OrangeBits Compiler and WebMatrix Extensions
I realize I am starting to sound like a broken record, but you want to install the OrangeBits Compiler WebMatrix Extension. It provides so many power features that you will want for developing websites, whether you use node.js, PHP, ASP Web Pages, Orchard CMS, etc.
Image Optimization and Compression in Microsoft WebMatrix
It always nice to reduce the size of images and other website assets to improve the load times on web pages. With the OrangeBits Compiler installed in WebMatrix 2 you now have an option to Optimize Image when you right-click on an image.
Once again I am going to illustrate this in Orchard CMS and use the default Orchard Logo that is found in the Media Folder. When I right-click on the logo I get the option to Optimize Image.
Now this isn't a large image. It's about 15.2 KB as reported by the file system. When I choose Optimize Image the image is compressed and I get a notification message that compression was successful as well as some information about just how much the image was compressed. In this case we get pretty good compression. The file system reports the image at 8.98 KB, which is basically the 41% reduction as reported by the OrangeBits Compiler. Nicely done!
You can read other WebMatrix Tutorials. You can also find a few other WebMatrix tutorials on my Orchard CMS Blog. If you are a web developer looking for a well-rounded IDE for node.js, PHP, and general web development, you may want to take a look at the new WebMatrix 2.