Monday, August 2, 2010
Microsoft has released a new tool named WebMatrix. It is very easy to use and requires a little programming expertise. The tool is aimed at facilitating those who have little or no programming experience. You can easily create, edit and manage web sites using WebMatrix. You can also manage databases and generate SEO Reports for your websites. You do not need to install Visual Studio on your computer to work with WebMatrix.
Let's get started with the first tutorial on WebMatrix.
Launch WebMatrix by clicking the shortcut on your system. Three options are displayed.
- Site from web gallery
- Site from template
- Site from folder
In this tutorial we will be demonstrating how to work with Site From Template option.
Select Site From Template Option by clicking it as shown in figure 1.1.
Five templates are displayed, Select Photo Gallery Template and press OK button to continue as shown in figure 1.2
WebMatrix will generate a template as shown in figure 1.3 below
Now you can see a Photo Galley Site is generated as shown in figure 1.4 below
Now open Index.cshtml file from Gallery Folder. In this file a connection to Photo Gallery Database is established. This is illustrated in the figure 1.5 below
Now click on the Database tag. You will see Photo Gallery Database. Here you can create new tables and edit them. This is shown in the figure 1.6 below
There is a built-in SEO toolkit to keep record of errors in your site. Just click the Reports tag and WebMatrix will display a report. This is illustrated in the figure 1.7 below
Save and check the output in your Browser as shown in Figure 1.8
You can download WebMatrix Tool from Microsoft site.