What is ASP NET Hosting? | ASP NET Hosting Explained
ASP Net Hosting
ASP NET hosting is a kind of web hosting, which allows web pages written in the script language ASP (Active Server Pages) to be executed. Due to the script engine that is installed on the server, ASP language is “understood” by the web server and thus the orders and source codes can be interpreted. In this way, interactive contents can be created. A simple example: if a web page should output the current date and time, a scripting language is necessary – HTML does not have the ability to output dynamic content and would not be able to tell you what time it is. ASP source code is not understood and executed by every server. Remember that servers executing Perl or PHP do not necessarily understand ASP. There are special requirements, so ASP code can be interpreted.
Which Platforms Facilitate ASP NET Hosting?
ASP NET hosting is generally supported by hosting on Windows servers with Microsoft’s Internet Information Server installed. ASP.NET is a similar language and the successor of ASP. The language VBscript (VB means Visual Basic) is used in ASP code to write scripts for server-side applications. When a web page with ASP content is requested from the server, it will interpret and execute the ASP source codes first and then finally send the completely rendered page to the browser. In this way, dynamic content can be rendered into HTML content, e.g. content that was requested from a database.
Although ASP NET hosting is mostly performed on Windows hosting platforms, there is a software called Chili!Soft ASP by Sun Microsystems, that enables the use of ASP scripts on Linux and other server systems. We at the editorial have decent experience with programing in ASP (since more than 12 years) and do recommend to use Windows/Internet Information Server platforms for ASP NET hosting, instead of Linux/Chili!Soft ASP. In our opinion, the Windows-environment is the most stable and ideal for deploying ASP scripts.
How to Simulate ASP NET Hosting on your Desktop for Testing and Developing?
If you developed ASP pages, you will need a test server, which can interpret ASP code, preferably in-house. If you don’t have a separate computer for that (with Internet Information Server installed) you can install the free package “Personal Web Server” (PWS) on your Windows desktop computer. PWS is a simple version of IIS that can however interpret ASP code and execute it correctly. Depending on your Windows version, it may be that you need to download it from www.microsoft.com to install it.
Besides PHP, ASP is one of the most common scripting languages. It is very powerful and there are a lot of free software packages that can be used on ASP NET hosting servers: Blogs, galleries, content management, forums and much more.
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