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The Best Code Editors to Use With WordPress

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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.



Git command built-in


Get started with Visual Studio Code:


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.


Intelligent coding assistant

Smart PHP code editor

Code quality analysis


Get started with PhpStorm:

Sublime Text

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


GPU rendering

Tab multi-select

Context-aware auto-complete

Refreshed UI


Get started with Sublime Text:

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

Luke Cavanagh, Strategic Support & Accelerant at Liquid Web, brings a decade of experience working with WordPress and WooCommerce to our product team. His GitHub page offers a glimpse into his multiple areas of subject matter expertise.

"Ninja stuff with WordPress and WooCommerce," is an apropos way to describe Luke's savviness with these platforms — and his way of influencing our organization for improving to them.

Coming out of the University of Brighton with a Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) Higher National Diploma (HND) in 2D & 3D Design, Luke's credentials prepared him well for his current role that blends both web development and design. His HND credential leveraged his foundational learning at West Kent College, where is received a National Diploma (ND) in Graphic Design.

In his personal life, Luke is a devoted husband and teen wrangler. He considers himself a Synthwave enthusiast, Jerry Goldsmith fan, and Doctor Who aficionado. He is happy to introduce his friends and teammates to essential vocabulary for life found only in British English, such as "gubbins" and similar terms.

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