Orion Technologies (a Minnesota
Company) provides Windows Web Hosting to the Minneapolis-St.
Paul, Minnesota area from Blaine, Minnesota.
Our Windows Web Hosting
plans give you the ability to utilize many forms of dynamic
content and specialized
Major points regarding Windows hosting include:
- Windows Server is a commercial product with more support
options than Unix.
- Enables web site owners to use advanced features without
- Windows Servers provide extensive database integration
- Fully-supports FrontPage, Active Server Pages (ASP), VBScript,
JAVA the ASP.NET framework, Perl, PHP, CGI, MS Access
databases, Macromedia's Cold Fusion, and the Microsoft
For many E-Commerce website owners, the
database functionality and support for dynamic scripting languages
a superior over Unix.
Integral Features Available With Windows
If you're new to Window web hosting, you might be
unfamiliar with some of the integral features that you will
to you. Here is a list of the major components that set Windows
Server apart from Unix:
- Active Server Pages -- ASP is a server-side coding technology
for building dynamic websites. Active Server Pages are HTML web
pages with embedded ASP scripts which are processed on the Windows
web server before the page is sent to the user. You can recognize
Active Server Pages by the .asp filename extension.
- ASP.NET -- is the latest incarnation of Microsoft's Active
Server Pages (ASP). It is a powerful server-based technology
to create dynamic, interactive, HTML pages on demand for
your World Wide Web site, or coporate internet.
- Microsoft SQL Server -- This is an industrial strength,
relational database management system (RDMS) designed
to house large amounts
of data while providing high performance access to it using
the industry Standard Query Language (SQL). Microsoft SQL
Server provides an excellent environment for site owners
capture, store, and deliver critical information on their
websites. Many E-commerce web sites often will use Microsoft
as their “backend database” to store information
concerning products, web-based orders and client data.
- Cold Fusion -- Developed by Macromedia, Cold Fusion is
an web application development tool for creating dynamic
server web applications which integrate with key Windows
server technologies, such as relational databases and
Cold Fusion webpages are processed server-side in a manner
similar to ASP and PHP. You can recognize Cold Fusion pages
by the .cfm filename extension. For example,www.yourdomain.com/index.cfm.
- ASP.NET -- ASP.NET is a revolutionary programming framework
that enables the rapid development of powerful web
and services. Part of the emerging Microsoft .NET Hosting
Platform, it provides the easiest and most scalable
way to build, deploy
and run distributed web applications that can target any
browser or device.
- Microsoft Access Databases -- Access is a database management
system that provides a means of storing and managing data
or information. Microsoft refers to Access as a relational
product since it allows you to relate data from several
different sets or tables. Access databases are only
available with Windows
Web Hosting as an alternative to MySQL databases or the
Microsoft SQL Server.
- Front Page -- The FrontPage hosting extensions are a
collection of software modules loaded on a Windows
web server that enable
a FrontPage web site to use the advanced functions of FrontPage.
If you want to use FrontPage publishing and website management
tools, have the ability to manage web and subweb permissions,
publish only changed pages, or use any of the FrontPage
bots, you need a host with FrontPage extensions installed.
this all means that a hosting account with FrontPage extensions
allow you to completely manage your web site directly from
the FrontPage software.
Windows Web Hosting versus Unix
Known as Windows NT or Windows 2000, Windows 2003 the Windows
web hosting platform is the only credible alternative to Unix/Linux.
Windows web Server is the newer hosting platform, and it has
all but completely replaced Windows NT. If you see a web host
using Windows NT servers, it should be a clue that their systems
are probably a little outdated.
The main "advantage" or distinction of Windows servers
is that they are configured to be compatible with Microsoft applications,
such as FrontPage, Access and MS SQL. Windows servers also offer
web developers the use of programming environments such as Active
Server Pages (ASP), Visual Basic Scripts, MS Index Server and
For more inexperienced web site owners, Windows web hosting
servers are typically seen as easier to use then Unix/Linux.
If you have a familiarity with using other Microsoft applications,
then learning how to use Microsoft's Windows hosted applications
comes a bit more natural than figuring out the command line structure
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