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WordPress® All-in-One For Dummies® by Michael Torbert, Andrea Rennick, Kevin Palmer, Cory Miller, Lisa Sabin-Wilson

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Editing Files and Testing Performance with WordPress Tools

Over the course of Lisa's journey with WordPress, which began in 2003, she's learned a lot of lessons from editing WordPress files, building themes, and using different browsers and browser tools to help her view, test, and diagnose certain problems (such as speed, error messages, and CSS rendering) on her Web site.

One important thing she's learned is that when she sits at the computer to begin to work on any WordPress project, large or small, it's vital that she have the right tools readily available. Having the right tools makes a world of difference in the quality, efficiency, and overall experience in designing and developing a Web site for her or a client.

This section of the chapter introduces you to tools for things like editing HTML, CSS, and PHP, as well as using various Web browser platforms, such as Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. For example, we include different tools and add-ons that you can add to the browser to make it work better for your Web site and be easier for you to maintain it.

image In some cases, the tools we mention here aren't necessarily required — however, you'll be very thankful when you find tools that make your Web site managing a lot easier!

Choosing the text editor that's right for you

In Book VI, you dig into WordPress themes, work with CSS and HTML, and type template tags and a bit ...

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