Codelobster vs YouCMSAndBlog WYSIWYG Vs Aptana IDE for PHP, CSS, HTML, CMS (WordPress, Joomla, etc)


For working with WordPress code Codelobster PHP Edition has the following abilities:

1. WordPress autocomplete

Intelligent autocomplete feature enables to write code faster. Pop-up completion list includes functions

WordPress Functions Autocomplete

and its arguments

WordPress Arguments Autocomplete

Completion list is called automatically in necessary area of WordPress code.

2. Context and Dynamic Help

With these features you can quickly obtain necessary information about WordPress syntax.

To get help topics using Context Help:

  • Place pointer on element you want to review help topic for end press F1 button

Our application searches for proper help information on site directly.

Dynamic Help

The Dynamic Help window displays links to help topics for element pointer placed on. Application conducts search on site.

WordPress dynamic help

3. WordPress Theme Editor

WordPress Theme Editor makes WordPress theme creation very simple.
You don’t need WordPress installed, You don’t even need a server at all!
Codelobster assembles the different WordPress pages into a WYSIWYG version of your blog that you can edit with data in the Inspector.

WordPress Theme Editor

WordPress Theme Editor automatically combining the WordPress theme files such as index.php, header.php, sidebar.php, footer.php and style.css into a single editable design view page.
You may navigate to included pages by mouse holding CTRL key.


YouCMSAndBlog WYSIWYG IDE is a free editor to save your time in designing template for any CMS and Blog Template themes (Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, Blogger, php-Nuke, Mambo).

With this IDE, you can have an interactive environment when designing your CMS / Blog template. Easily inserting your predefined taglist & functions (Joomla, WordPress, Blogger, etc) by double clicking its list from listbox on the left side off the IDE. And you can modify the taglist or add new one easily by editing its XML config file.

Current Features release include :

  • Interactive View through True View and Quick View mode while you edit your template
  • Easily switch to Full Editor mode (like UltraEdit IDE) if you prefer it to working asa normal text editor with Joomla tag list supported, Full View (Result View) mode or Hybrid mode (Half editing window & half result window)
  • Code Syntax Highlighting (Coloring), which you can configure from your main configuration file using Regular Expression * Find words with color highlighting
  • With Quick View, users will not need to install CMS or Blog Engine on their local machine, i.e: Blogger Template, user can download the template and open it using this IDE to get a dummy view easily
  • With True View, user will get instant true view from your running CMS or Blog engine hosted locally.
  • Automatic back-up for all files you are editing but can be turned off.
  • Currently it supports Joomla, Drupal, WordPress and Blogger but easily you can create new template taglist and quick view to support other CMS template and blog template.


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Aptana Studio which absolutely rocks when it comes to web development. By default, Aptana doesn’t have a PHP editor but you can install it after you install the default Aptana installation from the Aptana\My Aptana menu option. A page will open with some plugins you can add to Aptana and this is where you will find PHP support.

Aptana IDE

So, what about WordPress? does Aptana supports WordPress? well, Aptana has HTML, CSS, PHP autocompletion and it also support libraries like jQuery. To enable jQuery autocompletion open the References panel and under the Global References section check (if it’s not checked already) the jQuery 1.2 or 1.3 support; you will instantly get jQuery autocompletion. However, WordPress autocompletion is not yet supported so I’ve been writing a bunch of what Aptana calls Code Templates to assist me while coding a WordPress theme or plugin. It’s no rocket science, all you have to do is (having Aptana PHP installed of course, since WP is written on PHP) go to Window\Preferences. Then, on the tree, go to Aptana-Editors-PHP-Code Templates

Aptana Preferences

Like I said, I’ve started writing some templates, so you can download these WordPress code templates for Aptana 1.2 and import them to the Code Templates. The Code Templates are variable based so, for example, you can write (see the image above) the hook name to add an action to, and it will append the hook name to whatever function name you add (it’s the way I write action and filter functions). I’ve included the WordPress loop by Justin Tadlock, explained in great detail on its website, as an example of a large code template, and you can trigger it typing the_loop on the Aptana PHP editor. Other code templates like the ones triggered by _openfile  and _savefile (for opening and saving a file in a WordPress option page) make heavy use of variables.

I wonder why there’s still no IDE that supports WordPress syntax, given that it has become so widely spread on the last two years. We can only expect that 2009 will be the year where an IDE add WordPress syntax. Maybe Aptana is the one, it has been growing amazingly in the last year and I hope it will continue doing it.

I wonder, do you know of any IDE supporting WordPress? which is your IDE of choice? I will be adding more WordPress Code Templates for Aptana so stay tuned!

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