Hosting is a service which provides the customer the ability to put a website on a server where it will be available to other internet users. It is also called web hosting.
Windows hosting means that the server on which a website is hosted uses Microsoft Windows Server operating system. At the moment we have Microsoft Windows Server 20012 R2 up and running and are testing Microsoft Windows Server 2016. Internet Information Service or IIS is the program that is responsible for running the website on the server.
What websites work on Windows Server?
First of all, websites that are written in plain HTML. This means that the website will have a start page index.htm or index.html (or in some cases default.html or .htm). These websites are usually static and need to be reloaded each time a user makes an interaction (eg. clicks a link).
Windows Serveril allows the user to publish pages written in Active Server Pages or ASP. These files are usually in .asp format with the starting page usually named default.asp. These pages are dynamic. These pages usually hold user data in MS SQL or MS Access databases. We provide both opportunities. You can read more at .ASP hosting.
ASP.NET is the most versatile and powerful platform to date for building modern web applications. Just as ASP the start page is usually default.aspx (note the .aspx extension). These pages are also dynamic and hold user data in MS SQL or MS Access databases. Read more here.
A new simplified platform for creating dynamic websites on ASP.NET is MVC. Sites using this platform must work in the Full Trust security mode. For hosting this means that a dedicated Application Pool is required. Websites written on MVC can store data in both Microsoft Access and Microsoft SQL Server. We enable you to host MVC sites on our servers. For more details, see the MVC hosting page.
The most efficient in terms of speed way to create a website is, perhaps, the use DotNetNuke CMS. This system is put on the server and the user then has the ability to log in and build a website by using premade modules. It basically allows to build a website out of premade block and little coding experience is needed. Also if you change your mind about something it is usually easy to take down or change content on the webpage. DNN is open-source (it’s free!) and available to everyone.
And of course, pages written in PHP also work on Windows Server so there is no need to worry if you transfer your page to our web hosting.