If you’re getting started with Windows web development or you just need a lightweight web development tool then check out Microsoft’s WebMatrix 2. Creating, deploying, and maintaining, web sites has never been easier and considering it’s free you can’t beat it. What I like about WebMatrix is that it allows you to install 3rd party products such as blogs or forums from the App Gallery.
I needed to create a new WordPress blog so that I could test a few things without impacting my production site so I decided to try out WebMatrix. I was really impressed with how easy the whole process was. I had a test VM on my PC running Windows 7 Home Edition so my first step was to download and install WebMatrix 2.
After completing the install you’ll see the Quick Start menu. I clicked on the App Gallery and picked WordPress.
I used the default site name of “WordPress” and clicked Next.
This is a really nice feature. The installation detects that I do not have MySQL installed on my Windows 7 VM so it will be installed for my automatically. All I have to do is enter the “root” username and password that I want to use and click next.
I was prompted to accept the End User License Agreement so naturally I clicked “I Accept”. It won’t install without it so you have to agree to it.
After a few moments I was presented with a status update showing everything that was installed on my PC during the installation.
So now the installation is done. All that remains is to configure WordPress. This is a really simple step. I just had to enter the site title, the admin username and password, and and email address. I then clicked “Install WordPress”.
Now the installation has completed and I can login to WordPress. That’s it. WordPress has been installed locally on my PC. I can start installing new plugins or themes and creating posts.
As I mentioned earlier I was installing this locally on a test VM so its not live yet on a production web server. However if I wanted to publish this to a 3rd-party server then Webmatrix can handle that for me as well. From the Home Tab I just click on the “Publish” icon.
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WebMatrix is a great product and is easy to use. Using WebMatrix to install and configure a WordPress blog could not have been easier or more straight forward. The entire process from start to finish took about 7 minutes.