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Using PhpStorm 8 for WordPress Debugging & Development

Note: This article applies to the current version of PhpStorm, version 8. For prior versions, please click here.

It’s been two years since our last visit with PhpStorm. Several items have changed and we’ll cover how to get up and running with the latest version. PhpStorm 8 is a cross-platform, IDE (Integrated Development Environment) that delivers a feature packed, fast, and efficient user interface for debugging and code editing. As a commercial product, you will find the runtime to be fast and what you would expect from a well written native application. While still requiring a Java runtime, PhpStorm feels much faster than eclipse or even the lighter weight Netbeans IDE. Like Netbeans, it works with either DesktopServer Limited or DesktopServer Premium editions. It also provides all the common editing features you would expect to find in a professional IDE: code folding, code completion, debugging with breakpoints and step functions, variable watch lists and inspectors, and multiple disciplines for syntax highlighting (JavaScript, HTML, PHP, etc. with an emphasis on PHP). Since WordPress ‘template tags’ are just PHP functions, PhpStorm can make working with WordPress fast and efficient. Now PHPStorm features WordPress specific settings for code styling and an intelligent WordPress API for autocomplete while coding. However, setup is still a challenge as the new version 8 user interface can be misleading and is broken in a key area. But we have a workaround! Don’t let the “nuance” (bug) detour you as PhpStorm is fully functional, albeit in need of a few workarounds. In this post, I will help you simplify the initial setup process of using PhpStorm with DesktopServer to give you a fast and professional IDE for WordPress development. Once acclimated, users will find version 8 debugging quick, robust and more responsive than ever.

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Antivirus Compatibility on Microsoft Windows

DesktopServer for Windows is designed and built exclusively for running on Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 operating systems. We test DesktopServer for complete functionality and compatibility on Windows systems running approved OEM Microsoft Antivirus solutions such as Microsoft Security Essentials (free at http://microsoft.com/security-essentials) and Microsoft Defender (which is built into all Windows 8.X systems). In most cases, no modifications are necessary to run DesktopServer. However, certain third-party, non-Microsoft antivirus can create compatibility and performance problems by permanently altering or inhibiting your core operating system in an effort to “protect you”. This document will will help you overcome common third-party related issues.
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New DesktopServer Version 3.6.3 Released

A new version of DesktopServer (version 3.6.3) is now available in our downloads section. While we are working diligently on our next major release of DesktopServer 4.0, version 3.6.X has been updated to provide existing customers with continued support and up-to-date capabilities.

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New DesktopServer Version 3.6.1 Released

A new version of DesktopServer (version 3.6.1) is now available. This version includes fixes for viewing WordPress administration screens that are exhibiting missing stylesheets on Windows (due to compression settings). This release is only necessary for Microsoft Windows users and is optional for Macintosh users running DesktopServer version 3.6.0. Users on Windows and Macintosh with DesktopServer version 3.5.9 and older should upgrade to our latest release to avoid compatibility issues.

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New DesktopServer Version 3.6.0 Released

A new version of DesktopServer (version 3.6.0) is now available in our downloads section with official support for OS X 10.9.X. This version addresses certain compatibility issues with OS X Mavericks and large database imports on Windows.

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New DesktopServer Version 3.5.9 Released

A new version of DesktopServer (version 3.5.9) is now available in our downloads section. This version is an optional update and addresses issues with Adobe Dreamweaver CC users.

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End of an Era

We’d like to announce that with our latest release, the 3.5.x series of DesktopServer will be the last to support PowerPC processors on Macintosh systems. Due to some of the architectural changes we will be making in the future, our chosen compiler will no longer support PowerPC and so we must bid it adieu in order to stay on the cutting edge and to continue our ability to improve our product. Current PowerPC users will still get great support for DesktopServer 3.5.X over the next year or remaining duration of your support license, but consider this notice our official End Of Life notice for PowerPC based Macintosh systems. Intel processor based computers will continue to be supported with current and future optimized versions built specifically for Intel on Macintosh and Intel on Windows systems.

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We Are Growing!

As DesktopServer has gained traction and popularity over the past year, the need for more help has grown. That’s why I am really excited to announce the addition of Gregg Franklin and Marc Benzakein to the ServerPress Team. Both Gregg and Marc have extensive experience since the early days of the Internet from running their own ISP company. Both are avid users of WordPress and seasoned developers that create WordPress based solutions. Read more »

New DesktopServer Version 3.5.8 Released

A new version of DesktopServer (version 3.5.8) is now available in our downloads section. This version addresses  important updates to both our free DesktopServer Limited and DesktopServer Premium version. Version 3.5.8 includes all changes that are present in version 3.5.7.

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New DesktopServer Version 3.5.7 Released

A new version of DesktopServer (version 3.5.7) is now available in our downloads section. This version includes important updates to both our free DesktopServer Limited and DesktopServer Premium version.

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