The following are the extensions I always install on VS Code, these are my preferred themes, snippets, and plugins.
I've tried lots of themes but Atom One Dark is my go-to theme. It's got a great mix of colours to differentiate between elements.
GitHub theme is one of the best light themes I've come across.
Automatically rename paired HTML/XML tags, the same as Visual Studio IDE does.
Align your code by colon(:), perfect for ensuring all your array keys line up perfectly.
Easily add Doc Blocks to your methods.
Add the ability to duplicate selected folders and files.
With Git History you can visually see changes to files, perfect when you need to restore to an earlier commit, and want to ensure you have the right commit.
The standard Go to Symbol in File... feature of VS Code can be noisy when you're only interested in functions. This extension adds a Go to Method in File... feature that allows you to focus only on the functions declared in the file.
Visually see the starting and ending tags for a selected element, coming in handy when inside nested elements.
Handy for starting a new HMTL page, generate the starter code.
Easily autocomplete HTML snippets
Run Laravel Artisan commands I love the route:list call. A time saver for larger projects.
Add Blade Syntax highlighting
Prefix Markdown as you write it.
PHP code intelligence for Visual Studio Code.
Intelephense is a high-performance PHP language server packed full of essential features for productive PHP development.
Advanced PHP IntelliSense for Visual Studio Code.
Easy turn code into a shareable image.
Easily set up and switch between projects.
Work on remote project over SSH
Sync all your settings, keyboard shortcuts and extensions to Github to easily sync VS Code on other machines or as a backup!
Very powerful, with smart features. Very simple, requires just three lines of config
This extension helps to automate snippet creation. Select the code you want to create snippet from and use command Create Snippet from the command palette or your custom keybind.
Moving from Sublime Text, then use this to importing all your settings and keymapping.
Wakatime is great for recording how long you spend writing code.