What is ASP.NET hosting?
ASP.Net is a powerful web development language, much similar to how one can use Java or PHP.
ASP.net is the best choice for Windows platform, owing to its interdependency with Windows OS. It is a web application framework which can create dynamic web pages and services.
To support this, several hosting companies are providing ASP.net hosting options. These hosting options are combined with several add-ons available for rapid web development and quick hosting.
Why should you use ASP.net web hosting?
While there are several benefits of using ASP.net web hosting, I would like to highlight few key reasons-
- Windows – This is especially useful for Windows-based developers.
- Ease of development – A hosting platform reduces most of the manual tasks and provides essential services required for hosting under one roof
- Add-ons – With hosting one can also enjoy a range of add-ons and services that each hosting platform offers.
- Quick Deployment – With ASP.net hosting support, you can get your website up and running very quickly
- Customer Support – A hosting platform, is a great way to guide you through the complete website development. You can easily access, customer support and the hosting platform’s knowledge base
Let me now walk you through the top 5 ASP.net hosting platforms-
Top 5 ASP.NET Web Hosting Companies:
I will start this with SmarterASP.net. Smarterasp is purely an ASP.net based hosting platform and is around since 1999.
The good thing about this is, you can finally try this out for free. It has a 60-day free trial.
Apart from this, they have three distinctive plans-
|Number of Sites||1||6||Unlimited|
Any plan you choose; the setup is free. Domain names are charged separately and would cost $12 per year.
The trial plan has the bandwidth and other restrictions. However, with the basic plan, you will get Unlimited web space, support for one website, unlimited bandwidth.
Each plan has servers placed over SSD application server cloud, SSD file storage cloud and SSD Database server. This is to ensure faster page loads. Along with help desk and live chat support, the official website has a good knowledge base.
With the basic plan, you also get some proactive security features, several one-click installation applications with essential pre-installed ASP components. The plan provides free SSL for 2 or 3 years hosting packages.
Storage and Bandwidth – This supports unlimited web space. The basic plan supports 1 website, while the advance plan supports 6 websites and premium plan supports unlimited websites.
Bandwidth usage does not have any restrictions and is unmetered. It supports unlimited domain name hosting. Also, FTP is unlimited.
Hosting Features – Supports Windows 2016 and 2012 hosting. With more advance plans you get IIS 10.x and IIS 8.x manager remote access.
The basic plan supports Visual Studio 2017/2015/2013/2012/2010. Other features include WebMatrix support, 200 concurrent connections. With an advance plan, you can have remote delegation supported Web Deployment, URL Rewrite module 2, isolated application pool.
Database Support – With the basic plan you can get 1 GB MSSQL disk space. This has support for MSSQL 2016, 2014, 2012 and 2008. The basic plan supports 1 MSSQL 5 DB. MySQL disk space supported is again 1GB for the basic plan. SQL data is hosted on a separate server.
Other features covered here are – full-text search, SQL backup and restore, attach MDF file tool, SQL management studio access, SQL CE 4.0, Remote connect, MS Access, Contained database authentication and ASP.net ReportViewer control.
Scripting support – This has support for ASP.net 4.7, 4.5.x, 4.6.x, 4.0, 3.5 and 2.0, ASP.net Core 1.1 and 2.0, Classic ASP. Any time you can change .
NET versions. Other essential features included are – ScriptMap setup, Custom Error page, WCF 4.0, Crystal Reports, ASP.net Websockets, WCF RIA services, SilverLight. This has support for MVC 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 along with support for IonCube, Zend Optimizer and WAP 1.1/2.0
Email hosting – Email hosting is included as part of the plan with unlimited emails. The basic plan supports SMTP, POP3, and IMAP along with webmail access. With an advance plan, you can have access to other features such as mailing list, auto subscribes and many more advanced features.
Add-Ons – There are some pre-installed components such as PHPMailer, JMail, ADO.NET, CDO, FSO, ASPEmail, ASPUpload, ASPImage and many more.
Apart from this, you can also use the one-click installer to install several add-on applications. With 1 click installer, you can access a list of applications such as BlogEngine.net, Acquia Drupal, SilverStripe, Joomla, WordPress and many others.
With Smarter asp, I was not able to use their live chat, as the system was down for maintenance.
2. A2 Hosting:
A2 hosting has Windows and ASP.net hosting support.
A2 Hosting has been around since 2001 and it provides hosting services for Linux as well as Windows. As part of their Windows hosting, it supports ASP.net hosting.
A2 hosting provides three different hosting plans-
|SSL & SSD||Free||Free||Free|
|Control Panel||Plesk Onyx 17.8||Plesk Onyx 17.8||Plesk Onyx 17.8|
|Number of Sites||1||Unlimited||Unlimited|
With the basic plan, you get support for One website, Unlimited RAID-10 Storage, unlimited transfer support. Other things included with the plan are – SSD drives to provide high speed, Free SSL certificate along with proactive security features.
Additionally, you can test their hosting platform with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Their technical configurations support:
- Windows 2012
- ASP.net 2.x, 3.x and 4.x along with Classic ASP, .NET Core 2.0
- IIS 8.5
- ASP.net MVC 4, 5
- Silverlight 4, 5
- 25 email addresses for the basic plan and unlimited for other plans
- The basic plan supports 1 x 2.1 GHz Core
- Physical memory varies between 0.5 GB to 2 GB, while virtual memory varies between 4 GB to 8 GB based on the plan
A2 Hosting Features:
Speed – A2 ASP.net hosting has good configurations for the basic plan, to provide fairly fast speed.
A2 Hosting server speed test – A+. Credit: Bitcatcha
It uses SSD along with CloudFlare ServerShield and AnyCast DNS to provide faster page loads.
Reliability – It provides a 10 Gb/s redundant network and each server has support for minimum 12 Core with minimum 64 GB RAM. A configuration enough to support heavy traffic. A2 hosting guarantees 99.9% uptime.
Migration – It covers a free website migration support
Security – A2 hosting has free SSL, along with this it also provides KernelCare which includes daily automatic kernel updates without a reboot. Other security features included are dual web hosting firewall, virus scanning, Brute Force Defense, Server Hardening along with 24/7/365 server security monitoring
Domains – With the basic plan, you get 1 website, 5 subdomains with 25 parked domains. For other plans this is unlimited. Add-on domains are not included as part of the basic plan, however, is unlimited for other plans. At $1.96 per month, you can get a dedicated IP address. DNS management is available for free.
Email – Email hosting is included in the basic plan. For the basic plan, it has support for 25 email addresses with POP3/POP3-SSL, IMAP/IMAP-SSL, and SMTP/SMTP-SSL support. This also includes Webmail and spam protection
Control Panel – Includes Plesk Onyx 17.8 Control Panel. A2 has support for e-commerce development with DotNetNuke 1 click installation. Other add-ons included are PrestaShop, OpenCart, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, CubeCart, B2evolution, BlogEngine 1-click installation. Also included is multilingual support.
I contacted A2 hosting live chat to get some information about ASP.net hosting.
The wait time was around 1 minute. The support agent was informative and provided some quick reference links showing details about my query.
Next, I would consider GoDaddy. GoDaddy has been around for almost 21 years now from the time of its launch in 1997.
It is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, US and has over 17 million users worldwide.
Along with other hosting options, GoDaddy also provides Windows-based hosting supported by ASP.net hosting.
It offers 3 different plans-
|Number of Sites||1||Unlimited||Unlimited|
In the basic plan, you get support for 1 website, 100 GB storage, unmetered bandwidth. Other plans support unlimited websites with unmetered storage and unmetered bandwidth.
With every plan, for the first year, you can get free Microsoft Office 365 business email.
The domain registration is included as part of the plan. The basic plans support 10 MySQL databases with 1 GB each, 1 MSSQL database with 200MB each and 50 FTP users.
All plans support Windows Server 2012 R2. In the Ultimate plan, you also get 1 year SSL certificate and a Premium DNS at a separate cost.
These plans also cover 24/7 server security monitoring along with a DDoS protection. Well, they also support over 50 application’s one-click installation as part of any plan you choose.
You can install this from the control panel which is in Odin Plesk.
Website and Storage – The basic plan supports 1 website, while the other plans support unlimited websites. In any plan you choose, there are no bandwidth restrictions.
This is unmetered. With basic plan, you get 100 GB disk space. As you choose a higher plan there is no specific restriction on the disk space.
Domains – Free domain is included as part of the annual plan. If the domain name is chosen for a term longer than the plan, in such cases this is charged additionally.
External domains and subdomains are unlimited irrespective of the plan you choose.Again Alias domain is unlimited in all the plans. Except for the basic plan, all other plans support unlimited websites.
Security – As far as the security is concerned, there are not too many added security features. However, for the most basic plan, you get 24/7 server monitoring along with DDoS protection. Supports FTPS which is a secure form of FTP.
This also includes Database backup and restoration. A small amount is charged separately for website backups. SSL certificates and essential security for malware scan and cleanup is also charged separately.
Control Panel – The control panel included is Plesk 12 for Windows. From here you can access site statistics, raw access logs, and schedule tasks.
Supports Microsoft web deploy, Microsoft WebMatrix and access to more than 50 applications. It has a one-click installation for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal.
Technology support – Each plan caters to up to 250,000 files and offers Server Side Includes (SSI), Classic ASP, ASP.net Ajax, CGI, ASP.net MVC 3, Silverlight 5 and Silverlight 4 hosting, Perl, and Python.
Email hosting – Each plan supports one free mailbox and the others can be added at a separate cost. This provides a total of 5 GB email storage.
Other features included are webmail, email alias for hosting, Office 365 support, auto-responder, virus and spam protection, email privacy and protection with 256-bit encryption.
I tried using the GoDaddy live chat option and the chat starts almost instantaneously with no wait time.
The support agent was extremely helpful to provide some insights about my query and provide enough information to guide me through each plan.
It has been in the market for over 15 years now, since its launch on 23rd October 2002.
Hostgator has two plans-
|Number of Sites||1||5|
Any plan you choose; you get unmetered bandwidth along with unmetered disk space. This also includes free, instant setup. With the personal plan, you get instant backups, unlimited FTP accounts with unlimited domain alias and subdomains.
As part of the ASP.net hosting, you get access to multiple add-ons and one-click applications. Each plan includes free SSL certificate. Plesk control panel allows you to easily install several add-ons almost instantaneously.
You get access to free Hostgator website builder with over 4500 free website templates. Also includes free website transfer, domain transfer, Script transfer and MYSQL transfer.
Using the control panel, you can install 38 free applications. Hostgator guarantees 99.9% uptime and has a 45-day money back guarantee.
Domains and Storage – The most basic plan supports one domain, while with enterprise plan you can have 5 domains. With every plan, you can have unlimited sub domains, FTP accounts, Domain aliases.
Support – It offers 24/7/365 support irrespective of the plan you choose. This includes 24/7 server security monitoring. Hostgator provides automatic weekly site backups with the free initial setup.
Technology support – Supports Windows 2008 web hosting, IIS 7 hosting, ASP.net 2.0 or 3.5 or 4.0 or 4.5, AJAX, Classic ASP, CGI, Fast CGI, Python, SSI, Curl, GD 2, ASP MVC 3.0 and scheduled tasks. Also offers unlimited MSSQL and MySQL databases.
Control Panel – Plesk’s application vault allows users to install 38 scripts which are provided by default. Other features included are – Hotlink protection, custom error pages, instant blogs, redirect URL, web-based file manager, Instant portals, instant forums, and password protected directories.
With the control panel, you can access website statistics using AWStats which provides real-time analysis, Webalizer, raw logs and Referrer logs.
Email hosting – Email hosting is included as part of the plan and supports unlimited POP3 accounts. Other features available are webmail, e-mail alias, auto-responders, mailing lists, spam protection, IMAP and SMTP support.
The Hostgator live chat option started within 20 seconds.
This was almost instantaneous. The agent was informative and provided relevant links to share some additional information.
The final one on my list is Interserver. Along with other hosting options, this also supports ASP.net hosting.
Interserver has been providing web hosting services for more than 18 years.
You can choose one of the plans for either-
|Number of Sites||20||20||20||20|
For one month the starting price is $5.00. With each plan, you get unlimited storage, unlimited transfer, unlimited email, free SSL certificate and 25 website support. There is a separate fee for domain registration.
Apart from this Interserver guarantees 99.9% uptime and has a 30-day money back guarantee. Additionally, you get free unlimited FTP accounts, Cloud apps, free CloudFlare CDN, Microsoft SQL 2008 server.
The infrastructure uses 10 GB Cisco network along with SSD caching servers and RAID-10 storage to provide additional speed and reliable services. Interserver provides free migration irrespective of the plan you choose.
With their control panel, you can get access to over 105 one-click installation applications and also some insightful analytics about the website performance.
Website and Domain – Supports 25 websites with 10 parked domains. Each plan has unlimited subdomains. Domain registration is priced at $1.99 per year. Additionally, you can choose Whois Privacy which costs $5. Along with these features, you get free SSL certificates and free migration.
Technology Support – With Interserver, you get unlimited MySQL storage. It supports ASP.net 3.5, 4, 4.5, .NET Core 1 and Classic ASP.
Other supported modules include Silverlight, ODBC, ASPUpload 3.0, ASP.net MVC 5. Any other additional modules can be installed at any point in time.
Control Panel – It uses Plesk and includes Cron Jobs, File manager, visitor statistics and backups along with restoration.
Add-ons – Other add-ons include WordPress installer, weekly backups, automatic updates, essential plugins and One-click installation of around 105 applications, which includes Prestashop, Magento, WordPress, Cubecart to name a few.
Email features – Supports unlimited email accounts, unlimited forwarders, webmail access, spam filtering, SSL encryption. Can be used with iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Mobile.
I tried the live chat option for Interserver and this took me around 30 seconds wait time.
I have provided top 5 ASP.net hosting solutions and given a detailed walkthrough of the feature list for each of these- A2 hosting, GoDaddy, Hostgator, Smarterasp and Interserver.net.
Interserver.net has good ASP.net support with a support for 25 websites and unlimited storage. However, this is low over additional security features.
GoDaddy is one of the cheapest options for the basic plan. However, the renewals are high priced. This has a good mix of essential ASP technology and security features.
Hostgator also provides unmetered disk space and a range of technology support. This, however, supports Windows 2008 and not any of the latest versions.
A2 hosting has a substantial infrastructure to provide good speed to your website. It also has some enhanced security features and is a good option in case budget is not a constraint.
Smarterasp is dedicated to ASP-based websites and provides extremely affordable plans. The advantage is you get a 60-day free trial. Their feature list is immense and is the best option for someone looking out for multiple and latest version ASP support.
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