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Why we choose Microsoft .ASP.Net

By Haydon 5-10 minute read

Have you ever been caught in an intense argument with two opposing sides grappling over which is the better Smart Phone, Samsung Galaxy or Apple iPhone? It may have been Ford vs. Holden or even Coke vs. Pepsi. In the web development world, we have the same scenario; we wrestle with Microsoft ASP.Net vs. PHP.

As a web development house that specialises in building digital solutions using Microsoft ASP.Net, we are often asked by our clients 'what is the difference between Microsoft. ASP.Net and PHP?' and 'why do we choose Microsoft. ASP.Net?'

Your knowledge about the two different technologies may range from 'I am fluent in all coding languages known to man' to 'I kind of know what you're talking about' to 'what the hell did you just say to me'. This article attempts outline some of the key differences between and PHP and explain why we choose to build with Microsoft ASP.Net.

So here we go …

What is Microsoft ASP. Net?
ASP.Net is a unified web development model that was first released by Microsoft back in 2002.  ASP.Net is part of the Microsoft .Net framework which allows developers to create dynamic web applications and web services. ASP.NET aims for performance benefits over other script-based technologies by compiling the server-side code into dll files for use on the web server. These dll files or assemblies contain Microsoft Intermediate Language (MSIL) for running within a Common Language Runtime (CLR); this provides a performance boost over pure scripted languages.

Applications are typically developed using Microsoft's Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and developers are free to code in one of a variety of languages that the CLR supports, such as C# or VB.NET. ASP.Net provides an extensive set of controls and libraries that allow the rapid building of applications.

What is PHP?
PHP is a recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Pre-processor. PHP originated as a scripting tool that has quickly spread throughout the internet thanks to its easy learning and large developer community. According to one estimate, PHP is installed on over 244 million websites with server support from virtually all major hosts. PHP is also free and boasts a number of frameworks to simplify web development.

Get it yet? No? Simply put, these are two different technologies that developers use to build web applications but ultimately they do the same thing. Similar to speaking in Spanish or English. You do the same thing with them, but in different languages.

What are the key differences?






ASP.Net typically operates on a Windows Platform through the Internet Information Services (IIS) web server.


.Net can also run on other platforms using Mono.

PHP typically operates on a Linux/Unix Platform through an Apache web server.

PHP can also run on multiple platforms including IIS.


 Popular CMS

The following CMS's are built with ASP.Net and the .Net Framework:


The following CMS's are built with PHP:



ASP.NET is an open source technology which can be developed with for free

PHP is an open source technology which can be developed with for free

 Coding Languages

Supports more than 25 languages, but the 2 that are most-commonly used are C# and Visual Basic .Net (VB.Net). Most developers pick one language but can consume components written in any of the other supported languages.

PHP is a server-side scripting language influenced by C/C++. PHP supports some object-oriented programming concepts.


The .Net framework, including ASP.Net, is developed, released and supported by Microsoft. The .Net framework also has a large and active, global development community.

PHP is maintained and supported by the development community across the world.


ASP.Net is a platform in which programming languages such as C# or VB.Net can be used to create dynamic websites and applications

PHP is a programming language typically used for web development


ASP.Net has a rich feature set which typically encourages users to produce structured code and separate UI and business logic concerns. AS such ASP.Net ha a high barriers of entry for developers.


PHP is relatively easy to learn and is good for entry level developers.


Why do we choose Microsoft ASP.Net?

.Net provides the ability to easily create custom applications while enabling integrations between both Microsoft and a large array third-party products, making it ideal to produce high quality business solutions.The framework is backed by Microsoft, a large and trusted organisation, combined with a large development community to provide support and assistance to both developers and clients alike.

ASP.Net can reduce the amount of code needed to build large applications by leveraging inbuilt framework features and abstraction from low level tasks. ASP.Net has support for various authentication mechanisms, application settings and configuration to provide scalable and secure applications. It provides high performance by using early binding, just-in-time compilation, native optimisation, and caching services right out of the box.

ASP.Net framework is complemented by a rich and designer tools in Visual Studio integrated development environment. WYSIWYG-editing, drag and drop controls, simplified deployment are just some of the features of this powerful tool provides. ASP.Net provides a simple and easy mechanism to perform common tasks, from simple form submission and client authentication configuration and site deployments.
ASP.Net pages are easy to maintain and write. In addition, the source code is executed on the server. It provides greater power and flexibility to Web pages. All processes are carefully controlled and managed by ASP.Net, so that if the process dead, the new process can be created in its place, which helps to keep your application constantly available to handle requests.

Utilises server-side technologies, so that the ASP.Net code runs on the server before being sent to the browser.
ASP.Net is independent of the language, it allows you to select the language that best applies to your application or partition applications in many languages. ASP.Net makes for easy deployment. No need to register components because the configuration information is embedded. The web server continuously monitors the pages, components and applications running on it. If he notices any memory leaks, infinite loops, other illegal activities, which immediately destroys the activity and restarts.

It is easy to work with databases such as SQL Server for data binding and formatting of the page.
So you may be asking yourself 'which is the right for my website?' The answer to this question is based on many considerations. You have to ask yourself 'what do I want my website/web application to achieve?, Is the platform relevant my solution choice? Will this fit in with my organisation's operating environment? Do I want to make use of a third-party product such as a CMS?'

Contact Zeroseven today to discuss if we are the right fit for your project.