Best PHP Framework

Since PHP is by far the most popular server-side programming language, we have introduced the best PHP frameworks for 2018 that enable developers to build more complex, secure, and comprehensive web applications faster than ever before. The PHP framework has a variety of shapes and sizes and has a different experience, application requirements, hosting features and development timeframe target developers.

Below is a quick summary of the pros and cons of each framework. We’ve linked each framework for your convenience to read more about each one.

Best PHP frameworks Compared

For a thorough 2018 update and revisiting this topic, we decided to dig deeper and find not only the most commonly used framework in 2018, but which one is the most valuable? When investigating Google Trends, it’s clear that Laravel is still the most searched framework for all new PHP projects. Look here:

Further, I want to know more about what everyday encoders and beginners are learning/using every day. We took the time to investigate our progressive subscribers, especially with more than 7,500 results.

Our survey asked about subscriber depth issues, such as the specific use of authentication, session encoding, caching methods, and routing, but the results listed below the only start with the most common PHP framework at the top. It is important to note that the survey is not completely related to the list we recommend in most recommended order, but rather to the actual data each person uses for each frame. After all, all encoders are usually in a groove in a programming language and then prefer it to other programming languages. Some people who end up using Zend also incorporate their skills into network management. Combining zend or Laravel with a free syslog server (as seen in the ITT system) has the best of both worlds.


Laravel 3,177
CodeIgniter 1,085
Symfony 990
Zend 907
Yii 2 373
CakePHP 402
Fuel PHP 172
FatFree 91
Aura 66


What are the Top Rated PHP Frameworks of 2018?

Laravel · Organize files and code
· Rapid application development
· MVC architecture (and PHP7)
· Unit testing (FAST on HHVM)
The Best documentation of any
· High level of abstraction
· Overloading capabilities using dynamic methods
· Tons of out of the box functionality
· payment integration with stripe
· very strong encryption packages
· Does NOT work on Shared hosting plans
· Does Many queries on your database
CodeIgniter · Very developer friendly Doesn’t need any special dependencies or supports
· Ability to use normal web hosting services well, using standard databases such as MySQL
· Outperforms most other frameworks (non-MVC)
· Good documentation and LTS (Long Term Support)
· No namespace’s, however, this can speed up
· Not as friendly towards unit testing as others
· Few libraries that are built inside the framework
CakePHP · Modern framework · Supports PHP 5.5+
· Scaffolding system and Fast builds
· Very good for commercial web applications (MIT License)
· Database Access, Caching, Validation, Authentication, are built in
· Extensive safekeeping tools include cross-site
· scripting prevention, SQL Injection prevention,
· CSRF, and Form Validation · Good Documentation
· Actively developed
· Not as good for constructing Restful APIS as Laravel or others listed 5.5.9
Zend · Ideal for enterprise applications
· Object oriented
· Tons of components for validation feeds, and forms
· Decoupled
· Not as ideal for rapid application development 5.3
Yii 2 · Rewrite of yii1, another popular web application framework
· Very modern and flexible
· One of the oldest PHP frameworks to date still supported
· Packages for authentication and security
· Short rapid development time
· Lots of configuration, partially for speeding things up
· NO built-in allowances at all
· While lettering code within Yii, if you aren’t organized, it can easily get messy

Developers want to choose frameworks for several reasons, especially because they provide a structured, efficient fast-track for developing web applications or APIs. They ensure that code does not have to be written multiple times for common features such as security and authentication, database processing, templates, URL processing, and other requirements. The following list outlines the main features and shortcomings of each framework, their primary or intended use, and sorts them accordingly. Before deciding which framework to use for the next project, you should always conduct extensive research on each framework.

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