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How to Install Moodle Guide : Moodle 2.3.1
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How to Install Moodle Guide : Moodle 2.3.1

How to install moodle

Moodle is a clever, community based online virtual learning environment which is used by colleges, universities and learning centres across the globe. It is a free, open source platform and has the facility for admin users to create and conduct online courses.

Installing moodle could not be easier with Squirrel Hosting's 1 click install feature. Below is an easy to follow, step by step guide to help you get started.

Important Information

Our 1 click install software will only install to an empty directory. If your hosting account is new, make sure you have removed the default index.html. Failure to install in an empty directory will result in a blank page once you have attempted to run the install.

Step 1 Log in to eXtend

Log in to your eXtend control panel. For your username and password as well as details on how to do this, check your welcome email. You can also access your eXtend control panel via your customer control panel under 'manage your hosting'.

Step 2 Run the moodle 1 click install

Once logged in, click the moodle icon.

Click the moodle icon

A page will load that asks you to specify the location of the install that you are about to run. You can either install moodle to your root domain (www.example.com) or to another path such as a folder (www.example.com/courses).

To choose the second option, you will need to manually type in a folder name e.g courses. Once you have decided how you wish to proceed, click the 'install now' button as shown in the below picture.

Click install moodle button

Once you click install now, the page will say 'Moodle is now installing' before opening an 'Installation Complete' page.

Our 1 click install system has now set up a database and installed all necessary files to your server for you.

Next, you need to click one of the links on the Installation Complete page to go to the next step. These links will be in the form of your domain and should be under the 'Installation Complete' text.

Step 3

After a few moments, a page should load stating 'have you read these terms and conditions and understood them?' If this is indeed the case, click 'continue' as shown in the image below.

Have you read these conditions and understood them?

You will now be presented with a server checks page. It outines if your server has met the minimum requirements to run moodle. This is where some less powerful servers will fail. If you have a hosting package with Squirrel Hosting, you will receive a message stating that 'your server environment meets all minimum requirements'. You can then click 'continue'.

If your server fails on any of the extentions or settings such as safe_mode, memory_limit or any of the others listed on the page, you will need to contact your hosting provider.

Moodle server checks

After pressing 'continue', you will be directed to a page with the heading 'Installation'. This page will show whether everything has been successfully installed. You will need to click on the continue button to go to the next step.

Moodle installation page

A page will load with a form which you fill in to set up your admin account. You will need to fill in the following:

  • Username : choose an appropriate username for your admin account.
  • New password : type in a password of 8 or more characters including 1 digit, 1 lower case letter, 1 upper case letter and 1 non-alphanumeric character.
  • Force password change : leave unticked.
  • First name : admin user's first name.
  • Surname : admin user's surname.
  • Email address : input the email address that you want associated with account.
  • Email display : choose your preference from the drop down.
  • Email format : choose text or html.
  • Email digest type : choose your preference from the drop down.
  • Forum auto-subscribe : choose yes or no.
  • When editing text : choose standard web forms or html.
  • Screen reader : choose yes or no.
  • City / town : admin user's city / town.
  • Select a country : choose from the dropdown.
  • Time zone: choose from the dropdown. You may want to leave it as server's local time.
  • Preferred language : choose from the dropdown.
  • Description : you may or may not want to fill in a description about yourself for your profile page.
  • Choose your preferred format for editing the site from the dropdown under the description box. We recommend html.

There are also some optional data fields underneath this which you may or may not wish to fill in. Once your admin details are complete, click the 'update profile' button.

Admin profile setup

A Front Page Settings page will appear where you will need to input the following:

  • Full site name (the name of your website).
  • Short name for site e.g if your site was called Learning Centre, you could input LC.
  • Front page description : you will need to fill this field in with text about your website that you would like displaying on the front page.

Below this is a section with the heading, 'New settings - Manage authentication'. Here you can choose whether you will allow users to self register or not. Once you have decided, you can click 'save changes'.

Front page settings

You are now in the admin area and it is all set up. If you wish to add a new course, follow the onscreen instructions.

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