December 2021 Web Application Gallery Updates

Ray Huang

Below is a list of applications that we updated in the DiscountASP.NET Control Panel Web Application Gallery for December 2021.

DotNetNuke (DNN) 9.10.2 Platform
Drupal 9.2.10
Joomla 4.0.4
mediaWiki 1.37.0
Moodle 3.11.4
phpBB 3.3.5
phpMyAdmin 5.1.1
WordPress 5.8.2

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SQL 2019 Hosting is Available Now

Takeshi EtoWe’ve had SQL 2019 database available on our Everleap cloud hosting platform, but we are seeing more customers requesting it be added to DiscountASP.NET.

So we are announcing that SQL 2019 hosting is now available at DiscountASP.NET. SQL 2019 is an add-on option and customers can order SQL 2019 through their Control Panel. All of the SQL tools available for SQL 2017 are available for SQL 2019.

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April 2021 Web Application Gallery Updates

Ray Huang

Below is a list of applications that we updated in the DiscountASP.NET Control Panel Web Application Gallery for April 2021.

DotNetNuke (DNN) 9.9.0 Platform
Drupal 9.1.4
Joomla 3.9.24
mediaWiki 1.35.1
Moodle 3.10.1
nopCommerce 4.4
phpBB 3.3.3
phpMyAdmin 5.1.0
Umbraco CMS 8.11.1
WordPress 5.6.2

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So long to 2020 – Welcome 2021

Takeshi EtoAs with the beginning of every new year we were excited about the prospects that 2020 would bring. But those thoughts were soon shattered with news of a rapidly spreading disease that ultimately turned into a full-blown pandemic.

Stay-at-home orders soon followed, and we took quick action to shift to a remote workforce. We were fortunate since we were already set up with the ability for our system admin staff to work remotely, so the transition to remote work for all our staff was relatively smooth.

To get through this new reality, we knew our customers would increasingly rely on their online presence so it was important for us to be able to maintain and enhance our hosting infrastructure and services while continuing to provide excellent customer support. It was a tough 2020, but I’m extremely proud that our team delivered on our hosting promises.

Highlights from 2020

At the end of most previous years, I usually reviewed the past year and posted Top 10 lists of things that we accomplished. In this post, I’ll just highlight a several things we accomplished in 2020.

Technology Enhancements

We installed PHP 7.4.x and PHP 7.3.x for our PHP users. (We also deprecated PHP 5 which had reached its end-of-life and posed serious security issues.)

We kept up with Microsoft’s .NET initiatives. We launched support for .NET 5 (ASP.NET Core 5.0) and .NET Core 3.x for Framework-Dependent Deployment (FDD). Please note that we maintain a list of .NET Core versions that are installed on our servers in our knowledge base. (If you do not see a .NET Core version that you want to use listed, we also support Self-Contained Deployment (SCD) – so you can always deploy your applications on our platform.)

We also kept open source applications updated in our Control Panel Web App Gallery.

Security Solutions at Everleap

We launched an Email Cloud Backup solution at Everleap that allows customers to securely backup email and attachments from virtually anywhere – email hosted at DiscountASP.NET or Everleap, email hosted at other hosting providers, and even Gmail and Office 365. Search tools are available as well as tools to restore emails. We offer a 30 day free trial so you can test out the service.

We launched an Office 365 Cloud Backup solution at Everleap that will automatically backup your Office 365 email, attachments, tasks, calendars, contacts as well as SharePoint, OneDrive, Groups and Teams. The higher level Office 365 Cloud Backup plan includes an Email Archiving solution that securely preserves the email archive for auditing and ensures the email archive is searchable, discoverable, and accessible should the business be subject to a third-party audit or legal motion. We offer a 30 day free trial, if you want to test out the service.

Welcome 2021

As we put 2020 behind us and usher in the start of a new decade, we continue to be hopeful. Even though our team is still working remotely, we will continue to strive to offer our customers a great hosting experience – one that you can count on.

We want to say big THANK YOU to all our customers and we wish all of you and your family a Happy New Year.

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More on .NET 5.0

Ray Huang

On November 10, 2020, Microsoft officially released .NET 5.0. What is it exactly? If you’re confused, so am I, mainly because for a while we’ve been disciplined to accept the .NET #.# nomenclature to mean .NET Framework then we were getting used to the .NET Core #.# naming convention.

But things are changing again with .NET 5.0. .NET 5.0 is the beginning of Microsoft’s journey to unify everything in the .NET world which includes Framework, Core, Mono, etc. and provide cross-platform compatibility. Microsoft plans to release a new version of .NET each year in November and offer Long Term Support (LTS) for every even version.

In essence, .NET 5.0 appears to be ASP.NET Core 4.0 but Microsoft is skipping v4.0 and going with ASP.NET Core 5.0. According to Microsoft, they are skipping the 4.x version numbering to ASP.NET Core to lessen confusion and solidify that there will be only one .NET unified platform moving forward.

ASP.NET Core 5.0 has a lot of feature updates and performance improvements along with a few technologies (or I’d rather say programming paradigms) that WILL NOT be ported over – Web Forms, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), and Windows Workflow (WF). Instead, Microsoft recommends that you use their alternative counterparts – ASP.NET Core Blazor/Razor pages, gRPC, and Open-source CoreWF, respectively.

Below are some of new features and improvements: 
– Updates to C#, F#, and Visual Basic
– New features of System.Text.Json
– Single file apps
– App trimming
– Performance improvements to Garbage Collection (GC), System.Text.Json, System.Text.RegularExpressions, Async ValueTask pooling, Container size optimizations, etc.

.NET 5.0 also introduces a preview for .NET MAUI (Multi-platform App UI) which is a framework for developing user interfaces. Microsoft calls it an evolution of Xamarin.Forms and hopes to complete support for it when .NET 6.0 is released next year. So, just like Star Trek movies, look forward to every even numbered release (just kidding).

Now that you have a broad overview of what .NET 5.0 is, you can read a more comprehensive list of changes here ( And because we know a lot of developers are eager and excited to start working with .NET 5.0, we officially support it here at DiscountASP.NET.

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.NET 5.0 (ASP.NET Core 5.0) hosting is now available

Takeshi EtoIn an effort to unify .NET, Microsoft has recently released a major update they are calling .NET 5.0. If you recall, the last .NET Core version was 3.X, so you may be asking what happened to .NET Core 4.X? Microsoft decided to skip that version and go straight to .NET 5.0 and drop the “Core” naming convention. They did so to avoid confusion – but they are retaining the ASP.NET Core 5.0 name. In any case, these kind of moves are always confusing even if you try to diffuse the confusion so it will probably take another version or two to iron things out.

But the point of this blog post is to announce that we support .NET 5.0 or ASP.NET Core 5.0 on our Windows 2012 and Windows 2016 servers. So feel free to experiment, learn, update and deploy your .NET 5 apps.

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