Established in 1999, SmarterASP.NET has developed rapidly to be a hosting provider serving over 170,000 websites worldwide. And DiscountASP.NET, founded in 2003, is recognized as a Microsoft Golden Hosting Partner. They both specialize in offering ASP.NET hosting service, having much experience of over 10 years.
Here we are going to make a comparison between them on ASP.NET hosting to help you locate your choice. The detailed analyses will be made in prices, features, reliability, performance, and technical support.
Three ASP.NET hosting plans are included in SmarterASP.NET: Basic, Advance, and Premium, the price of which is $2.95/mo, $4.95/mo and $7.95/mo separately. Completely confident in its ASP.NET hosting quality, SmarterASP.NET offers a 60 days free trial with NO requirement on credit card information.
DiscountASP.NET provides only one ASP.NET hosting solution, starting from $10/mo. To be honest, the ASP.NET hosting price is much higher than other competitors, but now with the limited promotional time, you can receive a 50% discount for the annual plan. That is to say, you need to pay $5/mo for the package called Base ASP.NET Hosting Plan.
Except for 60 days free trial, another 60 days full money back guarantee is also allowed by SmarterASP.NET. For DiscountASP.NET, it backs up the claims with a 30 days refund guarantee. So staying with SmarterASP.NET, you will have a longer period to test out the service.
All in all, compared with DiscountASP.NET, SmarterASP.NET has the price advantage with the cheaper packages and the longer refund guarantee. However, some users revealed the fact that the free trial is a trick which was just nice at the beginning. Then their accounts were locked due to the bandwidth exceeded reason. And users were asked to pay $30 to get their website data back.
In this part, we mainly focus on the basic plan. SmarterASP.NET and DiscountASP.NET host sites on the two platforms: Windows Server 2012 and 2008. In addition to that, the prices both come with ASP.NET, Classic ASP, MVC, and PHP 5. Below is the detailed information on the features comparison.
|Plan||Basic (W500-US)||Base ASP.NET Hosting Plan|
|Disk Space||Unlimited||1000 MB|
|Windows Servers||2012/2008 R2||2012/2008 R2|
|Isolated Application Pool||No||Yes|
|How to Claim||–||Link Activation|
According to the chart, you can find that SmarterASP.NET has richer resources, like unlimited disk space, unlimited data transfer, and unlimited email accounts. Based on the real users, we found that the fact is inconsistent with SmarterASP.NET promise. And when it comes to the higher demand on the advanced features, like Isolated Application Pool, DiscountASP.NET is a better choice.
Another advantage lying in DiscountASP.NET features is that you are able to purchase additional databases, email accounts, disk space, email storage and bandwidth easily in the control panel. This makes sure that your needs can always be met perfectly.
To ensure the highest level of reliability, SmarterASP.NET and DiscountASP.NET both utilize more than one data centers which are featured with reliable servers, redundant power, UPS, diesel engine generator, and 24/7 security monitoring.
However, we have received some bad using experience on the SmarterASP.NET for the downtime while we have NOT gotten any complaints on the DiscountASP.NET uptime. In order to get the real statistics, we monitor the server uptime of the two web hosts.
The SmarterASP.NET uptime is 99.92%, which explains the reasons why SmarterASP.NET has gotten some bad feedbacks from the users. And from the DiscountASP.NET uptime in below, you can learn that DiscountASP.NET has done a remarkable job.
Most web hosts have a deep understanding of the importance of speed, so they value the speed very much. Naturally, neither SmarterASP.NET nor DiscountASP.NET is an exception.
SmarterASP.NET operates at three different data centers so that it can guarantee a good speed with a relatively short distance. Besides, it also uses CloudFlare, a popular CDN service, to speed up the content delivery. Also, all data is stored on DELL servers.
As for DiscountASP.NET, it hosts the servers in two top tier data centers which are located in USA/California and in Europe/UK. The data centers are equipped with state-of-the-art DELL Poweredge servers, Cisco enterprise switches, and 24/7 network monitoring.
DiscountASP.NET has enjoyed a faster speed than SmarterASP.NET in server response. The statistics below tells you that DiscountASP.NET has made great efforts in the speed.
The two ASP.NET hosting companies have something in common. You can get 24/7 after-sale support NOT via phone call, but through open ticket and email. Also, users can check the Knowledgebase on their own. The difference is that SmarterASP.NET also provides another communication channel: live chat while DiscountASP.NET has richer online resources owing to the active forum.
In terms of the users’ review, we learned that SmarterASP.NET has a poor technical support for the unprofessional team and the long support holding time even with the live chat. However, the DiscountASP.NET staff is made up of Microsoft Certified Professionals who fix the issues in an effective way. And DiscountASP.NET promises that it never outsources the customer service to other companies.
To sum up, DiscountASP.NET surpasses SmarterASP.NET in uptime, speed, and technical support. Admittedly, the ASP.NET hosting plan costs a little higher, but it is worth that price because DiscountASP.NET focuses all the resources in the hosting solutions for .NET users, especially the .NET developers, which results in being a Gold-Certified Hosting provider. Therefore, DiscountASP.NET is the winner in this battle.