PHP is Server Side Scripting Language used for writing software for a wide variety of applications. It was created by Danish-Canadian programmer Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995 and in recent years has become the most popular scripting language. Some of the main reasons why it is so widely used are that PHP is relatively easy to learn, free, and runs on all major operating systems and web servers. Furthermore, the most popular PHP frameworks have significantly evolved in the last two years.
PHP Frameworks are an easy way to use PHP Increase efficiency and security, shorten development time, and make code lightweight, which will make it run faster. Also, you have functionalities like CRUD created automatically so you won’t waste time on base structure. Moreover, PHP Frameworks let you recycle your code for future uses where you will only need to make slight modifications, instead of starting all over again.
However, here comes the tricky part: how to choose the right framework? We have developed a comprehensive infographic to help you through the process of selecting the best framework for your needs.
Laravel is perhaps the most used PHP framework in 2017 so far. One of the main reasons why it’s so popular is that in addition to being very simple it’s documentation is very well structured which eases the learning process. It’s Eloquent ORM is very handy as it almost removes the need for SQL language. By default, it comes with many included functionalities and it is partially built using Symfony. It also uses Blade templating engine which simplifies the code syntax and makes it very convenient to work with.
CodeIgniter is a lightweight PHP framework which doesn’t have many dependencies. It’s been around for more than 10 years and has very good documentation, making it easy for beginners. It does provide great performance and is very well suited for shared hosting. Rather than query strings, CodeIgniter uses clean and search-engine-
YII is one of the fastest PHP frameworks due to its usage of lazy loading technique. It also has layered caching scheme which caches dynamic pages and data. Released initially in 2008 and being completely rewritten in 2014, it has extensive documentation. YII’s developers and contributors provide great support to its community. It comes with jQuery integration and many AJAX features. It also has compatibility with other frameworks like Zend and Pear.
Phalcon is considered the fastest PHP framework which consumes very little resources and has low overhead. It’s written in C and C++ and comes as C extension, optimized to deliver performance while it’s functionality is exposed as ready-to-use PHP classes. Phalcon will allow your project to do more for its visitors as they’ll have to wait for less for each request which also makes it very efficient.
CakePHP is one of the first PHP frameworks and thanks to that have amassed a great community. It doesn’t require XML or YAML files for its setup which indirectly eases the development process. With Cake, you’ll be able to create prototypes and reusable code rapidly and it also comes with a templating system which is highly customizable.
Zend is a very robust, widely used, and well-developed PHP framework. Among the other PHP frameworks, it’s the most popular when it comes to enterprise software for big businesses. It is developed by the people who maintain the PHP language themselves and as such is sure to stay on top for a long time.
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