10 Best PHP Tools of 2015 

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PHP is server side scripting language which can be used with HTML code to write code for developing websites. It can also be used with various templating engines and web frameworks. PHP code is processed by a PHP interpreter and then executed as Common Gateway Interface. Once it is interpreted and executed it can generate a web page, image, code or some other useful data. There are many PHP tools released daily that are free of charge  and are useful in coding websites.

PHP tools make web related work quite easy and faster. With so many PHP tools available in market, web designers or developers don’t want to invest a lot of time to look for the best PHP tools. Here is a list of some useful PHP tools. These tools are for beginners as well as for advanced designers.

1. Prettifier

Many of the text editors do not support automatic text formatting and text highlighting. There can also be inconsistency in coding, and later, in debugging. Unless a designer is the author of source code, they could potentially be lost in the mirage of the codes. Prettifier provides code formatting and syntax highlighting for almost all programming languages and file formats including HTML, XML, SQL, PHP, Perl, Apache, Javascript and many more.


2. Geocoder

This is a PHP library which helps in building geo-aware applications by providing a powerful abstraction layer for geocoding manipulations. To install Geocode use Composer. It provides step by step instructions to make the most of this designing tool.

3. Plates

Plates is a native PHP template system which is fast and easy to use and extend, and it doesn’t require designers to learn any new syntax. Plates is a template system and not a language and offers data sharing across the template.

4. xSansity

This is a bootstrapping solution for small-to-middle applications. It is built on top of Slim Framework, and powered by Eloquent ORM on database layer. Slimstarter is packed with ready to expand admin dashboards and built on a sleek, customized SB Admin theme.



PHP-CPP is a C++ library for PHP extensions. It is a collection of well-documented and easy-to-use classes which can be used and extended to build native extensions for PHP. It is a fun to use tool with lot of extensions.


6. SubLime Text

Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. It performs well and offers extraordinary features. It allows multiple changes at same time, renames variables easily and manipulate files quickly. It also has a distraction free mode to keep users free from distractions. There is a command palette with functions like sorting, changing syntax and indentation which can be done quickly without remembering the key binding or having to look in the menus.


7. HOA

HOA is a modular, extendable and structured set of PHP libraries providing a bridge between the industrial and research worlds. Designers can compose or extend libraries and create applications or original libraries.


8. Forp

Forp is a simple production oriented PHP profiler which is light in weight. It will measure the time and allocate memory for each function. It will also file and line number of each function call. It is non-intrusive and provides PHP annotations for work. Forp provides a structure that makes it very simple to create your own UI.

9. Twig

Twig is a modern template engine for PHP which is fast, secure and flexible.  People might say if  PHP is a template engine then why to switch to Twig? The reasons are simple. PHP language is verbose while Twig has concise syntax which makes templates very readable. Also twig works on template oriented syntax and has shortcuts for common patterns.


10. Guzzle PHP

Guzzle PHP is a PHP  HTTP client which makes it easy to send HTTP requests and trivia to integrate with web services. It can send both synchronous and asynchronous requests using the same interface. It can also manage things like persistent connections, represent query strings or simplify sending streaming POST requests.

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Yogesh Mankani

Yogesh Mankani is an IT Professional who has been into the field of blogging since last four years. He loves writing about latest advancements related to Android, Design and Technology.

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