Create the template in Ctrl-Alt-S (settings). Click Live templates -> Surround. Add new. Add code above. Then just highlight your variable in the IDE to make it into a HEREDOC so you can write whatever you want without breaking the code. Oh yeah, and the EOS; must be at the start of a line, not tabbed, not spaced, or it won't work.
My personal list of links which I keep here publicly incase they help someone else one day.
Snippets of PHP code I have gathered over the years. I keep them here for my own repository but also to share with others. I always link back when I remember the source.
This site was originally intended as a test bed for code. It now includes my blog about business and powerlifting, as well as games for Spanish language learning