10 Best PHP Frameworks for PHP Developers

PHP is inarguably the most popular and the most widely used server scripting language. Ever since its introduction as the inline code in the HTML files, the language has evolved by leaps and bounds. These days the web developers have their task cut out as they need to create involved website designs and complex web apps. Building everything from ground zero does not only take a lot of time but also takes a toll on the developers. This is the reason why there is a need for something that makes the development more organized, faster, easier, and eliminates the need to take care of micro-level details. This is where the PHP frameworks come into picture. They provide ample solution to the developers and make their job easier.

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PHP frameworks speed up the development process as you do not have to get into low-level programming. These frameworks feature pretty well-organized codes that can be easily maintained and reused. The web apps creating using the PHP frameworks are fully scalable and hence they can be easily grown and updated. It also takes care of your worries about the site’s low level security. Here are some of the 10 best PHP frameworks for the web developers.


Laravel has many features that make rapid application development possible. Laravel has its own light-weight templating engine called “Blade”, elegant syntax that facilitates tasks you frequently need to do, such as authentication, sessions, queueing, caching and RESTful routing. Laravel also includes a local development environment called Homestead that is a packaged Vagrant box.


Symfony Components are reusable PHP libraries that you can complete different tasks with, such as form creation, object configuration, routing, authentication, templating, and many others. You can install any of the Components with the Composer PHP dependency manager.


CodeIgniter is a powerful PHP framework with a very small footprint, built for developers who need a simple and elegant toolkit to create full-featured web applications.

Yii 2

Yii is a free, open-source Web application development framework written in PHP5 that promotes clean, DRY design and encourages rapid development. It works to streamline your application development and helps to ensure an extremely efficient, extensible, and maintainable end product.


Phalcon is an open source web framework delivered as a C extension for the PHP language providing high performance and lower resource consumption.


CakePHP has a really remarkable showcase, it powers the websites of big brands such as BMW, Hyundai, and Express. It is an excellent tool for creating web apps that need high-level of security, as it has many built-in security features such as input validation, SQL injection prevention, XSS (cross-site scripting) prevention, CSRF (cross-site request forgery) protection, and many others.

Zend Framework

Zend is a robust and stable PHP framework packed with a lot of configuration options therefore it’s usually not recommended for smaller projects but excellent for more complex ones. Zend has partners such as IBM, Microsoft, Google and Adobe. The coming major release, Zend Framework 3 will be optimized for PHP 7 , but will still support PHP 5.5 onwards.


Slim is a PHP micro framework that provides you with everything you need and nothing you don’t. Micro frameworks are minimalistic in design, they are excellent for smaller apps where a full-stack framework would be an exaggeration. Slim’s creator was inspired by a Ruby micro framework called Sinatra.


FuelPHP is a flexible full-stack PHP framework that doesn’t only support the ordinary MVC pattern but also its evolved version, HMVC (Hierarchical Model-View-Controller) at the architecture level. FuelPHP adds an optional classcalled Presenter (formerly called ViewModel) between the Controller and View layers to hold the logic needed to generate Views.


PHPixie is a quite new framework, it started in 2012 with the goal of creating a high-performance framework for read-only websites. PHPixie also implements the HMVC design pattern just like FuelPHP, and is built by using independent components that can be used as well without the framework itself. The PHPixie components are 100% unit tested, and require minimum dependencies.

Originally published at www.balharainfotech.com on January 29, 2016.

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