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Why convert from Web Site to Web Application

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I've got about 25K lines of vb.net and maybe another 2k lines of js behind a complex asp.net page that I'm hoping to turn into a publically available service (with some help).

Pretty soon I'm going to upload it to a hosting service and do some demos with it.

I know I should convert it from a site to an application, however, I don't want to because when I do it kicks up a bunch of errors, throws in the designer code, and suddenly gets a lot more complicated.  I feel like I'm a kind of an advanced hobby coder and can do the business rules-to-GUI part fairly well, and even write ok structured code, but the whole .Net dev internals territory always seems an order of magnitude more difficult to deal with.

Since I apparently need a little boost here, I was hoping EExperts might provide me the basic reasons why I should convert from web site to web application.

Any help with this would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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All the information you looking for is available on Microsoft's site
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd547590.aspx

The biggest advantage of web application is the deployment. web site needs to have a full deployment even if you do a minor change while web applications doesn't require that type of deployment.
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Thanks for the input.  

I'm thinking that for a demo, I'm not going to get any advantage from converting to web application.  Web Application makes plenty of sense for a production app.

My only other concern is the security of my source code, and that depends on the security of the Hosting Service (shared hosting), and on the security of my application scripts.

My application will be the only scripts on the hosting site, and it will only be "up" for a short time during the demo, which (at this point) only a few well-trusted people would be aware of in the first place.

Does this assessment seem about right?  Anything else I might consider?
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