I have a group of students working in places with very low bandwidth often using nearly obsolete computers. I have a choice now of installing Moodle 1.9.19 or 2.4+ with the Formal theme (or another theme if theme type has no bearing on performance). Can someone advise me about the best approach to take to make sure my users can access and work on the site with the least amount of problems. I've noticed that for some reason 2.4+ in terms of server load seems to be much less demanding than 2.3.2. (though that could just be my imagination), but now I'm more interested on performance on the other end: that of the participants in my courses. Any feelings, views, tips in this area would be most appreciated.
That said, you can try a humble version from the 1.x series. Also, it is not only Moodle which decide on the network traffic and client power, what media you upload make a big difference. Remember, "a picture is worth thousand words"? Because it is thousand times more data!
Hi Visvanath, Thanks for this tip. Yes, I am seriously thinking about using 1.9.19 for my deep-field group with poor computer resources/connectivity. And I will be very careful about what fare I serve up to them, as it were. No streaming video, etc. Just docs that people can right-click and download, no matter how long it might take. Regards, Gary
Gary, consider installing the latest 1.9 on your VPS. Then you might be able to compare the difference in speed because you already have a sense of how responsive your 2.4 is. Create a database, then install 1.9 with its own unique folders, such as moodledata19, and moodle19. Make sure not to put anything into your 2.4 folders.