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Hosting Wcf In Windows Service

Discover the essentials of hosting WCF services in Windows shared hosting using Plesk, a popular web hosting control panel. Follow our step-by-step guide to effortlessly deploy and manage your WCF services, ensuring optimal performance and security for your .NET applications.
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WSF services

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is a framework provided by Microsoft to enable seamless communication between applications using various protocols and data formats.

WCF allows developers to create scalable, flexible, and secure services that can be consumed by different clients. Our Windows Hosting with Plesk panel is a cost-effective way to host your WCF service.

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Advantages of WCF Services

WCF services offer several benefits, including:

  1. Interoperability with various platforms and languages
  2. Support for multiple protocols (HTTP, TCP, MSMQ, etc.)
  3. Configurable security and reliability features
  4. Simplified service configuration and deployment

For more information and in-depth explanations of the advantages of WCF services, refer to these resources:

What is Plesk?

Plesk is a popular web hosting control panel designed for managing websites and applications on Windows and Linux servers. It provides a user-friendly interface for managing domains, databases, and email accounts, making it a popular choice for shared hosting environments.

Supported .NET Framework and WCF Versions at Windows Hosting with Plesk

Our Windows Hosting platform supports various versions of .NET Core and ASP.NET, including:

  • Microsoft ASP.NET Core Module 12.2.19226.0
  • Microsoft ASP.NET Core Module V2 13.1.20074.0
  • Microsoft .NET Core 2.1 Runtime 2.1.17
  • Microsoft .NET Core 2.2 Runtime 2.2.7
  • .NET Core 3.0 Runtime 3.0.0
  • .NET Core 3.1 Runtime 3.1.3
  • .NET Core.App 5.0.17
  • .NET Core.App 6.0.5

Although WCF services are not directly supported by .NET Core or .NET 5+, you can still host WCF services on your platform as long as it supports the .NET Framework 3.0 or later. WCF is an integral part of the .NET Framework, which is separate from .NET Core. To host WCF services on your platform, ensure that you have the appropriate .NET Framework version installed on your server, typically .NET Framework 3.0 or higher. If your hosting environment supports .NET Framework 4.x, you’ll be able to leverage the latest features and improvements in WCF services.

Steps to Host WCF Service in Plesk

To host a WCF service in our windows shared hosting with Plesk, follow these steps:


Before you begin, ensure that you have:

  1. A Plesk hosting account with access to the control panel
  2. A WCF service built using Visual Studio
  3. Administrator privileges on your local machine

Installing the WCF Service

  1. Open your WCF service project in Visual Studio.
  2. Right-click the project in Solution Explorer and select “Publish.”
  3. Choose “File System” as the publish method and select a local folder to save the published files.

A detailed step-by-step guide can be found at a guide : Install and Configure WCF Activation Components

Configuring Your Plesk Account

  1. Log in to your Plesk control panel.
  2. Click “Add New Domain” or “Add New Subdomain” to create a new domain or subdomain in plesk for your WCF service.
  3. Configure the domain or subdomain settings as needed.

Uploading the WCF Service to Plesk

  1. Use the Plesk File Manager or an FTP client to upload the published WCF service files to the “httpdocs” folder of your domain or subdomain.

Configuring Web.Config File

  1. Open the “web.config” file in the “httpdocs” folder.
  2. Ensure that the WCF service endpoint and bindings are correctly configured.
  3. Save the changes to the “web.config” file.

Setting Up IIS

  1. In your Plesk control panel, navigate to the domain or subdomain settings for your WCF service.
  2. Click on “IIS Settings” and enable “ASP.NET” and “Windows Authentication.”
  3. Make sure that the correct .NET Framework version is selected for your WCF service.

Read more about How to manage .NET Core Application Hosting

Testing Your WCF Service

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to the URL of your WCF service (e.g.,
  2. If the WCF service is correctly configured and hosted, you should see a service description page.

Common Issues and Troubleshooting

Permissions and Security

Ensure that the necessary permissions are set for the WCF service files and folders. You may need to adjust the security settings in Plesk or grant read and execute permissions to the “IUSR” and “IIS_IUSRS” user groups. using file manager in plesk panel.

Debugging and Logging

If you encounter issues with your WCF service, enable tracing and logging in the “web.config” file to gather more information about the problem. You can also use remote debugging tools, such as Visual Studio’s remote debugger, to troubleshoot issues with your WCF service directly on the server.


Yes, you can host multiple WCF services on a single Plesk account by creating separate domains or subdomains for each service.

Yes, you can enable SSL for your WCF service by obtaining an SSL certificate and configuring it in your Plesk control panel. Netspace India provide free SSL certificate for every domain hosted in our server. Read : Activating Free SSL using Plesk (Windows Hosting)

No, WCF services are specific to the .NET Framework and Windows platform. Plesk can be used to manage other web services on a Linux server, but not WCF services.


Review the common issues and troubleshooting section for potential solutions, and double-check your configuration settings. If you are still experiencing issues, consider reaching out to our hosting support. Read : How do I create and manage support tickets from the client area?

Shashi kant Pandidhar
Shashi kant Pandidhar
I’ve been helping businesses to be online for over 15 years. Today my team and I, focus on helping real businesses to overcome real-life challenges and analyse data in a way that can help businesses grow in the right direction of this digital age.
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