Themes ::: theme_simple
Maintained by Web ICT ZHAW
Simple design, follows the best practice of responsive web design.
Latest release:
244 sites
23 fans
Moodle 2.4, 2.5, 2.6


Simple template to extend the standard theme

Key features

  • Simple design
  • The front-page design uses blocks in the content area and displaying them as boxes
  • Possible to use different colors for different departments for example
  • Easy to change the template color
  • Multi device optimized: "Simple" follows the best practice of using responsive web design, namely serving the same HTML for devices and using only CSS media queries to decide the rendering on each device

Here's what it looks


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  • Mon, Sep 1, 2014, 8:42 PM
    Hi, we got last stable Moodle and last update of Simple theme, but cannot see the courses block in the frontpage.

    We force login to list cources, but in the Home Page only got, in the "middle column", the Calendar and the front page summary.
    Could you tell us if we made some mistake in the configuration? or if we must configure something more to enable the block list in the Home page, after user login.

    Thanks a lot and realy GREAT job with this theme.
  • Tue, Sep 2, 2014, 2:40 AM
    You have to click "Turn editing on" on front page in the Administration block. And then “ADD A BLOCK" and you can choose a new block. Have a look at our page how it could look like:
  • Tue, Sep 9, 2014, 12:54 AM
    how to change the logo?
  • Fri, Sep 19, 2014, 5:39 PM
    i got last moodle and last release from your simple theme and realy like it. My question is:
    How can i get those boxes on my frontpage? I create boxes in the left menu bar, activate the edit mode, but can't move them in the middle of my frontpage. Is there a manual or something like that?
  • Tue, Sep 23, 2014, 3:54 PM
    Hi Jan, you have to click "Turn editing on" on front page in the Administration block. And then move (drag and drop) the box to the middle using the cross icon "Move block".
  • Sat, Sep 27, 2014, 2:37 AM
    I noticed that the code changed for the footer with the 1.8 release. Do you still need to modify the code if you want a footer?
  • Tue, Sep 30, 2014, 9:30 PM
    Hi Rick
    I'm not aware that something changed on the footer. On you see the changes. This verion is identical as the one on moodle.
  • Wed, Oct 8, 2014, 11:56 PM
    Hi, I loved the Theme for mobile devices.

    However, I set 'Display language menu' and 'Language autodetect' to No in Language settings, but in the header I see the menu for two languages, it says:
    Home | en | es_mx|

    How can I hide this option?
  • Thu, Oct 9, 2014, 8:06 PM
    Nice to hear that you love the Theme for mobile devices.
    You have to uninstall the “es_mx” language package. Then the language menu will disappear.
  • Thu, Oct 9, 2014, 10:09 PM
    Hi, thanks for your response, but I can't uninstall the 'es_mx' language package because we are using it, in fact, the users can't choose the language because the 'es_mx' is the default in our platform.
  • Thu, Oct 9, 2014, 10:27 PM
    You could try to uninstall the English language package. I'm not sure if this is possible.
    Or you uncomment:
    old: echo $s;
    new: //echo $s;
    in all the php files in the layout folder.
  • Wed, Nov 5, 2014, 12:23 AM
    Hello. How can i change bakcground color? Now it's grey but i want it to be white. Theme is really great.
  • Wed, Nov 5, 2014, 3:49 PM
    Hi Jani, just add this in theme/simple/style/simple.css:
    body{ background-color: #FFFFFF !important; }
  • Mon, May 25, 2015, 7:59 PM
    Hi, any chance to see a version of this great theme for Moodle 2.9 soon?
  • Sat, Oct 19, 2019, 3:22 AM
    Hi I want to share my problem i tried to change the logo but it doesn't change even after clearing the cache. Any idea ?
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