WebSite Pro Still a Force

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2001-03-05 Print this article Print

Website Professional was the first Web server that didn't make me edit config files to run it, so it holds a special place for me

Website Professional was the first Web server that didnt make me edit config files to run it, so it holds a special place for me. Testing the new version, 3.0, from OReilly & Associates brought back a lot of memories, as some things havent changed much from the first version I used in 1995.

In many ways, the Windows-only WebSite Professional is superior to Microsofts Internet Information Server, especially when it comes to ease of use (although it still lacks browser-based management). Performance, always a low point for WebSite Pro, is better, although its still not a good choice for high-traffic Web sites.

WebSite Pro, with its broad support for scripting languages, is a good choice for developers. And the products ability to run on almost any Windows operating system, combined with intuitive configuration management, makes it well-suited to complex sites that dont expect lots of concurrent connections.

However, these features may not be enough to get would-be buyers over the $995 price for WebSite Pro, especially when the two most popular Web servers, Apache and IIS, are essentially free.

Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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