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8. 12

Installing Moodle on Bluehost

Written by: gcw - Posted in: Uncategorized - Tags: ,

I mentioned earlier what a difficult time I had installing Moodle on Bluehost, and there were two main reasons:

  1. Bluehost themselves have no documentation on the subject and
  2. I followed this gentleman’s videos

I’m not blaming him by any means, I was able to get moodle working because of him. But he admits he is not a techie person and his method is far more cumbersome than it needs to be. I’m really blaming Bluehost since it starts with their documentation.

Here is the breakdown of the easy way to install Moodle 2.4 on Bluehost hosting services. Go to your cPanel, then scroll down to the Databases and Software Services sections:

If you were to go into Simple Scripts now and try to install Moodle, it would tell you your system doesn’t meet the specs. That’s why first we have to set your hosting to use PHP version 5.3. Click on the PHP Config link under the Frequently Accessed Areas on the left hand side of the screen. Then choose PHP 5.3 and save your changes.

Now if you go back down to Software Services and click on Simple Scripts and from there choose Moodle and you should be able to follow the instructions. This will get Moodle up and running within 10 minutes.


29. 11

I moodled myself

Written by: gcw - Posted in: Uncategorized - Tags: ,

Well I recently finished creating my own moodle, which was an unnecessarily complex undertaking due to my own ignorance. This semester I used the Long Beach City CS department’s moodle which was kindly set up by Gerry Jenkins, but I’m a programmer. I like to do things my own way, like install pluggins and themes and remove profanity filters. I also really like some of the features that have been put into moodle recently, but I can’t expect them to upgrade due to my preferences. And finally I wanted to have one place/system that I could use across campuses for all my classes instead of being frustrated at the little quirks of each.

I would also like the opportunity to play around with the source code and maybe write a plugin or two. Someday. Not today.

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