PHP frameworks provide great help to businesses, particularly start-ups having no big budget to get a dynamic, interactive web application developed. PHP first appeared in 1995 and since then, frameworks based on it have greatly evolved to power a variety of websites and applications. Also, these PHP frameworks enhance the scalability and long-term maintenance of any application made using them.
PHP, the server side scripting technology has been implemented to all sorts and sizes of websites and web applications in 2 decades. W3techs.com, which is engaged in web technology survey, says PHP is powering 82% of all the websites whose server-side programming language is known. In maximum number of cases, we interact with desktop applications such as e-commerce / social media do have a user-interface likely coded in PHP.
Today, we have more than one solid PHP frameworks out there. Let’s take a look at some most popular frameworks that are used by developers around the world.
Symfony has been one of the widely used PHP frameworks for enterprise website and web application development. This free platform has become well-regarded as it allows everything in the process of development to be customized according to the requirements of applications.
Laravel is another most popular PHP framework in website & web application development industry. It fits almost all sorts and sizes of development requirements. Laravel is better known for its simplicity and elegance. It’s also a solid framework as it’s built on top of those components which are also available in Symfony.
However, Codelgniter has not been implemented to large level, but developers have adopted it as a powerful PHP framework. It provides a simple tool kit to develop feature-rich websites and web applications. It uses MVC controller approach that makes it faster in comparison of other frameworks.
CakePHP is another widely used PHP framework. Developers use CakePHP to easily spin up website and web application development projects. It uses MVC convention that makes it a flexible architecture for rapid implementation of applications.
Written in C language, Phalcon is also an open source web framework. But, there is no need to learn C language to work with Phalcon framework. It offers higher performance and platform independence.