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in a world of changing technology, when we look for places to put our apps, we're probably looking for people who are on the cutting edge of the frameworks as well.  i want to draw your attention to .  why?  well, for one their feature set rocks.

    • free iis7/.net 3.5 hosting during the beta (one of the early adopter hosters)
    • real-time data backup tools
    • great sql support with tooling as well
    • silverlight support (meaning they support the default mime types)
    • your own apppool
    • asp.net ajax and ajax control toolkit support
    • etc., etc.

if you are a microsoft web developer and need a place to host, you should give them a try, and the price is great as well.  when you sign up as well they will give you 3 MONTHS FREE HOSTING!

but there is another reason why i like discountasp.net.  they support our communities well.  through my involvement with user groups over the past 12 or so years, there are many vendors that really support communities well, and these guys are one of them.  in the past they've provided community organizations a free hosting account to get going and build their communities.  i think this level of commitment to building and supporting a broad developer ecosystem is great.

so if you need a host, check them out and take advantage of their 3 months free for their plans!

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well, in my previous examples, i was using a free linux hoster.  i found another one that was much more reliable from a responsiveness standpoint, but found a snag and wanted to share.

you see on some free hosters, in order to be free they'll add banner adds to your pages.  for my purposes, who cares.  i signed up with this particular one and none of my samples were working.  huh, weird i thought.  until you look at the error message of 'unknown namespace' from silverlight.  ahh...

you see what the free host was doing was injecting their banner ad code into *every* served request.  so when the xaml page was requested, it was being injected into the root of the xaml, thus putting in stuff like <div>my banner ad</div> before the root <Canvas> node.  the silverlight parser looked at that and said 'sorry man, homey don't play that.'

argh, off to find another...anyone know of a good free linux host (ad supported is okay as long as it doesn't do the above)?