I'm sorry if this has been asked and answered recently - (I have searched Mr.Visvanath ) but I cannot find any answers on the forum.
I have read a lot and it seems using a moodle partner is a good idea for me.
I was looking at E-learndesign mini-moodle package for £240 a year. Is anybody else using this moodle partner? Has anybody had good or bad experience with this moodle partner?
£240 a year is not a lot of money for getting good service, but it is a lot of money if all I am getting is something I could knock up on a free webhosting site.
I have contacted them and I got a reasonable response from them considering I am rather a novice at websites and what moodle needs.
I expect only about 5 students being online at any one time but I hope to increase this.
What is important to me is good service. My students would soon leave me if the servers were slow or not working. Of course at these hard times I also cannot afford any more than this a year.
Thank you for any experiences shared or even other ideas being put forward
I am not a Moodle Partner, howerver I sell hosting services to companies in my country and can tell you that Moodle is a software that requires not little hardware resources to have an acceptable performance.
If you only can afford a free service there are other professional alternatives like Course Sites (powered by Blackboard).
Hi Colin. I am not a Moodle Partner either However, I know Elearn Design and they are fine and perfectly reputable. The mini-Moodle will work well but bear in mind with low cost you won't get extra support and won't have the option of adding extra plugins. Last time I checked you weren't able to have the latest version because of php version on their shared hosting but that may well have changed now and anyway, if you went with a free host you would be highly unlikely to get a higher php version. Going with a free host is a risk - you might decide to look elsewhere for paid hosting from a non-Moodle partner (there are reliable ones) but if you want the security of a Moodle partner for a low-usage site then this will be fine. Note: I do not work for E-learn design!
Before telling here that Blackboard is "professional" read this thread first:
"Blackboard acquires Moodlerooms and NetSpot" http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=199248.
If you want to expand on Blackboard, please join the above thread. Bb is off-topic in the Hardware and Performance" forum.