Why would you like to have Windows Based Hosting when there are Linux packages for cheaper rates? The answer is it depends on what application you are looking to use for your hosting. Consider the tools and scripting languages you plan to use. If you use PHP, Perl or MySQL, Linux is the way forward. If apps are Microsoft-specific, then Windows hosting is what you need. In this article, we have listed several elements of Windows hosting that you need to know.
Elements of Windows Hosting – ASP & ASP.NET Support
The clear reason why you chose a windows plan is to use Microsoft Specific Languages. Active Server Pages, Microsoft’s technology to enables HTML pages to be dynamic and interactive by embedding scripts. ASP.NET is the next generation of Microsoft’s Active Server Page (ASP), a feature of their Internet Information Server (IIS). ASP.net is different from ASP in two major ways: it supports code written in compiled languages like C++, Visual Basic, and Perl, and, it features server controls that can separate the code from the content, allowing WYSIWYG editing of pages. As the #1 Microsoft’s recommended hosting partner, hostforlifeasp.net gives this feature free of charge while few charge extra. Go for it if you really need it. You can check the Windows hosting plans from us and make sure, that we don’t charge for this extra.
Elements of Windows Hosting – Database & Database Connection
MSSQL database is a must have database by all the windows hosting plans. This is an advanced feature and most of the hosting companies charge extra. The control for the databases must be provided in the Control Panel. hostforlifeasp.net provides you MSSQL 2008/2012/2014 in all of their Windows hosting package for you to choose. You should also pay attention to DSN or DSNless Connections, whatever the case may be, please check if your web host has provided the option in the Control Panel to create/manage DSNs. (Data Source Name). If DSNs are NOT allowed, ask for the Connection String for DSNless connections.
Elements of Windows Hosting – ASP Components
part from the default components, there are loads of third party software. Check the list of such components that the host provides. ASP Upload, ASPImage, Dundas Mailer, ASPjpeg, ASPEncrypt are few popular components. At times you may require to have your own components (DLLs) installed. This is provided by most of the hosts, but after the DLL undergoes a complete test in the server environment.
Elements of Windows Hosting – PHP & Coldfusion
ColdFusion is a server-side scripting language web development tool. It uses HTML-like tags called CFML to enable back-end ODBC database connectivity as well as data manipulation and validation within webpages. This is again an advanced option and NOT every hosting provider provide this. hostforlifeasp.net has bundled PHP and MySQL with all of their Windows hosting plans.
Elements of Windows Hosting – Control Panel
This is the nucleus of your website. In a Control Panel, popularly known as CP, you can literally do anything. The moment you signup for a Hosting Pack, you must be provided with a CP to manage your webspace. HostForLIFE revolutionized hosting with Plesk Control Panel, the most effective, flexible and secure web control panel for professional Windows hosting providers and webmasters.
Elements of Windows Hosting – POP3 email Ids & Aliases also FTP Account
[email protected] is an example POP3 ID. You must be provided with ample of POP3 email ids and it depends on the Package size. Not only that, you need FTP account, this is where you upload your files, delete them, update them. This again comes along with the control panel.
Elements of Windows Hosting – Backup & Web Statistics
Most of the web hosts take Automated Backups. But users do not take much care on this while choosing the hosting packages. This feature is as essential as anyother in this list. Analysis of your website visitors also plays a key role in the success of your website. Say, your website has been launched and you get NIL Visits or More than 100 Visits per day. Whatever the case may be, you can view the Report using Statistics Application that run in the server backend.
Elements of Windows Hosting – Webmail, SMTP & SPAM
Email becomes key part in your life once you launch the website. Check if the Hosts provide with WEBMAIL (mail.yourdomain.com) to check your mails thru a web based interface using Squirrelmail or Horde. Corporate Users prefer downloading mails thru Email Clients such as Eudora or Outlook Express. Only if SMTP or IMAP support is enabled you can use this option. Hence check if SMTP support is provided.No email user is free from a spam attack. Hence you need to have Spam Filters installed on the server where your website resides.
Elements of Windows Hosting – IP
If your website prefers SSL Support (https://) as time grows, makes ure you get a DEDICATED IP. Most of the websites are hosted on shared IPs. Ask your hosting provider about the extra charges involved in getting a dedicated IP and SSL Support. Note : For SSL https://), you need to buy a Digital Certificate.