Just a few notes from Moodleman Julian Ridden’s workshop on theming at the recent Moodlemoot.
Why might one need to create a Moodle theme?
- to meet brand requirements
- to match an existing site
- to present a more engaging design for your particular audience – engaging content eg in schools, or a more corporate look
- establish a unique look and feel for your site – to stand out
- don’t want the standard “VLE” look, eg for a Moodle used as a collaborative workspace
It is best not to use Dreamweaver to design pages – creating a proper theme is the way to go. By installing Moodle on your laptop/desktop and editing the theme files there, when you are satisfied with the local build and it’s been tested locally, you can upload it to the server.
- Firefox web browser
- Firefox web developer plugin
- or Firebug
- Basic text editor
- Local webserver
Start small – edit an existing theme
Create a new theme using standard style sheets
Or start with a theme that is similar to your need and hack it
The files that are edited when producing a theme are:
After this I got a bit lost so I need to revisit the presentation and Julian’s helpful files – everything is explained by Moodleman himself here