Understanding ASP.NET and the type of ASP.NET hosting plans available.

by Gary Parker on September 20, 2009

ASPNETFullTrustASP.NET is a web scripting language that has been around the web application field for many years now. Initially, it was used and coded / related as well-known Visual Studio 2003 based on .NET version 1.0, and more recently as Visual Studio 2008, based on .NET version 3.5.

Around 4-5 years ago, several developers took a big jump from the regular ASP to .NET by including several Microsoft applications, application scripts and add-ons. An array of hybrid scripts and applications ensured the development of ASP.Net hosting.

What are the benefits of using ASP.NET?

This special ASP web hosting solution provide many intuitive features like cross platform compatibility, quick application development, robust features and an added advantage of using the old VB applications. The magnanimous transformation to a .NET developmental environment was very expensive and costly, and the changeover was not cosmetic at all. It was a huge transformation beyond everybody’s expectation.

Some of the advantages of ASP.NET hosting are:

  • ASP.NET is the latest technology from Microsoft for the express development of web applications. An intuitive paradigm called .NET Framework makes the backbone of the web application. This special framework along with IIS ensures that the web server created is robust and sturdy and the web application development is a breeze.
  • ASP.NET web servers offer you the abilities to develop very powerful database driven applications. It is also subject oriented and includes many special tools for the programmers.
  • Applications developed on the web servers are ultra quick and lightening fast. The server response is also quicker and the user’s web experience is excellent. Developers can play around with server cache by using a set of commands via code.
  • ASP.NET web hosting allows you to create a cache memory of those pages that your site visitors frequently visit for fresh and updated information.
  • It is also possible to integrate several web part controls within the ASP.NET web server. Web Parts is a new breed of efficient controls that enable you to add rich, professional content, design and layout to your website, in addition to the capability to edit and change that content, design and layout directly from an application page.
  • It is also fairly easy to include a number of administration, extensibility, management, performance, and scalability enhancements.
  • Themes and skins are easy to change with an ASP.NET web hosting package. You can define and set style information as a theme and apply that particular style information on a global basis to pages or controls.
  • You do not have to wait for a long time to get your site up and running. You can even start uploading your web applications right away in a moment!
  • ASP.NET web hosting also allows you to self manage Backup / Recovery of invaluable customer data and its reinvent facility backs up all data on a daily basis and is readily available for recovery at anytime at your express request.

ASP.NET web hosting is a very good framework for instantly creating a new array of more efficient, highly interactive and personalized web surfing ambience that work across all the most popular browsers like IE, Firefox and Opera. However, one of the prominent disadvantages of ASP.Net web hosting is that it requires hosting only on a Microsoft web server, which should not deter you, unless you have other critical needs and requirements.

At present, most of database driven web sites depend on the fantastic technology of ASP.NET, just to protect and retain their invaluable data and information. As the demand for dynamic web applications grows rapidly, you will need to take a deep look at highly advanced and sophisticated web hosting servers that run and managed by highly efficient ASP.NET technology.

What are the drawbacks?

Using an ASP.NET based web hosting solution is very costly affair and it may create a huge overhead for small to medium sized web sites. Hosting a web site on the platform poses many challenges and difficulties as developers are still trying to overcome.

For example – one of the hosting problems faced by ASP.NET developers is running there ASP.NET web applications with Medium Trust or Full Trust. Not all web hosts provide Full Trust Hosting because of obvious security reasons. But a lot of applications designed in ASP.NET and available on the web do need Full Trust Hosting to run as expected.

Another issue with ASP.NET application hosting is its deployment. As it was said by some one “There is more to putting up a good Web application than just developing it“.

Type of ASP.NET Hosting Plans

A lot of web developers building web applications turn to web hosting companies to host their website. Web hosting companies offer a variety of plans.

Two type of plans largely offered are -

1. Shared web hosting or Shared plans
2. Dedicated web hosting or Dedicated plans

Shared plans, are the most economical and practical for low-traffic websites, can have anywhere from 25 to 150 separated websites hosted from the same web server. When hosting multiple websites on the same server, it is important that one website cannot affect or harm another site. For example, both the web hosting company and its customers want to prevent one website from, say, reading the connect string information from Web.config of another website.

Microsoft’s ASP.NET web technology / language allows for web hosting companies to define trust levels, which dictate what operations are permitted by ASP.NET applications. A web hosting company can either use one of the preset trust levels – Full, High, Medium, Low, or Minimal – or can create a custom trust level.

Full trust is the default, allows ASP.NET applications to execute native code, to read from the Registry and Windows Event Log, and to read and write to files outside of the application’s virtual directory. In short, with full trust one web application could delete the entire contents of another web application.

I have collected a few useful links / URLs that will help you host and deploy your ASP.NET web applications effectively.

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