Pages With Windows ASP Hosting
The Evolution Of The Internet
As the Internet has developed and evolved so to has the
demand for more dynamic web sites. Surfers require and
expect much more from websites than static text with no
or very few images. They want multi page websites that
give them dynamic elements including web tools,
streaming video and audio, forums, blogs, and much more.
As web developers the problem of creating these types of
additions to websites has become more pertinent and a
much greater factor in site development and the choices
you have to make. In particular, it is necessary to
choose a hosting package that offers the appropriate
program support that enables you to add these dynamic
elements to your site.
Giving Dynamic Elements To Visitors
ASP is a big seller in terms of Windows hosting. This is
because it is one of the most useful methods to create
dynamic pages and allow various applications to
communicate with one another via your web host. Windows
ASP hosting requires your hosting provider to offer a
Windows 2003 based server, which is the platform that
the vast majority of Windows servers do use.
A Recognizable User Interface
One of the major advantages of Windows ASP hosting is
the user friendliness and intuitiveness of the software.
Anyone that is accustomed to the use of Windows
operating systems will instantly recognize the Windows
graphical interface as they bear striking resemblance to
one another for understandable reasons. This also means
that it is much easier for developers that are well
versed with Windows applications to create dynamic
pages. Of particular note is the ability to develop
sites using Microsoft FrontPage and Microsoft Access or
The Cost Of Windows ASP Hosting
Of course, the biggest notable disadvantage of Microsoft
ASP hosting and development is the cost. Almost all of
the software required for development is created and
sold by Microsoft. When compared to the free software
that most developers use to create Linux sites, the cost
is blatantly very high. You will struggle to find free
scripts or free applications, for example, that enable
you to run a blog or a forum on your Windows website.
Stability And Security Considerations
There are several factors that you must consider when
looking for Microsoft ASP hosting. The first and
foremost consideration is stability and security.
Windows servers are prone to hacking and unlike Unix or
Linux hosting it relies on the development of fixes from
just one source – Microsoft. Where Unix is open source
meaning anyone can view, amend, or add to the source
code Microsoft does not offer this option. Try to ensure
that your host is as up to date as possible with all of
the latest patches, security updates, and software
updates related to your Windows hosting. Some
responsibility must fall with you, as the webmaster, but
ensuring that everything is up to date at the hosting
end of your website is the first step to take.
The Windows 2003 Server Offers More Security
The Windows 2003 server is, in terms of vulnerability to
hacker attack, a vast improvement over earlier versions.
However, security is still a big issue for Windows
hosted websites. If security is a very serious concern
for your site then you should consider the use of a
Linux based web host instead.
Cost will undoubtedly play a part in choosing a Windows
host. Fewer hosts offer Windows hosting because the
initial investment required is greater. This means that
there is also less competition to host your Windows
based site leading to fairly stagnant prices and fewer
features. Be careful to shop around for the very vest
deals but also ensure that you don’t compromise quality
or stability of service by chasing those extra few
Microsoft ASP Hosting Conclusion
Windows is the most popular desktop platform available,
but in terms of server software it plays second fiddle
to Unix hosting. However, Windows ASP hosting is perfect
for anyone that wishes to utilize Windows Office
features (such as Access or Excel) or stream Windows
media files on their website. By shopping around to find
the best deal with the most reliable host it should be
possible to keep the costs down fairly substantially.