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Likelihood to Recommend

Laravel PHP Framework

Laravel is ideally suited for fluent PHP developers who want a framework that can be used to both rapidly prototype web applications as well as support scalable, enterprise-level solutions. I think where it is less ideal is where the client has an expectation of using a certain CMS, or of having a certain experience on the admin side that would perhaps be better suited to a full CMS such as Drupal or WordPress. Additionally, for developers who don't want to write PHP code, Laravel may not be the best solution.
Ben McClure | 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

Laravel PHP Framework

  • Good ORM along with support for a number of database systems though be prepared to solve some weird issues when dealing with querying relationships between models.
  • Deployment is very simple especially if you use Laravel Forge, you can deploy everything at the click of a few buttons.
  • Laravel blade templating engine is a very useful templating engine similar to jade in nodejs and it can save a lot of time while writing html logic
Anonymous | 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

Laravel PHP Framework

  • Laravel is updated regularly, which is great. However, in order to get the latest features, use the newest 3rd party libraries, have the most current security updates, and ensure that the newest features of PHP are usable, you have to continuously upgrade your Laravel application. This costs time and money, obviously, and if you don't stay on top of the updates you will quickly fall behind. This is the case with any open source software, but it needs to be considered for any team considering using Laravel or any other software.
  • Because of the size of the Laravel community, there are a LOT of 3rd party libraries. Some of these are great, some are less than great. Sometimes it's difficult to evaluate the quality of a library, making it difficult to trust many libraries. Developers need to be cautious and thoughtful when considering using new software.
  • Because of the rapid development of the Laravel framework, the size of the community, and the simplicity of being able to publish content online - it is very easy to find documentation, tutorials, or other "advice" that is not up to date, or that has outdated information.
Jim Rubenstein | 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

Laravel PHP Framework

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Zend Framework

Zend Framework 8.0
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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

Laravel PHP Framework

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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

Laravel PHP Framework

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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

Laravel PHP Framework

Supporting unit testing is bigger plus point in Laravel than any other framework. Developing with Laravel is much easier. Other frameworks have value in market, but Laravel has taken the lead in popularity among PHP developers in recent years. The large community supports you if you have problems. Using Laravel, integration became easy with third-party libraries, but it was costly too.
Anonymous | 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

Laravel PHP Framework

  • Positive: Our delivery time for PHP application is faster than usual.
  • Positive: Developers are happy and they write better code with their usual development tools. No tool-upgrade necessary.
  • Negative: Initial delivery took 6 months extra and had to rewrite project several times.
Rahul Chaudhary | 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

Laravel PHP Framework

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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