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NOTE: Full installation instructions may be added later. This is just some helpful tips to get you started in installing Moodle.

Moodle requires a few tweaks to your account before you can install it:

Changing your PHP Version

First, you'll need to ensure that you're running at least PHP 5.3 on your site. We have a page on how to select your PHP version.

Changing your database language settings

Next, Moodle requires its database tables to be created with UTF-8 support. To do this:

  1. create a new database, as normal, and then click on the Edit Tables icon next to it.
  2. in this new window, click the name of the database in the left column (next to the line that says information_schema)
  3. now, click the Operations tab at the top
  4. One of the boxes will be labelled Collation:. Scroll through this list and find the option named utf8_general_ci. Select this and click the Go button.
  5. You should see a notice at the top of the screen that says that Your SQL query has been executed successfully.
  6. Close this window, and continue with the Moodle install.

Setting your Data Directory

When setting up a data directory, Moodle will want a path outside the web server's root. Unfortunately with our shared hosting, we don't offer that; but we can achieve the same result in a few steps. Basically, you want to create a new site to hold the Moodle data, but then disable it so that the web server can't access it.

  1. Log into your Bravenet account, and then click the 'FTP Hosting' tab and then the 'websites' subtab.
  2. Click on 'build a new website'
  3. Choose 'use a subdomain'
  4. Choose your site's domain out of the dropdown, and enter 'data' as the subdomain name, and then create the site.
  5. Click the 'disable this website' button
  6. Find the storage path for your site - it's listed at the bottom of the website management screen, in a blue box. It'll look similar to /misc/00/000/000/000/00/user/web/
  7. Now, in Moodle, you'd want to set this storage path as your data directory.