5 Best IDEs for WordPress Development

Just like a poet needs a pen, painter a paintbrush and carpenter a saw, WordPress developers need their own set of tools.

When it comes to integrated development environments (IDEs), finding the right fit is really a constant process. Your options are practically unlimited, so it would be helpful to jot down your preferences and then hunt down the IDE that most closely matches your requirements. While every WordPress developer has their favorite IDE, don’t be scared to broaden your horizon as the world of IDEs is constantly growing.

When choosing the best IDE, the important factors that you should consider include the languages it can support, your operating system, the platforms you wish to develop for, ease of use and cost. A good IDE will help you program faster and better. Therefore, it’s only wise to make sure you use the best tool at your disposal.

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Whether you’re an experienced web developer or you’re just learning how to code, staying up-to-date with the latest IDE is a constant challenge. To be honest, there is no best IDE for everyone–the best IDE is the IDE that works best for you. So, let’s have a look at 5 best and the most popular IDE options for your WordPress development needs.

NetBeans IDE is the official IDE for Java 8. With its editors, code analyzers, and converters, you can quickly and smoothly upgrade your applications to use new Java 8 language constructs, such as lambdas, functional operations, and method references.

Batch analyzers and converters are provided to search through multiple applications at the same time, matching patterns for conversion to new Java 8 language constructs.

With its constantly improving Java Editor, many rich features and an extensive range of tools, templates and samples, NetBeans IDE sets the standard for developing with cutting edge technologies out of the box.

Coda is everything you need to hand-code a website, in one beautiful app.

While the pitch is simple, building Coda was anything but. How do you elegantly wrap everything together? Well, we did it. And today, Coda has grown to be a critical tool for legions of web developers around the world.

More than anything else, Coda is a text editor. It’s got everything you expect: syntax highlighting for tons of languages. Code folding. Project-wide autocomplete. Fast find and replace. Indentation guides. Automatic tag closing. Fast commenting and shifting of code. The works. But Coda’s editor has features you won’t find anywhere else. For example, the Find and Replace has this revolutionary “Wildcard” token that makes RegEx one-button simple. And as you type, Coda Pops let you quickly create colors, gradients, and more, using easy controls. There are nice touches everywhere.

Built by GitHub, Atom is the new kid on the block out of all the IDEs in our review. Released in 2014, it’s one of the most popular editors around at the moment and has a rapidly growing user community.

This popularity could be due, at least in part, to the fact that Atom is open source and entirely community driven. Contributing to Atom is a similar process to WordPress in that anyone can contribute to core development, as long as the guidelines are adhered to. And because Atom is publicly hosted on GitHub, contributing is very easy if you’re familiar with Git repositories.

Atom also has a huge add-on library, with well over 6,000 currently available on the official Atom packages page. This means you have a better chance of finding a package to do most things you require. There are a range of packages that make WordPress specific development a breeze too.


Codelobster PHP Edition streamlines and simplifies the PHP development process. You don’t need to keep in mind the names of functions, arguments, tags or their attributes — we’ve implemented all these for you with autocomplete features for PHP, HTML, JavaScript and even CSS. And you can always get necessary help information by pressing F1 or using the special Help control.

Zend Studio

With 3X faster performance, Zend Studio allows you to code faster, debug more easily, and take advantage of the massive performance gains in PHP 7. This is the next-generation PHP IDE designed to create high-quality PHP apps while boosting developers’ productivity. It automatically scales according to the DPI settings of the underlying operating system, and supports HiDPi displays.

  • Andreas Otterstein

    what’s about PHPStorm?