Another First: Gareth Barnard’s First Commercial Theme – Monopage

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It is no secret that we (and, if we’re honest much of the Moodle Community) are big fans of Gareth Barnard’s work. He’s been a huge contributor to the community in many ways, but likely most famously with things like Essential, Shoehorn and Shoelace.

Little wonder then, that we were fairly excited to see Gareth put out his first commercial theme – called Monopage – on The theme is clean, responsive and has, as Gareth mentions in the theme post:

just the right amount of features to provide adaptability without being overwhelming.

If you’d like to see a demonstration of the theme live, check it out here.

I also love the fact that Gareth always backs up his work, stating that:

This first release is offered at an initial introductory low price and comes with support in terms of dealing with any bugs pertaining directly to the theme within a reasonable time-scale. Once version 2.9.1 is released the full price will apply. Anybody purchasing this initial version will be entitled to version 2.9.1. If you find a bug, please see ‘Reporting issues’ in the ‘Readme’ file included with the theme.

I don’t think you can really go wrong for the low price of $20 USD. Click here to head over and buy it.

What do you think about the commercialization of themes for Moodle? Good, bad, ugly, best practice? Tell us in the comments below!

4 Responses

  1. Thank you Stephen for your kind words.

    Is there anything missing from the theme that you think are a ‘must’ have? Please everyone do feedback to me and I’ll consider the features that are essential with a view to adding them.

  2. Just out of curiosity, are there long-term implications for support of the Essentials theme with this theme being released? I seem to recall you remarking somewhere Gareth that the proportions of donations made for support of the Essentials theme doesn’t match the uptake it’s received.

    Given the notable similarities between the two themes, I’m wondering if this signals a bit of a transition. One I certainly wouldn’t blame you for making!

    Robbie Coombs

  3. Thanks Robbie.

    In fact, Monopage and Essential are two completely different themes. Monopage is an enhanced and adapted version of Shoelace with very unique icon changing functionality.

    As for the future, watch this space.

    Kind regards,


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