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The Best PHP Framework for 2016

Web frameworks are very popular among developers. Most of PHP developers always looking for PHP frameworks as these are designed to improve security, make websites easier to upgrade and also dramatically reduce the time it takes you to build websites and web applications. But the big question that most of PHP developers are asking these days is what the best PHP framework is? As there are many PHP frameworks are available but very few are popular that used extensively. So here in this article I have Google search trend data to know the popularity of major PHP frameworks with the major features which makes them popular among PHP developers.

 

Laravel vs CodeIgniter vs Yii vs Cakephp vs Zend vs Symfony framework

 

 

1. Laravel

best PHP Framework

Laravel is not a very old PHP framework, released in June 2011. Currently this framework is regarded as one of the most popular PHP frameworks. The major feature of this framework is Bundles that provide a modular packaging system since the release of Laravel 3, Eloquent ORM, Query builder that available since Laravel 4, provides a more direct database access alternative to the Eloquent ORM, Reverse routing, Restful controllers, Class auto loading, Blade templating engine and much more. . This is a great PHP framework with expressive, elegant syntax that aim to make web development easy and fast by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, queueing, and caching.

URL: http://laravel.com/
Documentation:http://laravel.com/docs
Download: https://github.com/laravel/laravel

 

2. CodeIgniter Framework

Codeigniter is also a choice of most of php developer. It’s relatively easy to learn. Feature wise, Codeigniter is powerful frameworks such as Zend and Cake. Its major goal is to enable you to develop projects much faster than you could, by providing a rich set of libraries for commonly needed tasks, as well as a simple interface and logical structure to access these libraries. CodeIgniter lets you creatively focus on your project by minimizing the amount of code needed for a given task.

URL: http://www.codeigniter.com/
Documentation:http://codeigniter.com/user_guide/
Download: http://codeigniter.com/downloads/

 

3. yiiframework

The yiiframework is also popular  PHP framework among PHP developers. The main features that makes Yii on top spot is its features and a bit faster than Codeigniter and Zend framework. Actually the markers of Yii have spotted some of those areas in existing frameworks and discovered new ways. For example, from the moment you install Yii, you get a perfectly functional and rather impressive website up and running – its all automatically. Yii also comes with a range of features for common tasks like CRUD (creating, reading, updating and deleting).

URL: http://www.yiiframework.com/
Documentation:http://www.yiiframework.com/doc/
Download: http://www.yiiframework.com/download/

 

4. Zend Framework

Zend is a powerfull PHP Framework which is more secure, reliable and allow Web 2.0 applications & web services. This framework is originally built by PHP. It is enrich with APIs from leading vendors like Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Flickr etc which make it choice for big business.

Actually Zend has pretty much everything you could hope to find in a good PHP framework. It’s powerful, fast and scalable. The demand for Zend developers is immense and knowing how to use Zend is like having a guarantee that you’ll never be out of work.

URL: http://framework.zend.com/
Documentation:http://framework.zend.com/docs/
Download: http://framework.zend.com/download/

 

5. CakePHP Framework

CakePHP is a popular framework for web application development. Its simple to learn that provides a basic organizational structure, keeping your entire application consistent and logical. It can handle every aspect, from the user’s initial request all the way to the final rendering of a web page. And since the framework follows the principles of MVC, it allows you to easily customize and extend most aspects of your application.

URL: http://www.cakephp.org
Documentation:http://book.cakephp.org/2.0/en/index.html
Download: https://github.com/cakephp/cakephp/archives/2.1

 

6. Symfony Framework

Symfony is a complete php framework designed to optimize the development of web applications. For beginners, It separates a web application’s business rules, server logic, and presentation views. Symfony is rich in numerous tools and classes aimed at shortening the development time of a complex web application.

Symfony is written entirely in PHP. It has been thoroughly tested in various real-world projects, and is actually in use for high-demand e-business websites. It is compatible with most of the available databases engines, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server. It runs on Unix and Windows platforms.

URL: http://www.symfony-project.com/
Documentation:http://www.symfony-project.org/doc/1_4/
Download: http://symfony.com/download#legacy

With these, there is a long list of php frameworks available in market. you can select from this heap but don’t forget to share your experience by adding comments here , Thanks

 

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25 thoughts on “The Best PHP Framework for 2016

  1. Symfony 2 is not a simple framework, it’s a great application framework. it’s a J2EE platform but written in PHP5.3

    Try it and you will feel the difference…

  2. Symfony 1.4 is still a good framework. They’re still supporting it for bug and security fixes. Version 2.0 is improved in many aspects, but I do think the learning curve is steeper than the 1.X series.

  3. I’ve participated in 5 enterprise project and numerous fun projects / side stuff. All of those were done in yii. Tried pretty much the same list before giving yii a try and it’s indeed the best!

  4. yii framework is much more shorthand, and you can develop more quickly.
    IMHO, Symfony2 is for really big projects (at least 6 month long dev), with many people working on it, and organisation is more important than coding efficiency.
    Yii is better for smaller projects, where efficiency counts.

  5. Hey guys no one mention about zend framework which pretty much in the competition mention in 3rd potion in this ….

    what your take on it,

  6. Hi, Neat post. There’s an issue along with your website in internet explorer, would check this?IE nonetheless is the market leader and a good component of folks will pass over your excellent writing because of this problem.

  7. Presently working on codeigniter.. It is awesome! Thanks to the documentation and community. You’ll never feel alone!

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