Understanding ASP NET Hosting
You then copy the code and all the other files associated with your website, such as images and videos, on to the web host’s servers. The two most widely used operating systems on web hosting servers are Linux and Windows. The latter is the best choice for ASP.NET hosting.
All but the simplest websites usually require some kind of program to run on the server. When a web page uses PHP, the PHP program runs on the server. It generates an HTML version of the page, and then sends that back to the browser. A common usage of server programs is to verify usernames and passwords before permitting access to particular areas of a website.
Two of the most popular web-orientated programming languages are PHP and ASP.NET.
The former is an open-source language built specifically to run on Linux servers, while the latter is a Microsoft proprietary language designed initially to run on Windows servers. In the relatively recent past, PHP programs could only run on Linux, and ASP hosting was possible only on Windows servers.
Additionally, the two most popular databases used on web servers, namely MySQL and SQL Server, could only run on a specific operating system. The former needed Linux and the latter Windows.
Today, it is possible to run PHP programs on Windows servers, and it’s possible to run ASP.NET programs on Linux servers. MySQL has a Windows version. SQL Server can run on Linux, although not directly. However, there are still good reasons why it’s best to use ASP .NET web hosting if your website is built using ASP.
Every program running on any computer has to interact with the operating system.
The best way to visualize this if you are not a programmer is to think of the operating system as a boss whose first language is English. Now, think of a web application program as somebody who has to work under the supervision of this boss.
If the web application program uses Spanish as its first language, there are clearly going to be communication problems. It may be possible to smooth things over by using an interpreter so that the two can communicate. However, this adds overhead, and slows down communications. It also increases the potential for errors. Using ASP .net hosting for ASP applications avoids this issue.
Continuing with this analogy, you can think of the Windows operating system as an English speaker, and an ASP application as a speaker of the same language. They are able to work really well together. The same goes for the combination between Linux and PHP.
As already mentioned, the ASP.NET language was built specifically for the Windows operating system. That means that ASP programs can make direct calls to functionality built into the operating system. This makes the programs run faster, so web pages are built and downloaded more quickly to the browser.
This term refers to the ability to enhance programs to deal with new requirements, or exploit new technology, without having to start from scratch. Since Microsoft produces the Windows operating system, the SQL Server database, and the ASP.NET language, any new developments to any one of those will be made with the other in mind.
4. Technical support
We are referring here to software technical support, and not our excellent support for our hosting clients. Microsoft has an immense database of support relating to issues with its products. That means answers to the most common problems can be found at a single location. When a website uses a crossover system, such as ASP.NET programs on a Linux server, this raises the possibility of having to solve issues that may be down to two very distinct pieces of software.
There is an ongoing debate about whether the Linux or Windows operating system provide the best security features, with most experts being firmly in one camp or the other. Both systems use different protocols, and this makes using crossover websites more vulnerable to security breaches. It is safer to use ASP.NET web hosting with ASP applications.
What do these server programs do?
In a nutshell, they make it possible to generate and display dynamic web pages. Dynamic web pages are pages whose content varies depending on other factors. We have already mentioned password verification.
If an invalid password is entered, you will want the surfer to see an error or access prohibited message. A valid password lets the surfer get access to the site, where he or she will see a different screen. A search engine will use behind the scenes programs to get and display results relevant to the search query.
Why build a website with ASP?
If you are an individual or a small business, and you plan to outsource your web development, then it is not really relevant to you what coding is used behind the scenes. All you will want to worry about is whether or not the website that is delivered does what it’s supposed to do efficiently. However, if you will be building your own website, then ASP.NET, coupled with VB could well be the best choice.
Microsoft Office is the most widely used office management suite in the world. Programs like Word, Access and Excel are fully programmable using VBA, which is a form of the Visual Basic programming language. Visual Basic is widely used for developing business applications, and extending the functionality of the Office suite. Many businesses with an IT section will have experienced VB programmers on site.
ASP.NET applications can be built using VB, so even programmers who have no prior web development experience can get up to speed fairly quickly. Office suite programs can run on a Windows server, offering a powerful range of tools for the ASP programmer.
ASP can significantly reduce the time it takes to beautify data presentation. VB has a range of easy-to-use, built-in tools like data grids. Programmers can use attributes to easily assign properties like color and font to all the elements within a grid. It is more time-consuming to do this in PHP.
Does ASP hosting cost more?
Here at webdevel.com we provide cheap ASP hosting whether you want Linux or Windows hosting. Some hosting services will charge more for Windows hosting. The fact is that the hosting provider has to pay for the Windows server operating system, and that cost has to be passed on to the client. Because Linux, PHP, MySQL and Apache are all open source, the running costs for a Linux system are lower.
Making the choice
Hopefully, you will have grasped the fundamental differences between the two most popular web hosting operating systems. Clearly, there are a lot of technical issues involved, and we have tried to keep the explanations as simple as possible.
To us, it makes more sense for sites developed in ASP to be hosted with ASP NET hosting. If you are still a bit confused, our Support people will be glad to clarify any issues. Call us with any questions you have at 480-624-2500 or visit our store at webdevel.com.