Windows Hosting ASP.NET Updated 5/18/2013
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Find the best ASP.NET Hosting provider
Many people ask us how to choose the best ASP.NET Hosting provider. Next, you will find some of the most important tips when you are looking for the best Web Hosting provider.
Why do you look for a new commercial Windows Web Hosting Provider? Because you have created your new ASP.NET website, because you are not happy with your recent Hosting company, because you would like to upgrade (need more resources) your recent Web hosting services, or because you want to start a small Hosting business.
In all of the above reasons what will be the best Windows hosting for you? The best Hosting will give you the opportunity to focus on your main business, to provide better services for your web site visitors/customers, to have a better company Image, because fast and reliable Web hosting means stable and serious website, and it could also create an advantage over your competitors. Otherwise, if you choose poor Windows hosting services could be catastrophic for your business and you could also lose time and money to move your website to a new Web host and pay for new hosting services.
There are many .NET hosting companies that offer different types of Web hosting services and technologies, but essential for the Customer is the value of these services, which means that the ASP.NET Host should best suit all of his requirements!
Every Hosting company has advantages and disadvantages. Some companies offer better Shared Hosting or Dedicated Hosting, others have excellent Hosting support or better Web Hosting prices. So remember that if some Hosting provider is the best for your requirements, it could be not for somebody else!
You could find more at how to find the best ASP.NET hosting guide.
Top ASP.NET Hosting Providers List
Do you belive that there are top 10 ASP.NET hosting companies?
You will not find top 10 best Hosting providers in our recommended list, because our experience shows that there are not so many quality Web hosting companies. Our best Web hosting providers list is created for the ASP.NET community, to help finding quality hosting services and solutions.
The inclusion in the Top Hosting Providers List is not a right but privilege. Not every Web Host could be listed there.
All of listed the best ASP.NET Hosting providers are rated and tested by our experienced webmasters team. The evaluation process usually takes 2 to 4 weeks.
To keep the quality of the list only the best ASP.NET Hosts will be published. The place in the best Hosting providers list is not guaranteed! The company which reduces the quality of the service will be excluded.
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How to start using ASP.NET Web hosting
It’s very easy to use ASP.NET Web hosting. First, you should open an account with a Web Host which provides Windows Web hosting. Usually the sign up process could be done in 3 easy steps which could be in different order. In the first step you should choose to use existing domain name (which you already purchased) or register a new domain name to use with your hosting account. In the second step you should set your account info as username and password, billing period - monthly or annual, depending on the billing period you could received some price discount, after that you could choose the Windows Web server version and if the hosting company supports different locations (USA, Canada, Europe) the hosting location datacenter. In the third step you should provide your contact and payment information. Most hosting providers accept Paypal as well as credit card payments. When you enter the payment information make sure that the connection is over HTTPS, so your data is protected and encrypted. If the connection is not HTTPS then do not enter any info but contact the hosting company and request a secured method to send your info to them.
After you finish all the required steps in the signup process you will receive a welcome message with your account server and logging info. It usually takes some time (between 5-10 minutes) before your account is ready to be used.
Congratulations, you already have a new ASP.NET Web hosting account!
Now it is time to point your domain name to your hosting server. It could be done in 2 ways, the first is to create a new A/CNAME records in your domain name settings, and the second is to set the DNS servers which to resolved your domain. This is also done via the domain name settings and you will receive the hosting company DNS servers in your welcome email. It could take couple of hours before the DNS data is updated and you can access your site by using your domain name, i.e. www.yourdomainname.com.
Every business needs corporate emails as yourname- @yourdomainname.com, so you can easily create your emails in your hosting control panel, in the emails section. If you set to use the hosting company DNS servers you should just create your emails and start using them. If you created A/CNAME records manually you should also add new MX records in the domain name settings.
You could easily change the ASP.NET version with the provided hosting control panel. Usually you can host the latest ASP.NET version applications as well as older ASP.NET versions sites. You could also create and manage databases as MS SQL or MySQL. There is a section in which you can find your website access logs and statistics. And finally you can easily install different add-ons as blogs, forums, shopping carts etc... which is supported by your hosting provider. If your site is ecommerce related then you will need to install SSL certificate, which you can buy from certificate authority company or your hosting provider. To install SSL certificate you will need also to purchase a dedicated IP address.
The final step is to deploy your ASP.NET site on the server. This could be made via Visual Studio or FTP client. This could be also done and via File Manager in your hosting control panel. You should also install your SQL server database using the Sql Server Database Publishing Wizard. Some hosting providers do not allow direct remote SQL server access, so you should use the hosting control panel to deploy your SQL server database.
That is it, now you can start using your Windows Web hosting!
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ASP.NET Web Hosting Glossary
Shared ASP.NET Hosting
Windows Shared Hosting service is when one's Web site is placed on the same server with many other sites, ranging from a few to hundreds or thousands. Typically, all domains may share a common pool of server resources, such as RAM and the CPU. A shared website may be hosted with a reseller.
VPS ASP.NET Hosting
A Windows VPS Hosting is a method of partitioning a physical server into multiple servers that each has the appearance and capabilities of running on its own dedicated machine. Each VPS Hosting server can run its own full-fledged operating system, and each server can be independently rebooted.
Dedicated ASP.NET Hosting
A Windows Dedicated Hosting service is a type of Internet hosting where the client leases an entire server not shared with anyone. This is more flexible than shared hosting, as organizations have full control over the server(s), including choice of operating system, hardware, etc.
Reseller ASP.NET Hosting
Windows Reseller Hosting allows clients to become web hosts themselves. Resellers could function, for individual domains, under any combination of these listed types of hosting, depending on who they are affiliated with as a provider. Resellers' accounts may vary tremendously in size: they may have their own virtual dedicated server to a colocated server.
Colocation ASP.NET Hosting
A Windows Colocation Hosting is similar to the dedicated web hosting service, but the user owns the colo server; the hosting company provides physical space that the server takes up and takes care of the server. This is the most powerful and expensive type of the web hosting service.
Cloud ASP.NET Hosting
Windows Cloud Hosting allows customers to use powerful, scalable and reliable Web hosting based on clustered load-balanced servers and utility billing. Removing single-point of failures and allowing customers to pay for only what they use versus what they could use.
You could find more Web hosting terms in the Glossary section.
Why ASP.NET Hosting?
ASP.NET Web Hosting is a way of managing your Web presence needs. It is the alternative to yourself ASP.NET Hosting, which can be expensive and risky for your business. Windows Hosting is a good alternative because it has lower costs and does not involve a high capital investment incurred by doing it yourself, while also giving greater control and flexibility.
ASP.NET Hosting Options
Yourself ASP.NET Web Hosting
Home Windows hosting server is usually a single Windows machine placed in your home or office. It can be used to host one or more ASP.NET web sites from a usually home/office Internet connection (ADSL). Some ISPs actively attempt to block home servers by disallowing incoming requests to TCP port 80 (default HTTP port) and by refusing to provide static IP addresses. A common way to attain a reliable DNS hostname is by creating an account with a dynamic DNS service. A dynamic DNS service will automatically change the IP address that a URL points to when the IP address changes.
The main disadvantages of the Home Windows hosting are that it’s difficult to support 24/7 server and network uptime, hosting security, power generators, and hardware cooling at home.
ASP.NET Web Hosting
An ASP.NET hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and business owners to provide their own ASP.NET website accessible via the Inernet. Windows hosting providers are companies that provide space on a Windows server they own for use by their clients as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center. The ASP.NET web hosting provider can also provide data center space and connectivity to the Internet for servers they do not own to be located in their data center, called colocation Windows hosting.
The scope of ASP.NET hosting services varies widely. The most basic is web page and small-scale file/site hosting, where files/sites can be uploaded via FTP or a Web interface (Windows Hosting control panel). The files are usually delivered to the Web "as is" or with little processing. Many Internet service providers offer this service free to their subscribers. People can also obtain ASP.NET hosting from other, alternative service providers. Personal Windows hosting is typically free, advertisement-sponsored, or cheap. Business ASP.NET web site hosting often has a higher expense.
Single ASP.NET page hosting is generally sufficient only for personal web pages. A complex site calls for a more comprehensive package that provides database support (MS SQL) and application development platforms (ASP.NET). These facilities allow the customers to write or install scripts for applications like forums and content management. For e-commerce, SSL is also highly recommended.
The ASP.NET hosting provider may also provide an interface or control panel for managing the Windows Web server and installing scripts as well as other services like e-mail (MS Exchange). Some Windows Web hosting companies specialize in certain software or services (e.g. e-commerce). They are commonly used by larger companies to outsource network infrastructure to a hosting company.
Windows Hosting Features and Tools
- ASP.NET - Microsoft ASP.NET is a free technology that allows programmers to create dynamic web applications. ASP.NET can be used to create anything from small, personal websites through to large, enterprise-class web applications. All you need to get started with ASP.NET is the free .NET Framework, the free Visual Web Developer and affordable ASP.NET hosting provider.
- MVC - The ASP.NET MVC Framework is a Model-view-controller framework which Microsoft added to ASP.NET. It allows software developers to build a Web application as a composition of three roles: Model, View and Controller.
- AJAX - ASP.NET AJAX is a set of extensions to ASP.NET developed by Microsoft for implementing Ajax functionality. It is released under the Microsoft Public License.
- Silverlight - Microsoft Silverlight is a programmable web browser plugin that enables features such as animation, vector graphics and audio-video playback that characterize rich Internet applications.
- WebMatrix - WebMatrix is a Microsoft web development tool that includes everything you need for your website development. Start from open source web applications, built-in web templates or just start writing code yourself.
- LightSwitch - Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch is a simplified self-service development tool that enables you to build business applications quickly and easily.
- Visial Studio - Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft. It is used to develop console and graphical user interface applications along with Windows Forms applications, web sites, web applications, and web services in both native code together with managed code for all platforms supported by Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, Windows CE, .NET Framework, .NET Compact Framework and Microsoft Silverlight.
- SQL Server - MS SQL (Microsoft SQL Server) is a relational database management system (RDBMS) produced by Microsoft. Its primary query language is Transact-SQL, an implementation of the ANSI/ISO standard Structured Query Language (SQL) used by both Microsoft and Sybase. The most recent SQL version is SQL Server 2012.
- MS Access - Microsoft Access is a relational database management system from Microsoft which combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software development tools.