PHP frameworks help you to write clean and reusable code. It follows the MVC pattern, ensuring a clear separation of logic and presentation. But there is a much discussion all around because some prefer performance, some prefer better documentation, some prefer amount of built-in functions etc.
Here in this article we will discuss few top PHP framework based on its popularity and Google Trends from 2015.
Laravel vs CodeIgniter vs Yii vs Cakephp vs Zend Comparison Chart
If you gone through Goolge search trend chart, Laravel is the most popular PHP frameworks among PHP developers. This is the new but great web application 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.
CodeIgniter is the second most popular web framework among PHP developers. It is a lightweight popwerful PHP framework that provides simple and elegant platform to create full-featured web applications.
YiiFramework is the high-performance modern PHP framework. As its popularity in chart, it attracts most of PHP developers due to its features like fast development, caching, authentication and role-based access control, scaffolding, testing, etc.
CakePHP is also popular among PHP developers due to its lightweight, simplicity, faster and require less code. It is easy to learn with fast and flexible templating. The built-in CRUD feature is very handy for database interaction. The framework also has various built-in features for security, email, session, cookie and request handling.
Zend Framework 2 is a well known PHP framework among PHP developers evolved from Zend Framework 1, a successful PHP framework with over 15 million downloads. The Zend Framework 2 uses 100% object-oriented code and utilizes most of the new features of PHP 5.3, namely namespaces, late static binding, lambda functions and closures.
No doubt, Symfony is a stable php framework ( that’s why not included in chart) widely used by PHP developers to create websites and web applications. It is a flexible, scalable yet powerful PHP framework. It has a huge community of Symfony fans committed to take PHP to the next level. Symfony has plenty of reusable PHP components that can be used like Security, Templating, Translation, Validator, Form Config and more.