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PHP web frameworks have an ecosystem of their own in the world of web development. PHP frameworks are used to build websites and web applications of all sizes and complexity, ranging from small static websites to large scale complex enterprise content management systems.

PHP is the language of choice for web development with almost 80% of all the existing websites breathing on PHP code. It would have been next to impossible to create such a huge web footprint by developing web applications using raw PHP code from scratch. It is the power of PHP frameworks that has fueled such a massive growth.

Why Use PHP Web Framework?

When we look at modern web development needs, the key to success is speed development with well organized, reusable and maintainable code, all the while ensuring scalability. The best way to achieve this is by using an existing, proven PHP framework.

Frameworks offer ready to use components, libraries, enforce proven architecture, ensure separation of model, view and controller logic (MVC paradigm), abstract you away from the low level security concerns, enforce file and code structure, and the list is quite long. In short, PHP frameworks make web development fun and make you more productive.

Selecting the right framework, however, can be challenging at times. In an attempt to make the selection process a little easier, we have analyzed most of the PHP frameworks out there in the wild and listed below the 10 best.

These are the frameworks that are actively maintained, popular among developer community, promote modern web development practices and make it possible to build websites and web applications of all sizes and complexity.

Laravel

Laravel is undisputedly the king of PHP frameworks and spans the widths and depths of large scale web application development. Laravel ecosystem has quickly grown huge with supportive community and boasts tons of free tutorials and learning resources to get you started within no time.

Laravel is built to be simple, easy to learn and supports rapid application development. You get rich set of features to bring any large scale project to life within days. Laravel comes with its own templating engine named “Blade”. The best thing about Blade is that it allows you to write plain PHP in the templates which essentially means that Blade brings no performance overheads to your application.

Another power fact about Laravel is the inclusion of “Homestead” which is the packaged Vagarant box to let you start development without the hassles of installing web server, HHVM, PHP or any other package on your local machine or server.

New to the world of Laravel or PHP development, no problems, there is a dedicated website named Laracasts.com that hosts hundreds of PHP video tutorials. You can access the basic tutorials as well as most advanced ones to master Laravel at a very minimal cost.

Laravel team has recently released “Lumen”, a micro PHP framework for the web developers who like to build lightning fast API’s as well as Laravel based services.

Codeigniter (CI)

Codeigniter is the one framework that has maintained itself well over the period of time, however, in recent times, it is seeming shaky against the modern and newly launched PHP frameworks. Codeigniter was created by Ellislab back in 2006 and made available to public for free use under MIT license.

Codeigniter has been the framework of choice for the reason that it was lightweight, fast as compared to other contemporary PHP frameworks and easier to learn. As of today, most of PHP beginners are attracted towards Laravel, Phalcon and even FuelPHP rather than Codeigniter.

Although, the framework has been among best of its times, “IMHO” the future ahead for Codeigniter doesn’t look bright. Ellislab also doesn’t seem to support it anymore and it is now fully in control of the community.