Free Microsoft Tool to Help You Make Your Website

Software major Microsoft has released WebMatrix, a free Web development tool. It is designed to help website developers of all skill levels easily create, customize and publish websites to the Internet.

The company has also made available a set of video tutorials, how-to tips and other resources for helping new Web developers get started. It was announced Thursday, Jan. 13.

“Our Web platform offers a complete ecosystem of products, partners and technologies all aimed at helping developers succeed on the Web,” said S. Somasegar, senior vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft.

“Every day, more people are looking to build, publish and manage a website, and now, with WebMatrix, we provide developers of all skill levels with a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use solution to get their sites online.”

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Among the other web development tools, mobile solutions company 2ergo Americas has introduced 2ergo Publish, a mobile website publishing tool. It enables small business professionals, marketers, and advertisers to create custom mobile sites for $19 a month. (Read: Mobile Website Publishing Tool: 2ergo Publish)

WebMatrix is available in nine languages and includes a set of tools to create new websites, using code provided through a variety of available templates or using existing free open source Web applications, such as WordPress, Joomla!, DotNetNuke and Umbraco.

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Microsoft designed WebMatrix for anyone wanting to create a website. The company says for students and new developers, WebMatrix provides a quick way to learn how to build websites; for Web agencies, it provides an efficient way to build websites using open source applications; and for the professional developer, it’s another option for quick and easy data-driven website development.

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Professional developers can also contribute to a directory of code published through NuGet, a free open source package management system, so others can benefit from their expertise.

WebMatrix provides the tools needed to run a website, including the Web server, database and Web frameworks.

It increases development productivity with support for multiple programming syntaxes, such as ASP.NET “Razor” or PHP, and Web helpers, which give a single line-of-code solution for complex coding tasks, such as inserting Twitter feeds or video.

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It also includes a search engine optimization reporting tool to help build search-friendly websites that are more discoverable to their users.

When a website is ready to be published, Web developers seamlessly publish it to their own hosting provider or one available through WebMatrix.

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WebMatrix includes a gallery of offerings from hosting providers that range in scalability and price based on users’ needs.

An extensive group of more than 30 hosting partners spans18 countries including companies such as STRATO (Germany), DataJapan Corp. (Japan), Applied Innovations Corp. (U.S.), Fasthosts (U.K.), Infobox (Russia), Poundhosts (U.K.), (Canada), NetMagic Solutions (India), Netissime (France) and Ikoula (France).

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Developers can go to to download WebMatrix and for online resources, including video tutorials and how-to tips.

Photo courtesy: Microsoft

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