Tool for Creating a WordPress or Joomla Site on Your Computer

Thinking of developing a WordPress blog or a Joomla website?  Microsoft offers a free web development tool, called WebMatrix, which includes EVERYTHING you need for website development – all installed locally on your computer so you can learn how to use WordPress or Joomla before actually making your site live with a website hosting provider.

Microsoft WebMatrixI discovered WebMatrix a few weeks ago when I wanted to test some new WordPress plugins for this blog and I also needed to take a look at Joomla 1.6 in preparation for upgrading our website later this year.  Previously I had used another tool and was having issues installing it on my Windows 7 laptop; I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have found WebMatrix – it’s so much easier to use than the previous tool!

To begin the download and installation process for WebMatrix, go to, click on the green Install WebMatrix button on the upper right.

NOTE:  If you can’t download WebMatrix, download the Microsoft Web Platform Installer 3.0 first from

Download complete instructions by clicking here.