Top 5 Web Development IDEs and Editors in 2018
Whether you’re an advanced or beginner web developer, this top 5 line up of IDEs are for all types of web development. Trying to ensure that you’re keeping up to date and using the best IDE can be a struggle. The truth is that there is not the best IDE for everyone, the best IDE is the IDE that works best for you. Another important factor is the price of the editor as not all of them are free.
How is an IDE different from a text editor?
An IDE is much more complex than a text editor, and unless you’re using notepad or a plain text editor, you can’t write code within it anyway. The reason for this is that Word Processors store more than just the text in the files, and therefore this won’t let you write code. Using the proper tools will help you get the job done, however. An IDE provides loads more features than a text editor, such as syntax highlighting, real-time error reporting, and clever navigation tools.
For web development, the IDEs won’t tend to be as advanced as another form of programming. The list contains some code editors that aren’t free, but we’ll help you by listing the price.
Probably the one of the most talked about and widely used code editors available. Sublime Text gives you advanced features and it has package control which allows you to add even more functionality to your code editor. This allows you to go above and beyond some other editors that don’t have this feature. It’s available on all platforms and works across the board. It’s not only for Web Development as it also has support for a vast number of coding languages.
Sublime text is used by a large number of professional developers, so we can highly suggest that you try it out and see if it works best for you. Although this program is free, you’ll occasionally get a nag screen that’ll ask you if you would like to purchase the program. You aren’t required to pay for the program to use it, but the price is $80. It’s easy to pay for it, you can do so here and they accept both card and PayPal.
Visual Studio code is a new IDE that was released by Microsoft not too long ago. Most of it’s looks come from Visual Studio which is an IDE mainly used to create windows applications. Lots of developers have moved towards using this editor, and there are some good reasons why. The IDE has a vast range of features, including Git commands that are already built it, text autocompletion, a vast range of plugins to use. With the fact that the IDE is from Microsft you can expect it to be very good, which it is, and has little to no bugs. Visual Studio Code has support for many coding languages and doesn’t force you to use it just for Web Development.
If you’re looking to code with NodeJS then this is a good option for you. It has debugging tools that can assist you. Another great feature of this IDE is that almost everything is customizable, allowing you to change things up to meet your needs. The addition of plugins allows you to connect to a remote FTP server so that you can edit code on the fly.
Brackets is probably one of the easiest IDEs to use. It’s mainly targetted at front-end development with its amazing Live Preview feature. This feature allows you to have a live preview via a Web Browser, allowing you to see your edits happen live. It also has a modern look, and although it’s aimed at mainly front-end developers, it can be used to edit PHP as well, but it’s best at creating front-end pages. A few of its main features is that it allows you to have inline-editors. This allows you to open a window into the code you care about most and focus on that. Its live preview is one of a kind, allowing you to visually see which part of the page you are coding.
Brackets is a very lightweight program and doesn’t require much more than a simple installation. It also allows you to download and install plugins meaning that you can add even more functionality to your code editor. You can find out loads more about the large list of extensions that are available to download on their website.
Atom is one of the most advanced and well-built IDEs that is currently available on the market. It works across operating systems, allowing you to use it on OS x, Windows and Linux. It includes an advanced built-in package manager giving you access to its vast range of additional features you can add. You can take a look at the huge list here. This IDE isn’t focused on just Web Development but allows you to edit to all types of languages.
With its smart autocompletion within Atom, it helps you to write code faster as it auto-learns what you enter. Another key feature to this IDE is that it allows you to have multiple files open next to each other to compare and edit code across different files. Not only does this IDE allow you to add loads more functions via packages, but it also allows you to install themes. This means that you can customize your experience so that it looks and feels best for you.
CodeAnywhere is one of the best IDEs for people that want to be able to dive into their code from anywhere. Typically, IDEs require you to download and install software, but with CodeAnyWhere you access it via the browser. Not only does it allow you to connect to it via a browser, but you can also download their mobile apps to edit code on the fly. It’s mainly focused on Web Developers, both front and back end. You can connect to a remote FTP server and upload your files with a simple Ctrl+S.
CodeAnyWhere has a vast amount of awesome features and we really suggest that you try them out. It also allows you to connect via SSH to a server and remotely edit files and enter into the command line. It allows you to personalise everything from colours to fonts. One of the most amazing features that CodeAnyWhere has that no other IDE does, is Live pair programming. This allows you in real-time to go Google Docs Style coding, this means that two people can edit the code at the same time.
If you work as part of a team, then CodeAnyWhere is a good IDE to use, it allows you to have more than one person editing the code at the same time. It even allows you to share your code via share link. This enables you to share files, folders or entire projects with just a simple URL. The paid version is only $7 a month (billed annually) or $10 monthly. The paid version allows you to connect to more FTP servers. So it’s great for use with Web Development, as for freelancers you can connect to your clients’ servers easily.