Buy in Moodle Installation/Setup Services?
Does anyone know anyone in the West Yorkshire/Kirklees area who specialise in setting up Moodle servers?
We're looking to set up a Linux-based Moodle 2.0 server, themed to our school's websites look-and-feel.
We've set up Moodle for a smaller school in the past, but we're looking for someone to set up the whole system for us (due to time pressures).
I'm Based in Ossett (10 minutes from Dewsbury)
I set up Ossett School's Moodle VLE using Fedora Core Linux.
IF YOU WANT TO DO IT YOURSELF:
Its relatively easy to do providing you don't take all your Windows knowledge for granted and expect Linux to work just the same.
Also, you need to understand that Linux is only secure if you use it correctly.
This means you need to invest a bit of time learning about file system security - i.e. make sure your web readable folders are not all set to 777 permissions, etc.
Besides that, Linux works great (better than windows in my opinion).
I've had near 1 year uninterupted uptime with Linux servers.
Windows is apparently a lot better than it used to be for hosting php and mysql these days - especially now that there is a php fast-cgi module available for ISA servers.
IF YOU WANT SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT
I work with a company called Overnet data (I'm not an employee).
If you want them to put a Moodle server into your school they can give you a very advanced linux set up.
The entire linux stack is compiled from the ground up with only the components necessary to make Moodle and the necessary plugins work.
This means the threat window is especially low and the performance is high.
You can also buy this service from Web Anywhere in Keighley who offer the same solution but with adittional support.
Alternatively, if you want an off the shelf distribution of Linux running Moodle I could look at assisting you with this as I have done it before.
I can also talk to you about Moodle integration with SIMS if that is something you are interested in.
My email address (obfuscated to stop web crawlers) is:
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Personally I think that putting a Moodle into your school is better than hosting it on the "cloud".
If you connect to the internet via your LA/Regional Broadband Consortium you will probably be well aware of the (un)relaibility of such services.
When I worked at Ossett school there were plenty of times that the internet went down and because we hosted Moodle ourselves everyone could continue to use it.
Also, we were able to provide students and teachers with remote access to network shares via Moodle by using the "windows share web client" block for Moodle.