The spark created by the boost theme is going to revolutionize the way how you see the Moodle interface till date. Earlier last week, we have taken a look over the first child theme for Boost -Waxed, developed by Richard Oelmann and in this week Chris Kenniburg from Dearborn Schools come up with another child theme for Boost – Fordson.
Fordson theme is focused for K-12 schools and provide an impressive user experience right out of the box. Fordson Moodle theme is hand crafted with care and attention to small details that help provide a stunningly simple and easy to use interface for students.
The theme is currently waiting to be submitted to the Moodle plugins directory for approval. Until then you can download it through the github page here. However, it is recommended to use it for testing purpose only until a stable version is released in Moodle plugins database.
Key Features of Fordson theme:
Alike Waxed theme, Fordson comes with many new and innovative features. The key features of the Fordson theme are:
- Custom full screen image for login page
- Custom header image for main site and each course (Lets teachers customize the top banner in their course)
- Custom homepage experience with Icon Navigation, Versatile Marketing Tiles, and Course Search box
- Color choosers for all major elements of the design
- Social icons in footer
- Built for all screen sizes
- Out of the box a clean, refined, and stylish appearance with minimal configuration
Chris has also created one small video screencast to show the key features of Fordson theme which you can watch below.
The best feature of Fordson theme which I liked the most is the Customizable Icon Navigation Bar. The navigation bar can be customized as per the learner needs and helps younger learners go to key spots within Moodle such as the dashboard, calendar, or anywhere you want.
I am still exploring the Fordson theme on my test Moodle development server. Will post updated features list and my experience with Fordson in upcoming weeks. Till then, stay tuned and explore it on your own test server and share your experience with us in the comments sections below.