WebMatrix 2 Installation Guide

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What is WebMatrix? WebMatrix is lightweight development tool that you can use on your computer to develop and publish your websites. With WebMatrix, you can start with blank sites, utilize ASP .NET and PHP templates, or use Application Gallery to setup Blogs and CMS sites (WordPress, Orchard CMS, Drupal, and more)  eCommerce sites, Forums, Galleries, Wiki sites, and much more.

You can download the software installer here and you can find some excellent How To guides after you install WebMatrix here.

Once you download the software on the site, run the exe to begin the Web Platform Installer 4.0.

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By clicking the items to be installed link, you can see what components will be installed as part of the installation:

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On the next screen, you’ll see the Prerequisites and also need to accept the license agreement to proceed.

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Then your installation will begin:

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Near the end of the installation, we’ll need to reboot so that we can complete the install:

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After the restart, the installation will proceed:

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Then it will finish shortly:

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Once you click finish, WebMatrix will display its logo in the center of the screen and launch to the Quick Start screen where you can:

-Open an existing site you’ve created
-Choose from a Template
-Setup a site from the App Gallery (WordPress, Orchard CMS, Drupal, etc..)

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Templates:

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App Gallery:

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As you can see the installation of WebMatrix is quite easy. Even a caveman can do it? :)

Again, check out the official WebMatrix homepage for more information.

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  • thank you for your help with this. i actually got this far, built my site, now i can’t figure out how to get it off my computer and into the WWW. Simple for most, frustrating for some of us older folk. I’ll keep searching. if you have time to send me a note, i would appreciate it. Thanks. Wmatrix2 Win7 64bit. Doug

    • Gabriel

      Hi Doug,

      I actually made some blog posts on this subject over at the OrcsWeb blog, where I am a systems admin. Take a look here at this post:

      http://www.orcsweb.com/blog/gabe/deploy-webmatrix-2-site-to-webdeploy-enabled-iis8-site/

      The key is you have to prepare you server where you are going to host the site, then deploy it. This was written for IIS8 but the same procedure will work for IIS7 and 7.5 sites. Hope this helps, let me know if this works for you or if you still need further help. Not sure where you are hosting your site now, but I highly recommend http://www.cytanium.com its the host I am using.

      Good Luck!
      -Gabe

  • Parag Baji

    Just out of curiosity,
    is there a way to install Webmatrix 2 in Custom Location. i.e not in C:/Program Files/…

    Because, we have very less space left in C: drive at our side..