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Not sure what forum I should post this in, but anyway: Does anyone here have any experience using Moodle on TCH? I have heard that Moodle can be resource intensive, and I am wondering if it would work well on a shared hosting environment. In this specific case, it would be used to manage one grade school class, but would even that be too much for shared hosting using Moodle? If Moodle is not appropriate for shared hosting, does anyone know of a lighter weight content management system for education? Thanks very much for any help.

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Hello Darcy,

 

I must admit I have not used Moodle before, but what would you be wanting to teach on there?

 

I would think that it would be able to cope with one class, after all, thats like say only 30 users looking at it and alot more people look at a website then just that.

 

Joomla is a good content management system too.

 

JimE

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Not sure what forum I should post this in, but anyway: Does anyone here have any experience using Moodle on TCH? I have heard that Moodle can be resource intensive, and I am wondering if it would work well on a shared hosting environment. In this specific case, it would be used to manage one grade school class, but would even that be too much for shared hosting using Moodle? If Moodle is not appropriate for shared hosting, does anyone know of a lighter weight content management system for education? Thanks very much for any help.

 

Hi Darcy,

 

I have been using Moodle for a number of years. I originally tried hosting it on my own server (a very low spec linux box) but it kept falling over once I had more than two or three users connected simultaneously.

 

I then tried it on a free hosting service that I was using at the time and that was okay until they decided to turn Safe Mode on by default, thus blocking sites which needed Safe Mode off, such as Moodle.

 

I specifically joined TCH because I knew Moodle would run on it. The creator of Moodle (Martin Dougiamas) originally hosted the Moodle website on TCH, before he set it up on his own servers.

 

If you do a search for TCH on the Moodle forums (http://moodle.org/course/view.php?id=5), you will find a number of posts which discuss issues that others have had with Moodle on TCH. You are correct in saying that some users have had issues, mainly in regard to "bottlenecks" in accessing the main database.

 

However, from my own experience, I have not had any problems with Moodle that were caused by TCH hosting.

 

I am currently running Moodle in a high school environment with five active courses and a total of 50 users. I usually have between 12 and 20 users logged in simultaneously.

 

In my previous school, I had ten active courses and over 300 active users, with up to 50 users logged in simultaneously. At least twice a year, we conducted online examinations with 50 users all doing multiple choice tests at the same time, with no issues at all.

 

I would suggest that Moodle will be just fine for what you want to do.

 

Anyway, I hope this helps. Please feel free to contact me if you need any help in getting things up and running.

 

Cheers,

 

Dave

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Thanks for the help/suggestions everyone!

 

Dave, that information is exactly the sort of thing I was hoping to find, and gives me some confidence that Moodle would work for my purposes here, which is nice because Moodle really seems to me to be the strongest free option out there for education. Thanks so much, I really appreciate it!

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