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Best ASP.NET hosting: easier, faster, cheaper

After seven years with webhost4life, it was time to move on. Especially because of all the troubles with webhost4life due to their internal migration to a new hosting environment (the company has been bought out).
I've just moved all my websites elsewhere. I'm now using Arvixe and OrcsWeb.

I use OrcsWeb for metaSapiens.com. OrcsWeb kindly offers me free ASP.NET hosting because I'm a Microsoft MVP. I'd like to publicly thank OrcsWeb for this, and I invite you to have a look at what they have to offer.

I use Arvixe for all my other websites, the major ones being SharpToolbox.com, JavaToolbox.com, AxToolbox.com, Proagora.com, LinqInAction.net, ClairDeBulle.com, and madgeek.com.

Moving all my websites wasn't a walk in the park, but it was well worth it. Let's consider what I get with Arvixe:

  • Unlimited diskspace
  • Unlimited data transfer
  • Unlimited domains
  • Dedicated application pools
  • Unlimited POP3 and IMAP mailboxes
  • Unlimited SQL Server 2008 databases
  • Unlimited MySQL 5 databases
  • .NET 1.1, 2, 3.5 and 4
  • Full trust
  • IIS 7
  • Daily backups
  • A powerful and easy to use control panel
  • And more!

All of this for $8 per month. If you don't need all of the above features, you can even get an offer as cheap as $5 per month.
You can even get better rates if you use coupon codes, such as TOPHOST (30% discount) or MVCHOSTING (20% discount).

All in all, I paid only $134 for two years for a great hosting service!
Maybe it's time for you to move too?

Disclaimer: the links to OrcsWeb and Arvixe are affiliate links that may bring me some money home if you sign up.


rkirk92 said:

I had to cancel at Webhost4life also, along with three other people I know.  I don't think they will be in business much longer.

# May 19, 2010 2:27 PM

Ryan Ternier said:

I'm also with WebHost4LIfe. I'm going to check out the ones you have listed.

# May 19, 2010 5:26 PM

isdxf93 said:

I too had a horrible migration experience with Webhost4life. Glad to see I wasn't the only one. I never liked the performance with them. I will never use them or recommend them to anyone.

# May 20, 2010 7:59 AM

webbes said:

Agree with you on Arvixe. Hosting there for half a year now and I'm very satisfied with what you get. I do not have experience with large volume sites though.

# May 21, 2010 5:57 AM

Steve Gentile said:

I had to move on as well from horrible migration experience.

I moved on to BlueHost.

Thanks for highlighting over good hosting companies.

# May 25, 2010 12:12 AM

Noel said:

OMG I totally feel you. I had to deal with almost a month of problems with the migration issues. One of my sites was unavailable for almost 2 weeks! Thanks for your recommendations. One question. How is the speed of these hosts? Do you notice any slow down at peak times?

# August 27, 2010 7:01 PM

Fabrice Marguerie said:

I haven't noticed slowdowns. My sites are not that heavy though.

Anyway, all of my sites are much more responsive than with webhost4life.

# August 29, 2010 5:52 AM

Noel said:

Thanks for your input. My website is inaccessible again today! I have seen other good reviews of Arvixe and am signing up the new account today and cancelling webhost4life today.

# August 30, 2010 1:56 PM

Fabrice Marguerie said:

I hope you'll sign up via one of the links in this post :-)

# August 30, 2010 2:22 PM

Noel said:

I did and also put your sharptoolbox url in the referral field :)  Also, for anyone that's curious I've setup the site on Arvixe and it's blazing fast, at least 4 times as fast as webhost4life and that's on a good day at webhost4life. Also, my site is pretty heavy so I was happy to see that their server is holding up to the data and media. Tech support is also really great so far.

# August 30, 2010 6:35 PM

ferrymeidianto said:

Thanks Fabrice for your suggestion. I have just started my subscription with them (yeah I sign up via your affiliation link :)).

So far so good and I'm happy to move my sites to arvixe.

# September 13, 2010 8:34 PM

Ray said:

Just contacted Arvix, the database they have is SQL 2008 Express, which is not good for a business website, so I skip them.

# November 18, 2010 6:39 AM

Fabrice Marguerie said:

Ray, what problem do you have with SQL Server Express?

It's powerful.


# November 18, 2010 6:51 AM

bgottschall said:

Does anyone know if CLR is enabled in the SQL server databases?

# November 18, 2010 2:03 PM

Fabrice Marguerie said:

SQL Server Express supports CLR so I'd say yes.

When in doubt, just contact Arvixe through their chat application.

I had a bunch of questions before I signed with them, and they answered all of them quickly.

# November 18, 2010 2:22 PM

Rohit said:

Great comments! ... thanks

If we register thru the links provided by you for Arvix then you will be paid, right. So how much Arvix PAID you for recommending them and writing this article :)It seems you are working as Arvix marketing guy.

# January 10, 2011 10:08 AM

Fabrice said:

Hi Rohit. Indeed. They pay well for this, as can be seen on their website :-)

# January 10, 2011 10:44 AM