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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

WebMatrix - free web design tool for windows

Microsoft WebMatrix is a tool for web developers who know HTML but want to create sites with more functionality like blogs, CMS, and ecommerce without having to learn how to install a blog, CMS, or ecommerce. It works well for a small business owner who has maintained his or her own site but now wants to add features like databases to the site. But it's not a tool for beginners. You need to know HTML and CSS. It includes tag completion and some tag insights, but it's not WYSIWYG and there are a lot of features hidden in the menus.
Target Market(s): Professional Web Developers or Small Business Owners

WebMatrix is a brand new web development tool from Microsoft that includes everything you need for website development. Start from open source web applications, built-in web templates or just start writing code yourself. It’s all-inclusive, simple and best of all free. Developing websites has never been easier.

Create your website
To get started creating websites, just download and install WebMatrix using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer. You’ll 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.

Customize your website
Once you’re up and running, you will find that WebMatrix provides all the tools features you’ll need in a single unified interface. Say good-bye to switching between multiple applications just to perform common web development tasks. With WebMatrix, you’re always just a click away from easily editing your files, managing your database and modifying your server settings.

Publish your website
When you’re ready, WebMatrix provides a no-hassle way to show the world your website. Just access our hosting gallery from WebMatrix and you’ll find a hosting provider that is guaranteed to run your site smoothly while also allowing you to publish directly from WebMatrix.

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