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Tweet Getting a website or online business online is not the easiest thing, especially if you are not a coder. Trying to find out what CSS, PHP, ASP and other terms mean is hard. When you start looking at off the shelf products it makes it even more confusing. I’ve just been asked by a [...]

phpGetting a website or online business online is not the easiest thing, especially if you are not a coder. Trying to find out what CSS, PHP, ASP and other terms mean is hard. When you start looking at off the shelf products it makes it even more confusing.

I’ve just been asked by a friend if he can mix and match a PHP application with a website built in ASP. Strangely enough he’s the 3rd person to ask me this in the last 7 days.

Well the short answer is no, you can not install a PHP application on an ASP server. (By the way, ASP & PHP are coding languages used to build web applications – look for more explanation in my upcoming Jargon Explained series). Trying to install PHP on an ASP server is like trying to put Diesel in your Petrol car.

However you can use different hosts to manage different parts of your site. In the case of my friend who just called, he can have his website (asp) hosted by “ASP Hosting” and using his domain name server, he can direct a part of his domain to “PHP Hosting” – creating the illusion of both running side by side.

For example: www.mysite.com might be an ASP website hosted by “ASP Hosting” but blog.mysite.com might be a PHP blog hosted by “PHP Hosting. To the general user they look like the same site, however behind the scenes they are separate. ASP Hosting might be physically located in NZ, while PHP Hosting could be in the USA.

MossoThis is a trend that is becoming more popular and a new hosting company, Mosso, have created a fantastic solution making this even easier. Their system actually allows you to host & run PHP & ASP applications side by side. Behind the scenes they sort out the issues of running these applications on the same hardware.

In summary, it is becoming easier and easier every day to mix and match solutions to fit your needs.

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