I think I will start on one of these smaller packages and increase as and when my site grows. Details below:
Apparantly their servers run MySQL 4.0. Will this web host be ok to run moodle? I emailed them asking them and they say they have customers already with moodle installed on their servers. Also if so is it just a case of using ftp to upload my "moodle" file into the wwwroot file and it will work?
Any help greatly appreciated.
I use Hasweb (www.hasweb.com) for my hosting. It's a lot cheaper than 1&1 and they give you CPanel to control your server, which allows you to easily setup Cron etc.
Hasweb uses the Fantastico installation system, which will give you a basic install of Moodle very simply, not even any ftp'ing to do. ALthough the current version used is a bit behind the times. If you want Moodle 1.6 you'll need to do your own setup. Follow the instructions in the Moodle docs and you'll find it's very simple. (http://docs.moodle.org)
Any decent hosting service will give you extra email addresses. Just be prepared to pay extra for hosting in the UK. US hosting is much cheaper.
We have been using 1&1.co.uk for the last couple of years. What level of hosting are you looking at? We have Business package and it is ok, but does not include shell access nor a cron facility. Only has 2 mySQL databases so we do a bit of sharing. For £100 pa it is not too bad, provided you can overcome the cron issue
However I did eventually find the limit to "unlimited" and got chucked off after deliberately seeing how far they would let me go (running a caching web proxy and mirror among other things ), which I'm sort of regretting now that I'm paying Network Solutions shedloads.
A few moodle sites would be fine though.
I wanted to jump into this discussion, because I am searching for answers myself.
I have attempted to set up moodle (is it pronounced the way it looks? moo-dul?) in a setup through 1&1 US, but when attempting to set up using XAMPP 1.5.1, I get this fatal error:
Fatal error: main(): Failed opening required 'http://moodle.simmonscollegeky.org/moodle/moodle/lib/xmlize.php' (include_path='.:/usr/local/lib/php') in /homepages/22/d162321337/htdocs/html/moodle/moodle/lib/environmentlib.php on line 35
On top of that, a 1&1 tech representative told me that because moodle requires 4.1.16, and their server run MySQL 4.0, that I will not be able to properly set up the framework through our web spaces. Any alternative suggestions?