With PHP being the most popular server-side programming language to date, We have put together the best PHP frameworks for 2017 that have emerged which offer developers the ability to build more complex, secure, and well-rounded web applications faster than ever before. Frameworks for PHP come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and have targeted developers with different levels of experience, application needs, hosting capabilities, and development time-frames.

Below is a quick summary of pros and cons for each framework. We’ve linked each framework for your convenience to read more about each one.

10 Best PHP Frameworks in 2017

10 Best PHP Frameworks in 2017

Laravel

PRO’s

  • Organize files and code
  • Rapid application development
  • MVC architecture (and PHP7)
  • Unit testing (FAST on HHVM)
  • Best documentation of any
  • High level of abstraction
  • Overloading capabilities using dynamic methods
  • Tons of out of the box functionality
  • Payment integration with Stripe
  • Very strong encryption packages
  • ORM

CON’s

  • Does NOT work on Shared hosting plans
  • Does Many queries on your database

Min. PHP Version

  • 5.9

Phalcon

PRO’s

  • Blazing fast with low overheads
  • Auto loading
  • Unique in that it is based as a C-extension
  • VERY good Security features built-in
  • Lots of documentation
  • Developer friendly

CON’s

  • Not as open source as Laravel
  • Bugs need waiting to be patched by developers of Phalcon
  • Does not work with HHVM

Min. PHP Version

  • 3

Symfony

PRO’s

  • Blazing fast with low overheads
  • Auto loading
  • Unique in that it is based as a C-extension
  • VERY good Security features built-in
  • Lots of documentation
  • Developer friendly

CON’s

  • Not as open source as Laravel
  • Bugs need waiting to be patched by developers of Phalcon
  • Does not work with HHVM

Min. PHP Version

  • 3

CodeIgniter

PRO’s

  • Very developer friendly Doesn’t need any special dependencies or supports
  • Ability to use normal web hosting services well, using standard databases such as MySQL
  • Outperforms most other frameworks (non-MVC)
  • Good documentation and LTS (Long Term Support)

CON’s

  • No namespace’s, however, this can speed up
  • Not as friendly towards unit testing as others
  • Few libraries that are built inside the framework

Min. PHP Version

  • 4

CakePHP

PRO’s

  • Modern framework
  • Supports PHP 5.5+
  • Scaffholding system and Fast builds
  • Very good for commercial web applications (MIT License)
  • Database Access, Caching, Validation, Authentication, are built in
  • Extensive safekeeping tools include cross-site
  • Scripting Prevention, SQL Injection prevention,
  • CSRF, and Form Validation
  • Good Documentation
  • Actively developed

CON’s

  • Not as good for constructing Restful APIS as Laravel or others listed

Min. PHP Version

  • 5.9

Zend

PRO’s

  • Ideal for enterprise applications
  • Object oriented
  • Tons of components for validation, feeds, and forms
  • Decoupled

CON’s

  • Not as ideal for rapid application development

Min. PHP Version

  • 3

FuelPHP

PRO’s

  • Caching is Optional
  • Authentication Packages
  • Restful building
  • URL routing
  • Modular with integrated ORM
  • New version will be fully object oriented, can be installed using composer, and one installation can
  • Supports multiple applications

CON’s

  • Not very beginner friendly (slim support documentation)
  • It is a relatively new framework with less support
  • Open source Community contributions are less than others (like Laravel and Phalcon)

Min. PHP Version

  • 3.3

Slim

PRO’s

  • The fastest RESTful Framework available
  • Enough documentation to get you off the ground
  • Perfect for Small rest apis
  • Actively developed
  • Add-ons include: HTTP Caching, & Flash

CON’s

  • Minimal add-ons on the stock composer when installed.
  • No official LTS release yet since its very new.

Min. PHP Version

  • 5

Phpixie

PRO’s

  • Relatively new framework
  • Easy to get started
  • Documentation with code samples
  • Impressive Routing System
  • Ability to Compile fast
  • HMVC Pattern-oriented

CON’s

  • Very few modules
  • No support for components that are independently made from the dependencies

Min. PHP Version                                                                   

  • 3

Fat-Free

PRO’s

  • Lightweight Small learning curve
  • Very fast with optimizations for URL routing, cache engines, code
  • Good for multilingual applications
  • Off the shelf support for SQL or No SQL
  • Databases
  • Tons of packages including unit testing, image
  • Processing, JavaScript / CSS compressing, data validation, Open id and more

CON’s

  • Kind of overkill for a micro framework
  • No new options compared to others
  • There are code repetition places other MVC frameworks can take care of

Min. PHP Version

  • 5

Aura

PRO’s

  • Slim and lightweight
  • Getting started guide
  • Perfect for Small rest apis
  • Actively developed
  • Add-ons include: HTTP Caching, & Flash

CON’s

  • Very new framework so its soon to tell

Min. PHP Version

  • 4.0

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