I am a course administrator. Not the person who will install Moodle. I have a small site to set up. How many working hours should it take to instal a simple set up?
It very much depends how you want to do it Dave.
It can take as little as an hour to get a bare-bones install set up on a local pc/laptop (including setting up XAMPP first)- longer if you need to configure a server for web access and that can vary depending on whether you need to get everything for a web site set up, including email, cron and all the rest of the bits around it. I'd say a couple to three hours in most cases, although my experience is generally limited to the actual moodle install rather than the server bits and I normally take under an hour to go from scratch to a bare-bones, ready to go site on a ready prepared server.
However, a bare-bones moodle install is only the beginning and how long it takes after that really depends on whether you want to use a core/downloaded theme as it is, or how much customisation you want to do, how many blocks/mods/plugins you need or want to install/configure and then the biggie - content.
As an example I recently re-installed my testing installation in work - the server was already set up (perhaps someone else can give you a bit more direction on that if you need it):
- Setting up the database - using phpMyAdmin < 5min
- Setting up the moodledata folder and setting permissions <5min
- Downloading and copying moodle folder onto server - 10min
- Running moodle installation - 15min
- Setting front page and admin user settings (as final part of the install) - 5min
- Creating settings the way I want them (default course settings, email settings, authentication, theme designer mode, etc. etc.) - 20min
- Copying theme folder from previous back up and setting as the default theme - 5min
- Installling blocks and plugins - I did fresh downloads of all the plugins I had previously installed as I wanted a completely fresh install of latest code: I have a list of about 20 or so plugins that I have used and I tend to download them and install them one at a time which may not be the quickest way, but its the way i prefer to do it - takes me about 2 hours
- Redoing my core code mods - from documentation but adapting for latest code - about 1 and a half hours
Total - a long mornings work, but my site is exactly how I want it and ready to import courses and materials from my previous testing site if needed, or to create materials/carry on testing etc.
Note: noramlly I wouldn't do all the above, just upgrade the core code but in this case the testing server is about to be the one that goes live, so i wanted a completely clean, fresh, fully documented install to go forward with
Of course if you go with a host that offers a one-click installation, then you're talking minutes of your time to get to a bare bones working set up, although you might have to go away and make a cup of tea while everything happens their end!
PS - I am only one person and this is my own experience (from memory having done it a week or so agao, but not having made any timing notes, although definitely it was all done before lunch!), other people with more/less experience may have very different timescales (and requirements).
Thank you Richard that is very helpful. That gives me something useful for my planning. I think a days work is sufficient.
If I have everything set up and running properly on a test site. How big a task and what is involved in then making the site live?
Well, I guess that depends on whether you are making the existing installation live, or moving it to an existing live server.
Neither should be a big job as you can alter settings on the server itself to make it live, or you can back up the database, moodledata and moodle folder itself and move those to the new live server.
But you may get better information if you ask on the installations forum, rather than the social one here
I recommend two books.
1. Jason Hallowell's Moodle as a Curriculum and Information Management System
2. Alex Buchner's Moodle 2 Administration (Be sure not to buy the one labeled "Moodle Administration"; it's for 1.9)
If you are on a tight budget, got for Buchner's book.