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With ASP hosting on a Windows-based server, you can run scripts using Microsoft’s Active Server Pages technology to create interactive pages, provide database access, and more.
Why Choose ASP Hosting?
The growing popularity of Windows-driven server hosting is due in no small part to the concurrent growth in popularity of Microsoft’s Active Server Pages (ASP) scripting language. Now it its third iteration, ASP was created to work with Microsoft’s Internet Information Services (IIS) component, a built-in Windows component that handles web server and other Internet functions within that operating system.
Because ASP is a server-side scripting language, it requires a web server to execute its tasks (which can vary from standalone applications to database retrieval to simple user customizations like the local date and time for each visitor to a page). The web server is provided by IIS, so If your site relies on ASP for any of its content, you’ll most likely select a Windows-based hosting option. If you use other Microsoft web-friendly products like Office and Exchange Server, integrating your web content with your communication and collaboration systems is a snap.
ASP should not be confused with its successor, ASP.NET, which has many of the same features as what is now called “ASP Classic,” but incorporates a more stable foundation based on Microsoft’s .NET server technology. Both languages remain popular, though, and Microsoft has promised continued support for ASP for at least a decade following the release of Windows 8, giving developers and users alike a little breathing room to make any necessary upgrades to and replacements on their proprietary and hosted systems. In addition, hosting plans that support ASP will quite often exclude extended support for ASP.NET as well, giving you room to expand.
Since ASP requires a Windows-based server, you can expect to pay a little more for hosting than you would for a comparable level of UNIX-based hosting. But it’s worth the investment if you use Office and Exchange Server, or your site depends on Microsoft products or languages like Silverlight, Visual Studio or MS SQL (Microsoft’s proprietary version of the Structured Query Language used in database programming) for content distribution or data collection.