With this new addition we are officially ready for web apps created with Visual Studio 2013.
.NET 4.5.1 includes a lot of improvements, but maybe most significantly, improved performance. In the past, if your site had a period of inactivity the application pool would be recycled, causing a potentially slow startup next time your site was requested due to the time it took to recompile and spin up the application pool. Now, when your application pool is recycled, it is paged to disk, so a new request after a period of inactivity should start up significantly more quickly. Microsoft says up to 90% more quickly.
The .NET 4.5.1 upgrade also includes MVC 5, which a lot of you have been asking for. It’s here now, and it’s ready for you!
It’s worth noting here that .NET 4.5.1/MVC 5 are only available on our newest servers. So if you want to start using them now, you may have to migrate your site to a new server. The good folks in tech support can help you with that, so feel free to open up a ticket with them and they will take care of you.
So we’re always happy to see that we rank alongside the giants when the results of annual community choice awards are posted from publishers like Dev Pro. I think it says a lot about our team here at DiscountASP.NET.
This year we won the Bronze Award in Dev Pro’s 2013 Community Choice Awards for the category of Best Hosting Service.
We usually know when voting is going to take place so we ask you to help us out by throwing a vote our way. You might notice that didn’t happen this year, and that’s because I didn’t get the memo that the Dev Pro voting was going to begin. So we ranked third (behind Amazon and GoDaddy, and ahead of 1&1 and Rackspace) without shamelessly asking for your votes.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; thank you for your continued support!
Shared Team Foundation Server 2013 hosting is now available in both our U.S. and European data centers.
Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 is Microsoft’s latest update to their flagship application lifecycle management solution.
Some of the new features in TFS 2013 are going to help your development team collaborate on projects more efficiently and be more productive. For example, TFS 2013 includes enhancements such as Team Rooms for real-time collaboration, GIT integration, and ability to un-dock detail panes into new windows for improved productivity.
We are offering 30 days FREE with our shared TFS 2013 hosting solution for up to 5 users, so you can take a test drive today.
It’s hard to believe that DiscountASP.NET has been around for over a decade. From the start we’ve been laser focused on meeting the hosting needs of Microsoft developers and I think you would agree that we haven’t strayed from our original mission.
Every year I look back at the end of the year and talk about the top ten things we accomplished during the year – 2012 for example. In this series, I’m going to look back on our ten years in business and talk about innovations and firsts that we introduced into the hosting world.
In Part I, I look back specifically on our business launch.
1. ASP.NET Hosting
This is not a technical innovation but more about a new business focus. I published a prior blog post on the napkin drawing that was our “aha-moment” for our business plan. When we entered the hosting market back in 2003 there were many bigger hosting companies that offered Windows hosting as part of their portfolio and there were several Windows-only hosting providers. But we saw no one that focused on Microsoft .NET, a new framework that was introduced the year before. So we were the first host to go all-in for .NET and we led with “ASP.NET Hosting” as our core message. In doing so we showed that there were hosting niches that were still unaddressed.
2. .NET-Powered Control Panel
If we were going to claim the space of ASP.NET Hosting, we thought it would be important to have a .NET-powered control panel. The other control panels out there at the time were PHP or ASP powered canned solutions. And those hosts with proprietary control panels used legacy technologies. So we built our own shared hosting control panel using .NET – the first one in the industry as far as I know. In a previous Art of Hosting blog post I talked about some of the decisions a host needs to make regarding their control panel.
3. Windows 2003 Hosting
We launched our hosting business in 2003 and this was not by accident. We specifically targeted Windows 2003 as our entry point platform. There were no off-the-shelf hosting automation systems for Windows 2003, so we built our own. When Microsoft officially launched Windows 2003 – we launched that same week and we were the first shared host to offer Windows 2003 hosting.
So how did we build an entire hosting automation system for an OS that was not in the market yet? We were able to accomplish what we did because at that time Microsoft transitioned to a more open development stance and made betas available for Windows 2003 to the public.
4. Isolated Application Pool
With Internet Information Server (IIS) 6.0 on Windows 2003, Microsoft introduced isolated application pools. We thought this was cool and could help improve the reliability of shared Windows hosting. So we built our hosting platform to take advantage of this new feature and we hosted every site in its own isolated application pool.
However, by hosting every site in its own isolated application pools, there was real business impact. We could not host as many sites on the server as compared to hosting sites all within a shared application pool. We decided to focus on providing a more reliable hosting platform rather than focus on cramming more sites onto the web servers.
5. Full Trust
A benefit of hosting sites in isolated application pools is the ability to support full trust mode. If a host uses shared application pools in a shared hosting environment, they have to run in medium trust mode or else there will be serious security issues. Because users could bin deploy controls and run apps (e.g. CMS apps) that require full trust at DiscountASP.NET, we offered a more flexible hosting platform for developers.
In the next installment, I’ll talk about some of the tools we’ve launched in the control panel.
Telerik is extending their 15% discount offer for their TeamPulse tool which has undergone a facelift!
TeamPulse is an agile project management software for improving software development productivity. It’ll help you manage requirements, manage bugs, plan software releases and track your team’s progress and keep everyone updated on the project. TeamPulse can selectively sync TeamPulse data with Team Foundation Work items.
Some of the highlights of the 2013 TeamPulse release are:
- New cutting-edge HTML5 interface based on the latest UX best practices
- Support for managing multiple projects from a single screen
- Custom views for project data
The special offer expires on August 31, 2013.
TFS hosting customers can find more information on this offer in the TFS Control Panel Marketplace.