Finding a Cheap Asp.Net Host for Web Hosting

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Well I’ve been looking at various Asp.Net hosting plans that past few weeks. I never realized just how many cheap web hosting solutions there where out on the net. Needless to say I have been spending a lot of times on these various Asp.Net Hosting company’s web sites and I’m now more confused than when I started. I’m not going to mention any direct names as I’m sure most of these hosting companies offer good solutions.

The problem I have is its hard to decide. The hosting company I am currently on is very good, but I want to launch a new site for my wife so I want something that gives decent performance for DotNetNuke applications and I would also like to install a copy of community server in another site. So I definitely need a MSSQL server enabled account with the ability to host multiple domains. This is not always easy to find at an affordable price. I need to keep the cost cheap since these are pretty much hobby type sites and I only try to earn enough to pay the hosting fees with the advertising on the sites. I don’t think my wife is going to let me put any advertising on her site so I need something that won’t break the bank.

I’ve also found several cheap dedicated hosting plans that I may consider, but I will need to generate a lot more traffic before this is feasible. There are a lot of companies which offer various hosting web solutions using a dedicated hosting or virtual private server, but most of these only allow one MSSQL database per account. This does not really work if I want multiple applications running in the same hosting account. So I guess I’m stuck with a shared hosting solution until I can build up enough traffic to pay for my own dedicated host that offers multiple MSSQL databases. The problem here is most are not a cheap hosting solution and I really don’t want to get into paying a lot of money ever month for hosting these hobby sites. Well the search continues.

Microsoft Removes Restrictions on Visual Studio Express Products

Microsoft has announced that they will now removed the restrictions on the Visual Studio Express Products. Originally they planned to only let you use the Visual Studio Express line until the end of 2006 when you would need to purchase a license for $49 to continue to use these products for your development purposes. That restriction is no longer there. This is actually pretty cool and I personally think a good move on Microsoft’s part. The Visual Web Developer is the only one of these products I have personally used and it is actually fairly powerful. Most developers of Asp.Net Web Applications can do the majority of tasks they need to perform with this product. While Enterprise level developers will still likely require one of the other versions of Visual Studio.Net most hobby type and novice programmers will be able to utilize one of these free versions for their tasks. You can also use these tools to do some fairly extensive programming tasks and thus make it possible for companies to save money on integrated development software costs.

This will mean more programmers will possibly give the .Net language a chance when other wise they may not, read hard core Java Types. This may be MS’s idea on offering the VS Express line for free and allow it to stay free forever. After all Ms still makes money on the platform every time someone creates an innovative .Net application and putting the tools in the hands of the people who can dream up these innovations.

You can find a link to the story on the front of the web site.

Microsoft Releases source code for Asp.Net 2.0 providers

Scott Guthrie has posted the Microsoft has released the Asp.Net 2.0 providers as source code. These include the Membership, Role Management, Site Navigation, Session State, Profile, Web Events, and Web Part Personalization providers. There has also been quite a few pages of documentation that have been developed and I look forward to reading through the documentation and finally understanding how these providers function. You can read about the release of this source code over at Scott’s blog.

The source is released under a permissive license that allows you to modify the source and release it with your applications. I’m wondering what implications this will have for applications such as CS or DotNetNuke which both use the membership providers that was back ported for Asp.Net 1.1. This could provide some advantages with both these applications as the provider can now modified to meet their individual needs and should allow both these projects to deliver a more robust membership provider that benefits the customers of these applications.

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