Even the best of us can use a good Web page hit counter now and then. Since there is no built-in page counter control in .NET, it makes sense to build a custom control that will do the job. This compiled control can be licensed and distributed if you like. But best of all, you can just grab it from the Toolbox and drop it onto a form for the home page of each of your applications. As shown in Figure 10-8, the control displays static text in black on white and variable data in yellow on black. Although the display looks like a line of text, it’s really a control, and all of the output is HTML generated using .NET Framework objects.