But first, 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
Although Laravel is a relatively new PHP framework (it was released in 2011), according to Sitepoint’s recent online survey it is the most popular framework among developers. Laravel has a huge ecosystem with an instant hosting and deployment platform, and its official website offers many screencast tutorials called Laracasts.
The components of the Symfony 2 framework are used by many impressive projects such as the Drupal content management system, or the phpBB forum software, but Laravel – the framework listed above – also relies on it. Symfony has a wide developer community and many ardent fans.
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).
4. 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.