For the past two weeks or so, we have been working on improving various aspects of the website to optimise it as much as possible. We have done this using the official recommendations from Moodle, and also from various forums, and using our own knowledge and experience. We have done the following:
One of the biggest issues right now is that, each course page has a lot of content. This includes from 50-80 different contents, such as pdf, images, videos etc. Therefore, the load times of these pages are very high. It is possible to divide these into separate “Topics”. This is a feature in Moodle, which I am assuming the staff is aware of. Breaking it down into topics, means, that the course page only shows links to the topics. When a user clicks on a topic, a separate page is opened, which has contents of that topic only. As you can understand this leads to smaller page sizes, and faster load times. We think this is important, and should be implemented.
As per discussion above, right now each page is putting a lot of load on the server. Each page is showing as a huge process in Apache, and therefore reducing the number of users that can be served.
We have up to 30 processes within a time frame of 15 minutes. This is high enough (and with the “one page layout described above) stressing the server.
We will share the statistical report with you in a few days.
Therefore we recommend:
Please let us know if there are any questions or suggestions. We have completed our side of the optimization and would be happy to help you out as well.