Features and benefits of PhpStorm
Framework support (MVC view for Symfony2, Yii).
Availability of specialized plugins for PHP frameworks (Symfony, Magento, Drupal, Yii, CakePHP, WordPress, Joomla!).
Built-in tools for debugging, tracing, and profiling applications.
A good set of tools for front-end development.
The presence of a duplicate code detector.
Nearly lightning-fast error detection.
The presence of the Live Edit function (instant display of the results of editing files in the browser without reloading the page).
Smart code completion.
Convenient navigation and fast search.
Disadvantages of PhpStorm
A bit lengthy installation process.
Quite high system requirements.
Important! PhpStorm is paid, but there is a free 30-day trial period.
Changes in recent version
PhpStorm 2021.2 is a major update that introduces the ability to preview for PHP and HTML files
in the editor, 20+ new inspections to help prevent bugs, improvements in all subsystems, and
pair programming via Code With Me.