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What do 80% of the websites on the internet have in common? PHP!! This coding language that began its journey back in 1995 as an infant went onto achieve juggernaut status in the tech domain. And with the world constantly moving towards the online realm, personnel from almost every industry are looking to hire PHP developers to establish their respective websites. Yet even a programming language this strong is only as strong as the tools it utilizes. And with its coding taking place on its frameworks these days, its essential to take a look at some of the leading PHP Frameworks in the market today.
All good things in life are free. So is PHP! and also Laravel. This free, open-source framework that was created by Taylor Otwell utilizes the Model–View–Controller (MVC) architectural pattern. Laravel has gone onto capture a huge audience in the PHP development domain despite its recent launch (2011).
Such success in such a short time is obviously the fruit of Laravel's rich features. It boosts its own template engine called “Blade” that allows the use of plain PHP code in one's views. This makes the coding process a lot easier. Another feature that Laravel encompasses is the Local Development Environment called Homestead.
With its Eco system having grown leaps and bounds in its short life, Laravel is by far the best framework option when it comes to PHP development.
CodeIgniter, although being more than a decade old is still going strong when it comes to the race of PHP frameworks. Its fairly easy and straightforward installation process saves the user a lot of nuisance. But its biggest strength has to be its compatibility with all of PHP versions as it can operate on all of them without version conflicts. And with the installation file coming in at only 2Mbs, it's also a lean and fast system.
Although it has its limitations, its strengths still make it one of the best frameworks out there today, hence putting it number 2 spot.
The name says it all. CakePHP's goal it seems is to make the whole PHP coding experience a piece of cake for developers. Its latest version, CakePHP 3.0 has put this decade old framework right back in contention with improved features all around.
Cake PHP's real strength though comes into play when it comes to its rich security features. Its no surprise therefore that this veteran framework runs the websites for automobile giants BMW & Hyundai. Its strength in security coupled with its ability to keep up with new standards puts it in contention right at the top.
With a partner list of IBM, Adobe, Google & Microsoft, this is one framework intended for the mega projects of the online world. It however offers little support when it comes to smaller development endeavors and therefore is not ideal for such works. Having been developed under the Agile methodology, Zend's goal is to deliver premium quality applications to its users.
When the name says Phalcon, little is left to imagination. As fast as a falcon, this framework has been in developed in C & C++ in order to provide highest possible speeds to the PHP programmers. Its fast design and architecture catapulted it to 2nd place behind Laravel in 2014 but it has lost huge ground since then dropping to 10th place in the next year, hence losing its top notch status. Its huge drop in user demand therefore puts it at 5th, thus rounding off the list.