Microsoft announced the availability of WebMatrix, a free web development tool designed to help website developers of all skill levels easily create, customize and publish websites to the Internet. It includes a set of tools to create new websites, using code provided through a variety of available templates or using free open source Web applications, like WordPress, Joomla!, DotNetNuke and Umbraco.
WebMatrix provides all the features you need in a single unified interface. You can easily edit your files, manage database and modify server settings – all at a single place. It brings together a Web server, a database, and programming frameworks into single, integrated experience. It lets you code, test, and deploy both ASP.NET and PHP applications side by side.
When a website is ready to be published, Web developers can seamlessly publish it to their own hosting provider or one available through WebMatrix. It includes a gallery of offerings from hosting providers that range in scalability and price based on users’ needs. An extensive group of more than 30 hosting partners including companies such as STRATO (Germany), DataJapan Corp. (Japan), Applied Innovations Corp. (U.S.), Fasthosts (U.K.), Infobox (Russia), Poundhosts (U.K.), MyHosting.com (Canada), NetMagic Solutions (India), Netissime (France) and Ikoula (France).
Get started with WebMatrix here – http://www.microsoft.com/web/webmatrix/