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Now that we have covered the basics of what ASP.NET is in the previous article, we come to the main question: What is ASP.NET hosting?
Hosting uses Microsoft’s famous product, “Windows Server.” Over the years, Microsoft has released multiple major versions of Windows Server, including Windows Server 2019, 2016, etc. Windows Hosting is generally used for Hosting applications, and websites build with Microsoft’s programming language called ASP.Net and ASP.Net Core. However, unlike other Hosting infrastructures, it supports other programming languages that are native to other operating systems like PHP. Windows Hosting is provided in many forms – from basic shared hosting to enterprise dedicated Hosting.
The other part of Windows Hosting worth mentioning is the Database Server. Microsoft’s SQL Server is proprietary software developed by Microsoft nearly two decades ago that extends to the current day. Almost every Windows Hosting out there supports and provides SQL Server as a way for users to store and retrieve data of their applications or websites. While most of the apps and websites build-in Windows Hosting are based on SQL Server but like PHP, Microsoft Windows Server supports other accessible database servers, including MariaDB, MySQL, etc.
Usually, Windows Hosting is used when:
- You are using a programming language, or database Linux doesn’t support
- You aren’t looking for the cheapest Hosting and want more control
- You want to use RDP to access remotely to your serve
- You are using .NET framework
- You don’t like cPanel
While mentioning cPanel, we should cover the control panels that are provided for windows. While Linux has cPanel as a dominating Web Hosting Control Panel, In Windows, it’s not the same. You have free and proprietary choices. Plesk and MSPControl are your paid options, while SolidCP is a free one.
In Windows Hosting, if you use more dedicated Hosting like VPS or Cloud Server, you can make use of Windows’s Graphical User Interface or better known as GUI. It enables you to manage your Windows Hosting with a clear and easy to use GUI. On the other hand, Linux doesn’t have a useful GUI in contrast to Windows. For managing Linux, you should use the command line, which for some users, maybe a daunting task.
A critical aspect of Hosting is its security. As a security viewpoint, Windows Hosting isn’t different from its counterpart. However, in recent years Ransomware has been a plague of Windows users. Still, efficient Windows Hosting provider would have implemented security measures to detect and stop Ransomware attacks on its users.
Another aspect we should talk about is speed. Speed, as you know, is one of the most critical parameters of any Web Hosting, whether it’s Windows or Linux. Luckily speed isn’t affected by the operating system of your Web Hosting package and only depends on the hardware of your server, Optimizations done on your apps or websites, and the tools you are using to make them.
In the end, we should address the elephant in the room. Windows Costs. Since Linux mostly uses Free and Open source products, the costs of purchasing Linux hosting is usually much lower than Windows Hosting. But in Windows Hosting, you have access to features and options that can’t be provided by Linux, while in most scenarios, it can’t be said about Linux.