ASP.NET Hosting is a web service hosting provided on Windows 2000 server or Windows 2003 Server platform, which supports ASP.NET framework. ASP.NET is the successor of the highly successful classic ASP. ASP.NET is a powerful server-side technology utilizing the Microsoft .NET framework. ASP.NET pages have ".aspx" extension and are executed on the server.
ASP.NET hosting is practically offered by all Windows hosting companies. Different hosting companies offer different ASP.NET hosting plans, with variety of features. The most popular database backend used in hosted ASP.NET web applications is MS SQL Server. ASP.NET hosting plans frequently offer MySQL and MS Access databases, as well as variety of ASP.NET components.
ASP.NET is a very powerful development environment and you can make interactive, database driven web applications with it. ASP.NET hosted applications are browser independent because all the ASP.NET code is executed on the server. You can use several fully Object Oriented languages with ASP.NET – VB.NET, C#, J#, and C++.NET
Windows hosting environment has become very stable since the release of MS Windows Server 2003, thus increasing developers and businesses using classic ASP and ASP.NET hosting worldwide.
When shopping for ASP.NET hosting you need to ask the web hosting company a few questions, before paying for their service. First of all, do they support ASP.NET hosting?
If they support it, what versions of the ASP.NET do they support on their servers? Microsoft has released 3 versions of its .NET framework – 1.0, 1.1, and 2.0 and ideally your ASP.NET hosting provider should support all of them.