Essential Theme Updated For Moodle 2.9, 3.0; Release Candidate For Moodle 3.1

The Essential Theme outdid it, again. Three versions launched for each Moodle releases. For 2.9 and 3.0 they are stable and you can apply them risk-free to your Moodle configuration. Release 3.1 is still candidate. You are welcome to use it but there might be some final touches pending.

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Striving to look “as little as Moodle as possible”, Essential uses the Bootstrap framework for front-end development. You get a more flexible grid layout where you can place and move Moodle blocks across the page. Many new customizations are available in the settings. This includes palettes, social media icons, among other. Essential is, of course, a responsive theme.

Essential also has many speed improvements. It uses Font Awesome for instead of images whenever possible. And it uses online Google Fonts so the course size is smaller.

Most of the updates include fixes reported through Moodle Tracker. For the Moodle 2.9 version, most of them involve position of blocks, text and images. In some cases blocks were overlapping on mobile.  New options, titles and images for courses are a contribution from Murdoch and Linnaeus Universities.

For Moodle 3.0 the fixes involve fixes to enrollment, and some of the fixes seen for Moodel 2.9. In the Release Candidate for Moodle 3.1, new options are available for the states of drop-down menus and carousels. Cyrillic characters are now supported.

Find out more about Essential here. The Moodle directory page for Essential is here.

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