WebMatrix: All-In-One Web Development Kit From Microsoft

WebMatrix is a free kit by Microsoft which includes everything you need for creating websites on Windows.

The application itself enables you to control almost everything from a single interface like the code and database editor, web site and server management, search optimization, FTP publishing, and more.

Microsoft WebMatrix

The kit comes with:

  • IIS Developer Express (a development Web server)
  • ASP.NET (a Web framework)
  • SQL Server Compact (an embedded database)

and with just a click, you can install open source applications like WordPress, Drupal, DotNetNuke, etc.

WebMatrix has also some nice features like the ability to run a SEO report or monitor real-time Web requests and responses to track down problems right at the source.