Until last week I had nothing but positives to say about totalchoicehosting, but now I need to sound a note of warning to all moodle users.
As your site grows, you may find problems with their servers - they might complain about overusage of mysql and/or cpu. In the space of 4 days, my school site went from a state of having no problems (and no warnings from them) to being totally banned ('suspended').
They did not provide me with any clear explanations of the problem (eg how often or exactly when it occured - was it general usage, the cron, a hacker??). I got the impression it was probably the cron and switched it off. Then last Thursday week (just after I had presented a brief INSET session to school staff) they pulled the plug - and didn't even answer my emails for a day.
So how big was the site? Well, 200 registered users, about 20 courses and with a maximum of 1000 page hits (logs) in a single day, but more often about 300. This doesn't seem very heavy to me.
What is the moral of this?
Totalchoice works great for small Moodle installations, for testing Moodle and for non-critical uses. But if your school or business depends on it take care!! Basically they decided they didn't want me and forced me off their server with almost no warning.
Thanks to Martin for helping me migrate to Moodle.com in 24 hours!!! Just the update service he provides will save me many hours over the year.
Ray Le Couteur