Why Choose ASP.NET Over PHP?
As you all know, PHP is an open source language that will cost you only the hosting cost for application development. ASP.NET is a Microsoft technology where you will have to purchase the development environment which is Visual Studio. There are many advantages that I have seen in ASP.NET over PHP although I am very much into PHP development.
Ease of development
Development is always easy with the available server controls in ASP.NET apart from the user controls. This makes data management very much efficient and reduces the coding effort. These controllers are inbuilt available with Visual Studio and no need of finding them as external plugins. For example, a table with editing, deleting and insertion abilities is just a drag and drop of a server control named grid view. Comparatively, a PHP developer will have to give an effort for few hours to get this done.
Master Pages to Improve Efficiency
Master pages provide the facility to reduce code weight of your application as well as speedup the application execution when a same content part is available for different pages. The required and include functions in PHP provide the facility to reduce code weight but that does not make any sense for the server level speedup.
You Got Your Source with You
In PHP, the only available option for hosting the application is copying the files of the project to the server. ASP.NET makes the same functionality available with hosting only the register dlls in the server, which keeps your source code with you. This improves the security of the code for certain extend. Form the developer’s perspective; it saves your copyrights with you. Someday your source code will worth you more than the developed application.
Same Pricing Levels
Early days, a major drawback there was with ASP.NET was that the higher price levels that could not be afforded by the small organizations. Today, most of the small hosting packages have no difference for both PHP and ASP.NET hosting. But the larger scale Windows Server hosting plans are still higher than Linux Hosting.