Check out this first stable release of the Essential theme for Moodle #Moodlethemes @gjbarnard

Backed by the crowdfunding campaign for the Essential theme for Moodle in the month of February, Gareth J Barnard – The maintainer of the Essential theme, has launched the first stable release of the theme for Moodle 3.2 version. You can now download the latest version from the Moodle plugins directory.

Few days ago, the Beta version of the Essential theme was released, which had passed the testing without any major bugs, leading to a stable release. For those of you who wants to experience the theme first – here is the link to download.

Check out this first stable release of the Essential theme for Moodle #Moodlethemes @gjbarnard

In the announcement, Gareth noted down a number of fixes and improvements that include:

  • Add icon replacements for t/message and t/addcontact.  Thanks to Jan Dageförde ( for this fix.
  • Stray end tag in grading_navigation.mustache – MDL-58155.
  • Navbar z-index for the Grid format in M3.2.
  • Minimum height for the containing area when there is a logo.  This is so that when a calculated height is less than the value then the container is not so small for the social icons etc.

The new version also has the Logo improvements to use the new core ‘logo’ and ‘compactlogo’ settings instead of those in the theme. But as Gareth pointed out in this forum thread that instead of backporting this feature to earlier versions, he would like to focus on the development of the theme for Moodle 3.3 as per the funding promise.

Check out the Essential theme for Moodle 3.2 here.

Do you use the Essential theme for your Moodle environment? What are the other new features which you would like to see in the Essential theme updates? Do share with us in the comments section below.

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book "How to use Moodle 2.7". In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User's Association Committee member - the first to make it from India.

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