How to host Moodle on Vultr Server - ServerAvatar

Published : Dec 30, 2022

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Vultr

Vultr is one of the simplest cloud platforms available. It is very easy to create and manage infrastructure in Vultr. You can create on-demand cloud instances or servers at 28 different locations world wide.

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Moodle

Moodle is the popular and open-source learning management system that provides a robust and secure LMS System to educators and learners. Moodle stands for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment.

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Create a Cloud Instance in Vultr

To create a server in Vultr, follow the below given steps. If you want to learn How to use Vultr to manage your infrastructure in Vultr, You can refer our Vultr cloud guide.

Step 1: Go to Instance Creation Page

Vultr provides lots of different types of cloud instances. From the server creation page, you can create lots of different types of cloud instances, like Regular VMs, Dedicated, Bare Metal, Cloud GPUs and some managed services.

To access the server creation page, log in to your Vultr account and click on the Deploy New Server option from the + button given on the dashboard.

Create server in Vultr - Step 1

Step 2: Choose Server

You can create 4 different types of cloud instances. They are Optimised cloud compute, Cloud compute, Cloud GPU and Bare Metal. Select the one that fits your requirements.

Create server in Vultr - Step 2

Step 3: Choose Server Type

Based on your selection of the server in the second step, You will have to select a specific type of server. If you have selected Optimised cloud compute instance, You will see options like the following image.

Create server in Vultr - Step 3

Step 4: Select Server Location

Location is very important option. Make sure to select a server location closest to your major traffic source demographically. You can select locations in 5 different continents.

Create server in Vultr - Step 4

Step 5: Select Server Image

In simple terms, Server image is an operating system running on the server. So here, You have to select an OS for your server.

If you are managing your servers with ServerAvatar, Select Ubuntu 20.04 or Ubuntu 22.04.

Create server in Vultr - Step 5

Step 6: Select Server Size

Here, Select a server size according to your requirements. If you are just getting started with the project, You can start small and then upgrade according to the future requirements.

Create server in Vultr - Step 6

Step 7: Add Auto Backups and Additional Features

We recommend you to enable auto backups for important websites or apps. If you are creating a temporary server, You can skip the auto backups.

In additional features, You can enable DDOS Protection if needed. Enable other options according to your requirements.

Do not enable "No Public IPv4 Address" option. It will result in a server without IPv4, which is not possible to connect with ServerAvatar.

Step 8: Select an SSH Key

If you use SSH key to authenticate with the server, Select an SSH key in this section. If you haven't uploaded your key yet, You can do it by clicking on the Add New option.

SSH key is not mandatory. If you do not use SSH keys, Ignore this option. You can still connect with server using password.

Create server in Vultr - Step 8

Step 9: Firewall Group

If you are using Vultr firewall, You can select the firewall group from here.

If you do not have 43210 port enabled in your firewall group, you need to configure it to connect a server with ServerAvatar.

Create server in Vultr - Step 9

Step 10: Server Hostname and Label

You have to choose the hostname and the label for the server in this step. You can set the same hostname and label. They are used for identification purpose only.

Create server in Vultr - Step 10

Step 11: Deploy Now!

Finally, click on the Deploy Now button to create a server. It might take a minute or two to fully boot up your server. Once it is ready, You will see it in the Products section in Vultr.

Create server in Vultr - Step 11

Initial Server Configuration

Now, We have a cloud server with Ubuntu installed. However, To install any application on this server, You need to configure a tech stack on the server. ServerAvatar does that automatically for you, as well as provides you an easy user interface to manage multiple websites on the server without ever touching the command line. You can also connect more servers in a single account to manage sites on them.

To start the initial server configuration, connect with your server via SSH and execute the following commands on your server.

# wget https://srvr.so/install
# chmod +x install
# ./install

Once the requirements are checked and installation is started, You will see a link to your server panel where you can monitor the further installation on web and install applications on it using an easy to use panel.

Auto-install Moodle with ServerAvatar

Step-1. Create a PHP application

To create a PHP application, access the Application tab from the server panel and click the Create button.

Create application

Now fill up the required details in the application form to create an application.

Application form

Click on the Create Application button.

Note that:

If you want to host Moodle LMS on your domain, then make sure to point your domain to the current IP address of your server, and for that:

  1. Log in to your hosting provider site, where you buy your domain. You can check your domain information with one click.

  2. Access DNS Manager to edit your DNS records(contact the support team if you don’t find them)

  3. Change the IP address of A Record of your website to the current server’s IP address.

Step-2 Auto-install Moodle application

On the application panel, click the Auto deploy tab from the sidebar.

Auto-install Moodle

Now click on the Moodle Install Now Card from the list of auto-deploying applications.

It asks you to enter details to deploy the Moodle application, which includes-

Registration details

  • Full Name: Full site name displays to your users on the site home page
  • Short Name: Site short name
  • Summary: A brief description of your course that will appear on your site's home page
  • Database Server: Choose the server from the connected server in which you want to host your database
  • Database Name: The name of your database

PHP Settings

  • PHP Version: Select the supported PHP version of Moodle

Admin Information

  • Username: Admin username
  • Email: Admin Email address
  • Password: Admin password
  • Support Email: Support email for your user.

Click the Install Now button after filling up all the details.

Access your site URL from the application panel to log in to your Moodle Admin area.