Why Is Laravel Framework Winning over CodeIgniter?

Jun 3, 2016 · 2 min read

Nowadays, we’ve so many options to build quick sites. But when it comes to building something big and highly customizable, PHP is the top contender. There is a big history behind this 3 letter word, PHP. The acronym that stands for Hypertext Preprocessor now (earlier known as Personal Home Page), has become quite popular and widespread since it was introduced in 1994 by Rasmus Lerdorf.

PHP developers have their own favorites, many vouch for the simplicity of oldies like CodeIgniter, Zend Framework, CakePHP, Symfony, Yii, while some swear for new kids like Silex, Slim, Lithium, and Laravel.

However, the ultimate war continued between just two titans, CodeIgniter, and Laravel. Which one has better features or performance or stability, these are only a few of the many questions that pop up these days, let’s find out how they fare against each other.

Why Use CodeIgniter?

A high-performance framework with a small footprint. It’s simple and quick to set-up, all you have to do is to download a preferred version from CodeIgniter website and you’re good to go.

Being one of the older and popular frameworks of PHP, it has a large community of active users using it for projects of all scale, from smallest to largest ones. Moreover, it has a very clear and well-structured documentation available, with all concepts of CodeIgniter explained clearly and in detail with examples.

The thing that works for CodeIgniter is its stability, it has been tested by developers in large number and therefore, chances of bugs or any bigger stability issue is quite less. Another cool factor about it is the presence of an inbuilt templating engine, which is really simple to use and is based on mustache-like templating language, easy to learn even for new developers.

But the cherry on the top is its ease to use nature, you don’t have to a master of MVC architecture to get started with CodeIgniter. It’s a boon for performance and efficiency too as it offers output caching and therefore loading time can be reduced.

It’s one of the most popular frameworks and therefore, there’s a big community of users always available to seek and provide support. However, it’s a very old framework, has been released at the time of PHP 4. Since then, many new features were added to PHP, but CodeIgniter continued to stick to its basics, which is dampener. It does not offer modular separation too.

Why Laravel?

Originally published at www.laravelfeed.com.


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