Upgrades To Theme Essential For Moodle 2.9, 3.0, 3.1

Essential, the most popular Moodle theme, has released its latest set of updates for Moodle 2.9, 3.0 and 3.1.

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It is perhaps the only Moodle theme with a fanbase, which is growing on a monthly basis. Users love among other things its speed, due to downloading heavy elements as little as possible; its powerful customization options, its modern Bootstrap-based CSS layout, and its social media integration. It is consistently ranked among the top Moodle themes year after year.

Essential fixes made in this release include:

  • Elements like headers and navbars no longer overlap.
  • Accessibility controls expanded across user roles.
  • Headers can now have full and summarized versions, in many languages.
  • Better use of vertical space for small images.
  • All selectors for images are now responsive.
  • Hover dialog button colors are now customizable.
  • Blocks can be placed on top of the content column.
  • Two-column layout available for Moodle 3.1.

Essential is Gareth J. Barnard’s work. He thanks Servei de Recursos Educatius at Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain, for funding some of the development.

Download the Essential theme from the Moodle Plugin Directory.

Also check out the Essential GitHub page here.

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  1. Can’t express how glad I am that Gareth picked up my theme all those years ago. While I am proud of my creation, it is Gareth who has nursed it through its difficult teenage years and helped it bloom into what it is now!

    I continue to spy in on my “child” every now again from the distance just to see how the is turning out and could not be a prouder dad 🙂

    JR (the ex moodleman)


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