Themes ::: theme_evolved
Maintained by Chris Kenniburg
evolve-D(earborn) is a Moodle theme focused on simplicity and style. Turn on the custom frontpage and your site will sport an impressive and beautiful login page. Once logged in you have complete control over the custom homepage complete with a navigation bar with icons, search, text, slideshow, and more.
Latest release:
373 sites
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Current versions available: 2

Introducing evolve-D(earborn).   A Moodle theme that is based off More but with an abundance of enhancements that evolved into a new theme.  Evolve-D sports a clean, minimal design with a focus on simplicity to minimize distractions.   What makes this theme different is it's new approach to the Moodle frontpage.  Logged in users are presented with a custom homepage while logged out users get a beautiful login page with a fullscreen image background.  You can even opt to use the built in login form or the standard Moodle login form.  Each login form has unique styling and a beautiful fullscreen image background.


  • Custom login page with fullscreen image background for logged out users
  • Simplified, custom Moodle homepage for logged in users
  • Two Column theme with blocks on the right
  • Support for Moodle's Socialwall Course Format.  If you use the Socialwall Course Format the evolve-D theme is the perfect companion as it contains super nice styling for the post interface and timeline posts.
  • Four image slideshow on custom homepage
  • Visual Separation of Topics/weeks.  Unique styling creates a visual separation of weeks/topics with the ability to customize the background color in theme settings.  
  • Custom Logo
  • Marketing Spots at bottom of page
  • Fontawesome support
  • Custom Menu "My Courses" dropdown
  • General and Weather Alert notices for users
  • Custom Colors

Moodle 3.2 compatibility

Several people have asked if there will be releases of Evolve-D beyond Moodle 2.9 to be compatible with Moodle 3.2.  After much debate we decided the best option was to take many of the features from Evolve-D and to build a new theme moving forward called Fordson.  Fordson is a child theme of the new Moodle default theme Boost.  Fordson builds on Evolve-D by incorporating a better custom homepage with up to six marketing spots, custom page header image for both the site and individual courses, and of course... Style Presets which can transform your site to give it a unique look and feel! I am even working on an "evolve-D" style preset so that the content areas and blocks will have a similar look and feel to evolve-D with the great new features of Boost.

If you like Evolve-D, I hope you check out Fordson:  https://moodle.org/plugins/theme_fordson

Documentation and Setup

(special thanks to German Valero for creating the doc page.)

General Overview

Version 2.0.2 and Newer Updates and Setup Instructions

Evolve-D is maintained and developed by Dearborn Public Schools.  We are a K-12 school district in Dearborn, Michigan.  

Moodle 2.9 Note:

 If you are using Moodle 2.9 the default homepage for the site is the new User Dashboard. You need to change this in Site Administration > Navigation > Default Homepage for Users. Please force "Site" for all users if you want to use this Evolve-D's custom homepage with icons.


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  • Tue, Oct 25, 2016, 2:26 AM
    Yes. Just turn off the marketing boxes. Set it to display none.
  • Fri, Nov 11, 2016, 8:03 AM
    The next version of evolve-D will most likely be based off Boost. I am hoping to take some things from the Pioneer theme, this theme, and roll it out based on the new layout and features of Boost. Not sure if it should be a new theme or not. Evolve-D was created during Moodle 2.7. The code is quite old.
  • Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 12:05 AM
    That is really brilliant theme,

    Can we remove this section where written "Find and enroll in Course" ? as in screenshot: http://prntscr.com/dgxvj7 ?

  • Sat, Dec 17, 2016, 6:10 AM

    How can I download this ? Don't find download button or something ...
  • Tue, Jan 10, 2017, 12:47 PM
    Looking forward to it Chris! smile
  • Tue, Jan 10, 2017, 12:47 PM
    Looking forward to it Chris! smile
  • Tue, Feb 14, 2017, 9:59 PM
    Hi Chris, any plan to bring its +3.2 version? Thanks in advance
  • Tue, Feb 14, 2017, 10:32 PM
    Hamed, because of the major changes in the default core theme (More to Boost) we decided it was best to go with the awesome new layout and features of Boost and we developed a new theme that has many of the same features as evolve-D such as the custom homepage (Now called Enhanced Homepage) but can utilize the new layout, Style Presets, and other options available in Boost. The new theme is called Fordson and can be found here: https://moodle.org/plugins/theme_fordson If you like Evolve-D you should check out Fordson. Lots of good improvements. We are hand crafting style presets that can instantly change the look and feel of the website without changing the features. There are currently 10 different presets to choose from!
  • Tue, Feb 14, 2017, 11:00 PM
    Wow! cool. Just downloaded and installed it. Thanks for the info. Time for me to say goodbye to evolve-D! I'm going to say Hello to Fordson! See you there!
  • Mon, Sep 4, 2017, 5:10 AM
    I have used this theme for quite a while and love it -- I've never had a problem. Until today. It worked a couple weeks ago; then today when I went in to get everything ready for classes to start next week, I get this:
    http://www.ellteacher.com/moodle/theme/image.php/evolved/theme/1503077545/avatar" alt="Login" /> pix_url is deprecated. Use image_url for images and pix_icon for icons.
    line 267 of /lib/outputrenderers.php: call to debugging()
    line 34 of /theme/evolved/layout/includes/fpcustom.php: call to renderer_base->pix_url()
    line 41 of /theme/evolved/layout/frontpage.php: call to require_once()
    line 1162 of /lib/outputrenderers.php: call to include()
    line 1092 of /lib/outputrenderers.php: call to core_renderer->render_page_layout()
    line 114 of /index.php: call to core_renderer->header()

    Can you tell me if I need to fix something, or what happened?

    Thank you....
  • Wed, Sep 6, 2017, 3:14 AM
    Michelle, This is best handled in the theme forums and this theme will not work with anything beyond Moodle 2.9. Anything newer is use at your own risk. Please check out our Moodle 3.2 and 3.3+ theme called Fordson if you would like to maintain similar features as evolve-D. https://moodle.org/plugins/theme_fordson
  • Wed, Sep 6, 2017, 5:21 AM
    Awww...that's too bad. Everything has worked perfectly until that one little icon recently. sad . Thanks for the info...
  • Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 7:14 PM
    this a an awesome theme but I have one doubt
    will this theme work for M 3.0 ?

    If it does then some one please explain how to do that.

    Thank You!
  • Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 8:16 PM
    We developed a theme with similar features that works on Moodle 3.2 and above - Fordson. Please check it out here: https://moodle.org/plugins/theme_fordson
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