PHP (Hypertext Pre-processor) is one of the most popular web programming languages. According to W3Techs survey, PHP is used by 82% of majority web server. The reason why PHP so popular is its interactive features, great HTML and database integration support and easy to learn.
PHP has some great frameworks which makes your development simple, easy, more productive and protects you from small errors. It also ensures that your website would be protected from various online attacks like SQL injection, XSS attacks and others.
Laravel is the most popular PHP frameworks used by programmers around the world. Although it is new in the market (released on February 22, 2012), but it has gained a lot of programmers attention. The latest version of Laravel comes as individual Composer packages. It features with good routing, easy authentication, migrations support, Blade templating engine and many more.
Symfony is second most popular framework. It is flexible, scalable yet powerful PHP frameworks for MVC application. There are plenty of reusable PHP components that can be used like Security, Templating, Translation, Validator, Form Config. Like Laravel, it is also modularized with Composer. Its goal is to make your web application creation and maintain fast with less repetitive coding.
CodeIgniter is a free PHP framework maintain by EllisLab and the third most popular framework. It has an excellent documentation with large user community. There are many features that will make you taste CodeIgniter for your project such as no PHP version conflict, almost zero installation, easy error handling, easy security and encryption steps and has rich built-in libraries and helper.
CakePHP is the fourth famous framework that supports only version 4 and above. This PHP framework is easy to learn with fast and flexible templating. The integrated CRUD (create, read, update and delete) is a handy feature in CakePHP for your database interaction. It also has various built-in feature for security, email, session, cookie and request handling.
5. Zend Framework
Zend Framework is a scalable and full-featured object-oriented PHP framework and comes fifth in the row. It’s now available in version 2 with lots of new features and improvements. It has an online training and certification which make it popular and used by plenty of enterprise organizations. With its OOP (object-oriented programming) and design patterns consistency, you can easily extend custom classes and use only what you need.
Inspired with the fastest living bird Falcon, Phalcon framework offers the same characteristic that is speed. When benchmarked with other popular frameworks, it has the fastest time request and lowest memory usage according to Systems Architect and Phalcon crew test. This happen because it was purely written with C/C++ for performance optimization purpose.
Slim is a lightweight PHP micro-framework inspired by Sinatra, a Ruby framework. It has a tiny size without overkill learning curve. It’s built with incredible routing system and focuses on RESTful API with all HTTP methods (GET, POST, PUT, DELETE) supports. To use it, you need to have at least a PHP version of 5.2+.
YiiFramework is a modern PHP framework and the eight famous with OOP design system inside. Besides it is easy to install, it is also highly extensible, enabling you to fit what you need. There are several tools that can help you easily tune your web application for better performance. Yii has built-in integration with a great PHP testing framework, CodeCeption, to test your application easier and faster.
Fat-Free is a powerful and easy to use PHP micro-framework. Developed by Bong Cosca in 2009, Fat-Free is one of lightweight framework with less than 50KB. It was developed almost entirely in PHP with main features of URL router, multilingual application support and cache engine. There are plentiful plugins for a large number of database back-end like MySQL, MSSQL, SQLite, Sybase, DB2, MongoDB, CouchDB, PostgreSQL and Flat File.
Kohana is a PHP framework with HMVC (Hierarchical Model View Controller) architectural pattern. Kohana was built with PHP OOP in mind, which means you should you’ll get some advantages from it to have visibility protection, abstracts, automatic class loading, interfaces, overloading and singletons. The GET, POST, COOKIE, and SESSION methods can also be used as you want. To use it, you should have a minimum PHP version of 5.
FuelPHP is a PHP framework that was written in PHP 5.3, and to be able to use you also need to use the same version of PHP or above. It uses a Cascading File System inspired by Kohana. Main features includes A URL routing system, RESTful implementation, HMVC implementation, template parsing, form and data validation, ORM (Object Relational Mapper), vulnerability protection and caching system. The community-driven approach makes it as a flexible, modular and extensible framework.
Flight is an extensible PHP micro-framework and is the twelfth famous framework. Flight has a straightforward documentation which makes you easy to learn even you are a beginner. It is simple and restful framework and is not recommended for big web application project. It also supports routing, error handling, JSON sending and request and more.
Just like its name, PHP Mini is a lightweight restful PHP framework suitable for mini project and quick prototype. It has a simple but clean code and is easy to understand. The CRUD demo action is included for easier database entries. The codes are all written natively in PHP, so you don’t need to learn additional framework.
14. Simple PHP Framework
This framework is a personal project (or project library collection) of Tyler Hall that he started in 2006 because of which it is the second last famous network. He has been dealing with hundreds of different projects and use this library for his projects base. The framework can bootstrapped your project with user authentication, database calls, RSS feeds, etc available on the code. Head over to GitHub to grab the source.
Zikula is a free open source PHP framework based on Symfony and Doctrine. It can be used for small business, enterprise or for personal projects. Zikula is well integrated with the popular Bootstrap 3 framework and Font Awesome 4. There are some pretty cool features including flexible theme system, WYSIWYG editors, ModuleStudio, document creator, galleries, chat and more.