Ask Mr. Moodle: is Godaddy hosting good enough for a small Moodle?

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Here’s a question from a little while ago submitted to our quick “ask Mr. Moodle” survey: http://goo.gl/6aU2.

Is a godaddy shared hosting account sufficient enough to be able to host and operate moodle?  I know a dedicated server is suggested, but they’re expensive.  I wouldn’t have more than 50 people on it at a time, so I’m hoping it would be enough.

This is a great question (and probably better answered by someone more technical).  But I’ll take a stab at it from my experience hosting two small sites on similar services.

There are many considerations you should make before settling on hosting for Moodle, here’s a few questions I would ponder (but there are certainly many more),

  • how many courses will you have (is this for a school, just yourself with several courses, or just one course?)
  • will students all be logging at once to take quizzes or work on assignments, or will students move through individually?
  • how will you backup your data? (will the hosting company offer backup?)
  • will I have FTP access? (this will be necessary to customize your Moodle and to upload larger files)

According to the shared hosting at Godaddy (https://www.godaddy.com/hosting/web-hosting.aspx), the “economy plan” features unlimited bandwidth and 10 GB of space.  The shared hosting also features cPanel-like tool for installation and upgrading of your Moodle (which is handy if you’re going it alone).

There are definitely downsides to shared hosting and not having a dedicated server (and administrator to help you out), but with the improvements that hosting companies like GoDaddy, Bluehost, Dreamhost and others are making (and the low cost) there’s a lot to be said for using their services for small Moodle installations.  With a few reservations I would said that the shared hosting, even at the economy level, would be an adequate pilot for a small Moodle site–If you can afford the risks.  If things start to bog or there are issues with upgrades or modules then you might have to revisit, hire a consultant or contact a Moodle Partner.

Be sure to backup your course, with user data on a regular basis as well.  You never ever know when you’ll need to restore it elsewhere.

Do you have a question for Mr. Moodle?  Ask away at http://goo.gl/6aU2.