|Space||Unlimited||3 GB||10 GB||350 GB|
|Discounted Price||$3.50/mo||$3.95/mo||$2.95/mo||$7.96 /mo|
|Control Panel||WebSite Panel||Custom CP||WebSite Panel||EasyCGI Panel|
|Full Refund||30 days||30 days||30 days||.|
|Prorated Refund||30 days||anytime||anytime||.|
We have reviewed several Windows web hosting services and we have finally compiled a list of the best Windows hosting options. Our choices are based on factors such as:
- The server edition: its .NET Framework support
- An understanding in Microsoft technology and solutions; together with the price and,
- The experience of Microsoft SQL Server database support
Before you go about choosing the best Windows hosting option for your site, we advise you to go through the following which we have tested and proven with the help of our Microsoft professionals.
Poor Windows Web Hosting Reputation
Most PCs in the world have Windows OS as their preferred choice of OS. Its popularity is vast, but this is not so in the web hosting industry. The 1st generation of Windows servers was the Windows NT 3.1. We regard all Windows editions released before Windows server 2003 as a hosting joke.
Windows did an especially good job with this one by including integrated IIS 6 that supports the secluded application pools and various sites using Host Name. Windows continues to improve their security, performance and scalability to the point where it is comparable to Linux OSs. One example would be where Microsoft started to offer their full support to web hosting businesses through offering clients more affordable alternatives such as the free SQL Server Express database and Windows server web edition.
The main problem Windows server faces doesn’t touch on its current reliability and performance, but the bad reputation it still has amongst people. Too many developers are concentrating on the Linux field and web technology related to this field such as Ruby on Rails, PHP, etc. However, as we continued our analysis over the internet we realized one thing; the demand for Windows web hosting services is on a fast rise.
Why are they the Best Windows Hosting?
Windows web hosting services are reviewed using the following criterion (besides the common web hosting requirements such as price, reliability, technical support etc.).
Windows 2008 is the best choice for ASP.NET hosting. This would be because Windows 2008 is the only kind that integrates with IIS 7.0 thus offering great support ASP.NET technology for example ASP.NET MVC.
RAM is the amount of maximum memory your sites can be designated in the shared server. Don’t look at the configuration as the more the better’. In most cases, you will find that there are hundreds of similar account holders who have used the same server to host their website. The bigger the RAM configuration you have, the more likely it is that your resources may be stolen. The ideal configuration would be somewhere between 32MB and 64MB for each account.
.NET Trust Level:
This one is configured for each site by .NET infrastructure. When the website host does not support fully trusted level, the user should assess whether their sites can run effectively in non-full trusted level.
.NET Framework Versions:
You can get to learn the exact .NET Framework versions that are supported by web hosts in the table that follows. The more versions that are supported, the more flexibility there is for your sites.
SQL Server Version:
More attention should be paid to SQL Server versions instead of editions. The most dependable SQL server in the Windows/asp.net hosting service is known as the Express edition. However, it is totally enough for sites to have unique IPs of less than 5000 each day. BestHostingSearch.NET uses the 2008 Express Edition and now has more than 500 unique visits every day.
There are two really good choices here and they are Plesk and WebsitePanel. The previous is the most dependable control panel for ASP.NET web hosting while the latter is the most easy-to-use and best visual control panel between the two. Both of them are recommended from our viewpoint.
Why Should I Choose Windows Web Hosting?
Windows web hosting is created for hosting sites that have been developed by Microsoft technology. Examples of Microsoft Technology include ASP.NET, ASP, MS SQL Server database or Silverlight. We wouldn’t advise you to go for Windows web hosting services for sites in Java, PHP, etc because Windows servers cost a bit more and are less common in the web hosting field.
Windows web hosting may not be preferred by people who use Windows OS as their desktop. It is designed for those who like the user friendly Microsoft products and/or applications. This service is provided for the rising number of Microsoft .NET developers and is available at most site hosting companies. Positioning your company amongst them is a challenge for most businesses, even us.
Windows host supports these specific technology which Linux hosts cannot do
- Classic ASP
- .NET Framework, including ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, Microsoft AJAX Framework etc
- MS SQL Server database
- Access database
- Adobe ColdFusion
- Crystal Reports
- MSSQL Reporting Services
- Straightforward support to websites developed with Microsoft FrontPage
Windows host provides users with a recognizable environment for management and administration of your sites through making the most of the power that Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2008 has. If you are at ease using Windows on your home/work computer, it will be quite easy for you to start maintaining your website through a Windows-based server. In addition to offering support to Windows application, you will find that aspects such as email accounts, databases, webmail, enough disk space, etc have all been covered in your Windows hosting plan.