7 Great WebMatrix Tricks & Tips Sites

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We think WebMatrix is a pretty amazing tool and apparently we’re not alone as there’s about 700,000 mentions of it throughout the web today. We wanted to put together a list of great tutorials, tips and tricks that have been posted on the web and here’s our favorite 7 sites.

7 favorite WebMatrix Tricks & Tips Sites.

1. Bilal Aslam’s Common Errors & Workarounds

Bilal works as a PM at Microsoft and has posted a list of 5 common errors and their solutions on his blog. This ranges from “The application pool that you’re trying to use has the ‘managedRuntimeVersion’ property set to ‘v2.0’ to “Bad gateway: check proxy settings’ which are all pretty common errors today.

2. Charles Nurse’s Creating a DotNetNuke site and deploying it to a hosting account.

Charles actually has two blog posts the first one is WebMatrix and DNN – Using WebMatrix to setup your DotNetNuke Site. and the second is Using WebMatrix to Publish Your DotNetNuke Site. if you’re among the hundreds of thousands of DotNetNuke users you’ll find WebMatrix useful as you’ll be able to build your DNN site locally and test it completely within IIS and then publish it to a hosting account and have WebMatrix migrate the site files and database for you all auto-magically!

3. Ruslan’s Blog on IIS.NET – Installing PHP Applications with WebMatrix

Most PHP development is done on top of a windows desktop machine by PHP developers. However, they’re usually installing some Apache, MySQL and PHP stack on their machine and cluttering it up. With WebMatrix and it’s built in IIS developer express, you’re able to leverage it as a lean and mean PHP development machine and not only build and test PHP apps locally but deploy them and know they’ll work exactly as they did in development because you’re using IIS for both.  Ruslan has a great tutorial using WebMatrix with PHP applications as well as a number of blog articles around PHP on Windows and the work Microsoft has been doing to make PHP run so well on Windows.

4. Mikesdotnetting – WebMatrix and jQuery Forms.

This is a great article that talks about leveraging jQuery and AJAX in ASP.NET WebPages (Razor). Mike’s actually taken WebMatrix and written a series of popular blog articles around Razor and WebMatrix including one on WebGrid.

5. From IIS.NET – Using the Command Line to run a WebMatrix site or manage IIS Developer Express

What I love about this article is that it gives you a glimpse into the inner workings of iisexpress and shows you how to do things like launching a site with a customer applicationhost.config file, running a site from another folder and even over port 80. Oh and if you’re not an avid fan of the command line, fear not.. They have an article on managing sites via the windows system tray too.

6. The ASP.NET Website’s list of video tutorials and articles on WebMatrix and ASP.NET WebPages (Razor)

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the ASP.NET site’s WebMatrix resources. There’s a ton of information here from video tutorials to HTML tutorials.

7. From IIS.NET – Make your Website SEO Friendly

This article gives a great overview of the SEO capabilities of WebMatrix.  It will tell you specific problems with your site that will impact your search engine rankings.  Not only that, but you can run the same reports against your competitors to see how you stack up.

Only 7, Is that it?

So you’re probably thinking, what? 7 sites? that’s it. Well not entirely, but this is a beta offering and still very early in the process. There are some other sites I’d always recommend like ScottGu’s Blog and Scott Hanselman’s Blog.  I’d also recommend checking out James Senior’s video about the OData Helper they’ve released for WebMatrix and how you can leverage OData. In James’s example he pulled a list of Netflix videos and displayed it with just a couple lines of code.

But hey, these are only the sites we found and I’m sure you know of others out there as well. So if want to comment with your favorite we’ll be sure to update the list.

About the Author

Jess Coburn

In 1999, Jess set out to start a Web Hosting Provider that would leverage innovative technologies while making them available to businesses in a way that was easy to understand, easy to use, and affordable. Experienced as a Web Developer and Web Server Administrator, Jess knew that he could help businesses succeed online and be not just a service provider, but a true online business partner. Prior to founding Applied Innovations, Jess was an Electrical Engineer with Motorola and was employed there for close to a decade. At Motorola, he was a member of a research team that developed next generation digital communications systems. It was while at Motorola that Jess was introduced to the Internet and began his fascination with the Web during its infancy. He took that fascination and turned it into a passion that continues to drive the direction of Applied Innovations, which is now a recognized leader in Windows Hosting and specializes in ASP.NET, E-Commerce, Advanced Web Application Hosting, and Cloud Hosting. In his spare time, Jess enjoys many of the things that made him a geek to begin with. That includes sexy new hardware, technological innovation, video games, and even the occasional comic book! When you can’t find him at the office (which admittedly is rare), you’ll likely find him at the grill or in front of his smoker getting ready for some lip-smacking ribs to enjoy with his wife and two kids.

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