Developer vs. Average User: The Advanced Code Editor Arena

By |2018-05-06T18:28:45+00:00December 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Developer vs. Average User|Tags: , |

Are you looking for an advanced code editor for your WordPress website? Need a simple way to enable syntax highlighting in your default WordPress code editor?

Advanced Code Editor

Quick Review

The Advanced Code Editor plugin enhances WordPress’ built-in theme and plugin editors with mixed language syntax highlighting. It supports PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

WiNN Marketing has an in-depth review of the Advanced Code Editor plugin that you can read through for more information or watch this video tutorial to learn more about how you can use it on your WordPress website.

A Developer’s Perspective

The Advanced Code Editor plugin is a personal favorite and I recommend installing it to all of the WordPress websites you work on. It saves you from having to switch between the site you’re working on and its cPanel file manager/FTP client to make edits to your theme and plugin files.

I like how the plugin lets you commit and restore different versions of your code. This makes it easy to revert back to older, stable versions of your code if something doesn’t work. You can also create new files and download or delete existing ones directly from the code editor.

Pros

  • Manage and modify your site’s theme and plugin files without having to access an FTP client.
  • Offers mixed language syntax highlighting.
  • Features 11 different editor themes.
  • Built-in version control system.
  • Code autocomplete with over 3,500 WordPress functions.

Cons

  • Interface is a bit outdated.

An Average User’s Perspective

As an average user, I find that the Advanced Code Editor is a lot easier to use than WordPress’ default code editors. Typically, when you have to add or modify some code, you’ll be asked to add the code after a particular line or modify a given line of code. The plugin features search and replace functionality which makes this infinitely easy to do without leaving the WordPress back-end.

Another thing I like about the plugin is that it’s absolutely non-intrusive so you won’t even feel like you’ve installed a plugin. And you get all the important features – syntax highlighting, code autocomplete, editor themes, code revisions, and much more.

Pros

  • Offers search and replace functionality.
  • Syntax highlighting makes code easier to follow.
  • File tree view simplifies the theme/plugin folder structure.

Cons

  • Interface doesn’t deliver good user experience.

To Sum It Up

So, should you be using the Advanced Code Editor?

If you’re a WordPress developer then you should definitely install the Advanced Code Editor on your client sites. It’ll make it super easy to modify theme and plugin files without having to access the FTP client every time.

And if you’re an average user, the Advanced Code Editor will make it easy for you to make quick code modifications to your theme/plugin files through its syntax highlighting and search functionality.

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