Running Moodle on Windows

6 03 2008

Part of what I love about Moodle, when compared to other VLEs, is the active developer community. Users from all over are constantly adding new modules (registration required) that help extend the functionality of the base Moodle package. When investigating a new module, I need a quick way to test its functionality to determine if the module is stable and works as intended. Only then would I consider installing it to my production box.

Moodle for Windows to the rescue! provides a complete installer package using XAMPP. XAMPP is basically a all-in-one program that installs PHP, MySQL, and Apache and provides a simple interface that can be used to stop and start the database and web server, configure PHP extensions, and edit configuration files. It takes about 10 minutes to install.

I try to keep the setup on my production server and my Windows box as similar as possible. It is very easy to dump the data from the production server and import it into my Windows test instance to ensure that my data is in sync.

Although you may be tempted to use a XAMPP/Moodle set up for your production server because it is so easy to use, there is one caveat. Most would say that this set up is not secure enough to run on a server that is accessible on the Internet without some tweaking.