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Moodle Website Performance Recommendations: Factors to Consider

December 13, 2019 by IDS Logic  

Most academic organizations are aware of the fact that Moodle is one of the best LMSes in the world and comes with a lot of interesting features that help to create rich learning solutions. But one thing that you should note is that its large code base and modular architecture often make it a very resource intensive application for the servers.  This may at times make you feel increased loading time and low performance of the site. To boost the performance, users have to optimise and fine tune it.

Moodle LMS can be easily made to perform very well by considering some performance factors and here in this article, we will discuss about those factors.

A managed Moodle cloud hosting helps!

While choosing your hosting plan for your application, choosing a shared hosting can reduce the functioning of your site as it makes the application prone to security threats as well. Getting a managed Moodle cloud hosting is often better as the resources are used properly and there are no security issues too. The flexibility of cloud hosting allows you to focus more in any issues and offers a powerful dedicate resource that is highly optimised for speed and efficiency guaranteeing top performance of the site.

Consider your operating system:

Moodle LMS development is possible with only limited operating systems like Linux, MacOS, Windows and UNIX. But if you are looking for the best performance, then Linux is supposed to be the best choice which can run your Moodle websites better and enhance the overall performance of the site. So while hosting the application, do check your hosting provider and see if they recommend Linux or not and check the configuration. In case they don’t offer you this option, then consider some other Moodle hosting service provider.

Memory usage of your Moodle application:

The workload that your system can easily handle is determined by the memory capacity and this will surely give you an idea of the swiftness with which the system will function. It is by using some monitoring tools that you can easily check the used memory and also the total memory capacity. In case your memory capacity enters the red zone, the chances are high that any future tasks will either fail or execute very slowly.

Use only the necessary features and filters:

Using multiple active filters can have an impact on the server load. So, it is wise to disable all the filters and features that are not used frequently by you or your students and educators.  You may also have many third party plugins integrated into your Moodle LMS application. Though they may help in certain cases, but it slows down the page load time. Considering this, you can use the Lazy Loading option where only a part of the web page gets loaded based on the demand or the request.

Use PHP accelerators to reduce the CPU load:

It is suggested that both in-house servers and hosting service providers should make use of PHP accelerators based on their PHP version. These accelerators help to reduce the load from the servers while they process the PHP queries. Also remember that the performance of the PHP is better when it is installed in an Apache/ IIS6 ISAPI module.

Resize any images before uploading:

Images are always very appealing and offers clarity. But any high resolution image can have a direct effect on the page loading time. The image loading takes up a lot of bandwidth and this makes accessing the course difficult for both the students and the teachers. Resizing the images helps in fast uploading and increases the speed of the site.

Summary:

While using Moodle LMS, it is very important to understand that proper steps are taken to boost the performance of the application. And for this, you need to follow some essential parameters that can make the Moodle experience better.