Theme editor is a simple text editor in WordPress located at Appearance » Editor. It allows you to modify WordPress theme files from the admin area. If you are a developer and you don’t want your clients or users to break the site, then we highly recommend that you disable the theme and plugin editor from the WordPress admin. Here, in this post we have listed some of the amazing free WordPress theme editor plugins for your WordPress blogs.
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1. Microthemer Lite
Microthemer is a feature-rich visual design plugin for customizing the appearance of any WordPress theme or plugin content, e.g. contact forms, down to the smallest detail. For CSS coders, Microthemer is a proficiency tool that comes with the ACE code editor with syntax highlighting and firebug-like computed CSS reporting. Now you can inspect and edit in one place.
Wp-Insert is the most powerful yet easiest to use wordpress ad management plugin which does a lot more than ad management. Wp-Insert can manage your ads, google analytics or any other tracking scripts, legal stuff and even make editing your themes or writing code in content easier for you.
3. Max Mega Menu
Easy to use drag & drop WordPress Mega Menu plugin. Integrates with the existing WordPress menu system. Responsive, retina & touch ready. This plugin will not pick up styling from your old menu, but the built in theme editor will allow you to tailor your Mega Menu styling to your theme. The parsed SCSS is cached for performance. The cache is refreshed when a menu is saved or a theme has been created/updated.
4. Solid Code Theme Editor
An enhanced theme editor with a better tree view of the theme files and folders and some extra functionality. Changing Theme files may harm your WordPress Site installation, please do not install this plugin unless you know exactly what you are doing. Make sure you backup all your files before installing this plugin.
5. Quick Edit Template Link
This plugin adds a handy link at the top of the admin bar showing you what template is currently being used. It also includes a dropdown of all the temporal files being used in that post/page allowing you to click quickly into the theme editor and making the edits.
6. CJTe Advanced Theme Editor
The WordPress default Themes Editor (in Appearance => Editor) is great for doing some custom changes to your theme files, although it is rather limited. This is where the CJTe Advanced Theme Editor can help.
7. Advanced Code Editor
Enables syntax highlighting in the integrated themes and plugins source code editors. Supports PHP, HTML, CSS and JS. Effectively edit your themes or plugins when you only have access to a browser, by enabling syntax highlighting in WordPress integrated source code editors.
8. Selfish Fresh Start
This WordPress plugin removes some, in my opinion, unused crappy dashboard, post & page widgets, fixes formatted curly quote problems, checks for and nukes Hello Dolly, removes junk header tags including the generator tag for extra security, removes update notifications for non-admins, removes old user profile fields like aim, prevents self pinging, removes smilies and trackbacks, and a few other settings that nobody needs either.
9. WordPress Editor Lock by WisdmLabs
WordPress Editor Lock by WisdmLabs, aims to achieve exactly this and in a seamless, non-intrusive manner. The plugin essentially allows an administrator user to selectively lock out the theme and plugin editors for a particular user, generally an administrator level user.
WPide is a WordPress code editor with the long term goal of becoming the ultimate environment to code/develop WordPress themes and plugins. You can edit any files in your wp-content, not just plugins and themes. Code completion will help you remember your WordPress/PHP commands providing function reference along the way.