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ASP.NET vs ASP.NET Core | Is ASP.NET Better?

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Today, we are talking about the differences between ASP.NET vs ASP.NET Core. Read this article until the end to reveal our use cases when ASP.NET must still be used. On our channel, we share thoughts on recent developments in the tech industry, follow us not to miss new articles.
So, both platforms ASP.NET and ASP.NET Core derive from .NET, it’s simple in usage Microsoft-build framework.

Some Common Misunderstandings


  • ASP is a server-side scripting language and engine for dynamic web pages. ASPs are typically used for the back end of a web application.
  • In its turn, ASP.NET is a server-side web application framework designed for web development to produce dynamic web pages. Keep reading to get the answers to the most common questions about ASP.NET and ASP.NET Core.

Are ASP.NET and ASP.NET Core the same?

  • ASP.NET was the first version of the web-adapted .NET framework
  • ASP.NET Core is a newer, more improved version.

Actually, a .NET framework itself underwent the same transformation, so now there are two tools: .NET Core and .NET framework.



ASP.NET is based on HTTP protocol for requests and communication. ASP.NET shares most of its key components with .NET. Among them are:

  • Support of multiple languages
  • Library as ASP.NET provides reusable code components interfaces, classes and values for net based web development
  • Language runtime.

Benefits of ASP.NET

  • Security and access control
  • Fewer lines of code, more functionality
  • Built-in HTML generator
  • Support of multiple languages
  • Real-time windows server monitoring
  • Garbage collection and security alerts
  • The built-in caching system
  • Separation of the application of internal logic and content.

ASP.NET Core – a newer version that runs on .NET Core

It is a modular web framework. ASP.NET Core is available open source and can be executed not only on Windows but also on Linux and Mac.
It is a great option for cloud and micro services development.

Benefits of ASP.NET Core

  • Clear structure
  • Features are structured in views and controllers. Developers can organize functionality by feature folders, create separate areas
  • Filters. You can easily track middleware and duplication by assigning filters that would detect unwanted characteristics and clean up the codebase.
  • You won’t believe it but ASP.NET Core can be hosted in Docker, HTTP.sys, Apache, Kestrel, IIS, NGINX and other systems.
  • Great option for cloud and microservices development especially well suited for enterprise level projects.

ASP.NET vs ASP.NET Core Side-to-Side Comparison

  • ASP.NET Core is a cross-platform while ASP.NET supports windows only.
  • ASP.NET Core has better performance and stricter control over dependencies. It supports both .NET framework and .NET Core.
  • ASP.NET supports a variety of files including WCF, web config and others.
  • The Core version is better in terms of modular support and optimization for cloud development.
  • When it comes to visual studio support, ASP.NET supports all versions while Core works with those released after 2015.

Overall, the major advantage of ASP.NET is maturity of the ecosystem. ASP.NET Core on the other hand, stands out with its improved interface and cross-platform compatibility.

Use Cases


  • New project development
  • Enterprise projects
  • Project has many dependencies.


  • Supporting projects with a code base that’s developed over a long time
  • The team isn’t ready for migration because of higher priority tasks.

So, the best practice is to use ASP.NET Core since it’s a new version that presents more opportunities to the team.

This article was prepared by the EZtek team. We provide software development, UI/ UX design and testing services to top brands worldwide. We share our experience in the latest insights of software development, so make sure to follow us not to miss a single article.


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