Moodle installation screens

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INITIAL DRAFT, COPIED FROM "Editing Windows installation using XAMPP" PAGE. Need to make generic.

On a new installation of Moodle on a web server, Moodle presents the same series of pages.

Start of initial Moodle install

You have now installed a webserver on your computer. Next you need to get Moodle to install itself. You will use your favorite web browser to do this.

Other pages in MoodleDocs describe the setup process after the site has been installed. We will just cover the first few screens to the copyright and license screen.

Go to moodle in web browser

Browser address

In your web browser, type the path to the folder containing the Moodle files in te address bar – in this example it’s http://localhost/moodle.

Select language

The initial install page will ask you to choose your preferred language. This language pack will reside in moodle/lang. The default language is en_utf8 (English).

Select language
  • Click the “Next” button.

Diagnostic report

A diagnostic report is displayed – hopefully it will look like this, if not you may need to address some issues.

Initial diagnostic, it passed, no warnings
  • Click the “Next” button to continue.

Paths for Moodle installation

The paths for your Moodle installation are shown – accept these or amend as desired.

Paths to parts of your Moodle Standard Install?
Complete install windows package?
  • Click the “Next” button to continue.

MySQL database settings

In this screen we enter the database settings. The fields are populated with some suggested values.

  • In this example the database created is “moodle153”. If you created a password for root place it here. If you want the MySQL user admin to log into the moodle MySQL database, place that user and the password here.
TIP: DO NOT USE THE “ROOT” USER WITHOUT A PASSWORD FOR PRODUCTION INSTALLATIONS AS THIS CREATES A SECURITY VULNERABILITY. Once the site has been created, you can go to the site administration block and use phpMyAdmin to correct this issue.
MySQL database settings screen
Complete Windows install version??
  • When you have added or edited information on the page, click the “Next” button to continue.
TIP: This information is creating and can later be edited in the htdocs/moodle/config.php file.

Server check

Server check with minor issues
Server check complete install package, surprise no issues

This screen will report any issues with your webserver settings. Sometimes the CURL settings and OpenSLL settings will need to be changed on your server.

TIP: It is possible to edit the php/php.ini file at this point and then use the refresh button at the bottom of the server check page. However, exiting the Moodle install at this step is not the end of the world, all your settings have been saved. Localhost\moodle will start the install again with the settings you already entered.

Moodle install confirmed

Moodle will tell you it has install the basics.

Confirmed
  • Click the “ Continue” button to proceed.

Moodle copyright & license

The Moodle copyright / license notices are displayed.

Copyright & license


  • Click the “Yes” button to continue.

Now you can Moodle

You will be asked to edit the admin user for your Moodle site. After completing the required edits, you will be taken to the Front Page settings as the admin user, to start to build your new site.

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