Top 10 Websites Written Using ASP.NET MVC

With all of the millions of websites out there, how many were built with ASP.NET MVC? In today's post, I show the most successful ASP.NET MVC commercial sites.

Last Updated: July 12th, 2017 • MVC •
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ASP.NET MVC is becoming more popular with each version released.

Personally, I've been extremely happy with MVC since inception. I was looking for a better way to build websites instead of using WebForms.

However, I can sit here and tell you all of the benefits of ASP.NET MVC, but until you see an example website, I'm just flapping my gums.

That's what developers are looking for: real-world examples of ASP.NET MVC websites in the wild. It's making it hard for developers to justify spending time learning ASP.NET MVC.

I've provided sample MVC projects, but it's not the same as a full-fledged production site.

BuiltWith.com is a site for Internet statistics. You can find out what sites are "built with" what technologies (get it?) ;-)

If we look at every framework on the Internet (yes, on the entire Internet), you'll see ASP.NET and PHP are the kings with ASP.NET MVC sites taking up a 1% of the share (Although, I do worry about the sites with Classic ASP).

BuiltWith.com/Frameworks screenshot

So if 1% of the Internet is ASP.NET MVC and it's so popular, where are the websites built with this Microsoft technology?

Here are the most well-known sites I've found running ASP.NET MVC.

StackOverflow

StackOverflow.com Screenshot

We had to get this one out of the way.

For developers, this is the site when a developer has a question about a certain technology. It's now becoming a developer's verb ("Why don't you StackOverflow it?")

With the entire site built on ASP.NET MVC, it doesn't just pertain to web development.

There are a ton of other topics like mathematics, game development, and grammar just to name a few.

Examine the site list when you get a chance.

For more details about the architecture of StackOverflow, check out StackOverflow on HighScalability.com.

Microsoft

Microsoft.com Screenshot

This is another one to get out of the way.

It just makes sense Microsoft would eat their own dog food. Translation: The tools they built for developers are the same tools they used in-house to build their website.

GoDaddy

GoDaddy.com Screenshot

I've been with GoDaddy.com for a while now (going on 15 years). I didn't realize the site was built on MVC.

DELL

Dell.com Screenshot

Dell is one of the top PC makers and distributors in the world.

I've been using Dell laptops for as long as I can remember...until I recently found a replacement laptop when I was in a pinch.

With the site built using ASP.NET MVC, I have a continued appreciation for them.

Visual Studio

VisualStudio.com Screenshot

I know I mentioned Microsoft and this could be placed under the same umbrella, but I also have to mention visualstudio.com.

It's not considered a subdomain on Microsoft's site, but it's running entirely on ASP.NET MVC.

Wild Tangent

WildTangent.com Screenshot

Wild Tangent is known for it's huge collection of online games you can try, buy, or even rent and play with your friends.

Move throughout the site and you'll see the familiar MVC route {controller}/{action}/{id} (or actually {controller}/{id}) pointing to a specific action.

Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Screenshot

Ancestry.com is a site allowing you to discover your family history and start a family tree.

It's hard to detect by the URLs, but according to the BuiltWith.com, the entire site uses ASP.NET MVC.

Diply.com

Diply.com Screenshot

According to the search engine results, diply.com is a "leading social entertainment publisher that creates captivating content for millennials."

Again, if you move around the site, you'll notice the familiar Category/Inspirational controller and actions of MVC.

The site is a bit heavy on the images and takes a bit of time to load.

Personally, I like the site.

TacoBell.com

TacoBell.com Screenshot

Ok, this one was a shock to me. I didn't expect the entire Taco Bell site on MVC.

Like the Double Chalupa, it's definitely impressive.

Marketwatch.com

Marketwatch.com Screenshot

Marketwatch is another great example of what can be achieved with a great design and granular manipulation using ASP.NET MVC's Razor and HTML.

The site is compact, neat, and tight on design. It's also responsive which is definitely a feather in their cap.

Conclusion

The focus of this post was to make developers aware of the potential of what ASP.NET MVC websites can aspire to become when finished.

As you can imagine, these sites receive millions of hits in a month. I know StackOverflow easily receives that amount.

Of course, the framework doesn't architect itself. There are other technologies at work besides MVC which the BuiltWith Extension demonstrates when you visit a site.

Grab the free extension and see what framework your favorite website runs.

Do you know of another website running on ASP.NET MVC? Post your site below and let's discuss.

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Jonathan Danylko is a freelance web architect and avid programmer who has been programming for over 20 years. He has developed various systems in numerous industries including e-commerce, biotechnology, real estate, health, insurance, and utility companies.

When asked what he likes to do in his spare time, he replies, "Programming."

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