Php is one of the most popular programming languages. It’s especially used for back-end development. There are many great applications made using PHP. One of the most popular among them is WordPress. It’s a CMS(Content Management System) which is powering more than 28% of the websites on the internet. Frameworks are used to speed up the development. There are many good PHP frameworks available but all come with some major advantages and disadvantages. This post will help you to choose the best PHP framework.

Best PHP framework

First of all the list of PHP frameworks is huge. So after a lot of research, I have made a list of best frameworks among them. Therefore let’s check out each of them one by one.

Nette frameworknette framework

Nette is one of the newest PHP frameworks. It purely supports OOP(Object Oriented Programming). More than anything with Nette you can follow DRY(Don’t Repeat Yourself) rule. In addition to all it has a clean code base and debugging an application is much easier with Nette. Nette uses a special kind of template engine called Latte. So if you are looking for something new to learn give it a try.

Yii 2 framework

yii 2 frameworkYii is another popular and mature PHP framework. It’s is really high performing framework and a good choice for rapid development. Security is a major issue in terms of web development. Yii 2 provides a simple and easy to use auth system with some security packages. The only disadvantage of this framework is its little bit messy.

Zend framework

zend frameworkZend is one of the most popular PHP frameworks. It’s basically used for large-scale projects. Zend has many built-in components which can help in a faster workflow. In addition to all, it provides an agile methodology. The major disadvantage of Zend is it’s much tough to learn. So if you are PHP beginner never choose Zend as your first framework.

Cake PHP framework

cake php frameworkCake PHP is one of the oldest PHP frameworks. Its really to configure Cake PHP. Most of all this framework is very much aware of security. You don’t have to worry about SQL injection or CSRF with Cake PHP. So if you are looking for an easy to setup and secure framework it will be best.

Codeigniter framework

codeigniter frameworkCodeigniter is one of the most lightweight and fastest PHP frameworks. It’s really easy to use and best for beginners. In addition to all Codeigniter supports pure MVC. If you are working on a small or mid-range project then it will work perfectly. Codeigniter has also a great documentation to make things much easier.


symfony frameworkSymfony is high performing and modern PHP frameworks. Many large-scale enterprise applications are built using Symfony. Its supports most of the databases out there and has a great developer support. If you don’t like to write the same code twice then you can easily reuse the components of Symfony. One of the most popular CMS Drupal is made using Symfony.

Phalcon framework

plancon frameworkPhalcon is a full stack PHP frameworks. Its developed in C & C++ and its know as the fastest PHP framework. Phalcon has great security features and resource management. In addition to all, it supports MVC and HMVC both. You can also create some really powerful RESTful API with Phalcon. Seems like it almost contains all the features a good framework needs. So you can definitely choose it if you want to create some crazy fast websites.


laravel frameworkLaravel is the most popular and most loving PHP framework among developers. It makes the task of web development much easier and enjoyable. You don’t have to worry about the scaling with Laravel. Whether it’s a small-scale project or a large one it will work best. The built-in authentication system of Laravel makes it much more awesome. In addition to everything, you can use the command line to work with Laravel. So if you want to dive deep with PHP choose Laravel over others.

So finally our list of best PHP framework has come to an end. Hope you guys have liked this post. Each one of the above frameworks is good enough to work with. So now choose the best PHP framework according to your needs. My personal favourite is Laravel and Codeigniter was the first framework I have learned.


Subham Mitra

Subham Mitra is a full-stack developer as well as an aspiring entrepreneur who is pursuing MCA and providing brilliant stuff for a great range of people's through Coders Diaries.



Betty · November 2, 2017 at 11:26 am

Good tips. Loves to read the article


Sharang · November 2, 2017 at 1:57 pm

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simon · November 3, 2017 at 1:46 am

thanks! very informative…


Bob Sanderson · February 21, 2019 at 6:18 pm

PHP is really very popular and interesting. Thanks for a great post!


    Subham Mitra · February 22, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Yeah really PHP is awesome and I really appreciate it.

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