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Using Notepad++ to edit your template code

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You don't have to be a hardcore designer to warrant using an advanced text editor. If you need help with website design, please hire our Hull web designers.

You don't have to be a hardcore designer to warrant using an advanced text editor. If you need help with website design, please hire our Hull web designers.

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  • 1.
    • Using Notepad++ to edit your
    • template code
    • 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.
  • 2.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • An advanced text editor isn’t just for developers, but still can place a role in the design world.
  • 3.
    • It doesn’t take much to warrant the use of a text editor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 4.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 5.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 6.
    • Notepad++ works with many different file formats and will help you speed up the process of editing your website templates.
    • 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.
  • 7.
    • 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!
    • 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.
  • 8.
    • An advanced text editor should be part of any website administrators tool-kit.
    • 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.
    • Hire Neogain!
  • 9.
    • If you require any coding work, please get in contact.
    • We have website developers and designers who can help you with your design or development requirements.
    • Hire a Hull web designer . Hire Neogain.

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