Community Server is a software package (ASP.Net front end, MSSQL back end). Right now I am hosting my CS site on a shared windows server.
Aparently, the server software has an application timeout parameter that others have adjusted to keep CS from shutting down in low traffic environments. This is normally not allowed in most shared hosting plans.
I will contact my host with more specific questions about what can be done to improve the speed in the shared hosting environment. My primary objective here was to get a feel for how difficult it would be to manage my own dedicated server... not even sure if that is what I want to do, but every little bit of info helps in evaluation the options.
Have you tried adjusting your Scheduled Tasks? From what I make you your question is that server keeps shutting down every time there is no activity. This might be your problem, you might have adjusted a timer on your application.
If that is not the case, then you should talk to your host and tell them to modify the IIS files. I`ve found out that over the last few months there`s have been a lot of upgrades from Microsoft, so there might be a conflict in your settings (on the server).
Now as for going with a dedicated Server? I don`t see the reason why you should do that unless you know for a fact that your going to grwo within the next six months, if not stay with a regular shared hosting plan.
NIKOLE is right, some companies just give you an Admin Login and your SSH login and its up to you to Modify the Server to your Preference.
My Question to you is: Why ASP and MSSQL? Why not PHP MYSQL?
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