Topic outline

  • Do I need a custom theme?

    Any website, content management system, E-learning system or App contains things. Things like texts, images, videos borders backgrounds and then more.

    If you are running a Moodle site these things are most likely courses with content and activities. Blocks with menu's or interactive info and lots of pages containing some kind of form used for a quiz, assignment, grading.

    Moodle themes are powerful, they can style the way your site looks, add your institutions or companies branding and integrate it into your other sites. But there's more. Themes can also change the way Moodle works, themes can add features like allowing a student to give feedback on a quiz question or add customized pages and pop-ups for frequently asked questions.

    There is a large database of custom themes on Moodle.org that you can install and tweak which might already fit your needs. You can even choose to stick with Moodle's default themes which work great on most devices.

    Reasons for using a custom theme are:

    - You use Moodle as your primary site and want to give it a unique look and feel.
    - You want to integrate Moodle into your web infrastructure and provide the same styling on all sites.
    - You want to optimize the usability of your site adding elements like custom navigation and optimized user flows

    • Using Moodle as your primary site

      Each web based application has it's purpose and the Moodle E-learning environment is mainly used to provide online learning. If your main goal is to provide E-learning content Moodle is a great choice, If all you want is a set of static pages and custom forms you should use a Content Management System (CMS).

      The most popular web based CMS is Wordpress. Wordpress main purpose used to be weblogging. Nowadays Wordpress is used as the primary site for many companies and organisations and has replaced traditional CMS systems like Joomla or Drupal.

      What if you use Moodle for your E-learning and just want a few pages for your organisation with static information like your welcome, about, faq and disclaimer pages. Installing a separate CMS for that might not be needed.

      A custom theme can provide the interfaces and structure that allow you to create pages and forms in addition to your E-learning content.

    • Integrate Moodle into your web infrastructure

      When Moodle is a part of your online presence having it fit into your other sites will make it look more familiar and trustworthy.

      You are less likely to confuse your users, you might have invested in your branding and designs and you don't want to do that all over again for your elearning environment.

      Moodle themes are very flexible and usually it can mimic the visual identity of other site.

      In combination with plugins for Single Sign on it is even possible to optimise the User Experience (UX) when integrating Moodle.
    • Optimize the usability of your site

      A default Moodle installation is built to work on various setups. It works fine for Universities, Elearning Companies or whatever you used Moodle for. You just have to learn to use it right?

      Very often that is what is blocking your students to access Moodle and enjoying it. Moodle can offer a rich experience providing social learning and cool interactive features. But just adding a forum somewhere doesn't do the trick. In some cases users don't even understand how to get to a course or how to do quiz.

      Optimizing the usability of your site is no simple task, it needs work and attention to detail. A theme can be built for a specific user experience and we measure the results.

      Optimizing the User Experience is a combination of proven techniques, User testing and careful planning.

      Try some of these activities below to get inspired.

    • Other Reasons?

      Do you have another reason to use a customized theme? Leave me a message and perhaps I can help you!

      THANKS!