10 Best Syntax Highlighter WordPress Plugins

Many times a situation comes when we need to insert a code in our post or page and we want to highlight that particular piece of code as it contains some useful information. In these kind of situations we need a syntax highlighter plugin, which can help us in this matter.

Syntax highlighter plugins help you to customize the codes which you want to add in your post. Syntax highlighter plugins have the feature to highlight the specific code so that it does not look messy with the other text in the post.

In this article we are telling about best syntax highlighter plugins to display code snippets properly in your article or blog post. You can use these plugins in your next website or blog.

Crayon Syntax Highlighter is one of the best and widely used syntax highlighter WordPress plugin. It supports so many programming languages, themes and fonts. You can install it and customize the settings as it has an integrated theme editor. Crayon syntax highlighter is compatible with visual as well as HTML editor. It can easily highlight from a URL or WordPress post text and you can also mark the important lines of code. This plugin has amazing features.

Enlighter is one of the top plugin for displaying beautiful code-appearance in your WordPress site. Usage of this plugin is very simple. This is a customizable syntax highlighting tool for WordPress using which you can easily bind up your code with shortcode. In this plugin, a theme customize with live preview mode is included to modify the inbuilt themes. Enlighter also supports the automatic creation of tab-panes to display code groups like HTML, CSS and JS, together.

WP Code Highlight.js is a W3C valid code WordPress Plugin for highlight.js library. It comes with numerous options like displaying line numbers, “code button” in the post editor. Using this plugin, you can Wrap code blocks with <pre> and </pre> and add them to articles using a code button i.e. HTML editor. As per your requirements, you can also put line numbers in your code. This plugin can load wp-code-highlight.css from your current WordPress theme directory and is also fully compatible with wp-syntax style. Hence it is very useful plugin for coders.

WP-Syntax offers very clean syntax highlighting using GeSHi which supports a wide number of popular languages. This plugin actually supports highlighting with line number or without line numbers. It keeps the formatting when it is copying snippets of code from the browser without any issue or problem. It avoids collision with other 3rd party plugins easily by running an early pre-filter and a late post-filter that substitute and pulls the code snippets first out and then push them back in with ultimately highlighting at the end. The end result is a source code that is formatted and highlighted in the way in which you wanted it to be.

This plugin gives you 3 options to display beautiful code snippets i.e. using Prism.js, Highlight.js and plain flavor. Prism.js and Highlight.js make use of their own respective libraries and the plain one displays code without any syntax highlighting. Hence in this case, you can customize the code as per your requirements using the plugin. This lightweight plugin loads only CSS/JS whenever you need that. This plugin is very easy to set up and configure and is very lightweight, fast, flexible and secure and adheres to HTML coding best practices.

Code Snippets CPT is a WordPress plugin for smoothly hosting, managing and displaying code snippets. It works in two ways. First, it creates a WordPress Custom Post Type called ‘Snippets’, where you can maintain your code library and second, you will be able to easily add snippets to a page or a post via a Shortcode. There is also a way to add a snippet insert button to the WordPress content editor. In this plugin, Syntax highlighting is provided by the Prettify javascript library and the Ace Editor.

SyntaxHighlighter Evolved is a very famous plugin and is developed by Automattic. SyntaxHighlighter Evolved plugin enables you to easily post syntax highlighted code into your site without the formatting to be lost and without making any manual changes. It uses the SyntaxHighlighter JavaScript package by its developer Alex Gorbatchev. After successfully activating this plugin, you can wrap your code in languages like PHP and CSS.

If you want to improve the WordPress Page/Post Editor then you can use the HTML Editor Syntax Highlighter Plugin. Using this plugin, the developers can Highlight code in the backend making it easier for the developers. This plugin highlights code and it also restore your cursor position after a page reload. HTML Editor Syntax Highlighter plugin also adds syntax highlighting in the WordPress Post/page HTML text editor and also to the the Theme & Plugin editors using Codemirror.js a javascript file.

AH Prism Syntax Highlighter is very simple to use and do the extreme lightweight code syntax Highlighting with 7 different code highlighting themes. You can highlight your code with or without line numbers. Just install the plugin, activate it and start wrapping code snippets in the documented tags.

CodeColorer highlights the code snippets in a post with nice syntax highlighting. It makes use of the eSHi highlight system and supports all important languages. This plugin highlights syntax in comments, line numbers and RSS feeds. It has many color themes like Twilight, Slush & Poppies, Railscasts, Vibrant Ink, Mac Classic, Dawn etc. This plugin is available in more than 25 important languages.

Final Words:

These were the most popular and easy to use WordPress syntax highlighter plugins which you can use while developing your project. Coders use many types of tools and syntax highlighters to do the coding in the prescribed standards and make websites more attractive and lively. You can use these top highlighter plugins to improve the user experience up to a great extent and to place the coding easily. If you face any problem then you can hire an expert WordPress developer having experience working in similar field.

Author Bio: Alex Jones is a WordPress Developer associated with Wordprax Ltd. and provides PSD to WordPress conversion services along with her team of developers. She is also a passionate writer and loves to write articles and blog posts on WordPress, Technology, Trends etc. You can follow her on Twitter.

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