The new version of ASP.NET, i.e., ASP.NET 2.0 offers a wide
range of features that are an improvement on its earlier counterpart, ASP.NET
1.x. It has enhanced the support for administration, user and roles management,
extensibility, security and performance, to name a few. One of such new
features is the ASP.NET 2.0 Provider Model. The provider model defines an easy
plug-and-play architecture in Microsoft .NET. This article discusses ASP.NET's
new features, like Membership, Personalization, and Profile.