Free trial hosting for ASP.NET and SQL

If you are interested in learning about web development with .NET, Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition (yeah, it’s a long name) is an awesome tool (and free), but you might also need hosting to see your work live. The web team is offering a no-obligation 30-day hosting account that includes 50Mb of disk space and 30Mb database space. This no-cost package lets you:

  • Connect to a live web server from Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition;
  • Upload ASP.NET 2.0 Starter Kits such as the Personal Web Site Starter Kit;
  • Upload your custom ASP.NET 2.0 applications (including web page content files and SQL Server Express databases);
  • See your applications live on the web!

    If you are looking for a longer-term hosting solution, you can find many ASP.NET hosters at By the way, the site has plenty of useful information to anyone who is interested in getting started with web development, including a couple things we don’t have available on MSDN (like a list hosting partners).

  • If you have any feedback on our resources to help web developers get started, please let me know!