Scaling learning with Moodle

Moodle excels in the eLearning landscape, offering scalability from small classrooms to expansive corporate training environments.

Partner with our Premium Certified Partners and Service Providers to unlock tailored solutions that optimise and elevate your Moodle experience, ensuring your eLearning platform grows and thrives, adapting seamlessly to the evolving needs of a dynamic learning ecosystem.

Designed to grow

Adaptive growth, enhanced learning

Flexible & Feature-Rich
Secure & Scalable
Unlimited Users

As your university or business expands, rest assured, Moodle scales with you, effortlessly accommodating increased user volumes while adapting to diverse learning landscapes.

Experience not just capacity, but unmatched stability, resilience, and consistent high performance tailored for your unique needs.

Powered by a robust architecture, enhanced by a vibrant community of experts, Moodle LMS and Moodle Workplace are your partners in efficient, adaptive, and scalable learning solutions.

Engineered for excellence

Seamless performance across servers

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Speed and reliability

Moodle LMS stands out with its strategic design, ensuring a clear separation of application layers. This distinct architecture performs effortlessly in environments with load balancers, distributing requests and traffic optimally across multiple web servers. Your e-learning experience is enhanced, promising both speed and reliability.

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Auto-Scaling

Never worry about traffic surges again. Moodle LMS is equipped to accommodate auto-scaling. No matter the increase in traffic volume, performance remains uncompromised. Every user enjoys a responsive, uninterrupted learning experience, making scalability concerns a thing of the past.

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Consistent uptime and performance

Moodle ensures that limits can be set on memory requests by each page, preventing memory hoarding by a single user or process. This feature guarantees consistent uptime and unwavering performance, ensuring every user’s experience is smooth and reliable, every time.

Tailoring Moodle for your scale

Leverage the skills of a vetted Moodle Certified Partner or Service Provider to optimise Moodle for large-scale installations. Here is how:
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Performance benchmarking

Moodle Certified Partners or Service Providers initiate with performance benchmarking, incorporating load and stress testing, to assess an installation’s design limits and behaviour under peak loads. This critical step ensures the system is optimised for efficient traffic management during high-activity periods, catering specifically to the distinct needs of schools, universities, or enterprises, ensuring a responsive, reliable user experience.

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Effortless auto-scaling

Experience a Moodle that adapts in real-time, engineered to auto-scale as per your demand. Seamlessly handle traffic spikes and intensified user activity with a system that’s geared for flexibility and resilience. Achieve optimal performance backed by the meticulous support of our Certified Partners and Service Providers, ensuring a hosting environment that’s as stable as it is scalable.

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Expert database management

Your scalability requirements are unique, and our Moodle Certified Partners and Service Providers are equipped to tailor database resources and sizing precisely to your needs. Benefit from a platform enhanced for robust performance, capable of serving an extensive user base simultaneously with speed and efficiency.

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Seamless integrated solutions

Unlock the full potential of Moodle with Certified Partners and Service Providers dedicated to enhancing every aspect of your installation. From hosting and security to maintenance, data migration, and course design, every service is integrated seamlessly. Immerse your users in an experience marked by stability, consistency, and enhanced performance.

Read more about Moodle and scalability

How Moodle scales for large-scale learning

In the ever-changing world of eLearning, the importance of scalable and reliable Learning Management Systems (LMS) can’t be overstated.

How Moodle scales for large-scale learning
Moodle’s scalability: A conversation with Markus Samlenski from eLeDia

Moodle Video Interviews

Learn how Moodle scales for 3,000 German schools and 1,000,000 users with Markus Samlenski, from Moodle Premium Certified Partner eLeDia.

Moodle’s scalability: A conversation with Jon Miles, Head of Tech at Titus Learning

Moodle Podcast

In this episode, Marie Achour, Moodle Global Head of Product, interviews Jon Miles, Head of Technology from Titus Learning, Moodle Premium Certified Partners.

Partner case studies

University NHS Trust, UK

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust is responsible for running the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. It is one of the country’s largest acute hospital trusts, treating over half a million patients annually, and is the second largest employer within Portsmouth. With challenges arising from their standard Moodle setup for staff training and the need for increased process automation, they turned to Moodle Certified Premium Partner)Titus Learning ( in 2020 to develop a custom Moodle Workplace solution. The solution aimed to accommodate the Trust’s 8000+ learners and address their specific needs. As a result, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust has introduced process automation to reduce costs and increase efficiency.

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, UK

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust is responsible for running the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. It is one of the country’s largest acute hospital trusts, treating over half a million patients annually, and is the second largest employer within Portsmouth. With challenges arising from their standard Moodle setup for staff training and the need for increased process automation, they turned to Moodle Certified Premium Partner)Titus Learning ( in 2020 to develop a custom Moodle Workplace solution. The solution aimed to accommodate the Trust’s 8000+ learners and address their specific needs. As a result, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust has introduced process automation to reduce costs and increase efficiency.

FAQs

What are Moodle’s limits to the number of concurrent users?

Moodle itself doesn’t have a fixed “limit” on concurrent users, per se. What really determines the number of users you can handle is your hosting infrastructure and how well it’s optimized. That said, it’s not uncommon for large organizations to support thousands of concurrent users on Moodle, as long as the server resources are up to the task.  There are several instances of Moodle that have 100’s of thousands of users.

What hosting options are available for scaling Moodle?

When it comes to hosting Moodle, you’ve got options. You can stick with traditional shared hosting if you’re just starting out or on a budget. But when you’re ready to level up you’ll be looking at dedicated servers typically on cloud hosting solutions like AWS or Azure. Cloud solutions are a game-changer when you’re looking to scale.

Does Moodle hosting have the ability to change to match current user load (autoscaling)?

Absolutely, but this comes down to your choice of hosting solution. Cloud-based hosting services like AWS offer autoscaling to adjust resources based on the load. So if you have spikes in traffic—maybe you just launched a hot new course—the system will automatically allocate more resources to keep things running smoothly.

How does the media and course types affect scaling?

Media-rich courses with videos, quizzes, interactive elements—they’re fantastic for engagement but can be resource hogs. The more complex your courses, the more server resources you’ll need. So when you’re planning for scale, consider not just the number of users but also the type of content you’re delivering. 

Is Moodle’s performance affected as the number of courses and users increase?

For sure, more courses and users mean more data and more stress on your server. You’ll likely need more storage, better CPU, and increased RAM. So, scaling isn’t just about user numbers; it’s also about the volume and complexity of your courses.  This is why it is important to work with a provider with extensive Moodle knowledge. 

How do third-party integrations and plugins impact Moodle’s scalability?

Plugins can offer great features but beware—they can also slow you down. Each plugin may add extra queries to the database and can consume more resources. So, if you’re looking to scale, you have to be selective and cautious about the plugins you install and at the very least consider them when developing your hosting strategy. 

How does scaling affect my cost?

Well, no two ways about it: as you scale, your costs will increase. More resources and better infrastructure don’t come free. But remember, these are investments in delivering a seamless learning experience, which should, in turn, generate more revenue.  Generally if you are using at per user costs they will progressively decrease as

How does geographic dispersement affect scaling?

The issue of geographic dispersement can still affect latency, despite advancements in internet speed. Placing your Moodle instance closer to the bulk of your users can help you sidestep this challenge. The good news is, Moodle gives you the latitude to choose your hosting location, optimizing for the best performance. While the strides in internet speed have reduced the impact of distance, it remains a consideration in your scaling strategy.

Discuss scalability solutions

Engage with our Certified Partners and Service Providers to tailor Moodle into the perfect fit for your expanding needs. Uncover scalable, efficient, and personalised LMS solutions crafted to support your growing number of users and diverse learning environments.