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Best Moodle Themes For An Engaging Website

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Moodle is a robust learning manage system that powers e-learning websites for institutions globally. In order to build an engaging learning environment for teachers and students, it is important that you choose the right and most effective Moodle theme.

There are many themes available for Moodle websites, serving the needs of various subject areas and catering to different audiences. However, finding the right theme can be a challenge and time consuming. So, to save you the time and hassle, I’ve listed down some of the top Moodle themes in this post.

However, before we delve into it, it is important to understand that an attractive theme alone can’t do justice to your Moodle project. Since there are a lot of factors that go into creating engaging user experiences, a managed Moodle hosting solves most of them. Cloudways offers reliable managed Moodle hosting service that boosts performance with the most unique and advanced set of features.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the list of top Moodle themes. Each theme has its own strengths and drawbacks. The premium themes focus on enhancing complete user experience; the USP of themes like Essential is their straightforward display.

Edwiser RemUI

Edwiser RemUI is built as a user-experience focused theme that provides a sleek interface at the front-end and the back-end. It incorporates dynamic sidebars that are collapsible and provide for a distraction-free learning mode. In addition, frequently-accessed pages can be set up with linked shortcuts.

The 3.3 version of Edwiser RemUI brings with it amazing features like the Dash-Slider, completely overhauled Single Course Page, Interactive Scroll on the Mini Sidebar and much more. The most powerful tool offered by the theme is the one-click course creator which allows for easy access to Moodle’s Course Creator.


Adaptable is one of Moodle’s featured themes, available in the Moodle plugin repository. The theme is completely customizable, with diverse layout and widget formats. It also comprises of an Announcements Notifier on the Dashboard and multiple Front-page formats to make each course look unique.

Adaptable is a free theme and can be downloaded from the Moodle theme archives.


Lambda is a responsive Moodle theme that offers different designs for the blocks directly from the theme settings. With this theme, you get several layout options including collapsible sidebar and allows for “full screen mode” for your courses. Along with amazing font options, you are free to set color themes, social media icons and adjust the header for complete customization. Packed with options, Lambda is fully customizable.


The Essential theme is the Moodle community’s darling. The customizable and responsive theme attempts (and succeeds) in reducing the starkness of Moodle’s e-learning display, giving it a more generalized appeal. Clean and effortless, Essential caters to e-learning course creators and course-based company websites equally well.

Essential is a free theme, downloadable from the Moodle theme repository.


In addition to being a popular theme for Moodle, Academi has the distinction of ease of use across a wide range of applications. The theme is responsive across all devices and features customizable menus, page widgets, slider images, and content. The adaptability of the theme on all the browsers gives it a significant advantage over its contemporaries.

Academi is another theme downloadable through the Moodle theme repository.


Herald is a premium theme created by Elearning Themes, built on Bootstrap. It is equipped with four customizable layouts and colour schemes and has distinct sections for featured courses, testimonials, other features, videos, social media, and promotional posts on the front page. Compatible with all browsers, the theme supports Google Analytics and responsive video integration.


Cognitio is a premium theme that offers flexibility and user-friendliness. It has an easy-to-use admin panel, custom plugins and many useful features. Cognitio is Bootstrap 3 compatible and responsive, which means that it adapts to all sizes and any device. This fully customizable theme is best to add content and shape your Moodle website the way you want.

Final Words

This concludes the roundup of the best themes packed with features. All these themes attest to great user reports and dependable support and documentation. That said, as Moodle is an open source platform, the level of customization offered by each is variable, depending on the specific requirements of your website.

All these provide substantial functionalities that help you leverage the best of Moodle. Which other themes would you suggest for Moodlers? Drop a comment to let me know!


Syed Hassan Raza :Hassan Raza is a CMS & Ecommerce Community Manager at Cloudways. It is his passion to help out web owners and share CMS related tips. Hassan is a fitness enthusiast and is an avid swimmer. You can email him at hassan.raza@cloudways.com