Web developers are constantly on the lookout for new tools and technologies that they can use to enhance both their own productivity and the effectiveness of their client’s Web sites. One of the recent trends in site design, is increasingly complex and highly dynamic Web pages. The businesses that are supporting these websites are demanding more and more from their websites, so developers are trying to build even more sophisticated websites. That is one of the reasons that the developer community has been eager to learn more about the opportunities afforded by Microsoft ASP.NET. This set of technologies in the Microsoft .NET Framework offers the ability to develop complex, highly dynamic Web sites more quickly and efficiently than ever before.
In order to build customer sites on the ASP.NET 4.5 platform, developers must rely on ASP.NET 4.5 hosting providers. Many Web Hosts are realising the unique opportunity in this growing interest in ASP.NET, and are gearing to offer ASP.NET Hosting.
The key to ASP.NET hosting is Developer orientation. Developers are the key decision makers in their companies for this type of Hosting. They want to make sure that their apps will work on the Web Hosts platform. The key question Web Hosts interested in Technology Hosting need to ask is, How best to support developers who want to build complex websites cost-effectively. How to maintain a Hosting framework that will support such websites cost-effectively. One of the ways for this, is to consider Developer oriented services running on ASP.NET running on Microsoft Windows Server 2008.
Pros and Cons of ASP.NET For Developers
ASP.NET is a truly Object oriented language, with sophisticated object oriented features supported. Object oriented programmers can easily get used to this new environment. Another benefit is that developers have language flexibility, which means they can write code in various languages.
A major strength of the ASP.NET 4.5 platform is in its Development Environment. Developers can use WebMatrix (a free IDE), or Visual Studio .NET or Borlands tools like Delphi or C++ builder. This reduces the time to develop code, by at least 2-3 times. Tools like Visual Studio has sophisticated debugging environment including breakpoints and tracing sections of code.
ASP.NET 4.5 is an improvement over ASP. ASP.NET compiles code for execution, It also detects change and recompiles code automatically. The result is a three to five fold increase in the performance of classic ASP apps when they move to an ASP.NET platform. However, ASP.NET consumes more memory and somewhat slower than competitor platform, PHP.
Pros and Cons of ASP.NET for Web Hosts
Web Hosts that are eager to offer a new developer-oriented service on ASP.NET, can best do it based on the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 operating system using Microsoft ASP.NET.
Companies like HostForLIFE.eu which have adopted the ASP.NET platform in their hosting offerings, claim that with ASP.NET 4.5 plus IIS 8.0, they have been able to host nearly twice as many websites on a shared server as it could under earlier versions of IIS.
ASP.NET 4.5 hosting also means more opportunities for upselling developer-oriented services. Developers who start a customer site using a Microsoft Access or SQL Server Desktop database can move a customer over to the Web Hosts Shared SQL Server offering as site growth warrants.
What do you need setup for ASP.NET 4.5 Hosting
Operating system and platform for running .NET apps
The best platform to run .NET 4.5 apps are Windows 2008 operating system with .NET Framework Version 4.5. You can download the .NET Framework 4.5 at Design packages free of cost. The Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5 (x86) redistributable package installs the .NET Framework runtime and associated files required to run applications developed to target the .NET Framework v4.5. Many ASP.NET Web Hosts also provide .NET Framework 4.5, which supports ASP.NET 4.5.
Components for ASP.NET
Out of the box, ASP.NET comes with about 4,500 components built in,Ã¢ says Eric Carsrud, Manager of Windows Systems Administration for Verio’s SME unit, and they’re very easy to access. ASP.NET Web Matrix and [Microsoft] Visual Studio .NET basically allow you to do drag-and-drop programming. Developers can add functionality to their applications at a record pace and much of it is functionality that they used to shy away from offering to their customers because of the amount of time they would have to invest in developing it.
In addition to the default components like WSDL, SOAP and IE Web controls, Web Hosts can enhance the customers experience, with addons like Component One. ComponentOne Studio(Componentone.com) for ASP.NET is a comprehensive suite of components including grid, reporting, charting, data, user-interface, and eCommerce components for ASP.NET.
/n software IBiz Integrator ASP.NET Suite(nsoftware.com) is also a popular component which includes PayPal, e-payment, QuickBooks, USPS and OFX Integrators.
Many Web Hosts offer Basic Web Hosting packages with Access database integration. Advanced packages typically offer MSSQL Database Server.
Control Panels best suited for ASP.NET hosting
There are many good Control Panel that suits for ASP.NET. Both Dotnetpanel and Plesk have their advantage and disadvantage. I would prefer to use Plesk because I’m more familiar about Plesk control panel.
Remember that the customers who buy ASP.NET services are probably all developers. Tech support
has” to be familiar with .NET technology, installing related components, MSSQL Database connectivity issues etc, in addition to the regular Web Hosting queries that come by.
Microsoft supports Web Hosting companies that plan to get into ASP.NET in a big way. HostForLIFE.eu, for example partnered with Microsoft in designing their Web Hosting products. More info on Microsoft support for ASP.NET Web Hosts. .