Rocket theme

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Template:Rocket Theme This is a contributed (third party) theme for Moodle written by Julian (Moodleman) Ridden and shared on

Rocket is a three column fixed-width theme for Moodle 2.1+ originally designed to take Moodle themes to a more website focused look and feel. While the design is original, much of the CSS and the icons have come from Saun Daubney's fantastic Aardvark theme and also with support in the forums from Mary Evans

The theme is highly customisable through Moodle's theme settings. You can adjust images, text and colurs all without changing code. The theme also has a function that means that when users log in, courses they are enrolled in will show up in the dropdown 'custom menu' at the top of the screen. As this theme has several advanced functions, this page exists to provide some basic instruction on it's use. Please be sure to target any questions related to this theme in the Theme's forums at and bugs to the Moodle Tracker

Theme Objectives

The aim of this theme was to provide a template that challenged what could be done with theme design. To create a Moodle instance that looked more like a professional standalone website and less like a Moodle instance.

This theme will not suit all audiences because of this. For a full list of contributed themes including Rocket to find one that meets your needs please check the Moodle Plugins database.

Configurable Options

Important Note: When making changes to any theme please ensure that Theme Designer Mode is enabled to ensure your changes appear.

As themes are, by nature, a visual medium, these instructions will reference the screenshot listed below. This theme makes strong use of Moodle Theme Settings, Custom Theme settings and [Custom Block] locations.


Theme Settings

The only setting to be aware of here is the Custom Menu. This is what generates the dropdown menu in Zone 3 of the screenshot above.

One item however is automatically appended to the Menu if you choose to activate it. This additional item is the "My Courses" addition. This will automatically show a dropdown of courses your users are enrolled in when they are logged in.

please note that if you have not enabled at least one item in the Custom Menu then the "My Courses" dropdown will not appear either.

Custom Theme Settings

Custom Block Locations

This theme is the first, as far as I am aware, to use blocks outside of the standard left and right column methodology. There are two additional locations called 'Search/profile' and 'Top Link's.

  • The Top Links location is Zone 4 on the screenshot. This is a new Block location that appears on the Homepage Only. Any block may be placed here that you like.
  • The Search/Prolfile location is Zone 6 on the screenshot. This location has been specifically designed to take either the Global Search block or the Logged in User block. Both are reformatted by the theme to best suit the location. As this location is small you will find not many other blocks fit here except maybe the HTML block.

Recreating the Demo Homepage layout

Download link

This theme is only available for Moodle 2.1 and above. You can download the theme from

See also