Top 10 PHP Frameworks

PHP being the default language to develop websites today, has spawned many frameworks which build on its features to develop websites. In this article, we take a look at 10 best PHP frameworks available right now.
The Top Ten
1 ZN Framework

ZN Framework is a professional code framework based on open-source code and the philosophy of simplicity. Developed by Turkish developers using the PHP web programming language, the framework has been in development since 2011 and has been distributed free of charge to developers since March 30, 2015. It is considered Turkey's first professional code framework, as there was no previous work in this area at the highest level in Turkey.

I was surprised to see it ranked first. I was curious and tried it. I found it interesting and easy. When you add an "internal" prefix to a class name, the class gains static accessibility. It makes a lot of sense. I'd recommend taking a look.

2 Zend Framework

Secure, lightweight, and integrated with extensive code-generating tools, the Zend Framework is to PHP what PHP itself is to web development. Its loosely coupled architecture requires you to choose only the required components for your project, providing you ample room to customize your project according to your business needs. If you haven't seen its community framework, log in now!

3 Laravel

There are many frameworks with which you can build a PHP website, but Laravel is easily the best among them. Firstly, it is easy to download and use for beginners. You can set up a Laravel project simply by downloading a zip file directly from the web. With RESTful routing, Artisan, nice repositories, and a Blade engine for templates, Laravel is exactly what you would call a 'perfect' tool.

Great. Clean coders surely prefer this framework.

4 CodeIgniter

Want to build your PHP website in the shortest time? Well, CodeIgniter is what you need then. It helps you work faster by providing libraries for all your common tasks, thereby minimizing code. It tops this off with a simple, logical structure as well. With almost zero configuration and no need for a template language, your website can go live in a flash!

If you're new to PHP or just want an easy-to-use framework, this is the one.

No external dependencies. Easy, powerful, and lightweight.

5 Symfony
6 CakePHP

CakePHP is an open-source PHP development framework built on the MVC approach. It follows Ruby on Rails and uses many of its concepts. A simple framework with flexible units requiring little to no configuration and an active developer community, it is definitely a great framework to rapidly build your PHP site.

7 Phalcon

Just Google 'Phalcon,' and you will find umpteen references to high performance. A truly high-performance PHP web application, Phalcon is written as an extension of C in order to optimize performance. With all the features that you can think of - like security, translations, auto-loader, and more - Phalcon could be just the framework you need.

8 FuelPHP

A simple, flexible PHP framework with a router-based approach, FuelPHP boasts many great features such as RESTful implementation, template parsing, vulnerability protections, and a caching system. If you are a beginner and looking to build a PHP website, FuelPHP should be one framework you must consider.

9 Yii Framework

An open-source PHP framework built on OOP concepts, Yii does the job for you regardless of whether you want a simple or a multi-functional website. Yii lets you model database objects as objects and also has built-in authentication support with Ajax-enabled widgets. Add automatic code generation and documentation to it, and you get a complete package!

10 Aura

Aura is a set of high-quality decoupled libraries for PHP that you can use with any codebase. With a dependency injection container and content negotiation tools, Aura can also be used as a full-stack framework. If you are looking for a multi-functional, top-quality website for your business, Aura should be your natural choice.

The Contenders
11 Yii 2
12 FlightPHP

A simple, RESTful framework for you to build your web application. Installing it is as simple as downloading an extension for your browser. Easy, lightweight, and secure, FlightPHP is a nice framework to start your journey in PHP.

Simple and powerful, Flight is one of the best micro-frameworks in PHP you should use.

13 Slim

Slim is a PHP micro-framework that helps you quickly write simple yet powerful web applications and APIs.

14 PHPixie
15 KumbiaPHP

Really fast and easy to develop.

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