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Top 8 PHP Frameworks in 2020


There are many PHP frameworks. But which one to choose?! In today's post, let's find out the best PHP frameworks in 2020.

I. About PHP

PHP is a widely used server-side Programming Language. Around 80% of the websites are developed using PHP. The most common reason why PHP becomes so much popular is its Frameworks.

II. PHP Frameworks

PHP Frameworks helps to design a website in a more productively way. These frameworks help in building more responsive and well-defined websites.

1. Laravel
  • Initially released in June 2011, this is the most popular and open-source PHP framework.
  • Laravel works on the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture, based on Symphony.
  • MVC approach helps web developers do their coding tasks in an easy and well-defined manner.
  • Larvel framework offers lightweight templates, and these templates can be customized easily according to project needs.
  • SQL injections are the most common attacks used by hackers to hack websites. And Laravel helps in preventing websites from SQL injection by using its advanced security features.
  • Laravel has its own Command Line Interface that helps in scheduling tasks at the occurrence of the event. CLI commands help in the rapid development of web applications.
  • Laravel is capable of efficiently handling complex web application development.
  • Model View Controller separates both the business logic and presentation layer form each other. By doing so, Laravel improves speed and security along with scalability.
  • The most common reason for Laravel's popularity that it has an easy installation process and unit testing features.
  • Unit testing features of the Laravel helps to ensure that the new changes made by developers are work according to the expectation.
  • Laravel follows Object Relational Mapping (ORM), which allows writing database queries using PHP syntax.
Official page - https://laravel.com/

2. CodeIgniter

  • CodeIgniter suits best for developers looking for a simple tool to create fully-featured web applications.
  • CodeIgniter is a powerful PHP framework that comes with small footprints, which comes in a meager 2MB package, including user guides.
  • It offers simple solutions to develop a complex web application. While using CodeIgniter, we can opt for Model-View-Controller(MVC) without being forced to use it.
  • This PHP framework takes security seriously, has built-in protections that help in protecting web applications against CSRF and XSS attacks.
  • CodeIgniter is pre-configured, so there is not much need for editing configurations.
Official page - https://codeigniter.com

3. Symfony
  • Symfony is a leading PHP framework that helps in creating unique web applications.
  • Symfony has its own set of PHP components that are decoupled and reusable by nature.
  • Popular web applications like Drupal, phpBB, and eZ publish were built using Symfony frameworks.
  • Symfony can be installed and configured easily on most of the platforms. Symfony is the best choice for developing large-scale web applications. This PHP framework performs 100 quality checks to control your PHP.
Official page - https://symfony.com

4. CakePHP
  • CakePHP is a clean and faster PHP framework. CakePHP 4.0.0 has support for streamlined API to develop web applications more rapidly.
  • CakePHP uses scaffolding and code generation features to build prototypes quickly.
  • No complicated files like XML or YAML are required to configure CakePHP, we just need to set up a database, and CakePHP is ready to use.
  • Set of conventions that come with CakePHP guides us while developing web applications.
  • CakePHP has various built-in tools for input validation, CSRF protection, and other security features.
Official page - https://cakephp.org

5. Laminas

  • The popular Zend framework is now the Laminas project. Laminas is community supported, an open-source PHP framework.
  • All essential components of a  PHP framework, including input validation, pagination, navigation, and many more, are supported by the Laminas project.
  • Laminas is a standard MVC based framework with a flexible workflow.
  • Laminas support Hypertext languages so we can build beautiful APIs.
Official page - https://getlaminas.org

6. Phalcon

  • A high-performance full-stack PHP framework delivered as C-extension. C-extension is the capability to include PHP classes and interface under the Phalcon namespace. The classes provided by C-extension are always ready to use while creating any applications.
  • Phalcon claims to be the fastest PHP framework ever built due to its innovative architecture.
  • Phalcon has low-level architecture and optimizations, which helps in reducing the overhead of the MVC based applications.
  • The only possible drawback of the Phalcon framework is its documentation, which is not up to mark, so finding bugs take more work and time in comparison to other frameworks.
Official page - https://phalcon.io

7. Yii Framework

  • Yii is a fast, secure, and flexible PHP framework that works right out of the box.
  • Yii framework has its collection of default and built-in security tools, which helps to write more secure code.
  • Code generation and a powerful API feature allows us to write more code within a short span.
  • This framework can be installed easily with the help of Composer.
  • Welcome page of Yii has a beautiful template that includes MVC, static page, contact form, and lots more.
  • Yii code generator also customizes the code to suit web developers' needs.
Official page - https://www.yiiframework.com

8. FuelPHP

  • FuelPHP has excellent documentation, which helps in learning everything related to this framework.
  • If you're using PHP framework for the first time, FuelPHP documentation makes the learning process easier.
  • FuelPHP is a flexible and fast PHP framework which born from the best part of other frameworks.
  • This framework supports HMVC architecture by design, and its router-based approach helps in routing directly to the closure. This framework supports PHP versions above 5.4.
Official page - https://fuelphp.com

Wrapping Up,

Among programming languages available, PHP has its advantages when it's comes to ease of use, implementation, tools, community and documentation.

One step better, PHP frameworks make the development process much easier and enjoyable. Had we missed something, share us your thoughts on the comments section below.


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