Gareth Barnard, maintainer of some of the most popular Moodle plugins, has released his responsive Shoehorn theme for the first time as a stable version for the LMS. Shoehorn is a Bootstrap 3-based theme that carries with it many customizable features and cutting edge framework (LESS, Awesome Font, and more). Features include

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  • Accordion blocks region
  • Course tiles
  • Footer blocks
  • Bespoke options around the page (login, footer, copyright, etc.)
  • Slider navigation of course content when displayed as 1 topic per page (cool!)
  • Marketing spots similar to Essential
  • Draft / Published state for front page elements
  • and all sorts of other customizations to just about every part of the theme

Download the theme for 2.9 and 2.8 here:

You can watch a video of Gareth giving a tour of the installation and some features in the video below (direct link:

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  1. Thank you Joseph for the article 🙂

    For the first time in the M2.9 version under ‘Look and feel settings’ you will find lots of different colour settings so you can change the look of the theme. Something I’ve wanted to add for ages, just needed to think of the technical solution.


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