WebMatrix 2 Beta–Released!

Today we’re releasing the first public Microsoft WebMatrix 2 Beta!  It contains a number of new features and improvements from version 1. 

Try it out today!

Here is just a short list of what’s new and improved:

New Features:

  • Remote Site Access and Editing

    You can now quickly edit your remotely published files without having to pull-back and republish. 
  • Streamlined Web Application Installs


    Database passwords and users are generated for applications making it faster to get up and running.
  • .NET and PHP Intellisense


    Major updates to the WebMatrix code editor which allows for both .NET and PHP intellisense along with HTML, CSS, and JScript
  • Rich App Extensibility

    Try out some of the WebMatrix extensions that are available in the Extensions Gallery or develop your own!
  • Integrated Learn Content

    Are you new to a concept or want to learn more about features?  Custom learn and help content links are built into Webmatrix now.
  • Improved Database Management User Experience

    Databases has been updated to match the style and profile users have come to expect of WebMatrix.  The UI is clean and even more integrated with the application.
  • Integrated NuGet Package Manager experience with ASP.NET WebPages 2 Applications
    Users can now manage the NuGet packages that they want from within WebMatrix and quickly integrate them into their application.
  • New and improved web application templates! 
    Try out Personal Site and the improved Starter Site for more details.

Additional Links and Information:

There is some free web hosting available from our partners.  They support WebMatrix v1 and v2 Beta web hosting. 

Want to learn more, check out the how-to’s and walkthroughs here:

Help and Support:

If you’ve run into trouble check out our forums:
IIS.NET WebMatrix - http://forums.iis.net/1166.aspx
ASP.NET WebPages - http://forums.asp.net/1224.aspx

If you have a suggestion/bug/feature request, please drop us a line here:


  • These are some great suggestions! We have a UserVoice site that you can submit them to. http://webmatrix.uservoice.com/forums/128313-webmatrix-suggestions

    Thanks so much for the feedback!

  • i tried to install Joomla 1.7 with Webmatrix 1 but i keep getting an error 404.20 what is this as i cannot access the JOOMLA software to install it. please assist
    thank you
    edmond january

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