How You Can Choose Your ASP.NET Hosting

October 04, 2012

Web hosting has gained more attention to clients today because there are many web developers these days that have shifted to .NET. ASP.NET web hosting has grown in popularity that it has increased up to 40 percent in the hosting industry. That is why it is not a surprise when you see ASP.NET hosting plans that are similarly-priced to Linux hosting plans. If you want ASP.NET hosting for your website, below are some things you need to know first.

Operating System

The best operating system for ASP.NET is Windows Server 2008. It is because Windows Server 2008 is better integrated with IIS 7.0. It has great support for .NET, ASP.NET MVC, and E.G. If the company does not offer Windows Server 2008, you need to think twice before  you decide in signing up to any of their plans.


Ram is important in configuring IIS applications. If you are in a shared server, the memory is shared to a lot of users dividing the ram equally among the subscribers under that server. Have a look at the maximum memory their server have. The most optimal memory for a shared hosting server is 12GB, if the company has less than that or they don’t declare how many memory they have, don’t sign up to their services.

.NET Framework

It is essential that the web hosting provider has the latest .NET Framework version available so you can run any programs in the hosting provider. It should be the latest stable .NET Framework and not those that are in alpha and beta stage.

.NET Framework Trust Level

Usually, web hosting providers have included full trust support in .NET framework. Ensure that your web hosting provider supports full trust in .NET Framework trust level so you can use and install almost any kind of web applications.


ASP.NET hosting support ASP.NET MVC 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. ASP.NET MVC 3.0 is usually integrated with .NET Framework 4.0 so you won’t have a problem with that specially if your website is based on ASP.NET MVC 3.0. If not, you have to know if the hosting provider supports ASP.NET MVC 1.0 and 2.0.

SQL Server

Most hosting provider has the latest SQL Server version available which is the MS MSQL Server 2008 Express Edition. You don’t need to worry if it is SQL Server Express or not because it supports almost any website and it does not have a limitation in terms of database.

Control Panel

For ASP.NET, Plesk is a popular control panel that is able to meet the demands of ASP.NET web hosting owners.

Customer Support

When choosing an ASP.NET web hosting provider, you also need to determine their level of customer support. Does the website offer chat, email, or phone support? How well are they able to solve problems of their customers? You can check for these questions in web hosting reviews. Have a look at the web hosting provider that you are interested in and see whether a lot of customers are complaining about their customer support.

Recommended hosting: InterServer