Desktop IDEs: Our Top Choices for Web Developers

To successfully develop PHP sites, you’ll naturally want to have a great development environment. When creating a website, you will likely also need to edit HTML, CSS and even JavaScript files, which is why utilizing an IDE will help you easily and effectively develop your site.

In this article we’ll walk through the most popular IDEs:  Codelobster PHP Edition, Eclipse, Komodo IDE, NetBeans, PHPStorm, and NuSphere. Each of these programs has different advantages for programmers, and our goal is to briefly describe the coding possibilities.

Codelobster PHP Edition 

CodeLobster PHP Edition IDE software is available through the basic CodeLobster Software. CodeLobster PHP is platformed on Windows and while these plugins are not free, you can register and explore the site free of charge.


CodeLobster makes it possible to install a debugger automatically. Visit the official site to learn how to configure the debugger.

You can deploy local folders on your web server, onto your personal computer, or deploy on both if needed.

The free version includes syntax highlighting & code collapse for PHP, HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. It also includes autocomplete fields when writing HTML/CSS and of course PHP.

Context and dynamic help is available with search for writing complex code in PHP and/or MySQL. There’s a simple HTML/CSS code inspector that also offers a project inspector for all files. Plus you can preview everything live in your web browser with ease!

You’ll also find plugins that operate on well-known frameworks like Facebook, CakePHP, Joomla, WordPress; Drupal, Smarty, JQuery, Symfony, CodeIgniter, and Yii.

Eclipse PDT

Eclipse is designed to allow developers to choose the language, platform, and vendor of environment. Eclipse includes a wide range of plugins, tools, and examples; Java is the stored language.


Eclipse allows the user to construct, integrate, and use the software’s tools for all projects. Eclipse PDT operates on systems such as Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.

By default, Eclipse installs with all the tools needed for elaborate PHP programming. Eclipse includes a Data Tools Platform for controlling the databank, plugins for interaction with JavaScript, C / C + +, XML editor, and other different tools. You can use Zend debugger or Xdebug as a debugger.

Komodo IDE 

Komodo ActiveState is a PHP IDE that offers an international development environment which also supports Ruby, Perl, and Python.


It can be installed using Smarty and Zend PHP frameworks. Also, you can use integration involving control systems(CVS, Subversion and Perforce). You can use this program on all major operating systems such as Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.

Komodo allows CGI Environment Simulation by running an on-the-go web server. With this IDE it’s possible to make custom environment variables attached to PHP or even the OS itself. One of the advantages of CGI Environment Simulation is a very fast installation & you’ll barely need to test on an outside server.

NetBeans IDE 

NetBeans IDE is free to use and has a community of users and developers all across the world. NetBeans is sponsored by Oracle.


NetBeans allows you to edit files at the same time and save changes simultaneously. To do so you’ll open two files and drag a marker to the bottom of the screen. It’s a feature not found in many other IDEs but does serve a purpose for some developers.

NetBeans offers all the tools necessary for construction of professional desktop, web, and mobile applications with the Java platform. It can also write code for apps on C/C++, PHP, JavaScript and Groovy.

NetBeans IDE 7.0 has language supporting for elaboration of writing Java SE 7, support for GlassFish 3.1, Oracle databases plus Oracle WebLogic server technology.


PhpStorm supplies a rich code editor for PHP with syntax highlighting, auto-formatting code, and fast error checking.


PhpStorm editor is compatible with PHPDoc/DocBlock and offers suggestions based on these comment documentation libraries.

PhpStorm is focused on developer productivity that looks to aid with smart code enhancements, quick navigation and fast error checking. It will help you form your code, run unit-tests, and fully debug every file.

PhpStorm is an IDE for HTML, JavaScript, and PHP. This means you’ll be able to create full web applications beyond just typical PHP frameworks like Laravel.

NuSphere PhpED 

NuSphere works on environment Windows if NuSphere certificates you can aim IDE with OS MAC or Linux using Wine emulator.


This is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, 2003, 2008, Vista, and Win7. PhpED comes with Advanced PHP Editor, a PHP Debugger and PHP Profiler, Code Insight, and integration for database setup.

There is full support for PHP versions from 4.2 to 5.3 – from new features to depreciated customs and aliases, Dynamic Syntax Highlighting, and custom function lookups.

There’s a database management client which can be managed through Telnet or SFTP connections. PhpED supports its own local web server in the IDE, but works best for small applications.

In Conclusion

We tried to describe briefly basic possibilities of each IDE. Most of them have the opportunity to add to parse any library or framework, including Joomla. After this well-read work autocompletion for the corresponding classes. However in Codelobster PHP Edition thanks to a special plug-in, in addition, there is a possibility to create Joomla project automatically, add new modules and components, look-ahead Templates in special Theme Editor and serve Context with help real site of Joomla. The choice is yours!

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