I have been researching both moodle forums and at dreamhost, which is a provider of hosting services. I am about to buy their dedicated service and would appreciate feedback to make sure I am doing the right thing.
I am looking at their dedicated server with the following specs:
2 core, 4 GB RAM, 500GB SATA hard drive, Debian Lenny (5.0 – Stable), One dedicated IP address, Managed backup, Unlimited bandwidth, 4-hour SLA (4 hour hardware replacement guarantee, Waived set up $99, $129 /month
I am building a moodle site with 30 or so courses with the first course free, which means I hope to attract 1,000 or more users per month and hope to convert some percent of them to pay for more courses. We need to sell 1,000 courses a month within a year for it to make sense and will likely up the number of free trials to accommodate such a number of paid as we determine what percent of the free trials end up buying and how many courses the take on average.
There will be forums, limited chat, and tests, but not that extensive in terms of quiz and test needs.
I was planning originally to ramp up over time, but then dreamhost raised the price of dedicated from $99 to $129 and I wanted to lock in the price before they raise it again. It is a new service for them to add to their existing and they priced it way below everyone else. If the specs will serve me long term it is worth the investment. Does anyone know if I am choosing a system that will serve my needs for at least the first year?