To get started creating websites, just download and install WebMatrix using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer. You will be up and running less than 5 minutes! Once WebMatrix is installed, we make it simple to get and install the latest version of your favorite free web applications such as WordPress, Joomla!, DotNetNuke and Orchard.
Once you are up and running, you will find that WebMatrix provides all the tools features you will need in a single unified interface. Say good-bye to switching between multiple applications just to perform common web development tasks. With WebMatrix, you are always just a click away from easily editing your files, managing your database and modifying your server settings.
When you are ready, WebMatrix provides a no-hassle way to show the world your website. Just access our hosting gallery from WebMatrix and you will find a hosting provider that is guaranteed to run your site smoothly while also allowing you to publish directly from WebMatrix.
WebMatrix was built to streamline Web development and make it easy, whether you are getting started or you just want to get things done. It lets you focus on what is important — your Web site.
WebMatrix is a free Web development tool that installs in minutes and elegantly brings together a Web server, a database, and programming frameworks into a single, integrated experience. WebMatrix lets you code, test, and deploy both ASP.NET and PHP applications side by side.
With WebMatrix on your desktop, you are using the same powerful Web server, database engine, and frameworks that your Web site on the internet uses. This ensures that your transition from development to production is smooth and seamless.
03. Site publishing
With WebMatrix you can find the perfect home for your Web site. Use WebMatrix to find a Web host that fits your requirements and use the built-in publishing support for FTP, FTPS, and WebDeploy to ensure that your files, databases, and settings arrive intact on the web.
Using a database has never been easier! WebMatrix includes a small, embedded database called SQL Server Compact that can live with your Web site code and content. Use it to start building your next Web site, and when you are ready to publish, just copy the database file from your computer to any Web server and it will run— no extra installation required. Or you can easily migrate the database and data to SQL Server when you are ready for high-volume traffic.
WebMatrix integrates a rich code editor, a database editor, Web server management, Search Engine Optimization, FTP publishing, and more, WebMatrix provides a fresh, new, Web site development experience that bridges all the key components you need to create, run, and deploy a Web site.
06. More than "Hello, World"
Want to display a Twitter feed? Need to show a video? Code helpers make common tasks easy to do with just a simple tag in your HTML.
WebMatrix connects you to a world of popular and free open-source Web applications, including DotNetNuke, Umbraco, WordPress, Joomla!, and more. Simply select an application from the built-in gallery, and WebMatrix handles the downloading and installation of your new Web site. The days of hand-editing configuration files and making sure you have all the right components are long gone. Customize your site using the built in code editor and make it yours.
WebMatrix not only colorizes everything including file tabs and code to make things quick to find, it also supports tag completion and hinting for standard HTML and CSS markup making it easier and faster for you to write code.
WebMatrix uses the same powerful Web server, database engine, and frameworks environment that will run your Web site on the Internet, which makes the transition from development to product seamless.
WebMatrix integrates with IIS Express and is tightly linked with the Web server components that run your site. Directly monitor real-time Web requests and responses to track down problems right at the source. Missing an image? You will instantly see why and where, and WebMatrix will take you directly to the file to fix the problem.
Run an SEO report and find how to make your site more visible to search engines. WebMatrix takes the secrets out of search engine optimization, provides clear guidance on how to make your site better, and even offers to take you right to the file in your site you need to fix.
Source: Microsoft Webmatrix