The 10 best PHP development frameworks

The PHP programming language is the most popular server-side scripting language in the world, with countless developers using the code to create their websites.

Due to its popularity PHP frameworks are now available to make it much easier for developers to create websites, without the complexity of having to start from scratch.

Some of the main benefits of working with a PHP framework include:

  • Speeding up the development of the website or application
  • Use well organised, reusable and maintainable code
  • There’s no need to be worried of a low-level security website as PHP frameworks provide this
  • Promote modern website development practices, staying up to date with the latest developments in PHP programming

Which is the best PHP framework for my website?

There are a lot of different PHP frameworks available for developers to utilise, making it difficult to decide which is the best option for you. We have rounded up our top 10 PHP frameworks for creating websites with modern, maintainable and safe code.

1. Laraval

One of the newer PHP frameworks on the market, released in 2011, Laraval is also one of the most popular frameworks according to the latest survey by Sitepoint. With its own light-weight templating engine ‘Blade’ Laravel provides extensive features to the developer and also includes local development environment called Homestead.

2. Symfony

Used in many projects, such as the Drupal content management system and the PHPBB forum software, Symfony has a huge developer community at your fingertips. Symfony also provides reusable PHP libraries that you can complete different tasks with.

3. CodeIgniter

One the oldest PHP frameworks available at almost 10 years old CodeIgniter provides a straightforward installation process for developers. Using this software also means that you will avoid a PHP version conflict as it works seamlessly on almost all shared and dedicated hosting platforms.

4. Yii2

If you want to give your website a boost in performance the Yii2 PHP framework is for you, it’s much faster than the other frameworks available and therefore ensures that your website is running at optimum speed. It is also based on the DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) coding concept and therefore provides a clean and logical code base for developers.

5. Phalcon

Released in 2012 Phalcon is said to be one of the fastest PHP frameworks as it is written in the C+ and C++ languages to reach the highest level of performance possible. Thankfully, you don’t have to learn the C language to use the framework as it supports any PHP classes that are ready to use the application.

6. CakePHP

Used by some big name brands such as BMW, Hyundai and Express CakePHP is already over a decade old, first released in 2005. This framework comes with a large number of built in security features such as SQL Injection prevention, XSS prevention and CSRF (cross-site request fraud) protection.

7. Zend Framework

A strong and stable PHP framework with a large range of configuration options, this option is highly recommended for large, complex development projects however would be slight overkill for smaller projects where less options are needed. Zend has a large number of partners including IBM, Microsoft, Google and Adobe.

8. Slim

Slim is a PHP microframework that is extremely minimalistic in design however very efficient and provides all the features needed for small projects and applications. The creator of Slim was inspired by the Ruby microframework called Sinatra.

9. FuelPHP

Fuel is a flexible, full stack PHP framework that is modular and extendable, providing a whole range of extensions and security features. Using the FuelPHP framework means that all of your security concerns are taken care of, the system also comes with its own authentication framework and detailed documentation of the features that it provides.

10. PHPPixie

One of the newest frameworks on our list, first released in 2012 this framework is ideal for creating a high performance read-only website. The official website for PHPPixie has a tutorial that claims you will be able to learn the framework in just 30 minutes, so may be good for you if you are just getting started in the world of PHP frameworks.

Even though 10 options may seem like a huge amount to choose from, there are even more PHP frameworks available than the ones we mentioned. There are positives and negatives to each and really, it’s all about finding which framework suits your needs best – you may need to try a few different options before you find the perfect match!

Struggling with PHP development?

Although our team are happy to work with any PHP framework as we are experts in all things PHP development we don’t see a better solution than MVC, bespoke development for any website.
If you need help with a PHP development project we are here to help, with a team of developers working from our offices we can solve just about any development issue you may be facing.
For more information on the services that we offer contact us by calling 01257 758078.