Best 5 PHP Frameworks of 2017

For developing web applications and dynamic websites, PHP is the most popular server side programming language. PHP is being used by millions of websites including Facebook, WordPress, and so forth or you can say almost 65% websites around the world are based on PHP.

Developing large and complex applications in PHP takes a lot of time but it’s frameworks provide a solution. Dozens of frameworks and CMS are available that are based on PHP. According to Google trends survey, Laravel is the most searched framework for all the new PHP projects as shown in the graph below:


In this article, you will get to know the best 5 PHP frameworks of 2017. Their features are also explained below:

1- Laravel

Laravel is the most popular PHP framework released in 2011. Developers can easily learn from it’s official website Laracasts. It has many features which makes rapid application development possible. It has its own light weight templating engine called “Blade”. It includes the following features:

  • Organize files and code
  • MVC architecture
  • Faster PHP Framework
  • Payment integration with Stripe
  • Expressive, beautiful Syntax,
  • Easy to learn
  • Unit testing (FAST on HHVM)
  • Huge Community
  • Focused on elegance, simplicity, and readability
  • Very strong Encryption Packages
  • RESTful Routing

2- CodeIgniter

CodeIgniter is an ideal and lightweight framework. You can easily install it without running any special commands or software installation. It’s size is almost 2 MB. It’s performance is super fast and high secured. It includes the following features:

  • Framework with a small Footprint
  • Very developer friendly (Doesn’t need any special dependencies or supports)
  • Good documentation and LTS (Long Term Support)
  • High Performance
  • Minimum Configuration
  • MVC is optional

3- Symfony

Symfony is a very stable and well documented framework. It is being used by many popular companies like the BBC and open source projects such as Drupal and eZpublish. It’s performance is fast and highly secured and it has a vast community.

The components of the Symfony2 framework are used by impressive projects like the Drupal Content Management System (CMS). It includes the following features:

  • Set of reusable PHP components
  • High performance due to byte code caching
  • Easy to install and configure
  • Very good support and is very mature
  • Flexible
  • Secured PHP Framework

4- Zend

Zend – A popular framework commonly used for enterprise-level applications. It is developed by keeping security, performance and extensibility in mind. It’s configuration is complex as compared with the other frameworks like CodeIgniter and is not ideal for rapid application development. It includes the following features:

  • Ideal for enterprise applications
  • Object-oriented
  • Tons of components for validation, feeds, and forms

5- CakePHP

CakePHP is a very simple and easy to learn framework. It is built in MVC pattern along with the model class. You can insert, update, delete or read data from the database. Fast and secured web applications can be developed with very less code. It includes the following features:

  • Perfect for Commercial applications
  • Database Access, Caching, Validation, Authentication components are built-in
  • Safe and Secured
  • Extensive safekeeping tools include cross site
  • Good Documentation
  • Scripting prevention and SQL Injection prevention
  • Clean MVC Conventions

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