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Introducing Microsoft WebMatrix

OH SNAP! This article has been deprecated.

Microsoft has discontinued their WebMatrix tool and now recommends that developers use Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code.


WebMatrix is a free Web development tool that installs easily and elegantly brings together a Web server, a database, and programming frameworks into a single, integrated experience.

WebMatrix connects you to a world of popular and free open-source Web applications, including WordPress, Drupal, Joomla!, DotNetNuke and more. It's all-inclusive, simple and best of all free. Developing websites has never been easier.

The application "WebMatrix" can be obtained from:

The installation may require one computer reboot.

To install WebMatrix, you will need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4


WebMatrix software is available for free, and compatible with HostGator Windows Dedicated Servers. WebMatrix is not currently available with HostGator Shared Windows Hosting.