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Will Moodle meet my needs for a small online business

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Will Moodle meet my needs for a small online business

I need a new system for simple online courses.

  1. The student needs to pay a fee using PayPal to each course or course package.
  2. The student needs a userid and password to sign on to the course(s).
  3. The system needs to have a time tracking of student online.
  4. A certificate is issued at the end but I prefer that it is done manually so I can verify that the student took the course.
  5. The student needs to have the option to download the pdf of the course instead of reading it on-line and then go back to take the course.
  6. The account needs to expire in a year.
  7. I need a way to offer the courses for free with no expiration to our clients who refer users.
  8. I need a way to offer a sampling of courses for 30 days for free for potential clients.
  9. Finally, I need to switch over from the old system to the new system, as smooth as possible.

The website for my needs already exists - I need new software, the one that we are using went out of business.




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Re: Will Moodle meet my needs for a small online business
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Moodle wil certainly meet all those requirements except the last two may be somewhat problematic. For the first six of these issues the basic setup of Moodle will easily cover them, that is, dependent on how you set the Moodle up. The 7th and 8th points require a little different approach, but well within the capabilities of Moodle Roles. However, the last point always going to be a stick in the mud.

What you need to find out is what format the software saves things into. What database did it use, if it used a database at all? How did it structure and backup course materials and so on. This does not mean that anything you might try is impossible, just some formats are easy to convert, some are not. Some of the materials you might be able to export as text and place them into Moodle easily. Some you might be able to convert from the database into a csv file edit the file a little and upload it directly into Moodle with little difficulty, but not necessarily easily. Some materials you may have to spend time reveloping and uploading to Moodle. The bottom line is, of course, the format the materials are presented in.   

You cannot tell much from just looking at a site, but if you are using a MySQL or PostGres database with a PHP generated interface, then you might be luckier than if you were using something else.


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