Which is the best framework for PHP?

Let’s take a look at the top reasons why many developers like to use PHP frameworks and how these frameworks can level up your development process. Here’s what PHP frameworks do:

  • Make speed development possible
  • Provide well-organized, reusable and maintainable code
  • Let you grow over time as web apps running on frameworks are scalable
  • Spare you from the worries about low-level security of a site
  • Follow the MVC (Model-View-Controller) pattern that ensures the separation of presentation and logic
  • Promote modern web development practices such as object-oriented programming tools

Which of the framework is the best among all ? This is a million dollar Question.

So we decided to dig deeper into this and find which is not only the most used framework for 2018, but which is the utmost valuable? The survey shows explicit that Laravel remains the most searched framework for all new PHP projects.

1. Laravel

Laravel has many features that make rapid application development possible. Laravel has its own light-weight templating engine called “Blade”, elegant syntax that facilitates tasks you frequently need to do, such as authentication, sessions, queueing, caching and RESTful routing. Laravel also includes a local development environment called Homestead that is a packaged Vagrant box.

Laravel’s Best Features:

  • Built-in Database Query Builder
  • Unit-Testing Support
  • Artisan” Command-Line Interface
  • Lumen” Micro-Framework
  • REST API Compatibility
  • Comprehensive Documentation
  • Easy Deployment with “Envoyer”
  • Spark” Scaffolding

2. CodeIgniter

CodeIgniter is a lightweight PHP framework that is almost 10 years old (initially released in 2006). CodeIgniter has a very straightforward installation process that requires only a minimal configuration, so it can save you a lot of hassle. It’s also an ideal choice if you want to avoid PHP version conflict, as it works nicely on almost all shared and dedicated hosting platforms (currently requires only PHP 5.2.4).

CodeIgniter is not strictly based on the MVC development pattern. Using Controller classes is a must, but Models and Views are optional, and you can use your own coding and naming conventions, evidence that CodeIgniter gives great freedom to developers. If you download it, you’ll see it’s only about 2MB, so it’s a lean framework, but it allows you to add third-party plugins if you need more complicated functionalities.

Codeigniter’s Main Features:

  • MVC Support
  • Strong Security
  • Great Performance

3. Yii 2

If you choose the Yii framework you give a boost to the performance of your site as it’s faster than other PHP frameworks, because it extensively uses the lazy loading technique. Yii 2 is purely object-oriented, and it’s based on the DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) coding concept, so it provides you with a pretty clean and logical code base.

Yii 2 is integrated with jQuery, and it comes with a set of AJAX-enabled features, and it implements an easy-to-use skinning and theming mechanism, so it can be a great choice for someone who comes from a frontend background. It has also a powerful class code generator called Gii that facilitates object-oriented programming and rapid prototyping, and provides a web-based interface that allows you to interactively generate the code you need.

Yii 2 Features

  • Yii adopts the proven MVC architecture, which allows for clean separation of concerns
  • Yii allows developers to model database data in terms of objects and avoid the tedium and complexity of writing repetitive SQL statements
  • With the help of Yii, collecting input extremely easy and safe
  • Zero configuration required to let the task easier for you
  • Thorough maintenance

4. Cake PHP

CakePHP has a really remarkable showcase, it powers the websites of big brands such as BMW, Hyundai, and Express. It is an excellent tool for creating web apps that need high-level of security, as it has many built-in security features such as input validation, SQL injection prevention, XSS (cross-site scripting) prevention, CSRF (cross-site request forgery) protection, and many others.

Cake PHP Features

  • MVC Pattern – Model support data handling, with the model class you can insert, update, delete or read the data from the database.
  • ORM features, converting data between incompatible type systems in databases and object-oriented programming languages
  • Perfectly suited for commercial applications
  • Proper class inheritance
  • Easily extend with Components, Helpers, Behaviours, and Plug-ins

5. Slim

Slim is a PHP micro framework that provides you with everything you need and nothing you don’t. Micro frameworks are minimalistic in design, they are excellent for smaller apps where a full-stack framework would be an exaggeration. Slim’s creator was inspired by a Ruby micro framework called Sinatra.

Slim is used by many PHP developers for developing RESTful APIs and services. Slim comes with features such as URL routing, client-side HTTP caching, session- and cookie encryption, and it supports “flash” messages across HTTP requests as well. Its User Guide is an easy read, and if you are interested in the new features of the upcoming major release (already in beta), you can watch this primer video about Slim 3.

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