Major frameworks supported
PhpStorm is perfect for working with Symfony, Drupal, WordPress, Zend Framework, Laravel, Magento, CakePHP, Yii, and other frameworks.
All PHP tools
The editor actually 'gets' your code and deeply understands its structure, supporting all PHP language features for modern and legacy projects. It provides the best code completion, refactorings, on-the-fly error prevention, and more.
Front-end technologies included
Built-in developer tools
Perform many routine tasks right from the IDE, thanks to Version Control Systems integration, support for remote deployment, databases/SQL, command-line tools, Vagrant, Composer, REST Client, and many other tools.
PhpStorm = WebStorm + PHP + DB/SQL
All the features of WebStorm are included into PhpStorm, and full-fledged support for PHP and Databases/SQL support are added on top.
Intelligent Coding Assistance
Hundreds of inspections take care of verifying your code as you type, analyzing the whole project. PHPDoc support, code (re)arranger and formatter, quick-fixes, and other features help you write neat code that’s easy to maintain.
Smart Code Navigation
Be the master of your codebase thanks to efficient, lightning-fast navigation features. The IDE understands where you want to go and gets you there instantly.
Fast and Safe Refactoring
Refactor your code reliably with safe Rename, Move, Delete, Extract Method, Inline Variable, Push members Up / Pull members Down, Change Signature, and many other refactorings. Language-specific refactorings help you perform project-wide changes in a matter of a few clicks, and can be safely undone.
Easy Debugging and Testing
PhpStorm is renowned for its zero-configuration Visual Debugger, providing extraordinary insight into what goes on in your application at every step. It works with Xdebug and Zend Debugger, and can be used both locally and remotely. Unit Testing with PHPUnit, BDD with Behat and profiler integration are also available.
Better PHP Language Support
In this release we have made serious and long-awaited improvements in support of PHP language such as full support for group use statements, new handy intentions, support of traits, improved type inference and completion, and much more.
PhpStorm will now automatically send the keep-alive messages to SFTP/FTP/FTPS servers and Remote Interpreters so that the connection is not closed after every operation. This will bring a significant speed increase for those who are using features that create a lot of remote activity, such as auto upload functionality.
"Make Static" Refactoring
When refactoring, sometimes you need to change your methods to be static. "Make Static" refactoring tool in PhpStorm allows you to make it easily in any situation by converting all invocations and by adding object as a parameter or adding parameters for fields if needed.