Best PHP Frameworks Considered Best for Web Development

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So you have a business and you want to grow it globally. PHP aka Hypertext Preprocessor is one of the most preferred server-side scripting languages for web development. Till now, there are many PHP frameworks which capacitate the developer with the deployment of secure and complex web solutions.

Before we go any further, let’s understand what a PHP framework is and then get on with some of the best PHP frameworks for you.

A PHP framework is web development architecture that consists of methodologies, security policies and reusable codes and components for rapid development of web applications, therefore, eliminating reinvention of the wheel. It provides numerous benefits for developers such as:

  • Rapid development and adoption of proven best practices.
  • Reusable codes and components resulting in a structured and maintainable web application.
  • Inbuilt Model-View-Controller (MVC) web application design pattern thus ensuring the separation of presentation and logic.
  • Leverage Object-Orient Programming (OOP) methods and tools thus extending web applications’ capabilities.
  • Developer community and time-tested security policies and methods availability resulting in a more secure web application.

Now, let’s move forward with the top PHP frameworks of all time,

1.    Laravel

Laravel is by far the best PHP framework that ever ventured in the web realm according to some of the web development giants. It was introduced back in 2011 which provides the PHP developers the ecosystem which helps them in creating faster web applications. With Laravel, a developer can easily and swiftly develop a web application. It is safe to say that Laravel introduced the development realm with faster and swift deployment. There is a templating engine known as Blade enables processes like queuing, caching, etc.

2.    Symfony

“Very stable”, “High performance”, “Well documented” and “Modular” – these are some of the words used to describe Symfony. Likewise, Symfony is another very popular PHP framework that empowers developers with a set of reusable PHP components and codes. As a matter of fact, it allows for the development of large-scale enterprise web applications. Owing to its huge ecosystem, large set of reusable PHP components, and a very active and engaged PHP developer community. Moreover, its reusable PHP libraries can assist with the completion of tasks such as templating, authentication, routing, object configuration, form creation and much more.

3.    Zend Framework

Zend is another robust PHP framework mainly used enterprise-level and complex projects with nice features such as drag-and-drop editor that supports HTML, CSS and JavaScript, database connection wizard, instant online debugging as well as PHP unit testing tools, and cryptographic coding tools.

4.    Phalcon

Phalcon employs the Model-View-Controller (MVC) web architecture design pattern and is a full stack PHP framework that was built as a C-extension (on the programming language C and C++). As such, it delivers on the speed C and C++ are known for, easy to use and well-documented.

5.    CakePHP

CakePHP brings speed, reliability, and security to this list of best PHP frameworks. It’s a modern framework and properly suited for commercial web applications. Furthermore, it’s been in the marketplace over a decade now and still widely adopted and respected. Its rich features such as form validation, SQL injection prevention, good documentation, cross-site request forgery (CSRF) protection, cross-site scripting (XSS) prevention, active developer community, and many others will keep this PHP framework around for many years to come.

6.    Yii Framework

Yii Framework is a fast, secure and high-performance PHP framework that can reduce development time significantly with its rich features such as MVC, DAO/ActiveRecord, I18N/L10N, caching, authentication and role-based access control, scaffolding, testing, etc.

In addition, despite being one of the oldest best PHP frameworks it’s faster than other PHP frameworks in that it is purely object-oriented and extensively uses the lazy loading technique.

7.    CodeIgniter

Built for PHP developers who need a simple and elegant toolkit to create a full-featured web application. CodeIgniter is a powerful PHP framework that is lightweight and straightforward with hassle-free installation as well as minimal configuration. Uniquely, it's not a strict MVC design pattern adherent in that Models and Views are optional but Controller classes are a must.

Winding It Up

We hope that you like the list here. There are other PHP frameworks which we may have left but the ones that are mentioned are like one of the best what they do. What you think about the list. Leave your comment and let me know about it. Adios till then!!!

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About Author

10+ years of IT experience with extensive development of PHP frameworks(Symphony, Laravel, CakePHP, YII) and Mobile development with Ionic and React Native. Strong understanding of Front-end Frameworks with backend using NodeJS/PHP. A JavaScript Expert with a comprehensive understanding of Symfony, Wordpress, Drupal, CodeIgnitor, Mysql/Postgres. He loved React.js for its simplicity and flexibility. He is a voracious reader with a zeal to work smarter and harder at the same time.

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