Ahmad Awais



Introducing WordPress Customizer Package For Sublime Text!

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Customize componentย has an incredible PHP and JS based API in the WordPress Core. I found it to be much better than many other elements e.g. the Settings API in WordPress is a bit messy (probably why Scott Clark from 10Up is building the Fields API).

Started With Frameworks#

Anywho, when I first started making Customizer based WordPress themes, I used frameworks like Kirki and Redux Framework, and then later I ended up using Titan Framework for a WordPress plugin calledย CF7Customizer.

Problemย With Frameworks#

In the case of these frameworks, it quickly became hard to deal with the updates, backward compatibility, and then code quality especially concerning security. I found myself reading more and more source code to keep up with their development. And then came a time when Iย felt I should probably go as native as I can to use WordPress APIs instead of such frameworks.

Going Native With WP Customizer API#

I started to figure out what kept me away from using the official WP Customizer API.ย I found out that WP Customizer is not very commonly adopted because of the lack of enough documented examples. Because after going through both Codex and Dev Reference, basic concepts of WordPress customizer were mundanely clear. It was just that the information is so scattered that I always went for simple and to the point frameworks.

Customizer Is Pretty Cool#

Guess what WP Customizer is pretty much what you need to deal with and it is very easy, huge props to the customize component maintainers Weston Ruter, voldemortensen, Nick Halsey, Derek Hermanย and all the contributors.

WPCustomize Boilerplate#

WPCustomize Boilerplate is something that I will write about in an upcoming article but here’s a bit about it.

To make things better I’ve started to build a WPCustomize Boilerplate, which will be my sandbox for customizer related experiments. Right now, I have added all the coreย and advanced controls accompanied with Panels &ย Sections and customizer sanitization routines via WPTRT.

Sublime Package for WordPress Customizer#

Sublime snippets for WordPress Customizer.

GPLย Package Controlย GitHub release

Stupid-simple, tab-triggered sublime snippets and completions for WordPress Customizer.

I’ve been a big fan of Sublime Text; I use it every day for both frontend and backend programming. Sublime Text has a great deal of potential which helps me automate my dev workflow and build small completions and snippets based libraries.

What if I told you that you can build Customizer options for your next WordPress product (theme/plugin) under 5 minutes? Yes, it is possible! I have made a Sublime Text package for WordPress Customizer that can help you write quality code in a jiffy.


Download From#

Sublime Package Controlย GitHubย Landing Page

Over time, I have built a good deal of such dev-workflow-automation packages for Sublime Text that I plan to share with the WordPress community, with this package being the first of many.

General Information

WordPress Version: 4.6.0
Snippets: 09
Version: 1.0.4


  1. Snippet: WP Customize Add Pannel
    • Tab trigger: wpCustomizerAddPanel
  2. Snippet: WP Customize Add Section
    • Tab trigger: wpCustomizerAddSection
  3. Snippet: WP Customize Add Setting
    • Tab trigger: wpCustomizerAddSetting
  4. Snippet: WP Customize Add Control Basic
    • Tab trigger: wpCustomizerAddControlBasic
  5. Snippet: WP Customize Add Control Image
    • Tab trigger: wpCustomizerAddControlImage
  6. Snippet: WP Customize Add Control Upload
    • Tab trigger: wpCustomizerAddControlUpload
  7. Snippet: WP Customize Add Control Color
    • Tab trigger: wpCustomizerAddControlColor
  8. Snippet: WP Customize postMessage JS Basic
    • Tab trigger: wpCustomizerPostMessageJSBasic
  9. Snippet: WP Customize Register Function
    • Tab trigger: wpCustomizerRegisterFunction

Tab Triggers

You can do a fuzzy search inside PHP or JS file with initials of the snippets’ names. E.g. To add a WP Customizer Add Pannel you can just type wpcap and Sublime will suggest the snippet. If that doesn’t happen, read the optional tip below. You can also open Package Control’s Command Pallet: Command+Shift+P on Mac Ctrl+Shift+P on Windows or Linux and search for these snippets.

How to use the snippets?

WP Customize snippets are meant to bring ease to your workflow. All you have to do is select a snippet and then press tab button to go from one editable area to another. E.g.

WP Customizer Snippets

Optional Tip

Sublime won’t autocomplete in the PHP files when there is no closing ?> tag, so go to Sublime Text > Preferences > Settings-User add this snippet:

"auto_complete_selector": "source, text",

Install Instructions#

Package Control installation

The preferred method of installation is via Package Control.

  1. Install Package Control.
  2. From inside the Sublime Text, open Package Control’s Command Pallet: Command+Shift+P on Mac Ctrl+Shift+P on Windows or Linux.
  3. Type Install Package and hit Return or Enter. A list of available packages will be displayed.
  4. Type WordPress Customizer and hit Return or Enter. The package will be downloaded to the appropriate directory (You can watch the progress bar in the bottom left bar of Sublime).
  5. Restart Sublime Text to complete the installation. The features listed above should now be available.

Manual Installation

  1. Close Sublime Text.
  2. Download or clone this repository to a directory named WordPress-Customizer in the Sublime Text Packages directory for your platform:
    • Sublime Text 3
      • OS X: git clone https://github.com/ahmadawais/Sublime-WP-Customizer.git ~/Library/Application\ Support/Sublime\ Text\ 3/Packages/WordPress-Customizer
      • Windows: git clone https://github.com/ahmadawais/Sublime-WP-Customizer.git %APPDATA%\Sublime/ Text/ 3/Packages/WordPress-Customizer
      • Linux: git clone https://github.com/ahmadawais/Sublime-WP-Customizer.git ~/.config/sublime-text-3/Packages/WordPress-Customizer
    • Sublime Text 2
      • OS X: git clone https://github.com/ahmadawais/Sublime-WP-Customizer.git ~/Library/Application\ Support/Sublime\ Text\ 2/Packages/WordPress-Customizer
      • Windows: git clone https://github.com/ahmadawais/Sublime-WP-Customizer.git %APPDATA%\Sublime/ Text/ 2/Packages/WordPress-Customizer
      • Linux: git clone https://github.com/ahmadawais/Sublime-WP-Customizer.git ~/.config/sublime-text-2/Packages/WordPress-Customizer
  3. Restart Sublime Text to complete the installation. The features listed above should now be available.

Understand manual installation.

You can manually install by cloning this repository into your Sublime Text Packages directory. Get to it quickly from within Sublime via the menu at Sublime Text > Preferences > Browse Packages.
So, browse the Packages directory in terminal and clone this repository inside it by running the following command.

$ git clone https://github.com/ahmadawais/Sublime-WP-Customizer.git WP-Customizer

Packages directory can be found in

OSX Macbook


Updates & Changelog

Version 1.0.4

Version 1.0.3

Version 1.0.2

Version 1.0.1

Version 1.0.0

Download From#

Sublime Package Controlย GitHubย Landing Page

Your Turn#


Last I checked, WordPress Customizer package for Sublime was 32nd most trending Sublime Package with about 250 downloads in just about two weeks. It’s up to you now. I think if you use Sublime do give it a try. If you run into any issues, create a new issueย at GitHub or send a Pull Request.ย If you have any questions comment below. Or reach out to me at Twitter @mrahmadawais.


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