Just like a painter needs a brush, a blacksmith her hammer, and carpenter his saw, WordPressers need their own set of tools. While we have many different WordPress development tools at our disposal, most of the work happens inside a simple text editor. Whether you are a full-on plugin or theme developer or “only” an advanced user, we need code editors all the time: Configuring core files, changing styles, editing template files, you name it — a good chunk of our work is modifying lines of code. Therefore, it’s only good and proper that we use the best tool at our disposal, isn’t it? After all, as Abraham Lincoln (allegedly) said: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” (Didn’t think I could bring Lincoln into a conversation about WordPress, did you? Me neither.) To make sure we always use the sharpest of axes, let’s take a look at some of the best code editors for WordPress developers and users out there. What to Look For In A Code Editor For WordPress Development Before we move on to the actual software, let’s quickly go over why we should use a specialized code editor in the first place. After all, can’t you edit WordPress files
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