To get started using WebMatrix, it must first be installed
from Microsoft’s website. WebMatrix is a 15Mb download and installs quickly. If
you don’t have the .NET framework installed, the install will be a 50Mb
download, which includes WebMatrix with the .NET framework. A full WebMatrix
installation includes IIS Express, SQL Compact Edition, and ASP.NET extensions
that are used to develop ASP.NET web pages.
Go to this
site and follow the “Install Now” link. The installation is managed by
Microsoft’s Web Platform installer, which automates the download and
installation process. During installation, a list of required components is
displayed. If your system lacks these components, the installation offers to
install them. Click the “Accept” button to begin installing these components.
Follow the prompts until the installation process is complete.
Develop a New Website Using a WebMatrix Template
Following installation of WebMatrix, you’re ready to begin
creating your first website. Start the WebMatrix application. The Quick Start
screen displays. This screen provides four ways in which a Website can be
created: from an existing website, from a web gallery, from a template, or from
a folder. To create a new website from a template, perform the following steps:
Select “Site from Template” from the Quick Start menu. The “Site from
Template” screen displays.
Single click the “Empty Site” icon to highlight it. This icon creates a
Enter a name for your website in the “Site Name” field at the bottom of
Click the “OK” button. WebMatrix creates the new website and opens the
WebMatrix main screen.
At this point, your website is ready to be designed, but
because the new website is completely stripped of content, it would be helpful
to explain a few parts of the GUI.
The lower-left portion of the WebMatrix main menu lists four
workspace views: Site, Files, Databases, and Reports. Each of these icons
activates a specific view associated with certain tasks. By default, your first
view is the Site view. The Site view lets you define site settings. The Files
view is used to add, delete, or update website files. The Database view is used
to add, delete, or configure database content to the website. The Reports view
is used to generate and analyze information about the website, such as data
that shows how the website may rank with search engines. Each of these website
views is essential towards creating and managing your website.