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What is Windows Services?

The Windows Services Enabler allows the use of ASP, ASP.net, ColdFusion and ColdFusion MX files on the user's domain. Our systems will process these files correctly only after enabling the appropriate service on the domain.

If the user has an SSL certificate installed on their domain, secure services can also be enabled using the Windows Services Enabler.

What is ASP?

Microsoft Active Server Page (ASP) is a server-side scripting technology that can be used to create dynamic and interactive Web applications. An ASP page is an HTML page that contains server-side scripts that are processed by a Web server before being sent to the user's browser. ASP can be combined with Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) to create powerful interactive Websites.

ASP is a feature of the Microsoft Internet Information Server. Since the server-side script is building a regular HTML page, it can be served to almost any browser. An ASP file can be created by including a script written in VBScript or JScript in an HTML file.

What is ASP.net?

Microsoft's ASP.net is a server-side scripting technology that can be used to create dynamic and interactive Web applications. An ASP.net page is an HTML page that contains server-side scripts that are processed by a Web server before being sent to the user's browser. Users can combine ASP with Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) to create powerful interactive Websites. ASP.net coding is more "compact" than ASP code; the scripts required to perform a given function are shorter in ASP.net than they are in ASP.

Since the server-side script is building a regular HTML page, it can be served to almost any browser. An ASP.net file can be created by using any text-editing tool, such as notepad.

What is ColdFusion?

ColdFusion, developed by Allaire, is a complete Web application server for developing and delivering scalable e-business applications. The ColdFusion solution consists of two related packages:

  • ColdFusion Studio – Tightly integrated with ColdFusion Server, ColdFusion Studio provides visual programming, database, and debugging tools for building sophisticated Web applications.
  • ColdFusion Server – ColdFusion Server offers all the runtime services for delivering users' e-business applications built on a highly scalable and open architecture.

ColdFusion uses a tag-based, server scripting language that is ideal for programming Web applications. Processed entirely on the server, the ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML) cleanly integrates with HTML for user interface and XML for data exchange. Both open and extensible, CFML supports more than 70 server-side tags, 200 functions, and 800 third-party components. In addition, ColdFusion supports Java and C++.

What extensions should be used?

In order for the Web server to correctly identify and parse ASP, ASP.net, ColdFusion and ColdFusion MX files, users should use the following extensions:

  • ASP files should use ".asp".
  • ASP.net files end with ".aspx"
  • ColdFusion and ColdFusion MX files must use ".cfm"

Since ColdFusion and ColdFusion MX files both use the ".cfm" extension; it is not possible to have both services enabled at the same time. For security reasons, our servers do not support ColdFusion custom tags.