Why use ASP.NET when you can do it easier with PHP, Node.js and other programming language? There are some things that makes ASP.NET better than most of the programming languages out there. Sure PHP and Node.js is free, most particularly, it is open source; however, if you do not want to modify the software to fit your needs, then you might not have use for it. Most people who use open-source software is because they have the freedom to modify the package of the language to better suit for themselves. This is the reason people prefer open source over proprietary software.
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