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Why Choose ASP Web Hosting?

Sep 2, 2008
Many websites are now being created dynamicaly using Microsofts ASP.NET language,resulting in web hosts rushing to provide custoymers with ASP web hosting. ASP web hosting should be based on the Microsoft Windows Server operating system (Windows 2003 Server) which ASP.NET was designed for.

Your ASP web hosts will provide you with a control panel to fully manage your ASP web hosting, running on Windows servers. The most popular Windows based control panels at the moment are the popular Parallels Plesk control panel and Helm which both allow you to manage all aspects of your ASP.NET based web applications.

Both Plesk and Helm allow you with access to the installed version of Microsoft SQL Server, ensuring full integration between your ASP.NET applications and MS-SQL. You will be able to create and delete your remotely hosted databases, create users, set passwords and define permissions and security settings.

Like standard web hosting your host will provide you with FTP access to your ASP Web Hosting account to allow you to upload your web data. Popular software such as the Microsoft Visual Web Developer have a built FTP in upload function, whereby you enter your FTP settings and upload.

Also its possible to upload files using the Control Panel's built in File Manager, which has an "Explorer" like interface allowing your browse, drag and drop files from your desktop to server. Virtually every web hosting package allows access via FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to allow files to be uploaded to their public web space with ease. Alternatively you can use a free FTP client, such as Filezilla.

If your scripts were developed in a Microsoft environment you may find it more reliable and less frustrating to host them on Microsoft servers as there are a few subtle differences between Linux and Windows hosts (such as file and case sensitivity). ASP and ASP.NET should really only run on Microsoft Windows Server operating systems. Some hosts do offer "ASP Hosting" running on Linux servers, using using the Sun Chilisoft ASP Environment.

Classic ASP has been quite a while now (at least 10 years or so) and was only recently replaced by Microsoft's improved ASP.NET platform. ASP.NET has advanced to version 3.5. ASP web hosting has tended to be a "niche market" with a few hosting specialists, but is increasing in popularity, partly due to ready developed packages. Backwards compatibility has been maintained so you older asp applications should work on servers running the newer scripting environment.

You should really only need a Windows based ASP web hosting package if your scripts or applications deman ASP and ASP.NET. If your web site is mainly static html files, or utilises open source scripting languages such as PHP, Perl or Python then standard Linux shared hosting package should suffice.

Some people have chosed Windows Web Hosting in the past because thats what their desktop PC runs. The choice of your home PC operating system has no bearing on your choice of Linux our Windows host, unless you have used your own PC to develop Windows applications.
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