Currently i am searching a suitable hosting service for my moodle site.
My site is running moodle(version:1.9.15) which should support 50～100 online users at a time.
Also joomla(version:1.5.23) and virtuemart(version:1.1.5) card is running for moodle course sale.
Totally 2 DB installed, one for Moodle and one for Joomla and virturmart. Total Size less than 5GB.
How about godaddy? It seems have moodle support.I am considering it but have`t used it before.
I notice that godaddy has several plans- Economy,Deluxe,unlimited plan also dedicated server option.
In my case, which one is most effective in cost performance?
It must support 50～100 online users at a time without performance down and user claim.
if any other good hosting service please let me know.
Thank you in advance.
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We are using GoDaddy hosting. I don't recommend the shared hosting plan with any host. Moodle is very RAm instensive and you just won't get enough of a share or if you do you will have the host vreathing down your neck that you are taking too much and to move up to a virtual dedicated server.
We are using the 3GB RAM, 45 GB disk space, 1500GB bandwidth, Linux level of virtual dedicated server. It has served us well for a site with 4000 page veiwes, 1200 unique visitors, and 18 countries accessing per week. You won't need that much for 100 users, but it gives you a good feel for where the upper end target would be. You will be surprised at how soon you will need room for growth. Our project is about 6 years old and we have had to move to a bigger and newer server twice now to keep up with the growth in server demand.
GoDaddy has had excellent up time. The few times we have been down ended up being running out of resources and hitting the need for moving up to a bigger and more powerful server. That was more my fault in assuming that we still fit on our server. I am watching more carefully now and better able to guestimate where our growth surges will happen and by how much the surge will be. I am anticipating another increase in disk space this summer in preparation for a record number of students next year due to several articles about our project that will be showing up in major magazines in late spring. Planning ahead so you get the room before you need the room is a big help because once the surge happens you are so busy that the downtime to move to a bigger server is really painful. The server we are on now is supposed to have a new design so that you can ask for more RAM and disk space without the need to move. This summer will be a good test of that.
I'm using a VPS option at HostGator. I've found they have better tech support (by far) over GoDaddy. A VPS is expandable as you grow. I'm running hour long H.264/mp4 videos on my box and having no problems. I'm also running Joomla! 1.5.x and VirtueMart 1.1.x.
Also, remember that Moodle 2.1 and higher seems to require PHP 5.3.x where the 2.0 and lower would run on 5.2.x. Joomla! 1.5 likes 5.2.x. So, make sure your server can run dual. I'm runing dual mode with 5.2.x and 5.3.x secondary. There is a hack for the Moodle install (make a htacess) for the install to use the 5.3.x which was provided to me by HG tech support.
Tammy is SO right about not using a shared hosting plan (aka "unlimited"). You would be on a partyline system with hundreds if not thousands of sites using the same T1 line. Really would slow things down....
I've had to up my VPS plan already myself and we will be looking at doing that again in the future. HG takes good care of me! You can find out about VPS at: http://www.hostgator.com/vps-hosting/ Remember, if you go with a host provider that anyone has recommended to you...mention them when you are signing up. Providers may give brownie points. lol
Remember, you may want to sign up for a plan that is larger than what you need (twice size is a good place to start) so you have some elbow room.
Hope that helps!
How many concurrent students and which VPS plan did you pick from Hostgator? I'm having problems on the cheapest shared hosting with Hostgator. For example, sometimes the quiz times out after a click, students have to constantly refresh the page.
I'm using VPS level 4 right now. Right now our videos average about 1 GB each and we are getting ready to add another 10-15 gigs of video. So, you need to pick on based on the amount of diskspace, processing power and bandwidth you would use. You can check in your Cpanel to see how much bandwidth you are currently using.
Our application is for short term classes so the amount of students would change. Our appliction is less than 100 students at any given time having access.
With a VPS you have more control over time out issues and such with more throughput.
Hello Dear Read
For your case it is advisable to work with a VPS because shared hosting are always overseller and will always be overloaded and you can have problems with performance.
I currently work with an expert in elearning solutions and hosting his name is http://www.athomeeducation.com
Best regards, Pavel
Thank you all!
The infos really useful for me.
I will think it over and choose the provider soon.
Thanks Mary for the moving.
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