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ASP.NET MVC 3 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: 5 Ways to Improve Your ASP.NET MVC Pages With Help From jQuery UI

clock March 30, 2011 06:55 by author Jervis

Introduction to ASP.NET MVC

ASP.NET MVC (Model-View-Controller) provides a light-weight framework with a lot of flexibility over the base ASP.NET framework. Unfortunately, this means we lose most of the high-level control structure provided by ASP.NET. This isn't necessarily a bad thing when you consider where web appplications are today. The focus has shifted to provide better and more unique user-interfaces. Thus MVC is the perfect fit whereby we can generate very controlled markup and user navigation.

From this base we can carefully add components to the project as necessary to build web applications. Out of the box, MVC projects include several JavaScript libraries including jQuery-1.4.1.js, jQuery.validate.js, etc. One library which could bring a lot to your MVC project is jQuery UI. The jQuery UI library allows you to easily create high-level UI functions in JavaScript. Using jQuery + jQuery UI you are able to easily create some of those controls which are missing from MVC. Listed below are 5 ways in which you can use jQuery UI to improve your MVC projects.

1. Dialog/Popups

Creating popup windows within JavaScript is not an easy proposition when you need to factor in features such as modal/non-modal, moveable, etc. Within jQuery UI all popups are known collectively as a dialog. When using dialogs there are a couple common usages such as displaying a static popup message, displaying a popup add/edit screens. Often add/edit dialogs, such as those used on grids are quite complex as it requires a call to the server before displaying the dialog. With a the help of a Partial View and the jQuery UI dialog it is quite simple as shown below.


First we need a DIV element which we will use to house the content for the popup. For our purpose here we can can just create a DIV with the id of EditDialogDiv. Then we need to create a javascript method to retrieve the contents for the dialog, open the popup and to close the popup. These two javascript methods are listed below.

  <script type="text/javascript">
  function GetEditDialog()
  {
     var lnk = '<%= Url.Action("EditDialog") %>'; 

     $.ajax({
        url: lnk,
        success: function (data) {
          //Set the Dialog Contents
          $('#EditDialogDiv').html(data); 

          //Initialize and show the Dialog
          $('#EditDialogDiv').dialog();
          $('#EditDialogDiv').dialog({ title: 'Dialog Title', resizable: true, modal: false });
          $('#EditDialogDiv').dialog('open');
        }
     });
  } 

  function EditDialogComplete()
  {
     $('#EditDialogDiv').dialog('close');
  }
  </script>

The first method GetEditDialog uses a jQuery Ajax request to grab the contents of a PartialView returned from a Controller method. Once the Ajax call has the contents it replaces the EditDialogDiv with the data returned. Then the method initializes the jQuery Dialog and opens it. The second method EditDialogComplete will be called from within the dialog and is used to close it. Now that we have the JavaScript needed to open and close the Dialog, we need to look at how to trigger these. The open is simple enough, call GetEditDialog() 
on an a button or link. To understand the close we need to look at the markup within the partial view used for the contents of the edit dialog. The partial view is shown below:

  <% using (Ajax.BeginForm("EditDialogSave", new AjaxOptions { UpdateTargetId = "EditDialogDiv", OnComplete = "EditDialogComplete" }))
  { %>
     Partial Edit Dialog
     <br />
     <input type="submit" value="Save" />
  <% } %>

This partial view is using the Ajax.BeginForm instead of the Html.BeginForm which allows us to asynchronously postback the contents of the form. Upon completion of the call, it will call the EditDialogComplete JavaScript method which will close the dialog. While a simple example it should illustrate how easy it is to make use of the jQuery Dialog an create Add/Edit dialogs which has been traditionally a very complex operation.

2. The Missing Date Picker

A date picker is a complex component to build yourself in JavaScript, luckily jQuery UI includes an effective Date Picker. To create a DatePicker we first need a text input box and a call upon document ready to initialize it as shown below:


  <input id="DatePicker" type="text" /> 

  <script type="text/javascript">
  $(document).ready(function ()
  {
     $('#DatePicker').datepicker();
  });
  </script>

As you can see this simple snippet is all you need to start a Date Picker. When the user clicks on the DatePicker input box the calendar will be displayed and allow the user to choose a date.

3. Simple Autocomplete

The autocomple provided with jQuery UI allows for very easy integration with MVC. We start by creating an input box and a call upon document ready to setup the Auto Complete as shown below:


  <input id="AutoComplete" type="text" /> 

  <script type="text/javascript" >
  $(document).ready(function()
  {
     $('#AutoComplete').autocomplete({
          minLength: 2,
          source: '<%= Url.Action("AutoComplete") %>'
     });
  }
  </script>

The AutoComplete method within the Controller will receive a QueryString item of the name of the term. The method will need to return a JsonResult with a list made records each with an id, label and value.

4. Prebuilt Themes and Style Builder

When using many 3rd party tools we are often forced to use the built-in styles or go down the path of modifying the included CSS. Modifying CSS files for 3rd party tools can be extremely time consuming, especially if the documentation is lacking. jQuery UI is completely backwards to many other 3rd party controls. The jQuery UI website provides a suite of themes as well as a tool called Theme Roller which allows users to create and edit themes. This allows you to start from scratch or start with one of the similar themes and create the one that matches your site. This can be a huge time saver and drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to utilize jQuery UI within your site.

5. Better User Interactions With the Tabs, Accordion, Sortable Lists, additional Effects, etc.

jQuery UI also includes several elements which primarily serve to improve user interaction. The Tabs and Accordion elements are both useful in user navigation in that they allow you to embed more content on the page without using up more screen real estate. One important note about Tabs is that the content for each Tab can be fetched asynchronously allowing for you to use a Controller Action and a Partial View as a Tab. Another useful control is the Sortable or Sortable List which enables you to take a group of elements and allow the user to reorder them as needed. jQuery UI also includes other controls which can be useful such as a Slider and simple Progress Bar. Also included are additional animation effects similar to those included with jQuery.

Conclusion

Traditional ASP.NET is a bit of a challenge to take full advantage of jQuery UI due to the high-level nature of the platform. Since MVC and its low-level nature you are able to take advantage of jQuery UI without a lot of effort. With the flexibility provided by MVC, you to pull in and utilize just about any JavaScript library, jQuery UI is particularly attractiven given that MVC works so well with jQuery. Similar to jQuery, jQuery UI is also a very small library dispite the number of features packed in. Not to mention the documentation and tools provided for jQuery UI.

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You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

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- Recovery Systems
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IIS 7.0 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: 403 Forbidden Error Resolution

clock March 29, 2011 05:39 by author Jervis

Error Message

403 Forbidden error messages are often customized by each website, especially very large ones, so keep in mind that this error may present itself in more ways than the common ones listed below:

- 403: Forbidden
- HTTP Error 403 – Forbidden


The 403 Forbidden error displays inside the Internet browser window, just as web pages do.

Cause

The 403 Forbidden error is an HTTP status code that means that accessing the page or resource you were trying to reach is absolutely forbidden for some reason.

Resolution

1. Check for URL errors and make sure the actual web page is specified. The most common reason for a web site to return the 403 Forbidden error is if the URL is pointing to a directory instead of a web page.

2. If you're sure the page you're trying to reach is correct, the 403 Forbidden error message may be a mistake. At this point it's probably in your best interest to contact the webmaster or other website contact and inform them of the problem.

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You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
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The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
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- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
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SSRS 2008 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: Exploring SSRS 2008 R2 Report Builder 3.0

clock March 28, 2011 06:50 by author Jervis

There is a good preliminary documentation on building Report Parts in MSDN:
Publishing Report Parts in Report Builder 3.0 – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee633670%28v=SQL.105%29.aspx.

Creating the Report

Download document/screenshots: Exploring SSRS 2008 R2 Report Builder 3.0 – Report Parts

For this mini tutorial I am going to assume you have created your report in BIDS 2008

1. Deploy your report to the report server.

2. Go to that report. Hover over the report name, and click on the down arrow to reveal the contextual dropdown. Select Edit in Report Builder.



3. Once Report Builder opens, go to the Report Builder main button (I think it looks like a scroll), and select Publish Report Parts.



4. In the Publish Report Parts window, select Review and modify report parts before publishing (unless you really want to publish all report parts with default settings).



5. In the next window, select which Report Parts you want to publish. Put a description too, makes it easier for your Report Builder users to identify report parts later on.



6. When you’re done, click on Publish. Note there is no dialog box notifying you that publishing is done. All you get are the green checkmarks beside the report parts you selected, and the message at the bottom of the Publish Report Parts dialog box saying how many report parts were published, and how manyfailded.



7. If this is the first time you published a Report Part, a new Report Part folder will be created in your report server.



8. Inside the Report Part folder are your published report parts. Note that the icon of the report parts give it away – puzzle pieces! Also note that when you hover over a report part and click on the down arrow, you will reveal the contextual menu for a report part (move, delete, security, manage and download).



That’s it. Great job.

Report Part Gallery

Inside the Report Builder 3.0, you will also see the Report Part Gallery tab, which will list all available Report Parts you can add to your report.



Report Part Updates

It is also important to note that if any report parts get updated, the reports that use that report part will display a notice when opened in Report Builder. It will tell you that the published report part(s) have been updated on the server.



Once you choose to view changes, you can select which report parts you want to update.



And once it’s updated, no in-your-face notice again that the update was successful. It’s still just that subtle green checkmark beside the report part you chose to update.



Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.


You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



ASP.NET MVC 3 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: Error Handling and CustomErrors in ASP.NET MVC 3 Framework

clock March 24, 2011 06:48 by author Jervis

MVC 3 now has a GlobalFilterCollection that is automatically populated with a HandleErrorAttribute. This default FilterAttribute brings with it a new way of handling errors in your web applications. In short, you can now handle errors inside of the MVC pipeline.

What does that mean?

This gives you direct programmatic control over handling your 500 errors in the same way that ASP.NET and CustomErrors give you configurable control of handling your HTTP error codes.

How does that work out?
Think of it as a routing table specifically for your Exceptions, it's pretty sweet!

Global Filters


The new Global.asax file now has a RegisterGlobalFilters method that is used to add filters to the new GlobalFilterCollection, statically located at System.Web.Mvc.GlobalFilter.Filters. By default this method adds one filter, the HandleErrorAttribute.

public class MvcApplication : System.Web.HttpApplication
{
    public static void RegisterGlobalFilters(GlobalFilterCollection filters)
    {
        filters.Add(new HandleErrorAttribute());
    }


HandleErrorAttributes

The HandleErrorAttribute is pretty simple in concept: MVC has already adjusted us to using Filter attributes for our AcceptVerbs and RequiresAuthorization, now we are going to use them for (as the name implies) error handling, and we are going to do so on a (also as the name implies) global scale.

The HandleErrorAttribute has properties for ExceptionType, View, and Master. The ExceptionType allows you to specify what exception that attribute should handle. The View allows you to specify which error view (page) you want it to redirect to. Last but not least, the Master allows you to control which master page (or as Razor refers to them, Layout) you want to render with, even if that means overriding the default layout specified in the view itself.

public class MvcApplication : System.Web.HttpApplication
{
    public static void RegisterGlobalFilters(GlobalFilterCollection filters)
    {
        filters.Add(new HandleErrorAttribute
        {
            ExceptionType = typeof(DbException),
            // DbError.cshtml is a view in the Shared folder.
            View = "DbError",
            Order = 2
        });
        filters.Add(new HandleErrorAttribute());
    }Error Views

All of your views still work like they did in the previous version of MVC (except of course that they can now use the Razor engine). However, a view that is used to render an error can not have a specified model! This is because they already have a model, and that is System.Web.Mvc.HandleErrorInfo

@model System.Web.Mvc.HandleErrorInfo          
@{
    ViewBag.Title = "DbError";
}

<h2>A Database Error Has Occurred</h2>

@if (Model != null)
{
    <p>@Model.Exception.GetType().Name<br />
    thrown in @Model.ControllerName @Model.ActionName</p>
}Errors Outside of the MVC Pipeline


The HandleErrorAttribute will only handle errors that happen inside of the MVC pipeline, better known as 500 errors. Errors outside of the MVC pipeline are still handled the way they have always been with ASP.NET. You turn on custom errors, specify error codes and paths to error pages, etc.

It is important to remember that these will happen for anything and everything outside of what the HandleErrorAttribute handles. Also, these will happen whenever an error is not handled with the HandleErrorAttribute from inside of the pipeline.

<system.web>
 <customErrors mode="On" defaultRedirect="~/error">
    <error statusCode="404" redirect="~/error/notfound"></error>
 </customErrors>Sample Controllers
public class ExampleController : Controller
{
    public ActionResult Exception()
    {
        throw new ArgumentNullException();
    }
    public ActionResult Db()
    {
        // Inherits from DbException
        throw new MyDbException();
    }
}

public class ErrorController : Controller
{
    public ActionResult Index()
    {
        return View();
    }
    public ActionResult NotFound()
    {
        return View();
    }
}


Putting It All Together


If we have all the code above included in our MVC 3 project, here is how the following scenario's will play out:

1. A controller action throws an Exception.
You will remain on the current page and the global HandleErrorAttributes will render the Error view.

2. A controller action throws any type of DbException. You will remain on the current page and the global HandleErrorAttributes will render the DbError view.

3. Go to a non-existent page.
You will be redirect to the Error controller's NotFound action by the CustomErrors configuration for HTTP StatusCode 404.

But don't take my word for it, download the sample project and try it yourself.

Three Important Lessons Learned

For the most part this is all pretty straight forward, but there are a few gotcha's that you should remember to watch out for:

1) Error views have models, but they must be of type HandleErrorInfo.
It is confusing at first to think that you can't control the M in an MVC page, but it's for a good reason. Errors can come from any action in any controller, and no redirect is taking place, so the view engine is just going to render an error view with the only data it has: The HandleError Info model. Do not try to set the model on your error page or pass in a different object through a controller action, it will just blow up and cause a second exception after your first exception!

2) When the HandleErrorAttribute renders a page, it does not pass through a controller or an action.
The standard web.config CustomErrors literally redirect a failed request to a new page. The HandleErrorAttribute is just rendering a view, so it is not going to pass through a controller action. But that's ok! Remember, a controller's job is to get the model for a view, but an error already has a model ready to give to the view, thus there is no need to pass through a controller.

That being said, the normal ASP.NET custom errors still need to route through controllers. So if you want to share an error page between the HandleErrorAttribute and your web.config redirects, you will need to create a controller action and route for it. But then when you render that error view from your action, you can only use the HandlerErrorInfo model or ViewData dictionary to populate your page.

3) The HandleErrorAttribute obeys if CustomErrors are on or off, but does not use their redirects.
If you turn CustomErrors off in your web.config, the HandleErrorAttributes will stop handling errors. However, that is the only configuration these two mechanisms share. The HandleErrorAttribute will not use your defaultRedirect property, or any other errors registered with customer errors.

In Summary

The HandleErrorAttribute is for displaying 500 errors that were caused by exceptions inside of the MVC pipeline. The custom errors are for redirecting from error pages caused by other HTTP codes.

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



ASP.NET MVC 3 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: MVC2 deploy - Could not load file or assembly 'System.Web.MVC, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35' or one of its dependencies.

clock March 15, 2011 06:45 by author Jervis

A new MVC 2 project worked on my local machine but when it was deployed to the test server it gave the error 'Could not load file or assembly 'System.Web.Mvc, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35' or one of its dependencies.' I have the full Visual Studio 2010 installed on my local machine but just the .NET 4 framework installed on the test servers. It seems the MVC assemblies do not come with .NET 4 framework itself so how to make MVC 2 work on the test servers?

When I installed Visual Studio 2010 on my local machine it came with all the fruit included (.NET4 framework, MVC2 etc) so the System.Web.Mvc.dll can be found in my machine's GAC (C:\Windows\assembly). However, since there is no need to bloat the web servers only the plain old .NET4 framework has been installed on the test servers. This does NOT include the MVC assembly and that is why it cannot be found by the web application.

You need this assembly to be on your web servers that you are deploying to but you want to avoid having to copy them into the GAC manually and doing all that gacutil mess or maybe you don't have access to your servers if they are hosted by provider.

Solution

You need to make the System.Web.Mvc assembly bin deployable... okay that doesn't sound easy but here is how to do it for the necessary MVC references:

Simply right click the reference and select 'Properties'



Then change 'Copy Local' to 'True':



Note

If your server has .NET 3.5 sp1 installed the new(ish) assemblies System.Web.Routing and System.Web.Abstractions will already be in the GAC. If you had previously deployed an MVC 1 application to a .NET 3.5 server you may remember having to deploy the other two assemblies too. Since MVC2 requires at least .NET 3.5 sp1 you will not need to worry about these assemblies, just System.Web.Mvc

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.


You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



Windows 2008 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: Filezilla Error - Failed to Retrieve Directory Listing

clock March 15, 2011 05:06 by author Jervis

This is the error message that you almost find when you use Filezilla:

Response:           200 PORT command successful. Consider using PASV.
Command:          LIST
Error:     Connection timed out
Error:     Failed to retrieve directory listing

I ran the Filezilla configuration wizard to diagnose the problem. The configuration wizard utility ran for a while reporting success until the very end. After timing out, I received the following messages:

Response: 200 PORT command successful
LIST
Response: 150 opening data connection
Response: 503 Failure of data connection.
Server sent invalid reply.
Connection closed

Searching the Internet led to not so helpful posts such as
"Please read the Network Configuration guide.". After analyzing the situation, it turns out the solution isn't so obvious. My Client had the default setting of Connection -> FTP -> Active Mode: Get External IP Address From This URL. Which pointed to http://ip.filezilla-project.org/ip.php . This is the source of the problem. If you go to that URL, you will probably get a result of 127.0.0.1. If the Filezilla client needs the external address, and is given 127.0.0.1, then there will be problems indeed!

If you have a similar problem with Filezilla, and the problem persists even when the Windows Firewall is disabled, here is what you need to do

- Open Filezilla, go to Edit -> Settings
- Click on Connection -> FTP: Choose Active
- Click on Connection -> FTP -> Active Mode: Select "Ask your operating system for the external IP address”
- Click on Connection -> FTP -> Passive Mode: Choose Fall Back to Active Mode
- Press OK.

Try connecting to your FTP site once again. It will work!!



Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



Windows 2008 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: Hosting a WCF Service in IIS 7 and Windows 2008

clock March 11, 2011 09:06 by author Jervis

Here are the steps:

1.
Build your Service Library in release mode.

2. Go to your Win2k8 server, and add the "Web Server" role - make sure ASP.NET is enabled.

3. Create a dir on your disk - I put mine in c:\code\HelloWorld <-- this will be the physical directory that will run my WCF service.

4. Fix the security on this dir by adding the following permissions
- Ensure that "Network Service" has Read & Execute + List folder contents + Read.
- Ensure that  IIS_IUSRS have Read & Execute + List folder contents + Read.

5. Now, go to IIS MGR, and add a new application pool called "Hello World". Ensure that this Application Pool is set to the settings as shown below



6. Next, create a website in IIS7 with the following settings



7. Are we done yet? Heck no! Apparently, WCF .. doesn't work with IIS 7 OOTB. So you need to run command prompt as administrator, and run the following command

"%windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.0\Windows Communication Foundation\ServiceModelReg.exe" -r –y

8. Now, the DLL that you created in step #1, copy that to C:\Code\HelloWorld\Bin .. where C:\Code\HelloWorld is the physical path of my website

9. Next, create a file called HelloWorld.svc at C:\Code\HelloWorld with the following text in it

<% @ServiceHost Service="MyServices.HelloWorld" %>

10. Next, create a web.config with the following

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<configuration>
  <system.serviceModel>
    <services>
      <service behaviorConfiguration="MyServices.HelloWorldBehavior" name="MyServices.HelloWorld">
        <endpoint address="" binding="wsHttpBinding" contract="MyServices.IHelloWorld" />
        <endpoint address="mex" binding="mexHttpBinding" contract="IMetadataExchange" />
        <host>
          <baseAddresses>
            <add baseAddress="http://localhost:8000/" />
          </baseAddresses>
        </host>
      </service>
    </services>
    <behaviors>
      <serviceBehaviors>
        <behavior name="MyServices.HelloWorldBehavior">
          <serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="true" />
          <serviceDebug includeExceptionDetailInFaults="false" />
        </behavior>
      </serviceBehaviors>
    </behaviors>
  </system.serviceModel>
</configuration>

As you can see, I have set a base address of http://localhost:8000 <-- change that to what suits you. Also, I have created 2 endpoints, one uses wsHttpBinding, and the other uses mexHttpBinding

11. Now browse to this URL - http://localhost:8000/HelloWorld.svc, you should see the service hosted as shown below



12. Done. Great job!!

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.


You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



About ASPHostPortal.com

We’re a company that works differently to most. Value is what we output and help our customers achieve, not how much money we put in the bank. It’s not because we are altruistic. It’s based on an even simpler principle. "Do good things, and good things will come to you".

Success for us is something that is continually experienced, not something that is reached. For us it is all about the experience – more than the journey. Life is a continual experience. We see the Internet as being an incredible amplifier to the experience of life for all of us. It can help humanity come together to explode in knowledge exploration and discussion. It is continual enlightenment of new ideas, experiences, and passions


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