PHP Frameworks

Best PHP Frameworks include:

CodeIgniter, Laravel PHP Framework, and Laminas Project (formerly Zend Framework).

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PHP Frameworks Overview

PHP is a commonly used scripting language that is most popularly used in web development. A PHP framework supports and simplifies the creation and collaborative development of applications in PHP. They support rapid, stable development of applications by providing a basic organized structure, and a tested library of development tools or modules. These automate some of the more routine or straightforward but time-consuming elements of coding. PHP frameworks support rapid application development (RAD) by directly speeding development.

PHP Frameworks Products

(1-6 of 6) Sorted by Most Reviews

Laravel PHP Framework
42 ratings
15 reviews
Laravel is a free, open source web application PHP framework.
CodeIgniter
13 ratings
12 reviews
CodeIgniter is a free and open source PHP framework, developed originally by EllisLab.
Laminas Project (formerly Zend Framework)
8 ratings
6 reviews
Zend Framework was a PHP framework developed by Zend Technologies and acquired by Rogue Wave Software. The Laminas Project is the community managed Open Source Continuation of Zend Framework managed by the Linux Foundation. Transition initiated after Rogue Wave was acquired by Perforce in 2019.
Symfony
21 ratings
5 reviews
Symfony is a PHP framework from French company SensioLabs.
Yii Framework
6 ratings
2 reviews
Yii Framework is a free and open source PHP framework.
CakePHP
19 ratings
2 reviews
CakePHP is a free and open source PHP framework.

Learn More About PHP Frameworks

What are PHP Frameworks?

PHP is a commonly used scripting language that is most popularly used in web development. A PHP framework supports and simplifies the creation and collaborative development of applications in PHP. They support rapid, stable development of applications by providing a basic organized structure, and a tested library of development tools or modules. These automate some of the more routine or straightforward but time-consuming elements of coding. PHP frameworks support rapid application development (RAD) by directly speeding development.

Features of PHP Frameworks

Presently PHP Frameworks provide the following capabilities to developers:

  • Open, extensible component architecture

  • Library of tools for automation common tasks

  • Code generation and scaffolding tools for rapid deployment

  • Simple, friendly library interface

  • Model-view-controller (MVC) architectural pattern

  • Multiple database access methods

  • Support for multiple caching mechanisms

  • Translation / localization

  • Modular packaging system

  • Package dependency management

  • Query builder for SQL or NoSQL databases

  • Application deployment & maintenance utilities

  • Security features (e.g. form tampering prevention, SQL injection prevention, etc.)

  • Application error logging, data validation

  • User authentication / authorization

  • Support for hooks and class extensions

  • Supportive communities of co-developers

Pricing Information

The most popular PHP frameworks are free and open source or available under the MIT license. In addition to being free, the most popular frameworks have active development environments. Forums and developers are available for help, and indeed for growing contributions to component libraries. A few PHP frameworks provide advanced libraries and live assistance at cost.