SmarterASP.NET Editorial Review & Aggregated Reddit Reviews
I’ve only been using them for a few months, but no complaints so far. Admin console is pretty easy to use, and prices are fair.
I’ve had my site on them for a while now and they have been great. They recently updated their site too. I haven’t had any issue with them and they support practically everything. Dont really have any complaints about them. Definitely would put my future sites with them.
SmarterASP.NET is a hosting vendor with an exceptional offer of a free 60-day trial, instant activation, and free temporary URL (so you don’t even have to wait for DNS propagation).
The ability to get started without spending a penny on hosting sounds like a dream come true.
Is it worth it tho?
Let’s find out all that in this SmarterASP.NET review.
What is SmarterASP.NET?
SmarterASP.NET is a hosting company that, as its name suggests, offers 4-level hosting of Superior Shared ASP.NET.
ASP.NET is a framework developed by Microsoft. But hosting for Windows is not the only service that this provider offers.
There is a whole range of services offered by SmarterASP.NET:
- Windows Server 2012/2008 R2 (4 levels).
- Semi-dedicated ASP.NET hosting – servers shared between a maximum of 5-10 clients (4 levels).
- Linux Plan (4 levels)
- Windows SSD + VPS (4 levels)
- Reseller Plans (Level 4)
- Domain registration – global and country TLDs
Although you might think that a company offering such a generous free trial package should be a new player trying to get an appeal, SmarterASP.NET is an experienced company that was established back in 1999.
Its goal is to offer maximum efficiency with complete privacy and security for the user. To achieve this goal, the company operates 24/7 and maintains one of the most powerful physical data center security systems in the business.
And while the SmarterASP.NET offer looks pretty standard, the distinguishing feature is ASP.NET packages.
I think that plans for Linux offer more features, are more versatile, and much more popular (they are also more affordable), but given that Microsoft designs SmarterASP.NET, we can’t miss out on plans for Windows.
So in this review of SmarterASP.NET, I will look at hosting plans for both Windows and Linux.
SmarterASP.NET Windows Prices
We can’t miss Windows plans because they are SmarterASP.NET flagships. Here we have three unlimited plans, starting with $2.95/mo and ending with $7.95/mo.
The best part? You can try these services free.
SmarterASP.NET has a 60-day trial version. And while it is quite limited, it allows you actually to start using the services without investing any money. No need for a credit card to sign up. How good is it?
Let’s see how the plans are lined up:
- 60 DAYS Trial – $0, 1 site, 1 GB of storage, one domain, one database, 10 GB of bandwidth.
- .NET Basic – $2.95 per month, all of which are unlimited.
- .NET Advance – $4.95/month, all of the above are unlimited.
- .NET Premium – $7.95 per month, all of the above are unlimited.
SmartASP.NET has no limits on disk space and bandwidth. Moreover, you can add as many domains as you want. But let’s see all the essential features:
|60 Days Trial||.NET Basic||.NET|
Three paid plans have the same unlimited basis, which means we need to dive a little deeper.
The difference between the number of databases and disk space varies greatly.
And in general, you are provided with SSD-servers located in the USA or the Netherlands. And you also get DDoS and malware protection included in all plans.
Naturally, cPanel with Windows hosting does not exist, SmartASP.NET provides you with an internal control panel.
Again, the company does not offer website creation or free website transfer (costs $49.95). But you get one-click installation for WordPress, Drupal, Umbraco, NopCommerce, and others.
The free plan does not offer any email features, but I think this is understandable for the free plan. On the other hand, the Basic plan is shortened to some pretty essential email features (such as Mailing List, Automatic Subscription and Cancellation).
But I would not have been able to write an overview of SmarterASP.NET if I had not pointed out the usual price catch. There is the same catch as many other hosting providers, where the advertised price is only available for an extended billing cycle.
Let’s see how the SmarterASP.NET Windows offer presents for each term:
|Basic .NET||Advance .NET||Premium .NET|
|3 months||$13.5 ($4.5/mo)||$19.5 ($6.5/mo)||$28.5 ($9.5/mo)|
|6 months||$23.7 ($3.95/mo)||$35.7 ($5.95/mo)||$53.7 ($8.95/mo)|
|12 months||$35.4 ($2.95/mo)||$59.4 ($4.95/mo)||$95.4 ($7.95/mo)|
|24 months||$63.72 ($2.65/mo)||$106.92 ($4.45/mo||$171.72 ($7.15/mo)|
|36 months||$90.27 ($2.5/mo)>||$151.47 ($4.2/mo)||$243.27 ($6.76/mo)|
E.g. depending on the period, the “Premium” tariff plan will cost from $6.76/mole (36-month calculation cycle) to $9.50/mole (3-month calculation cycle). And since all prices are paid in advance, if you choose a 3-year plan, it will be $243.27, which gives a 15% discount.
In general, hosting plans SmarterASP.NET Windows are mighty, and the pricing system allows you to get a good deal with long-term hosting. And even if you don’t like it, you can choose the 60-day money-back guarantee!
SmarterASP.NET Linux Pricing
Plans start at $2/mole and $4/mole. And of course, you can choose a 60 day free trial period.
So, let’s see what the main differences between the plans are:
- 60-day free trial – $0, 1 site, 1 GB storage, one domain, one database.
- Linux PRO – $2 per month, all above are unlimited.
- Linux TURBO – $4 monthly, all of the above are unlimited.
If both Pro and Turbo offer the same unlimited basis, what is the main difference?
The Turbo Plan offers what is called Turbo Server, which can provide you with up to 20 times faster page loading, SSH access, and more mail handling capabilities.
Depending on the billing cycle, the Pro plan will cost $2 – $3 per month, and the Turbo plan will cost $4 – $5 per month. All prices are paid in advance, so if you choose a three-year plan, it will cost $72 and $144, respectively.
You can choose from five possible subscription periods – 3, 6, 12, 24, and 36 months. To get the lowest monthly price, you need to select the most prolonged subscription period.
That is how the offer presents for each duration:
|Linux Pro||Linux Turbo|
|3 months||$9 ($3/mo)||$15 ($5/mo)|
|6 months||$18 ($3/mo)||$30 ($5/mo)|
|12 months||$36 ($3/mo)||$60 ($5/mo)|
|24 months||$60 ($2.5/mo)||$108 ($4.5/mo)|
|36 months||$72 ($2/mo)||$144 ($4/mo)|
Don’t forget the free trial – it’s for the whole 60 days. The best part about it is that it can be used separately from the 60-day money-back guarantee. If you return the money, it will give you four months of free hosting!
On the other hand, paid plans are affordable, with great features. Here’s a table with the essential characteristics of those SmarterASP.NET Linux based plans:
|60 Days Trial||Linux Pro||Linux Turbo|
As mentioned earlier, the differences between the Pro and Turbo plans are not so great – unless you need SSH access or all the professional email features. Interestingly, for a trial plan, it doesn’t even allow you to set up an email!
But all plans have SSD servers located in the USA or the Netherlands. And you get protection against DDoS and malware. As for hosting administration, that is cPanel.
However, SmarterASP.NET does not offer a website builder. And it will cost you $49.95 to get an assisted website translation.
But in general, at paid rates, you get a poor service together with full protection of the site at a very reasonable price.
Interestingly, all of the features that I chose for my SmarterASP.NET review are related to features that are quite unusual for other budget web hosts.
Affordable ASP.NET hosting
That is a huge advantage for those looking for an affordable ASP.NET shared hosting package. They support the latest ASP.NET versions 4.6 and 4.5 as well as MVC 5 and 4.0 hosting. All this at a very affordable price – $2.95 per month ($35.4 upfront for 12 months) for the basic tariff plan. Highly competitive offer.
Excellent trial and refund
To attract new customers, some hosting companies offer free trial versions (usually 7, 14 or 30 days). Other companies do not offer them at all but instead offer a 30-day or 60-day money-back guarantee. The latter makes it difficult for the user to change his mind, as he has to pay in advance.
Compared to all this, the 60-day free trial offer is theft. And yet the company gives customers a 60-day money-back guarantee, which starts only after they finish the trial!
Built-in Cloudflare integration
If your site is located in one place, but people from all over the world have access to it, those who live further away from your data center will suffer.
Fortunately for all those who work internationally, SmarterASP.NET offers Cloudflare CDN integration (content delivery network). That allows your site to load up to 4 times faster! And you don’t even have to be a professional to set it up.
Naturally, there are negative points – but the review of SmarterASP.NET is not unique in it, as each hosting company has its weaknesses.
Low performance – slightly behind the industry leaders
Unfortunately, performance is not enough compared to some more popular web hosting options such as Hostinger. SmarterASP.NET was rated C.
But it should not surprise – after all, it is one of the most accessible web hosts. They offer a 99.9% uptime guarantee – according to our Uptime Calculator, but this may not be enough to keep your site online for as long as you want. Other ISPs can guarantee 99.99% or even 100% uptime, which is quite a significant difference considering a long time.
There are only two server locations
In an era of budget 1-2 web hosts that offer data centers in several areas around the world, present only in Europe and the United States (Amsterdam and downtown Los Angeles) is far enough away.
Especially given the rapid growth of Internet business in Asian markets.
Let’s hope that their CDN will be able to speed up your site enough to compensate for this.
Difficult choices – especially for beginners
Although their advertising is quite clear from the moment you log in, once you try to register, it is not easy to choose the right server – Linux or ASP.NET. After all, most novices will be looking for the most affordable WordPress site or two. Scanning them can lead to loss of clients.
On the other hand, I can’t forget that the target audience of this web host is different from that of a typical budget web host. That’s why I don’t think that’s a big disadvantage in this case.
To sum up SmarterASP.Net Review
To sum it up, I think that the SmarterASP.NET offer is great for anyone who wants to get started. Without spending a penny on hosting, you can have a fully functional website.
All this with cPanel and a one-click WordPress installation. Naturally, as your business grows, you can take care of something that will better suit your needs. But for a beginner? The perfect playground, which I can sincerely recommend.
- 60-day trial
- 60-day money-back guarantee
- Built-in CDN
- Affordable ASP.NET hosting
- Performance of subcontractors
- There are only two servers
- Huge hosting offer for a beginner
Changelog – pre-ecosystem era
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v0.1.8.1 Business directory – content experiment to support b2b prospecting platform.
v0.1.6 GRIN tech affiliate program is live.
v0.1.5.3 GRIN jobs experiment started
v0.1.5.2 Working on cool in-house lead gen project - Art Director is preparing 100 picks of Business Cards in various niches.
v0.1.5.1 GRIN games emerged
As a web agency we never could and never will be able to escape the urge of building things.
Among million other things we played with an idea of text-based games and the last piece that was missing was the story itself. So via in-house outreach platform we found two established writers that believed in the project and agreed to participate.
Shout out to Richard Abbott who wrote Fraud on Thetis and Eva Pohler who sent us a huge draft we are still reading through.
At some point we realised that list building, fetching contact details & outreach tech work just as well for b2b lead generation
v0.1.3 Once, we fell in love with ecommerce, because of short feedback cycles on marketing & development efforts.
Today we ship into production inhouse SaaS project - AVOKADO - the web app for learning languages with flash cards.
The year after we built it we realised how long is the road map ahead & what resources we'd need to promote it and decided to put it on hold.
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