The manual makes reference to and shows screenshots of various programs that we use outside of the vBulletin software. This section covers software we recommend for use that is tried and tested in working with vBulletin.
There may be times in vBulletin where you’ll be required to edit or make changes to PHP, html or JS files. These editors may be helpful for accomplishing those tasks.
Cross Platform Editor
Sublime Text 2
Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose.
Editors for Microsoft Windows
This is the default software included with Microsoft Windows, if you have no other choices, use this. Wordpad can be found in the Accessories folder of your Start Menu.
Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.
EditPad Lite is a compact general-purpose text editor. There is also a Pro version
Editors for Apple OS X
This is the default text editor for Apple OS X.
Is a code editor that is free for use in Apple OS X. It also has a big brother BBEdit
While using vBulletin you’re going to need a way to get files onto your server, for this you will need an FTP Client.
Cross Platform FTP
Filezilla is a full featured FTP client that is capable of running on all modern OS’s. If you do not have a specific FTP client you like already, Filezilla ends up being the best choice for features, functionality, and cost.