I've been posting recently on my struggles having moved my personal/consulting site from Justhost to iPage. Suffice to say iPage has not been a smooth Moodle environment. After some modifications of the existing 2.6 package to remove Read SQL modes to REPEATABLE READ I have it more or less "working." This install isn't going to work for me as I add users. I'm having problems even with backing up questions and courses hitting a 75k (read or write I'm not sure) database access limit for the mysql backend.
I am a BSA volunteer developing the climbing program for the National Capitol Area Council and leading up an e-Learning effort for folks training climbing instructors nationally. I develop the content, host and manage the userbase and don't mind supporting some costs out of pocket but the added users are going to blow up this install and I'm wondering if:
a) Someone can suggest a host for around $2-$5 a month that will actually work and have decent performance;
b) Someone would be willing to host our Boy Scout moodle courses?
I've read issues around discussing the MoodlePartners and seem to be out of my budget but would appreciate advice on the subject!
I think $5 a month is optimistic by an order of magnitude or two. Moodle is a BIG application and consumes a lot of resource. As you have found out.
On the other point, I can only speak for my experience. There's a lot of perfectly worthy charities out there using Moodle. I strongly suspect that many/most MPs have a significant percentage of customers who are such organisations. To give away the hosting (which isn't a big money spinner anyway) would not be sustainable.
Just saw your post ...
At the end of the day you basically get what you pay for. The moodle partners are generally trying to provide a good quality of service and that simply costs money for them to implement. However no harm in contacting them directly and seeing if they could do something for you. Note for openness that I do work for a partner but I'm not trying to spruik any particular services here. Beyond the cost, you also want to find a company that you can work with.
You may also be interested in http://freemoodle.org/
Very helpful posts!
I think the freemoodle.org looks great. I've been using mdl2.com that also offers free (ad-based) services. Very pleased with the site and has allowed me to actually get it up and running! My other efforts were unbearable with ipage.com, and there is alot of interest in the online course ideas from Boy Scout councils around the US.
I tried creating an account on freemoodle but the account creation page is broken--if anyone knows the site administrators there or Haidee.
With a very strong caveat that I don't know anything about Freemoodle good or bad, I would note that "free" also means "free from responsibility". If you are using Moodle for something that matters to you and it all goes wrong then you will have no come back whatsoever. You probably won't even get your data back (so take lots of backups!)
Here is the sign up page for freemoodle http://www.freemoodle.org/login/index.php It is managed by an NZ Moodle partner. It's worth checking the Site policy first: http://www.freemoodle.org/mod/page/view.php?id=104
We really must get this discussion of difference sorted. Advice to be given for those who want to use moodle independently or as an individual on low start-up budgets, and those who are large organisations with a budget to afford a partner. If and when the traffic gets bigger, you could always take on a partner later on.
Let's not forget that moodle is open source, and I who have used many open source software know of none of them making such a claim being "free" also means "free from responsibility". Such claims belong to commercial companies, and surely not the policy of open source softwares.
I recommend you try http://www.hostgator.com/for one month. It will just about fit your budget. Don't take the long term offer until you are fully satisfied it works for you. Follow the instructions to manually install moodle (my preference), alternatively use the quickinstall moodle package in their control panel .
I think you're missing my point, John. I was talking about free hosting (as in free from monthly charge) not free Moodle (which is definitely free). If you host your Moodle site somewhere, you put effort in to the content and it matters to you and your students then to a certain degree you are paying for that site to work and to have some sort of redress if (say) the database falls over. Free (or even very cheap) puts the host in the position of being able to shrug their shoulders and walk away. If that's fine with you then go ahead.
Interestingly, now Mary has pointed out the terms for Freemoodle it actually isn't a "free hosting" site (in the general sense) at all. It's for people wanting to produce useful, fully open Moodle courses. Which is a good thing but won't apply to everybody (or even many people).
Agreed. Freemoodle is not good for most people. But it might be good for James, as this is purely voluntary work. Gnomio is ok, providing you get rid of the annoying adverts, but then it is at a cost of $40 a month.
I thought that the attraction of moodle was the fact that lessons are taken behind closed eg; as a student, teacher or spy, you need a password and username to get in to that particuar course.