web hosting review

My experience with was a short three months, but they impressed me.  I used the monthly ASP.Net hosting plan – $4.95 for 1 domain name until I tried out M6.Net and gave it a good side by side review.  Ultimately, I chose because for about $3 a month (paid over 2 years) they let you host 2 domains on your account.  It really just came down to a frugal matter of costs for this site, which in essence is just a hobby for me.  The way I looked at it, over a 2 year period I could host two sites for about $90 on M6.Net vs $240 on

That said almost everything else I found about Winhost was better – the servers were faster, installed dirt simple (even in MSSQL mode), heck they even let you hook up IIS7 manager to administer your site!  Winhost also has MSSQL 2008 support, which you can hook up SQL manager (or management studio express) too… sooo much more user-friendly than the typical web interfaces a lot of these hosting providers give you.

If I was setting up a site for a business, hands down I would’ve chosen Winhost over M6, and I am a little sad to let them go.  Look for a review of M6.Net when I have a chance to let this blog settle in on their servers.

For the record, here were the specs I had on my Winhost account;

Windows 2008 Hosting
WinHost BASIC Windows Hosting Plan

Web Hosting Fees

Windows Hosting Monthly Fee
Hosting Plan Billing Cycle
Month to Month
Web Hosting Setup Fee
Long Term Contracts
New Domain Name (.com, .net, .org, .biz, .info)
Domain Whois Privacy

General Windows Hosting Features

Website Disk Space
1000 MB
Monthly Bandwidth/Data Transfer
50 GB

Windows 2008 hosting
windows 2008 hosting
IIS7 Hosting (Internet Information Services 7.0)
iis7 hosting
IIS7 Manager Access Allowed
manage hosting with iis manager access
Remote Delegation Supported
remote feature delegation support
Switch Between Full Trust and Medium Trust
full trust and medium trust support
Switch Between Integrated and Classic Mode integrated and classic pipeline mode support
URL Rewrite Module
microsoft url rewrite module support
Site Memory Allocation
100 MB
Isolated Application Pool
each site hosted in isolated application pool

Microsoft SQL 2008 Hosting
free sql 2008 hosting
SQL Data Hosting on Separate Servers
sql 2008 hosting on separate server cluster
SQL 2008 Database Hosting Disk Space
100 MB
No. of SQL 2008 Databases
SQL DBO Rights
dbo rights for sql hosting
Stored Procedures
sql stored procedure support
Full Text Search
sql full text search enabled
SQL Management Studio Access Allowed
manage with sql management studio
ASP.NET ReportViewer Control report viewer control
Microsoft Access Database Hosting
Access DSN

ASP.NET 3.5 Hosting SP1 3.5 sp1 hosting
ASP.NET 2.0 Hosting 2.0s hosting
Run Multiple .NET Applications
multiple application hosting
ASP.NET MVC Hosting mvc hosting
Silverlight Hosting
silverlight hosting
ASP.NET AJAX Hosting ajax hosting
Entity Framework Hosting
entity framework hosting
LINQ Enabled Hosting
linq hosting
/bin, codebehind
codebehind and bin folder support
XML Web Services
xml web services support
Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
wcf hosting
Microsoft Charting Controls Compatible
microsoft charting control support
Classic ASP Hosting
classic asp hosting support
PHP5 Hosting
php5 hosting
WAP Enabled Hosting
wap hosting
Flash Enabled Hosting
flash hosting
HTTP Streaming Enabled Hosting
http streaming enabled
Dedicated SSL Support
Shared SSL