Symfony: For Complex Enterprise Scalable Products
July 31, 2018

Symfony: For Complex Enterprise Scalable Products

Zee Gimon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Symfony

We use Symfony PHP framework for the development of the majority of the projects within the company. Some of the projects use Symfony for the front-end (for example, as well as the back-end. Symfony as a back-end is used for most of the mobile apps as well as the web. From all the research our developers have done and their experience, Symfony is one of the most convenient frameworks for complex projects.
  • Sonata Admin for Symfony is very versatile and we've used it for both the admin part of our website (even created a landing page constructor using it) and for the ERP system we've developed for inside use.
  • It is easy to learn if you know PHP and the community is quite large so you can easily find experts to help you with issues.
  • It's good for high-load projects. We have used it for the back-end of a custom affiliate marketing system that currently processes over 180 million requests per day.
  • For less complex projects, Laravel or Silex (or even WordPress) can be used. Symfony is better for enterprise products than just for the fun of it.
  • There are always debates regarding Sonata Admin for Symfony, but while there are people who dislike it, we use it and heavily rely on it.
  • Considering it is one of the main frameworks we rely upon at the APP Solutions / Grossum, it had a wonderful impact on our overall business objectives :) Being an open-sourced product yet well-maintained, it is a great instrument for web and mobile development.
We've compared Symfony to Laravel, Zend, Drupal, and Silex (as well as to pure PHP) and it was so far the most convenient tool for enterprise scalable products. Among all compared, Laravel was next in line in terms of the convenience and ease. Drupal used to be popular, but now isn't really and besides, it uses Symfony's core since the V8.0.
Symfony is good for ensuring scalability of the project (granted, you also would require a cloud for that, but that's another topic), therefore it is a good framework to use if you are thinking about creating an enterprise product. Symfony's documentation is also done quite well, so that's another advantage because you can easily trace the changes and find out what happened when.

Symfony isn't the ideal choice for a small-scale website simply because there are other frameworks and CMS that would do that quicker and easier. If you, however, need strong backend for a project, Symfony's your mate.