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Score 9.4 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

CodeIgniter

The input class makes it easy to provide server-side validation and scrubbing of user input. Setting Error messages. It doesn't require constant command-line access, It's great because it has a strong community and excellent documentation, but the problem is that it tries to retain backward compatibility with PHP 4 and therefore lacks a lot of "standard" features modern frameworks have such as auto-loading.
RANDHIR KUMAR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zend Framework

Zend is well suited when you have a large, complicated site that will also need its own custom CMS. Zend doesn't get in the way and it's really easy to build exactly what you want, in a way that's consistent. It is not appropriate for a situation where you need something really fast. It definitely requires some leg work and configuration to get it up and running
Lauren Merka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

CodeIgniter

  • CodeIgniter is an excellent tool when a simple database API is needed. Postgres, MySQL, and SQLite are all abstracted into a simple-to-use
  • CodeIgniter's simplicity is truly its best feature, because you are able to create controllers and methods based on the http://www.example//, and immediately being developing the application.
  • Flexibility is also another developer-friendly feature, because developers are able to design their application in any way - controllers, models, libraries, and helpers can be located anywhere or not used at all.
David Lemcoe Jr. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zend Framework

  • Zend Framework 2 provides a lot of best-practice tools, design patterns, and libraries for large-scale software projects.
  • Zend Framework 2 uses an event-based model, a dependency injection model, and proper use of PHP5+ namespaces.
  • Zend Framework 2 is used by a lot of large, leading software enterprises.
Takahiro Horie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CodeIgniter

  • Faced some issue of session management, so that's why we used the Core Session library for that. It would be great if we could improve it a little bit.
  • Frameworks provide the option to setup all getters/setters, so having this option in it is a great idea.
Suleman Ahmad | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zend Framework

  • For some reason it has never been too popular.
  • Quick prototyping may not be super fast and easy like with other RAD frameworks available.
  • It doesn't exist anymore! It has transitioned into a community-driven project called Laminas.
Leonel Quinteros | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

CodeIgniter

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Zend Framework

Zend Framework 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I absolutely love Zend Framework. However we are using Zend Framework 1 and when we get to the point that we need to go Zend Framework 2 (for PHP namespacing) I may explore other frameworks. When we chose Zend it was the best option for us. I'd like to see if maybe there's a better fit that doesn't have the same complicated overhead of Zend Framework
Lauren Merka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

CodeIgniter

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Zend Framework

Zend Framework 9.0
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Zend is very usable once you learn how to use it. I've had moments where I thought what I want to do isn't possible but I've learned I haven't looked in the correct place yet. Zend is a Catch-22. It's very usable once you know how to use it. But I strongly feel it's worth learning
Lauren Merka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CodeIgniter

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Zend Framework

Zend Framework 10.0
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Zend Framework has the best (paid) support and ecosystem I've ever seen in a PHP framework. The company has developed many products, including Zend Server, Zend Debugger, and an Eclipse-based IDE that extends the framework to create an entire development platform that can improve developer productivity and software quality while maintaining the clean architecture that characterizes the framework.
Leonel Quinteros | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CodeIgniter

CodeIgniter has a very small footprint. The source code is very small sized. Setting up a project is very easy. Follows MVC pattern. Consumes low memory and CPU. Well documented. Has a built-in forum for users to discuss and get the solution for issues. Periodically updates versions and patch fixes etc.
Sazzad Hossain Sharkar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zend Framework

While Zend Framework is similar to Laravel and Symfony, and seemingly more popular among businesses, I feel like it is harder to use compared to these two. Laravel and Symfony seem more friendly to the developer in terms of documentation and ease of use, though Zend Framework isn't too far behind and can be more powerful.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CodeIgniter

  • Because of quick turnaround on portals/intranets, it was easy to offer this as an option to clients.
  • As there is no cost associated with this framework, it was great not having to worry about purchasing or licensing. (MIT License).
  • Community support helps in that there are no ongoing support contracts or costs.
  • No direct representative for one-on-one support, if needed. This can cut into time used on projects.
Benjamin Hale | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zend Framework

  • Zend Framework 2 has made training easier, as we can point junior engineers to the official documentation.
Takahiro Horie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CodeIgniter

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Zend Framework

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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