Julian Ridden’s Bootstrap-based Essential theme is a really great looking theme for your Moodle 2.5 site. It’s very clean and modern looking and provides a host of customization options to make the them your own.  Here’s a list of the fixes and updates you’ll see in the latest version:

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  • New Settings screen just for color selection
  • Marketing Spots on homepage can now have images added. These will automatically be sized to fit by the theme.
  • Can now upload your own page background image
  • Can now set colors for footer region
  • Cleanup of required images (Theme now only uses 4 images)
  • Performance info now neatly formatted.
  • Fixed Custom Menu color in IE8 and IE9
  • Can now upload optional images into the marketing spots
  • Now available in English, German, Russian, Turkish and Spanish (many thanks to the Moodle Community for translating)
  • New Pinterest, Instagram, Skype and the Russian VK social networks added.
  • Can now add links to Mobile apps on the iOS App Store and Google Play
  • New formatting on login block
  • A plethora of minor CSS Fixes

Such a great looking theme that I’m considering dropping WordPress for a client’s front end site and using only the Essential theme and Moodle as our website. Testament that Essential is a very un-Moodley Moodle.

Learn what’s new and thank Julian at https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=233862

Download the theme at https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=theme_essential

Play with it at http://training.moodle.com.hk/


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  1. Thans for covering this update Joseph on the blog. I am very proud of what has been done with Essential ad thrilled to see so many people using it.

    Please make sure if you are using Essential that you are on this latest version as it fixes a plethora of reported bugs to date and will ensure you get the bet experience possible.


  2. Julian, thank YOU for the theme. I’m in the middle of a site transition for a client and found Essential to be the answer to so many of our previous issues. More to come on that!


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