SmarterASP.NET Reviews and Expert Opinion

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  • Reliability
    9.1 / 10
  • Pricing
    9.1 / 10
  • User Friendly
    9.2 / 10
  • Support
    9.2 / 10
  • Features
    9.1 / 10

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Typical SmarterASP.NET Prices

Service Monthly Price Range
Shared Hosting £2.25 - £6.08 3 plans
VPS £76.38 - £305.65 4 plans
Resellers £22.93 - £45.85 4 plans
The Services & Prices are taken from www.Smarterasp.net

SmarterASP.NET Expert Review 2021

Written by: Bruno Mirchevski

SmarterASP.NET Rating

  • Reliability
    9 / 10
  • Pricing
    8 / 10
  • User Friendly
    9 / 10
  • Support
    10 / 10
  • Features
    9 / 10
9
Rated by Bruno Mirchevski
Expert

Last Update | July 2021
 
 

Monthly Update - July 2021

Hosting Plans ASP.NET Hosting; Semi-Dedicated Hosting; VPS Hosting; Reseller Hosting; Cloud Servers
Top Features 99.9% Uptime Guarantee; Hand-rolled Control Panel; 1-Click Installer; Real-life Human Beings; Award-Winning Support; Cloudflare CDN Ready; 60-Day Free Trial
Customer Support Live Chat; Support Ticket; Phone and Email Support; Knowledge Base; Report Abuse;

 

During July, SmarterASP.net:

  • No updates

During June, SmarterASP.net:

  • No updates

During May, SmarterASP.net:

  • Didn’t issue any new features or updates
  • All servers were operational

 

SmarterASP.NET has been around since 1999, providing ASP.NET as well as Linux-based hosting to small as well as medium-sized businesses.

Due to the fact that it has been on the market for quite a while now, it gives you access to the features you will find everywhere else to run a website; however, it specializes in ASP.net.

There is no website builder available, though, they do have their own in-house control panel. This means that the company behind this hosting service built its own solution to meet the exact needs of its customers, instead of relying on a pre-made solution.

The product itself is tailored towards developers, and it shows as this is not a very user-friendly experience. It does, however, keep things simple with simplistic UI/UX elements. Advanced users will have a blast using it, that’s for sure.

It promises a 99% uptime guarantee, and for the most part, throughout my testing, it lived up to this goal. You also have SAN storage technology, which essentially allows your data to be stored in high-performance Dell Equalogic Sans, giving you the performance and reliability you need.

With those things out of the way, let us jump into SmarterASP.net and actually see what we are dealing with.

Getting Started with SmarterASP.net

If you’re planning on making an account for SmarterASP.net and are still unsure that this is the right choice for your specific needs, well, I’ve got excellent news. There’s a 30-day free trial, which extends to 60 days if you share it on social media. They’ve obviously done this for exposure, but 30 more days just for clicking a share button? Sign me up!

No, literally, I signed up for the free trial for the purposes of this guide, as it literally gives you access to almost everything.

Screenshot of the free plan

Now, the first time you visit the website, you’ll be greeted by the pricing plans.

Screenshot of the Home Page SmarterAsp.net

What I really love here is the fact that these are the default prices, as in, whenever you renew, this is the price you’ll always need to pay.

comparison of hosting plans

I’ll get more in-depth into the pricing plans as we go along, but for the time being, I just wanted to say that I’m impressed with the transparency. I have always despised that $0.99 per month offer, but that’s only the case if you commit for three years, and if you pick a single month just to test it out, that offer is gone forever—points plus for this SmarterASP.net.

Anyway, I’ll click on “buy now” in the free trial since, hey, it’s free, so let’s see how it goes.

Screenshot of the Sign Up window to Account

On the hosting plan section, I selected the 60-day free trial. Technically it’s a 30-day trial until you share, and I have to point that out, but hey, it’s free, so I cannot really complain.

You can even add coupon codes if you’re actually buying a package, so there’s that too.

You’ll also need to enter your login name, email, confirm email, password, confirm password, and agree to the terms and conditions of use. You’ll even have the ability to add an affiliate ID if someone has referred you.  Click on “Signup Now”.

You’ll then be sent an email for verification. You can also go through the SMS verification route.

Choosing the Verification Method

Activation confirmation email

Here, you’ll need to click on the link to activate your account, and you should be good to go.

Billing tab in the SmarterASP.Net client area

Now, once you activate your account, you’ll be prompted to go to the “hostings” tab that looks like this.

Hostings tab in the SmarterASP.Net client area

This is where you are essentially creating your account.

On other hosts, you might need to log into your control panel; however, each hosting account comes with a Hosting Account ID. You can give out this Hosting Account ID to staff members so they can ONLY access your hosting control panel, not your Account Center.

Finally, click on “Submit”.

Billing tab in the SmarterASP.Net client area

Message "Please wait and we'll redirect you when finished."

Using SmarterASP.net

Screenshot of the My hosting account

Once you are done, it should end up looking something like this.

"Action" column with highlighted button with nine squares

Click on the control panel here to begin your hosting adventure.

You’ll now see this menu.

My Websites tab in the client area

Here you can add a new site or add subdomains.

On your pre-added websites, such as site1 in my example, you can add an SSL certificate, add a domain name, show WebDeploy Info and access the File manager.

If you click on the little three dots, you’ll get access to a lot more interesting features.

Screenshot of many interesting features

Settings

Site Name

This allows you to change the site and site’s root folder names.

Screenshot of the site’s root folder names.

Mapped Path

This allows you to change the root directory of your website.

Choosing a folder

ASP.NET Version

This allows you to view your ASP.NET Version on each website.

Screenshot of the Pool manager

PHP Version

Here you can change your website’s PHP Version.

Screenshot of the PHP Version window

Detail Error

You can create a custom error page here.

Screenshot of the Detail Error page

HTTP Compress

This helps improve transfer speed and bandwidth utilization and can be turned on or off.

Screenshot of the HTTP Compress window

Site On/Off

As the name implies, here, you can turn the website on or off.

Screenshot of the panel where you can turn the website on or off

Delete Website

Once you click on delete website, you’ll be forwarded to another screen, where you can remove everything or just all corresponding email accounts and DNS records.

Delete website panel

Basic

Domain Manager

The domain manager lets you create new domains in a simple and intuitive way.

Domain manager for creating the domains

Visitor Stats

Now, visitor stats essentially tells you how many people have viewed your website, and it gets updated regularly; think along the lines of analytics. This feature is unfortunately only available with a paid hosting plan.

FTP Access

This lets you set up FTP users; it’s quite simple and intuitive.

Screenshot of the FTP Access panel

Click on “Add FTP User” and you will be redirected to a screen where you can create a username, a password, and select a folder.

Screenshot of the FTP Users Manager window

VS Webdeploy

This is an extensible client-server tool for syncing content as well as configurations to IIS. Developers will end up using this to publish a compiled web application.

VS Webdeploy panel

SMTP Sample Code

This is a function that will copy our ASP.NET/PHP SMTP testing script into your account. You can then simply run it to test it. You can also review the source code.

Screenshot of the SMTP Sample Code

You can select between ASP.NET C#, ASP.NET VB, ASP, and PHP and click on submit.

Screenshot of the panel with drop menu to choose the ASP.NET type

NodeJs

This essentially turns all of your normal JavaScript code into NodeJs.

Screenshot of the NodeJS panel

IP Deny

This lets you IP block people in one of the simplest ways I’ve seen.

Screenshot of the Current Deny List

IIS Log Manager

Here you can review and download the IIS log.

Screenshot of the Current Deny List where you can review or download IIS log

Advance Features

Create .Net App

This lets you create a .Net App, as the name itself implies, where you can select a folder to create it in and click on “Create” to begin the process.

Screenshot of the ASP.NET Applicarions

Create Virtual Dir

This is a feature that lets you create virtual directories.

Screenshot of the Create Virtual Directory tab

URL Redirect

Here you can set certain pages to redirect to certain other pages by just selecting them.

You can even enable 1-Click force HTTPS, which is a unique feature.

Screenshot of the Create URL Redirect window

Default Doc

This function allows you to enable or disable default document behavior for your Web site or application.

Screenshot of the Default Doc function

Custom Errors

Here you can create custom errors, as the name might imply.

Screenshot of the Custom Errors

Mime Type

Here you can create new or overwrite custom errors.

Mime Screenshot of the Create new/ Overwrite Custom Error panel

ScriptMap

Here you can modify the script engine, as well as the script mapping.

Screenshot of the Create New / Overwrite custom errors panel where you can modify the script engine

Remote IIS Manager

Here you can modify the Remote ISS Manager and Fix ACL with a single click.

Screenshot of the Remote IIS Manager Tab

Site Guard

This is a free tool that helps protect you from common attacks as well as exploits, and this is where it can be turned on or off.

Screenshot of the Site Guard

Add-ons

Now, you also have add-ons that you can add and purchase, all of which have their own specific functions as well as billing terms.

Screenshot of the ADD-ONS tab in the SmarterASP.NET client area

The Affiliate Program

What I genuinely found exciting about this hosting plan because you also get an affiliate plan.

You get $5 for each trial customer and 60% for new paid customers, and yes, for every paid customer you refer, you get 60% of what they charge.

Screenshot of affiliate program plans

Databases

Databases drop menu

On databases, you can select between MSSQL, MySQL, SQL Reporting, or Advance Custom Backup.

MySQL Manager panel in Database Manager tab

In the database manager menu, you can add a database, to do this, simply click on “Add Database”.

Screenshot of submitting Database settings

Here you can select the database type between MSSQL 2008, MSSQL 2012, MSSQL 2014, MSSQL 2016,    MSSQL 2017, and MSSQL 2019.

You need to set a name, as well as a password, and select the DB Disk Quota. Finally, click on Submit.

Screenshot of DB disk quota

And that’s all there is to create a database; it’s now active and can support up to 1000MB.

Here you can easily back it up or restore it.

Screenshot of drop menu on your database

You can shrink the database, Webconnect, Change the password, Modify the Quota, Refresh Disk Usage, access Database User Manager, and Delete on the advanced tab.
Emails

This lets you set up both personal and corporate emails.

Files

Screenshot of the File manager

This lets you manage the files through the file permission tab.

Screenshot of file permission tab

You can switch between read-only as well as read/write. Click on Update once you are done.

Apps

You can select between the most popular, Free ASP.NET Applications, and Free PHP Applications on apps.

Apps panel

The best part about this is the fact that you can install them with a single click.

Let’s install WordPress as an example.

Screenshot of Auto install Application WordPress 5.6 tab

After clicking on install, click on next.

Here you need to select a destination site and create a new database.

Screenshot of Select Destination Site and Create New Database tab

Next, choose a name and a password.

Setting Name and Password

You’ll need to ensure that the folder is Empty before the installation begins; you can click on Confirm and Install to start the process.

Then it only takes a few seconds for it to complete.

Message of Installing

Message that Is Application installed successfully

You’ll see this at the bottom, make sure you save it in a safe place.

Here’s how the website will end up looking.

Hello World website

Login to WordPress

You can also log in through wp-login. Here you’ll have access to WordPress.

Screenshot of WordPress

CDN

Here you can enable Cloudflare’s CDN Service for Free.

Enable Cloudflare's CDN service for FREE panel

SSL

Screenshot of the SSL Manager

Here, you can manage your SSL certificate, buy a new one, or import an existing one with ease.

Now you have two more options, the Advanced Tab and the WordPress ProDesk Tab.

Let’s get the WordPress ProDesk tab out of the way first; this section is designed to optimize your WordPress site by scanning your existing site and enhancing it.

Screenshot of the WordPress ProDesk

Click on “Scan for WP Sites”

Scanning for existing WordPress sites panel

Here you can enable or disable protection, firewall, caching, auto-update and CDN.

As for the Advanced tab, I saved the best for last.

Advance Tab Dropdown Menu

Here you can access the pool manager, schedule tasks, manage the outgoing port, manage the control panel user(s), Webconfig Encrypt, and Work Queue.

Pool Manager

Here you can restart the pool, stop the pool, start the pool, change the ASP.NET version, and view the pool log.

Pool Manager tab

Schedule Tasks

You can schedule tasks here; however, this is only a feature when you buy a plan.

Control Panel User(s)

Here you can create additional users to log in to this hosting account’s control panel, which can be convenient.

Advance Features tab

Webconfig Encrypt

As the names imply, you can link to generate an RSA key here, confirm the key container, and upload the RSA File.

Webconfig Encrypt panel

Work Queue

Here you can review your pending work queue.

Work Queue panel

SmarterASP.net Pricing

I mentioned that we’d go back to pricing, so let’s see what we get with each plan.

Now, you have ASP.NET Plans.

Comparison of the ASP.NET plans

Then you have Semi-Dedicated Plans

Comparison of the Semi-Dedicated plans

Followed by VPS Plans

Comparison of the VPS Hosting plans

Cloud Server Plans

Comparison of the Cloud Server plans

Finally, Reseller Plans

Comparison of the Reseller plans

All of this is priced competitively, so you should know exactly what you need before purchasing a plan.

Speed and Performance

Now, with that competitive pricing, you might as-well expect the performance to live up to this. While everyone can have a slightly different experience, in my case, everything went smoothly and with a reliable speed. With connection speeds as quick as 13 milliseconds, and the slowest speeds going up to 600 milliseconds, I can safely say that I was pleasantly surprised at the speed.

The data transfer is also quick, so you know they have fast storage units in there as well.

Support Experience at SmarterASP.Net

When it comes to the customer support team, they can be contacted in multiple ways.

You can report abuse at abuse@smarterasp.net, for example, which is quite unique.

Screenshot of Support / Contact Us window

Then you have the Helpdesk.

My Tickets tab in the client area

Here you can review your tickets, create a new ticket, and view closed tickets.

FAQ area

Simply write your question or error message, and click on submit.

You also have access to the Knowledge Base, which is convenient.

Then you have Live Chat Support that’s online all the time.

Live chat screenshot with selected tech support

I’ll try to close my account to see how they’ll react and how long it will take them to respond.

Live chat conversation

They responded quickly and told me the information I needed to know.

When it comes to cancellations, you need to follow a few simple steps. Log into your control panel, click on the help desk, and select create a support ticket. Then you need to enter a subject, I’d enter “cancel account and request refunds” here. Next, you need to fill out the online form with the reason for your cancellation and submit it. Within two to three days you should receive an email confirmation about your cancellation and refund.

Keep in mind that you might not be fully refunded, depending on what exactly you did throughout the time period, but still, you do get many of your funds back. This is mostly due to the fact that you can enable a lot of third-party services which might not include the same policies, it's up to you. This is why I’d recommend starting with the 60-day trial first.

Pros and Cons of SmarterASP.Net

Pros

  • High Performance
  • Good Customer Support
  • 60 Day Free Trial Available
  • High Level of Security

Cons

  • Not Beginner Friendly
  • Certain Features Unavailable for Testing in Free Trial

Conclusion

I would honestly not recommend this to just about anyone. This is a specialized company that offers specialized services for ASP.net users.

This means that if you do not use the aforementioned technology, there is no other reason for you to pick this hosting solution, as its competition offers a lot more for your everyday hosting needs. That being said, if you do indeed rely on ASP.net, there is no better hosting provider. It has competitive pricing, it’s heaven for developers and solid performance.

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SmarterASP.NET Prices, Plans & Features - 2021

Shared Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Price Score
Basic Unlimited Unlimited £2.25 9.2
Advance Unlimited Unlimited £3.78 9.2
Premium Unlimited Unlimited £6.08 9.1

VPS Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space RAM OS Price Score
VPS SSD 1 50 GB 2 GB £76.38 10
VPS SSD 2 100 GB 4 GB £106.95 10
VPS SSD 3 200 GB 8 GB £152.80 9.1
VPS SSD 4 800 GB 32 GB £305.65 9.0

Resellers Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Price Score
Reseller 100 50 GB 500.02 GB £22.93 9.1
Reseller 200 80 GB 800.05 GB £30.57 9.1
Reseller 300 120 GB 1.17 TB £38.21 9.1
Reseller 400 180 GB 1.76 TB £45.85 9.1
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Server Locations

Los Angeles

A few words from SmarterASP.NET

At SmarterASP.NET, we specialize in Microsoft ASP.NET hosting. ASP.NET is a server-side Web application framework designed for Web development to produce dynamic Web pages. It was first released in January 2002 with version 1.0 of the .NET Framework, and is the successor to Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP) technology. Built around the Microsoft .NET Framework, ASP.NET provides the best possible environment to building and running dynamic applications. We support ASP.NET technologies such as ASP.NET MVC, Razor View Engine, Silverlight, ASP.NET AJAX, LINQ, WCF RIA Services, and Web Deploy.

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