Essential theme as the name suggest is the most essential and most downloaded theme in the Moodle themes database and needs support from Moodle Community members for a Moodle 3.0 update.
Gareth J Barnard, the maintainer of Essential and other popular Moodle themes would like to update the theme for Moodle 3.0 and seeks the support of Moodle Community in raising the required funds for his untiring efforts and offset his time.
Essential is far among the other popular themes by a big margin and is downloaded around 5000 times per month which is nearly 2000 times more each month than the second most popular plugin (Aardvark).
Moodle Garage has taken the initiative to raise the funds for Gareth by crowdfunding and help the most popular theme in getting updated for Moodle 3.0 Till date the project has already received 35% of the target 500GBP (750 USD). The last date to support for the project is January31, 2016.
You can also support the Essential theme by contributing your love for it here.
Are you also using Essential Theme for your Moodle site? If yes, do share the features which you like the most in Essential theme.