Microsoft WebMatrix

Moves to VisualStudio Code

Microsoft WebMatrix makes it easy for anyone to create a new web site.

Start from a built-in template or one of the free popular open source web applications, such as WordPress, Joomla, DotNetuke or Orchard, located in the online Web Applications Gallery.

Customize your site using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and other web standards.

With WebMatrix you can use ASP.NET Web Pages including a new easy-to-learn programming model called 'Razor', or you can also use PHP or classic ASP.

Publish your site and databases to your hosting provider or choose from a gallery of hosting providers that are compatible with the web site you build or to Microsoft Azure.


WebMatrix is no longer in development by Microsoft.

WebMatrix 3.0 will be the last version released and is no longer being supported for any future bugs or feature releases for the product, which was announced on on the IIS forums by Chris Sfanos.

Visaul Studio Code is a good replacement for a light weight editor for daily web editing tasks and is easy to download and install.

We have a section covering Visual Studio Code which covers it's features and offers links to good resources.

VS Code can replace most of the features and functions in WebMatrix, however some areas are not curently well supported, a few of these are

  • Creating & Deploying ASP.NET Web Pages.
  • Working with Databases.
  • Creating new sites from Templates or Gallery.
  • Remote editing.
  • Local web server.
  • Traffic monitoring.
  • SEO Test & Reporting.

We plan to see how many of these tasks can be maybe supported with VS Code addins of command line tooling, we will update this page as we find solutions.