As a Microsoft developer, you may prefer .net development other than php coding. In this dot net hosting review, we will compare two of the most award-winning ASP.NET hosting providers in the industry, ASPHostPortal and 1and1. They are both trusted by a large number of .net developers. Some are in favor of ASPHostPortal, some prefer 1and1. After all, both have very good name as quality dot net hosting provider, have more than 10 years of ASP.NET hosting.
To make it clear who will be better choice for ASP.NET hosting, then we will help you to choose it wisely. Before make this review, we have tested their ASP.NET hosting, this is an honest review that you can trust. Don’t go wrong with your choice! Make good decision for your business!
ASP.NET Hosting Cost Effectiveness
In terms of cost-effectiveness, we will discuss two main parts – the prices, and the ASP.NET hosting features.
ASP.NET Hosting Pricing
ASPHostPortal offers altogether 4 basic shared ASP.NET hosting plans and 4 advanced shared ASP.NET hosting. Their basic shared ASP.NET hosting start from $1.00/mo, $4.49/mo, $8.49/mo, and $13.49/mo, and now they can be purchased at $3.81/mo, $7.21/mo, and $11.46/mo.
1and1 ASP.NET hosting plans are a little bit cheaper than those offered by ASPHostPortal. The three plans, which are named Basic Plan, Unlimited Plan and Advanced Plan, are now available at $1.99/mo, $4.99/mo and $7.99/mo. But, this price is only for first year, after renewal, the price will increase become $7.99/mo, $9.99/mo, and $14.99/mo.
Money Back Guarantee
Both ASPHostPortal and 1and1 offer money back guarantee. You can cancel it within 30 days if you don’t satisfied with their hosting services.
ASP.NET Hosting Features
There are many aspects that we will compare here. Let us check their Host One package ASPHostPortal and Basic 1and1 Hosting plan. You can read their feature information in the table below.
From the above table, 1and1 wins in the amount of allocated server resources such as unlimited disk space and bandwith. But unlimited in here don’t mean that you can upload all you like, but you need to read their terms and conditions for more information. Both ASPHostPortal and 1and1 use Plesk control panel, this control panel is easy to use, you can manage your site easily, create email account, databases, etc via Plesk.
Compared with 1and1, ASPHostPortal is better in keeping their Windows ASP.NET hosting technologies up-to-date. For example, they allow Full Trust for all accounts, and utilize the latest ASP.NET and MVC versions. Below are some other highlights.
- They support latest ASP.NET Core, MSSQL, ASP.NET MVC, web sockets, webmatrix, visual studio, and classic asp.
- Support Crystal Report and SQL Reporting Services (SSRS).
ASP.NET Hosting Performance
In this part, we will take a look into the data center infrastructure, and present our monitoring results of the two web hosts’ uptime and speed.
Data center and network infrastructure
1and1 is partnering with two data center providers. Currently, the company replies on two data centers – one in US, and another in United Kingdom. Below is some detailed information about 1and1 servers, networks and the data centers.
- both data centers feature full power redundancy with redundant power paths, ups backup and diesel generators.
- 1and1 purchases network gear from juniper, cisco and brocade, and partners with 5 isps to ensure bandwidth capacity.
- all servers, data centers and network are monitored 24×7 by on-site technicians.
- cloudflare cdn can be turned on to ensure faster content delivery.
ASPHostPortal in other hand operate 12 data centers across the world. You can choose US, UK, Netherlands, France, Germany, India, Italy, Australia and Singapore when registered with them. The data center features redundant power and multiple network paths, and all servers are Dell branded with dual quad cores, 32 GB RAM and RAID 10 protection.
- ASPHostPortal uses SSDs to store files, databases and emails so that these contents are served several times faster than on HDDs.
- ASPHostPortal utilizes advanced technologies to separate each website on shared servers apart so as to ensure the optimal performance.
- CloudFlare CDN can be enabled at any time to speed up the delivery of your static website content.
According from our monitoring, we found both ASPHostPortal and 1and1 have excellent uptime guarantee although ASPHostPortal almost reach 99.99% uptime guarantee while 1and1 only reach 99.89% uptime guarantee. The difference are not so big but this prove that ASPHostPortal has high uptime than 1and1
Server Response Time
Speed is an important factor to consider before choosing a web host. So we purchased two domain names and hosted each one on both ASPHostPortal and 1and1 with same theme files. We used LoadImpact to check the loading time of two test sites.
ASPHostPortal loaded in 1.22 seconds to load which is a good speed. 1and1 was slower takin g around 2.53 seconds. ASPHostPortal test site was twice faster than 1and1.
Response time of sites hosted on ASPHostPortal
Maximum Response Time: 2.4 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 215.09 milliseconds
ASPHostPortal’s server performance seems to be solid, healthy and consistent
Response time of sites hosted on 1and1
Max Response Time: 3.5 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 402.09 milliseconds
1and1 started at an excellent server response time of 253ms, but once the traffic passed 25, it started slowing down heavily. The server become completely unresponsive and the rejection list was very high. Moreover, the final result has high number of failed attempt. 1and1 fared well for lower traffic and completely fell apart once the traffic hit 26 mark.
From the above results, we know that ASPHostPortal is clearly the winner for speed.
ASPHostPortal vs 1and1 Customer Support
Good quality customer support is extremely important with ASP.NET hosting providers. If your website goes down, you need to be able to contact someone immediately to help you with the issue. You will also want someone who can help you through the process of getting your hosting setup if you don’t have much technical experience.
ASPHostPortal provides 24/7/365 support response time for its customers. Although they don’t offer phone support, but their ticketing system is very effective. We have used them for ASP.NET hosting, and they are able to provide friendly, helpful customer service. They also have a very fast response time.
1and1 in other hand has 24/7/365 phone, live chat, and email support. But sometimes, their agent is not available to chat. We have tested to contact them via live chat but it keeps hanging and suddenly they go offline. But, when the agent is available, they are quite helpful and assist our inquiries. Sometimes they also asked us to create ticket to support department.
Final Verdict – ASPHostPortal is Better!
So – who wins ASPHostPortal vs. 1and1 in 2017? It depends on who you are and what you are looking for.
If you are looking for the best ASP.NET hosting based on speed and performance, then ASPHostPortal is the answer.
Otherwise, we’d say that 1and1 hosting is a big brand with great prices and lots of features, but really can’t match ASPHostPortal in any other category for overall value.