Microsoft WebMatrix Profile

Microsoft WebMatrix is a Text Editor for Windows

Microsoft WebMatrix
Microsoft WebMatrix. Screen shot by J Kyrnin courtesy Microsoft

Microsoft WebMatrix is a free HTML editor and web development tool. It is installed using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (WebPI) and helps you create dynamic and interesting websites with open source tools. It is an HTML editor, so you need to know some HTML, but it is designed to help you add more advanced functionality like weblogs, content management systems, and ecommerce.

This is a great platform if you want to use open source technology to build Windows applications and web pages.

There are a number of templates available for you to use to get started. One of the things I really like is how it installs the technology you want to use onto your site for you. I'm not sure if it will do this on a non-Azure site, but if you don't mind hosting on Azure, this can make it very easy for you.

Because Microsoft WebMatrix supports multiple languages, it's a great tool to help you learn new technologies like Node.js, ASP.Net, PHP and more.

One notable downside to Microsoft WebMatrix, as least for some, would be its lack of a WYSIWYG interface. If you are a designer or a beginner to web development, having that visual interface may be desirable to your needs. Microsoft WebMatrix will not provide that visual view, however. It is, indeed, strictly a text editor.

Target Market(s): Professional Web Developers

Description

  • Operating System: Windows
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Price: Free
  • Type of Editor: Text Editor
  • Scores:
    Web Designers: 53.2%
    Web Developers: 63.7%
    Small Businesses: 48.6%
    Beginners: 45.8%
  • Latest Version: 3
  • Profile Last Edited: January 22, 2015

Pros

  • Easy to install open source applications (like WordPress, Joomla! and others) on your website
  • Mobile support with jQuery Mobile and mobile emulation
  • Support for top web languages like ASP, PHP, Node.js, and more
  • Community support adds more extensions for features that might be missing

Cons

  • No WYSIWYG editor
  • I had difficulty getting it to install to my own server

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