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The Best Code Editors to Use With WordPress

August 12, 2021

Editing code in a site-specific plugin or in the child theme being used on the site is a pretty common task to perform. The common files that you would normally need to edit on your WordPress site would be the style.css file and functions.php file.


The code editors that are covered in this help article are cross-platform and will work on macOS, Windows, and Linux operating systems.

Visual Studio Code

The Visual Studio Code code editor is well used by developers and designers who also do development work. The code editor has a very clean UI which makes dealing with the application a pleasant experience. You can use Visual Studio Code editor with GitHub which means you can use your favorite parts of GitHub without having to leave the code editor. The application is free to use.

Features

IntelliSense

Git command built-in

Extensions


Get started with Visual Studio Code:

https://code.visualstudio.com/download

https://code.visualstudio.com/docs

PhpStorm

The phpStorm IDE application is feature complete and includes a massive range of built-in useful tools and features. You can test out phpStorm with a 30-day trial where a license key is included when you download the application and find out if it is the right solution for you. Pricing is very reasonable and they have monthly plans which are $8.90 per month for the first year or yearly billing which is $89 for the first year.


Features

Intelligent coding assistant

Smart PHP code editor

Code quality analysis

Plugins


Get started with PhpStorm:

https://www.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/download/

https://www.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/documentation/

Sublime Text

The Sublime Text code editor application is $99 for an individual license which includes updates for three years.

Features

GPU rendering

Tab multi-select

Context-aware auto-complete

Refreshed UI

Extensions


Get started with Sublime Text:

https://www.sublimetext.com/download

https://www.sublimetext.com/docs/index.html

Summing Up

Using either Visual Studio Code, phpStorm, or Sublime Text code editors will help to make code changes on your WordPress studio easy to deal with. You can test out all of the applications before you decide which of the code editor applications is the solution you enjoy using the most.


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Luke Cavanagh
Luke Cavanagh


Product Operations Manager at Nexcess. A devoted husband and tween wrangler. Synthwave enthusiast. Jerry Goldsmith fan. Doctor Who fan and related gubbins.