I followed the isnstuctions and set up moodle on a PIII that I was no longer using. I've set up a minimal amount of content. I've opened the ports and used NO-IP to set up a free URL. It's a little slow opening attached resources such as pdf files. Not sure if this is processor/memory related or bandwidth related or both. Otherwise navigating is quick.
I have a real website and am currently using Purehost. They don't support MS SQL but support Access instead.
Can this be made to work with a reasonable amount of effort or should I get a second host for moodle? If so any recommendations on hosts. Note that I was able to set up the package as it is almost entirely automated. I don't know PHP and suspect that making some of the script changes necessary to get it running at a host might be time consuming (I live by trail and error).