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Most popular PHP Frameworks 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

PHP is one of the most popular writing languages in today’s coding world. The reasons why, by latest statistics- it is preferred by 82% of the world’s web server software for its flexibility, database support, interactivity and abundance of Frameworks, that are easy to learn and can make the performance of your website lightning-fast. Thanks to their convenient file structure PHP frameworks give you the opportunity to organize your files and code and increase productivity.

Frameworks like Laravel, CodeIgniter, Symfony 2, CakePHP and Phalcon give you basic tools and functionality you can use, but at the same time allow for the freedom to select and modify them in a manner directly corresponding to your needs and goals.

Based on SitePoint’s “Best PHP Frameworks 2015 survey”, Google and Github trends, and our own research for what our clients are using and looking for. Here are the hottest PHP Frameworks today.

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    1. Elena Tileva

      Hey there Panpic,

      the infographic was made with data from a SitePoint survey and when making it, we took into account their results and what frameworks our clients are using on our hosting environment. We are sorry for the omission and you can expect a Zend Framework article from us soon too.

  1. Greg

    is this a joke? I haven’t seen such a bullshit for a long time.

    1. Elena Tileva

      Hey there Greg,

      May I ask what are you referring to?

      The infographic was made by taking into account SitePoint’s survey and Google and Github trends as well. It also included our own research which is based on which frameworks our clients are using, which frameworks people come to ask about hosting and which of the frameworks’ pages got more traffic on our site.

  2. Fernando

    Awesome work! I’m sticking with Laravel.. but Phalcon seems promissing for high performance apps and it’s simplicity. Codeigniter it’s still in my queue “to be learned” it’s highly required at many companies… The only thing you should have mentioned is that Laravel 4 requires PHP 5.4 so you can choose which version depending on the server availability. And Codeigniter 3 is requiring 5.2.4. Thanks for the infografic.

    1. Elena Tileva

      Hey there Fernando,

      thanks for your appreciation. Phalcon is our favourite here at WebHostFace for its high speed and performance even though most of our clients are using Laravel. Thank you for pointing out the dependency of Laravel on newer PHP versions, we just didn’t think about it since we are offering a choice of all latest PHP versions on our shared environment, we even have PHP 7 implemented already, and people can use everything they want from CodeIgniter 3 to Laravel 5.

  3. vinay

    very useful article about php

  4. Carl

    Any idea exactly what makes Phalcon’s security rating so low compared to the others?

    1. Stefan Staykov

      Hey there Carl,
      We know that the security of a project depends on the developer and that there is no way to sort the frameworks in that manner, that is why we have made the metrics based on their already implemented security features.
      Comparing the different PHP frameworks for the different metrics was based on a research made on our part. In the case of Laravel vs. Phalcon for example, Laravel has many build-in security features, which are easily enabled from a config file, where Phalcon doesn’t have so much, you can check them here:

  5. Tomas

    Hey there, in the survey, Nette framework was 3rd but I cannot see it here, why?

    1. Stefan Staykov

      Hey there Thomas!

      Basically, the infographic was made with data from a SitePoint survey and when making it, we took into account their results and what frameworks our clients are using on our hosting environment. We also used data from Google and Github trends, the used sources are listed on the infographic itself.

      Of course, you would probably find some of your favorite ones missing like Netter, in the event that the infographic is made based on a survey and the preferrences of our clients. It is merely informational and does not diminish the qualities of other PHP frameworks which are not included in it, nor does it promote switching to a different more “popular” framework.

  6. Distro

    Does cakephp still in demand in the market in your area or in WEB industry today , Im practicing CAKEPHP now. Does cakephp still kicking in WEB industry.

    1. Stefan Staykov

      Hi there!

      These days, there are so many options when it comes to PHP development. As PHP has matured, more and more PHP Frameworks have come onto the scene, providing developers with a wide array of choices.

      CakePHP is ranked in the top 4 most popular PHP projects on GitHub, of around 130,000 projects, with over 18,000 members in the CakePHP Google group with 32,000 topics. With 270 contributors to the code, and 320 contributors to the documentation, there is no denying that CakePHP has a big following. With version 3 of the framework available, CakePHP is most certainly expected to remain a leading force in the PHP world and a major contender amidst today’s varied landscape of PHP frameworks. Thumbs up!

      1. Jesus Granados


        WE are working over raw PHP, CSS, Jquery and Json tools.. I am searching for a PHP framework that let us speed up development time…I am concern about speed.

        I haven´t tried any PHP framework… (we moved from rails to php, based over simplicity and resources avaialble) I don´t know if really matters this laravel less performance…or when this will be an issue…

        We are using PHP as backstage platform to serve mobile apps…

        I have read about phalcon.. and I have some questions..

        1) How will Phalcon benefits from using it besides the tools that we are using..? I don´t know if I am clear…I mean which will be the benefits when coding using Phalcon?

        2) With laravel..??


        1. Stefan Staykov

          Hey there Jesus,

          PHP frameworks come with pre-configured service you can use like Authentication, Encryption, Pagination, Localization, etc. so that you won’t have to code every little thing you want to use. It is mostly based on preference but more popular frameworks will have larger communities and more options in there MVC. The differences between Phalcon and Laravel are that most users find Phalcon to be faster and easier to use than Laravel, on the other hand Laravel has a larger community that can help out with your coding and most probably more services for you to use.

          As a whole, using a PHP framework will greatly speed up your work process and implementation but which one to use is really up to you and your preferences.

          Best regards,

  7. Sol

    As usual, another – directed – dishonest survey when it is about comparing x to y.
    To all of those Laravel lovers out there. If you think it is the best, then you better start asking yourselves where its power comes from? That’s right, take Symfony components out of Laravel and you will left with an ugly shell 😉

  8. Ilaiya Raja Thangaraj

    What about Yii Framework ??? But i dont see Yii here.
    Yii is a high-performance PHP framework best for developing Web 2.0 applications.
    Yii have a best community support & clever documentation other than all php frameworks .

    1. Stefan Staykov

      Hey there Ilaiya,

      the infographic was made with data from a SitePoint survey and when making it, we took into account their results and what frameworks our clients are using on our hosting environment. We are sorry for the omission and you can expect a Yii Framework article from us soon too.

  9. mirko

    I am sure about the information delivered in this report, however I would challenge the first statement: “PHP is one of the most popular writing languages in today’s coding world”.
    Can you quote the statistics in order to provide a relevant base for that assertion?
    The Infograph actually doesn’t help a lot if cannot be referred to the size and the type of the systems, instead of the experience of adopters (i.e. beginner, advance, etc.)

    1. Stefan Staykov

      Hey there Mirko,

      I really don’t know if you have understood what actually “PHP is one of the most popular writing languages in today’s coding world” means as your question is pretty self-explanatory. All you need to do is make a simple Google search of the most popular coding languages and you will see that PHP is one of them.

      I also can’t understand what you refer to in your last statement, the estimated number of people using the different systems are listed in the infographic and I don’t know what else you might be referring to by size or type of the systems. Can you please elaborate on the matter?

      Best regards!

  10. saman khademi

    wtf(what the faaaz)????????????????????????
    Where is YII (YII2)?????

    1. Stefan Staykov

      Hey there Saman,

      As I have mentioned above, this infographic was made with data from a SitePoint survey and when making it, we took into account their results and what frameworks our clients are using on our hosting environment. We are sorry for the omission but couldn’t include all of the PHP frameworks.

  11. Seena George

    i know PHP very well. But I don’t know how to start to learn any PHP framework

    1. Stefan Staykov

      Hey there Seena,

      Knowing PHP is a huge part of starting with any PHP framework, what I can recommend is just choosing an easier framework, installing it, reading through its documentation, and probably find some demo projects to play around with. The best way to learn a PHP framework for you, since you already know PHP, is to just start coding with one and see where it gets you. If you are still finding it difficult, you can always find guides online.
      Best regards!

  12. web dev rich

    It’s a decent info graphic but I am wondering, how is codeigniter only ‘most suitable’ for beginners? It makes it sound like a framework that is not scale-able or unable to do things that others can’t.

    It’s ultra fast, doesn’t need a template engine such as blade to output to views and can be extended and built on top of to do anything!

    1. Stefan Staykov

      Hey there Richard,

      CodeIgniter is one of the easiest PHP frameworks to use and that is why it is suitable for beginners unlike Laravel which should be picked up by more experienced users. Being easy-to-use is a positive thing and you can clearly see that CodeIgniter and Phalcon are the overall winners in our infographic as they are faster and more easier to use than the others.

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