PHP is widely used in major projects. Facebook, for example, utilizes PHP for maintaining and creating their internal systems. WordPress uses PHP to power its internals, which in return is powering more than 26% of the web. Currently, PHP powers more than 82% of websites (whose server-side programming languages the Web Technology Surveys site is able to track).
Why pick a PHP framework?
What’s the point of using a framework instead of raw PHP to develop your application? A few benefits of using a framework include:
A PHP framework makes development faster. For example, you don’t have to write complex queries to retrieve the data from the database. PHP frameworks provide CRUD operations (Create, Read, Update, and Delete).
Frameworks enable developers to scale systems easily.
Code maintenance is easier than with a vanilla PHP application. The application code is concise and easy to work with.
The MVC model ensures rapid development.
Frameworks are better in securing the web application from common security threats.
The don’t repeat yourself (DRY) principle ensures that minimal code has maximum impact.
The above benefits are too significant to be ignored. Even though raw PHP can be used to create any application, the current development standards require tools and time-management skills to meet the market demand.
Symfony, Laravel, and Yii
Symfony is a set of reusable PHP components, enabling the developer to create scalable, high-performance applications. With 30 components from which to choose, the developer has the complete freedom to experiment and work in a RAD environment. Symfony APIs also enable easy integration with third-party applications, and it can be used with popular front-end frameworks, such as AngularJS.
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Many popular projects, including Drupal and phpBB, also use a Symfony framework. In fact, Laravel, the most popular PHP framework, is build off of Symfony.
Laravel, which is known as the “PHP framework for Web Artisans,” offers an excellent community and wins as the most popular framework. (One of the leading Laravel developers on Livecoding.tv is Sfiskell.)
Created by Qiang Xue in 2008, Yii is a secure, fast, high-performance application/web-development framework. Yii utilizes the Composer dependency manager for PHP for handling different dependencies and installations (more on it later). Yii also is the fastest PHP framework, thanks to the lazy loading technique.