Using Notepad++ to edit your template code


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Using Notepad++ to edit your template code

  1. 1. <ul><li>Using Notepad++ to edit your </li></ul><ul><li>template code </li></ul><ul><li>Using a text editor to write CSS, HTML, JAVA or PHP code is often seen as ‘old school’ and hardcore coding, but in reality it isn’t. </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Sure back in the day there were few options for web designers and many choose between a text editor, Dreamweaver or Frontpage, but now the market has expanded. </li></ul><ul><li>However a text editor still has its place in the world of web design, not just for advanced users, but also novice and intermediate coders. </li></ul><ul><li>An advanced text editor isn’t just for developers, but still can place a role in the design world. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>It doesn’t take much to warrant the use of a text editor. </li></ul><ul><li>For example finding and replacing a colour code in a large CSS file, else going further and making major changes to a website template layout or tweaking existing design code. </li></ul><ul><li>Many decide to code within a content management system, yet some text editors have the added benefits of syntax highlighting, that content management systems don’t tend to have enabled out of the box. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Which is a shame as the ability to clearly see specific code highlighted in colours, and in the editor notepad++ it shows were you’ve mistyped a command, highlighted by not changing colours, shouldn’t be overlooked. </li></ul><ul><li>An advanced text editor becomes even more useful when you are performing more complex website template modifications, in conjunction with a local development environment, such as a xampp server. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>In that situation all you need to do is save your code and refresh your locally loaded template, to see the changes. Far easier than working in the administration area of a CMS and applying changes. </li></ul><ul><li>This brings us to which text editor to use and in reality there is one that shines above the rest, regardless of platform and that is Notepad++ for Microsoft Windows. Though if you are a linux user, you might want to use Gedit, which is pretty good. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Notepad++ works with many different file formats and will help you speed up the process of editing your website templates. </li></ul><ul><li>For instance if you want to change one colour in a CSS that is listed many times, it is easy as it has a find and replace option. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>However as you would expect Notepad++ isn’t just useful for editing template or theme style sheet code, but also for working with static HTML and PHP pages! </li></ul><ul><li>There is a word-wrap option and it can also be configured to use a spell-checker, which enables you to catch mistakes as you code HTML pages. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>An advanced text editor should be part of any website administrators tool-kit. </li></ul><ul><li>Often you might not need a text editor, but when you do, you should make sure you are using a tool that does far more than just cover the basics. </li></ul><ul><li>Hire Neogain! </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>If you require any coding work, please get in contact. </li></ul><ul><li>We have website developers and designers who can help you with your design or development requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Hire a Hull web designer . Hire Neogain. </li></ul>
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