Installing a premium theme for Moodle 3.x.

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Installing a premium theme for Moodle 3.x.

So, you’ve found a shiny new premium theme for your Moodle 3.x. site, great – now what? You have to install it. In this tutorial post, we’ll show you how.

If this is your first time installing a Moodle theme, don’t worry, it’s pretty straight forward. Choose of of two installation methods and then activate it from within Moodle.

That’s it, pretty easy. Follow the steps given below, and you’ll have your new theme up and running in no time.

Install your theme

Option 1: Installing your theme manually using FTP

The traditional method, uploading your new premium theme using FTP, is the quickest, most straightforward way of doing it. All you need to do is extract them theme folder from your downloaded premium theme archive and upload it into the theme folder of your Moodle installation direction.

Simple, right? If you’re still not sure, refer to the easy to follow steps below to complete this step.

Step 1: Download and extract theme

Download and extract the Moodle theme zip file. Once done, you’ll see two files – a “readme” file and the theme folder. You can ignore the “readme” file for now, as we only need the folder.

Step 2: Upload the theme folder using FTP

Login to your server using FTP and navigate your Moodle installation directory to the “theme” folder. Once here, upload the extracted theme folder from step 1 here.

Option 2: Installing your theme using the “Plugin installer”

If you don’t have direct access to your server for some reason, or you’re uncomfortable using FTP to upload your new theme, you can use the “Plugin installer” from within Moodle.

It takes a little longer to install a theme this way, and you’ll need to log in as an admin, but that said, it’s still pretty easy if you follow the steps below.

Step 1: Download and extract theme

Download and extract the Moodle theme zip file. Once done, you’ll see two files – a “readme” file and the theme folder. You can ignore the “readme” file for now, as we only need the folder.

Step 2: Compress extracted theme folder

Right-click on the theme folder, select “Send to”, then select “Compressed (zipped) folder”. This will create a new zip archive in the same location with the same filename as the original folder.

Step 3: Login and navigate to the “Plugin installer”

Login to Moodle as an administrator and navigate to the install plugins interface. This is done by selecting “Site Administration” from the settings block, then select the “Plugins” tab from the Site administration interface, and then select “Install plugins” to take you to the plugin installer.

Step 4: Upload the compressed theme folder

From within the plugin installer, scroll to the “Install plugin from ZIP file” and select “choose a file…”. This will open a dialog box, from which you’ll need to navigate to the location of your compressed theme folder. Once you’ve found it, select it, and press “open”.

Activate your theme

Now that you’ve installed your theme, all that’s left to do is activate it. You’ll need to follow these next steps to complete the process irrespective of which installation method you chose. 

Step 1: Navigate to “Theme selector”

Now that you’ve installed your theme, the last thing you’ll need to do is activate it. To do this, go back to “Site administration” using the settings block, select the “Appearance” tab, and scroll down to the “Theme selector” link.

Step 2: Activate your theme

Scroll to the theme your newly installed theme and select “use theme” and select “continue” on the next page to confirm the selection. If you want your new theme to be used on all devices, you’ll need to repeat this step for “legacy”, “mobile” and “tablet

Step 2: Clear themes cache

Lastly, from the “theme selector” section, click “Clear themes cache”. That’s it; you’re all set!

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