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									         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. 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.

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.
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

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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can help you with your design or development requirements.

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