PhpStorm 8 To Add Official Support for WordPress

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PhpStorm is a popular IDE that many developers depend on to code more efficiently, debug applications, and run unit tests with integrated version control and command-line tools. The upcoming version 8 will add official support for WordPress.

According to a recent survey conducted by SitePoint, PhpStorm is by far the most favored IDE among PHP developers in 2014. It captured the vote of nearly 40% surveyed, followed by Sublime Text (18.5%) and NetBeans (15.6%). PhpStorm was the clear all-around winner for both business and personal use, due to its speed, strong community, and support for a wide variety of languages and frameworks.

PhpStorm has supported Drupal and other PHP frameworks for a couple of years and is now finally adding WordPress-specific development features. Version 8 will include:

  • WordPress integration in PhpStorm for new plugins (with plugin skeleton) and existing projects
  • WordPress code style
  • Development environment configuration for WordPress
  • Hooks support (Completion for registration functions parameters; Navigation from hook registration functions to hook invocation; Callbacks from hook registration; and other hooks-related features)
  • Search on WordPress.org right from the editor
  • WordPress command line tool WP-CLI integration

If you want to give it a test run, version 8 is currently available via the PhpStorm Early Access Program. New users will appreciate the full tutorial for configuring your development environment for WordPress projects. It will walk you through creating a new plugin and also has instructions for enabling WordPress integration for existing PhpStorm projects.

Who is Sarah Gooding


Sarah Gooding is an Editorial Ninja at Audrey Capital. When not writing about WordPress, she enjoys baking, knitting, judging beer competitions and spending time with her Italian Greyhound.

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