I would say PHP getting more and more market share nowadays due to various aspects. As per the survey conducted by W3techs, PHP has acquired around 82% of websites at the time of writing this article. There are many things which have helped PHP to get this market share, PHP stands a 4th most used programming language in GitHub. [Free PHP Website Templates]
Just like any other language PHP was also evolved in various aspects. Some of the aspects are it’s easy to learn, vast database and HTML integration support, advance programming features, etc. But one of the major aspects what I think is availability of various PHP frameworks available in market. Because framework makes developer’s life easier because it has lots many features and functionality already developed and well tested too.
In this article we will be covering some of the best PHP frameworks available in market at the time of writing this article. 🙂
Without any doubt I would say Laravel is the most loved framework now a days due to many things which includes very powerful blade PHP template engine, easy routing, IOC (Best thing), etc. This framework is still new (released February 22, 2012) but it has received a huge attention because if great features. The best part of latest version is, it is available as a composer package. 🙂
Symfony is simple yet flexible and powerful framework for PHP with MVC architecture. Just like Laravel, Symfony is also available as a composer package so we can have that installed with one command. Symfony got plenty of ready components like Validator, Form Config, Templating, etc.
EllisLab is maintaining the development of CodeIgniter framework. One of the greatest advantages of choosing CodeIgniter is great documentation they have put. CodeIgniter ships with good amount of built-in libraries and helpers also it has easy error handling, security and encryption libraries.
CakePHP is again a framework with great documentation and community support. CakePHP is the one who support PHP 4 and above. I personally like the easy Templating of CakePHP also it has CRUD integrated. CakePHP has its bake tool to generate repeated code.
Yii is full of Object Oriented programming within. This is developed in such a way that we can extend each and every possible class. Yii ships with an inbuilt module called Gii to generate code for your application which includes a controller, models, CRUD, and extension. Due to focus on test driven development approach, Yii is tightly integrated with great testing framework CodeCeption which makes testing of Yii application faster and easier. Yii team has implemented Active Record Design pattern over using some ORM to deal database records.
When you see the name Zend, you must be thinking of Large Scale enterprise application and yes it is true that Zend is well suited for large scale application. Zend is occupied with OOP and Design patterns implemented so you can extend functionality by your custom classes very easily. Moreover Zend is providing certification which developer can get to profile improvement.
Phalcon is basically developed for the purpose of Speed; this is inspired from the fastest living bird which is Falcon. Various benchmark shows, this framework is fastest time request and lowest memory usage, this is because it is purely written in C/C++.
Slim is considered as a micro-framework for PHP with the minimum requirement of PHP 5.2+. This is basically inspired from the Sinatra which is developed for Ruby. Main features of Slim covers excellent routing system and majority of focus on RestFul API with the support of all HTTP methods which are GET, POST, PUT, DELETE.
One step ahead MVC, Kohana PHP framework is developed with HMVC which stands for Hierarchical Model View Controller. PHP OOP is core of Kohana so you will get benefit of visibility, auto loading of class, singleton, overloading, etc.
FuelPHP is another framework with the HMVC implementation written in PHP 5.3. FulePHP is having a Cascading File System feature which is actually inspired from Kohana. In FuelPHP, main features includes URL Routing system, template parsing, ORM, caching and form/data validation.