PHP is a server-side scripting language which is used to create simple as well as complex websites as well as web applications. PHP has gained massive popularity because it provides structural solution to complex code so that developers do not have to always code from scratch.
Laravel came into picture in 2011 but has become undisputable in such a short time. Laravel is powerful yet built to be extremely simple and hasslefree. One important thing about Laravel is that is comes with “Blade”, which is its templating engine. This engine is lightweight and it also allows to add custom PHP code so you can make it your own. Another great thing is that Laravel supports web application development with the help of “Homestead” which is well packaged. Laravel also has a great support in terms of forums and tutorials.
CodeIgnitor is one of the most popular PHP frameworks. It has no strict coding rules and works well with almost all standard hosting without any configuration hassles. So it is a delight for developers. It is lean and only about 2 MB. You can also add third-party plugins to enhance the system.
CakePHP is one of the easiest framework to understand for the developers. It is one of the most convenient tools to create web apps without worrying about security. It has great security features like cross-site scripting, input validation and so on. With CakePHP you can create standalone libraries too.
Symfony is popular because of its scalability. Most of its components are used by phpBB and Drupal too. Symfony also has a lot of libraries inbuilt which you can use to build components like forms, authentication, routing etc.
- Zend framework
Zend is one of the most stable, fully loaded yet light weight frameworks that we have. It follows object oriented programming and is easy to learn due to its systematic coding. One of the great features is that is is created by robust agile methodology and provides instant debugging to developers too. Zend has some big partners associated with it like google, IBM, adobe.