WinHost

Although WinHost has only been in business for a few years they’ve already racked up over 20 awards for their hosting, including most recently being chosen as the top choice for Windows Hosting. WinHost specializes in shared hosting intended for business and personal websites with the option of three different web hosting packages, all of which come with a full range of support for ASP.NET. 

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  • U.S
  • 2006

Reliability & Uptime

In addition to the typical 30 day money back guarantee and a promise for 99.9% uptime, WinHost offers a detailed description of their technology and resources in order to provide a greater understanding of their reliable services. For example, they emphasize that they own their own servers and are literally within walking distance of their Tier 1 data center. They use dual quad Dell servers with 64 bit software, 32 GB RAM, and RAID 10 disk arrays. In order to assure uptime and stability, their data center is equipped with a 24/7 monitoring system, UPS Battery backup power, and a generator power backup and their servers are secured with firewall protection. 

Support

WinHost can be contacted 24/7 thru their support portal. From there you can access their knowledge base, forum, or representatives directly. WinHost recommends using their knowledgebase before contact support directly as there are already man resources and answers for the most commonly asked questions there. For questions or comments about programming, design, marketing, or debugging, you should use their forum for fast responses.

Price

WinHost offers 3 types of Windows shared hosting plans: WinHost BASIC for $4.95/month, WinHost MAX for $9.95/month, and WinHost ULTIMATE for $19.95 month. The basic plan offers 2000 MB of disk space and 50 GB of bandwidth, the MAX plan includes 4000 MB and 2 GB bandwidth, and the ULTIMATE plan which includes 10,000 MB and 500 GB bandwidth/month Unlike other hosting providers which require customers to pay the full amount for 1, 2, or 3 years in one payment, WinHost has more flexible payment plans so customers can pay either quarterly (every 3 months) or annually.  Customers will receive a discount of 2 months FREE if they pay for a full year of hosting.

User Friendly

After signing up for a hosting account, users can easily install useful applications (WordPress, Drupal, BlogEngine.NET, DasBlog, Gallery Server Pro, nopCommerce…) for building and designing their website with Microsoft’s Web Application Gallery.  All aspects of the account can be managed thru a web-based ASP.NET control panel, and being a specialist Microsoft host their plans support all versions of ASP.NET as well as classic ASP. A demo of the control panel is available on the main website.

    Hosting information in short

  • CMS

    WordPress, Acquia Drupal, Joomla

  • Email

    Includes 250 unlimited email boxes, 250-1000 MB of email storage, WebMail Access, Unlimited email forwarding, auto-responders, email alias for domain pointers, POP3/IMAP/SMTP and SPAM filtering

  • eCommerce

    nopCommerce included.

  • Programming

    Supports ASP.NET 2-4, AJAX hosting, Silverlight 5 & 4, ASP.NET MVC 1, 2, 3, Classic ASP, Entity Framework, LINQ enabled, /bin, codebehind, XML web servi ces, Windows Communication Foundation.

  • Databases

    Free Microsoft SQL hosting, 200-2500MB of SQL database hosting disk space, 1-100 MSSQL databases, 1-100 MySQL databases

  • Server Info

    Use dell servers which use 64 bit software, dual quad-core, have 32 GB RAM, and have RAID 10 disk arrays. Servers use Windows 2008 hosting platform with Internet Information Series 7.0 (IIS7).

  • Site Management

    5, 10, or 30 FTP users, 24/7 FTP, FTP over SSL, web-based ASP.NET control panel

  • Sitebuilder Tools

    Compatible with Visual studio, Visual web developer express, WebMatrix, Expression Web, Dreamweaver, Sitefinity, DotNetNuke, Graffiti, mohoPortal, Orchar

  • Domains

    Unlimited domains per site, unlimited subdomains. Purchase a new domain name for $10/yr as well as Domain Whois Privacy for an additional $5/yr.

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