When setting up your Moodle site, you may find yourself wondering what type of hosting plan is right for you. Between Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting, and Dedicated Hosting, it can be difficult to know which will give you the best Moodle experience. While Moodle can be installed on almost any type of web hosting server, dedicated servers can give your site the performance, customizability, and reliability you need. In this article, we will explore three reasons why dedicated servers are the best choice for Moodle hosting.
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Moodle and Performance
While Moodle itself is not overly resource-intensive, the software can become increasingly demanding as you add more and more students to your Moodle courses. Over time, your once snappy Moodle site may become sluggish or slow to load as the amount of traffic to your site increases. With shared servers or VPS hosting, you generally have a limited amount of system resources available to your website. These limits may prevent you from adding more users to the Moodle site, reducing your ability to grow your site past a certain size.
Dedicated servers avoid this problem entirely by having ample resources for your site and all of your users. Since dedicated servers do not share their resources among different accounts, you can use all of the available resources to host your Moodle site. Resources such as RAM, CPU, and hard drive space are all more available in a dedicated hosting environment than in shared or VPS hosting environments. This increased resource availability will ensure that your site has plenty of room to grow both in terms of features and traffic. To avoid needing to migrate your site later on, it might be a good idea to start off with a dedicated server.
Moodle and Customization
Moodle can be installed on either Windows or Linux, making it your decision as to which operating system you want to use. While shared and VPS hosting plans generally make you stick to a specific operating system, some dedicated servers allow you to install the operating system of your choice. Whether you want to install Moodle on Ubuntu, CentOS, or Windows, dedicated servers can be customized to your liking.
In addition, dedicated servers can have additional hardware installed such as more RAM and storage space. If you’re looking for a custom-tailored solution, dedicated hosting is the obvious choice.
Reliable Moodle Hosting
As mentioned previously, shared and VPS hosting plans function by sharing system resources between different accounts on the same server. In addition to limiting the amount of resources your site can use, there is also the problem of “noisy neighbors” where accounts that share your server consume excessive resources and cause the performance of the whole server to degrade. This can happen during peak traffic hours, or it can be the result of poorly optimized software.
To avoid unexpected drops in performance, set up your site on a dedicated server. As the only occupant of the server, you will not have to worry about the actions of other websites interfering with your own. Through dedicated hosting you can ensure the reliability of your website and keep the site fully functional for all of your visitors.
If you’re searching for a dedicated hosting provider that meets all of these standards, look no further than InMotion Hosting. Our servers contain state-of-the-art hardware and custom options that will allow you to set up the dedicated server your Moodle site needs to succeed.
Got Moodle installed and you’re not sure where to go next? Check out our guide for rolling out your Moodle site.