There are multiple open source web applications that make it easy for users to develop websites, however, the installation and updation of such open source software may be very time consuming and tedious as both the processes involve a number of steps as well some technical know-how.

Here, the Microsoft Web Application/Platform Installer 4.6 (Web PI) comes handy as it not only allows web developers, but also non-technical personnel to quickly and easily deploy most of the widely used web applications, both open source and that of Microsoft. Users can either choose to install all the applications or just the ones that they need through a simple and intuitive interface.

Since it provides one click installation and is extremely easy to use, users can easily build their blog, message board, content management system driven website, photo gallery or web shop in few simple clicks and without any web design knowledge. The Web Application Installer works with a number of applications and open source programs, including but not limited to:

  • IIS7
  • .NET framework
  • SQL Server Express
  • Visual web developer
  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • Joomla!
  • DotNetNuke
  • Gallery
  • Umbraco
  • SugarCRM
  • Acquia Drupal
  • Graffiti CMS
  • phpBB
  • osCommerce
  • xdebugger

Those pretty much cover everything you might want to do on the web. Additionally, you can visit in-built Windows Web Application Gallery to see more web applications that can be installed for free.

Advantages of Web Platform Installer 4.6:

Free: ZNetLive provides free Web PI with its dedicated, VPS and shared 'Windows' hosting plans.

Lightweight: The Web PI weighs less than 2 megabytes and so it is the lightest and fastest way for getting all the components of Microsoft Web platform.

Smart validation support: WebPI's validation support ensures seamless integration whether you are installing web apps or are updating Microsoft Web Platform.

Multi-lingual: As WebPI is available in 14 different languages- English, German, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Czech, Polish, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian and Turkish, it allows you to choose your language and if a component is available in that language, you can also get that.

Up-to-date: Web PI provides the most advanced version of Microsoft Web Platform so whether you are installing or updating components, you will get the latest version.

Moreover, it provides latest versions of .NET framework, SQL Server 2008 Express, visual web developer express and IIS, including Web extensions like IIS Media Services. Web PI also includes the latest community version of PHP for Windows and a trial version of Expression Web 3.

ZNetLive is a certified Microsoft Gold Hosting partner and provides Microsoft Web Platform Installer 4.6 freely installed with every server of different Windows hosting plans, including dedicated, VPS and shared hosting.