Open source software has to be one of the best things about the internet, and one of the best applications I have downloaded for free is the code editor NotePad++ for Windows.
I started out using Adobe Dreamweaver for most of my website design and development, mainly because it is a What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor useful for checking HTML containers.
Notepad++ is not a WYSIWYG editor, which is fine if I already know what line of code needs changing without having to load up the much slower Dreamweaver. When working on WordPress sites, the files I edit the most are wp-config.php, style.css and functions.php.
Sometimes I create plugins for WordPress and Notepad++ works absolutely fine, especially if there’s no visual dashboard for the plugin which means no CSS and no visual referencing is needed.
By the way, if you need to edit SQL files and you don’t have Dreamweaver, get Notepad++ for that too. I like to open two SQL databases side by side to compare the code:
You can get to this view by right clicking the tab of an open file and choosing Move to Other View. Very handy.
The graphical interface is entirely customisable if you want to increase font size and change colours.