Why use a PHP framework?

PHP frameworks are a basic platform for the development of web applications. A framework makes your application leverage more security features out of the box and enables easier maintenance.

A PHP framework will help new developers easily get started with working on the project. It is easy to read and understand, test, maintain, and develop further. Almost, a lot of PHP frameworks come with a command-line tool that you can use to generate code and save more of your precious development time and speed up the development process.

The most popular/top 10 PHP frameworks are:

Laravel, CodeIgniter, CakePHP, Symfony, Yii, Zend, FuelPHP, Phalcon, Slim, PHPixie


When we talk about the PHP framework, one of the names that tend to pop up is the Laravel framework. Laravel is suitable when developing applications with complex backend requirements and enables you to build highly-scalable applications. Laravel is open-source, highly secure, and its speed and security are in line with expectations for a modern web application. Laravel simplifies the process of development by reducing the complexity of commons tasks, such as sessions, routing, queuing, and authentication. Laravel Artisan command-line interface provides a number of helpful commands while developing the application. It has a huge number of developer’s support with an instant hosting and deployment platform.


CodeIgniter is one of the oldest open-source frameworks but is simple and powerful. It can easily be installed and requires minimal user configuration. It works perfectly on almost all shared and dedicated hosting platforms. Another benefit of using the CodeIgniter is speed. It runs faster with database tasks compared to other frameworks. This framework also follows MVC architecture, allowing you to separate different parts of your website for better management. It has a huge ecosystem, well documented and a good framework is supported by an active community of developers.


This is an open-source platform that was introduced in 2005. CakePHP is a web development framework that makes building web applications simpler, faster, and requires less code.

CakePHP is having features like Translations, database access, caching, validation, authentication, and much more are all built into one of the original PHP MVC frameworks. CakePHP contains its built-in tools for input validation, CSRF protection, Form tampering protection, SQL injection prevention. CakePHP is well documented and a good framework that is supported by an active community of developers.


Symfony is a popular open-source PHP framework and a collection of reusable PHP components/Libraries. It is an extensive PHP MVC framework that follows all the PHP standards. Symfony provides a great platform to develop excellent websites and applications. The Symfony framework components are used by many content management systems like Drupal, OROCRM, PIWIk, PHPBB and even the most popular Laravel framework itself uses it. It has a huge ecosystem and is supported by an active community of developers.


Yii is a generic object-oriented web programming framework, open-source, component-based MVC web application framework. Easy to install, modern technologies, highly extensible, provision for testing, simple to implement security, short development time, better performance, swift error handling, and Logging. Yii 2 is a lightweight framework with high performance and great speed and it also provides a short development time. It excels for large-scale website development because it can be integrated with AJAX and JQuery features.


Zend framework contains features such as a user-friendly drag and drop editor, cryptographic coding tools, a connected Database Wizard, and instant online debugging tools. The editor supports front-end technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript as well. However, it is difficult to learn. Zend is an open-source framework built with security best practices. It is an enterprise-ready platform and has a proven history of success running business-critical and high-usage applications. Zend makes it easy to create and provide high-quality APIs. Zend framework supports an API-based architecture and is essential to the agile delivery of mobile applications.


FuelPHP is a modular, extendable, and flexible PHP framework open-source library introduced in the year 2011. The framework follows the HMVC model, which is similar to the regular MVC model. One of the differences is that the controller must choose the model before the view.


The Phalcon framework was initially released in 2012 and was originally written in C and C++. Phalcon is an open-source platform, easy to install, and suitable for creating highly configurable web applications. The Phalcon main feature is it is fast, increased execution speed, asset management, a universal autoloader, and top security and caching.

Phalcon is highly extensible, simplified security, short development time, and better performance make the framework to create modern web applications. It is an open-source project and relies heavily on volunteer efforts and contributions.


Slim is a light-weight open-source micro-framework that is typically used for developing RESTful APIs and services. Despite being minimalistic in design, the Slim framework provides rich features such as client-side HTTP caching, session and cookie routing, URL routing, and support for flash messages across HTTP requests. It is excellent for small scale web applications where a full-stack PHP framework is not really needed.


PHPixie is an open-source PHP framework and it is initially started as a micro framework. It provides high-performance execution and has gradually grown to be one of the most popular full-stack PHP frameworks. PHPixie provides you with full control over execution flow, easy to learn. The framework documentation has many examples and it is regularly updated with tutorial videos

Author: Yuvaraj Sivasubramaniam
Stream: PHP

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