation that helps make sense of course management for teachers and students get into courses faster

  • Designed and refined with community and teacher input based on their needs

Support Materials

Official Support threads on forums

Additional Information

Easy Enrollment Add-On

Install the Easy Enrollment add-on and Fordson will display a new enrollment form on the homepage.  This new form will allow a student to enter a 6 digit code and instantly be enrolled into the corresponding course or group within the course. This allows a student to go from the homepage to a course in seconds!  It will even generate and read QR Codes for enrolling elementary kids by simple waving a paper in front of the computer.

Special Thanks

Elements and certain functionality of Fordson would not be possible without the following users and plugins:


This plugin is part of set Fordson theme.


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  • Daniel
    Wed, May 15, 2019, 3:23 PM
    Your theme is my favorite theme. It is a pity, however, that the epub logo is not presented when a file is submitted.
    Like the pdf logo for example or others....
    Can you integrate this logo into your graphic theme by taking inspiration from Boost, Clean, ... or Adaptable which is different?
    How can I do it myself quickly while waiting for the update?
    Thank you.
  • Picture of Toàn Đoàn Thái
    Mon, May 27, 2019, 11:27 AM
    Thank you so much . Very useful
    Open University
  • Picture of Mobile review BD
    Mon, May 27, 2019, 10:41 PM
    This plugin is really good. thanks for this.

  • Picture of Thomas College
    Fri, May 31, 2019, 12:27 AM
    After installing this theme on our site (running Moodle 3.7), and setting a user's profile to use this theme, that user receives the following error message immediately afterwards:

    Coding error detected, it must be fixed by a programmer: page layout file [dirroot]/theme/fordson/layout/ does not contain the main content placeholder, please include "<?php echo $OUTPUT->main_content() ?>" in theme layout file.
    Debug info:
    Error code: codingerror
    Stack trace:
    line 1312 of \lib\outputrenderers.php: coding_exception thrown
    line 198 of \user\profile.php: call to core_renderer->header()

    Would anybody have any insight on how to resolve this issue?
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Fri, May 31, 2019, 7:37 PM
    Thomas, do you have your theme in a different folder than the standard directory? Also, support type issues should be posted in the theme forum:
  • Picture of Thomas College
    Fri, May 31, 2019, 10:46 PM
    Chris, thanks for the reply. I installed Fordson in the Moodle\theme folder, were the Boost and Classic themes where located. I'll repost this over on the Theme forum.
  • Picture of Carrie Rivera
    Thu, Jun 6, 2019, 9:29 PM
    Before I install can you tell me if the plugin will work on all devices, all browsers, and is responsive?
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Thu, Jun 6, 2019, 10:46 PM
    It is based on Boost and inherits all the good things about Boost. It should work just fine on all devices and browsers. It is responsive.
  • Picture of Marini Marini
    Thu, Jun 13, 2019, 7:36 PM
    Hello good morning,
    It is possible to clone the theme fordson with another name?
    I want personalize one categoria with another logo, color, etc.

  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Fri, Jun 14, 2019, 7:27 PM
    Marini, Anything is possible with the right amount of time, effort, and/or money. But the bigger question is do you have the skills or time to learn how to do it? I would start asking questions in the theme forum. You might be able to do some stuff with just a simple CSS hack based on category but that will only get you so far. Cloning a theme can be tricky. Best of luck and try out the forums.
  • Picture of Marini Marini
    Fri, Jun 14, 2019, 7:36 PM
    Thank you Chris!
    I have the necessary knowledge to modify a theme and change its name, with other theme I have done it without difficulty, but with this I can not.
    Maybe you had some basic guidelines.
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Fri, Jun 14, 2019, 8:45 PM
    Post this question in the theme forum. It is a bit more complex because the themes are more complex. This plugin page is not ideal for asking support questions. You need to be able to Find & Replace everywhere you find theme_fordson and then there are a few other errors that pop up and then once you straighten those out you can clone the theme. It took me all of 15 minutes to complete and I will share it but to help others this needs to be in the forums so others can find this answer.
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Fri, Jun 14, 2019, 10:06 PM
    Marini, I posted a video and instructions on the Theme Forum on how to clone Fordson.
  • Picture of Wey-Han Tan
    Tue, Jul 23, 2019, 3:45 PM
    Hello Chris,
    first, thanks for designing this beautiful theme!
    I have difficulties finding the licensing under which Fordson may be used.
    Could you give a hint/link where I can find it? Thank you very much!
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Tue, Jul 23, 2019, 8:00 PM
    It's the same licensing as Moodle.
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