Using Coda With WordPress


Coda, a Panic product, is a one-window Web development application for Macs. Coda is packed with all kinds of built-in goodies like ‘Sites’ (an organizer for all your sites), Transmit 3 (an amazingly fast FTP program) a terminal, and virtual books. Despite its price tag of $79 ($69 if you already have Transmit 3), Coda is a one-hell-of an app. I used use Adobe Dreamweaver, but when I came across Coda, I couldn’t begin to compare the two. Coda was just the app I was looking for.

So you’re probably wondering how Coda can be used with WordPress. Well, besides the fact that Coda’s amazing CSS and text editor, built-in FTP, and terminal, can be used for working on your WordPress files, Coda has this little feature called Clips. “Clips is a friendly floating window allows you to insert your frequently used text snippets just by clicking, dragging, or tab-triggering”, says Panic on their site. Clips is perfect for inserting WordPress tags, snippets, and other codes/text used for WordPress. Of course, Clips isn’t only limited to WordPress stuff, so you can use it for pretty much anything else. The image on the right is a screenshot of the Clips interface and some clips I have.

Coda’s ‘Sites’ is also another one of its sweet feautres. With ‘Sites’ you can organize and manage all your Web sites in a one area. “Think of them as uber-favorites on cute little pieces of paper. When you’re ready to start work, just double click a site — Coda will instantly restore itself exactly as you left it, connecting to your server, restoring any splits and tabs, and allowing you to code, pronto”, says Panic.

After using Coda for the last few months, I don’t think I’d ever go back to Dreamweaver. It’s gotta be one of my favorite Mac apps.

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28 thoughts on “Using Coda With WordPress

  1. Coda rocks.

    Panic deserve all the praise they’re getting for this awesome app.

    All I want now is Subversion integration and it’ll be perfect!

  2. Definitely couldn’t go back to anything else now that Coda has spoiled me. I don’t use the clips feature, but I’m in love with the built-in ftp and sites feature.

  3. is there any tool similar with coda for windows user? for my work and use dreamweaver is enough – but coda is something i was looking for soo long!

  4. thx michael, i know this plugin and bas – the coder aswell. but coda seems to be the solution for designers and coders aswell.
    sure with this tagstention dreamweaver received a huge update and for wordpress designer/coder it could be a solution, it could not, it IS a solution!
    it makes wordpress and designing easier

  5. It’s a shame that no app of this quality has yet to emerge for the Windows platform. I’ve been salivating over Coda, but I don’t use a Mac (yet). It’s high on the list when I’m finally there, though. Nice review 🙂

  6. Coda is “wooty-bad”!

    (meaning good)

    I was not able to do a “live CSS” edit on my site though whilst using MAMP to edit a theme.

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  8. I love Coda, and think it is an awesome 1.x app. There are still some glaring ommissions that prevent me from using it as my primary tool (TextMate takes that crown, for now). One of them is the way it stores Clips. Clips are stored inside Coda’s preference file (in ~/Library/Preferences). They can’t be exported out or imported in easily. And if your preferences file gets corrupted, all of your clips are hosed. Huge design flaw.

    That, and the missing SVN integration and the inability to search sitewide means that I use Coda for less projects than I’d like to.

  9. @Ted: Definitely. I feel the same way you do about the Clips. As for SVN integration, I think they’re working on that for the next release.

    Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice day!

  10. How do you actually set up Coda to work with WordPress templates? Right now all I want to do is change some code around from a free template I’ve downloaded, also change its style. But I can’t seem to figure out how to pair Coda to the template I want to mod.

    I’ve set up the settings the way they’re supposed to be, but I can’t seem to find any other documentation to help me if I have problems connecting.

    Did I just waste my $$?

  11. I’m trying to, too, setup a WordPress blog with Coda.

    Is there a help template that shows exactly how I can do that?

    I believe I’ve set up everything as it should be, but when I open a file -say index.php- and try to view it live so that I can edit the CSS, nothing happens.

    Also, I’ve created other pages in my wordpress blog and I keep getting “Nothing found for photos php”

    Thank you in advance. 🙂

  12. @emily – I’m not sure there is a template for what you’re trying to do and I’m not sure why you’re getting those errors either.

    Are you sure all your FTP info is correct? And those files are editable?

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  16. ThemeDreamer version .2 was released today. It features offline, WYSIWYG approximations for WordPress theme files. You can open a native WordPress theme file and navigate it in Design View without have to mess with parsing include files. It also has support for code hints and links to WordPress online documentation for those of us who haven’t memorized the template tag library. The WYSIWIG allows you to drag and drop WordPress template tags in real-time to rearrange a page layout as well as view simple template tag effects (like descending or ascending bookmarks, category children, etc.). All without having to configure or wait for a server! Kiss goodbye to the trial-n-error approach of making a CSS change, or even the most simple font color change by uploading/hitting refreshing/view code, etc. All those minutes add up! As far as I know, its the only WYSIWYG editor for WordPress. Without it, Dreamweaver users are only getting half the picture…

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  17. Is there a way to use Coda to test WordPress locally? I don’t have access to our server…

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