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PHP is the most commonly used server-side scripting language used for web developers worldwide.

Till date, its popularity remained unchallenged as we have seen a huge proliferation of PHP based frameworks with varying degrees of capabilities and functional elements.

These PHP frameworks took the popularity of PHP to the next level with their specific attributes serving different web needs in different ways.

With so many great frameworks being used in PHP development for web continuing to add value to the user experience.

It would be wise to know the frameworks that will enjoy more popularity in 2018.

By taking insights from Google Trends we from Metizsoft Solutions have undertaken the task of choosing 11 of the top frameworks that web developers are likely to find most useful in 2018.

Top 11 PHP Frameworks

11 PHP Framework

Laravel

Any Custom PHP application development company knows the importance of Laravel PHP Framework.

This is the framework which is used for rapid application building with the MVC architecture.

The popularity of Laravel can also be attributed to the tremendous scope of customization and a robust community of developers worldwide.

Why Choose Laravel?

This framework comes with a whole range of modern web development attributes and features including a very lightweight Blade templating engine, a packaging system, unit testing, ORM, RESTful controllers, etc.

It is also the first of its kind framework to offer to route with abstraction.

Phalcon

Phalcon PHP Framework is another popular MVC based PHP framework that gained tremendous popularity in recent years thanks to its lighting fast development speed.

Another major commendable thing about this framework is it uses too few resources when compared to other PHP frameworks.

Phalcon as a framework is also known for offering several data storage tools to the programmers like its own SQL dialect.

Most commendable features of this framework other than this include template engines, exceptional ease of building apps, international language support, and many other features.

Phalcon is a great framework for performance-driven fully operational web apps and high-performance REST APIs.

Codeigniter

Codeigniter is preferred by most developers for fast-paced app development.

It is extremely lightweight, precise and very direct with a no-nonsense approach.

The small footprint and absence of any specific software or command line make it a great framework for quicker development.

Why Choose Codeigniter?

All you need is to upload the files and you can start from there.

This framework is also known for its negligible learning curve and the rich set of libraries.

It comes with extensive documentation, help from a vast global community of developers and also some remarkable academic patronage like the committed effort of The British Columbia Institute of Technology to ensure its continued growth and development.

Symfony

Symfony is a PHP framework regarded widely as a stable, performance-driven, well documented, and modular framework.

Symfony gets its patronage and backing from the French SensioLabs and its community is continuously playing important roles to add value to the framework.

Symfony framework is deployed and actively used by several big names in media companies and global conglomerates including the BBC and various open sources projects like Drupal and eZpublish.

Symfony is known for its unmatched stability and extensive documentation.

CakePHP

CakePHP framework thanks to its exceptionally simple coding approach and a lower learning curve is the best framework for starters when they venture into building fast-paced professional apps.

To ensure optimum development speed it offers code generation and scaffolding function.

The uniqueness of CakePHP consists of mainly its detailed guide for the developers in spite of following MVC protocols.

CakePHP boasts of very succinct documentation and an array of portals for active support.

The Cake Development Corporation also offers premium support for its developers.

Zend Framework

Zend is a highly professional PHP Framework used widely for building performance optimized enterprise-grade apps that offer great security features, high-end performance, and unmatched extensibility.

It is particularly built for enterprise-grade apps and this allows it to flaunt a whole array of modern web app components including feeds, forms, authentication, internationalization, services and more.

As it is scrupulously built for enterprise apps, Zend is not used for rapid app development.

Fuel PHP

Fuel is a new and recent PHP framework known already worldwide for sophistication, up-to-date feature support, high extensibility and modularity and support for HMVC architecture.

It is an extremely lightweight framework known for powerful ORM support, enhanced security features and a complete authentication framework built within.

Slim

Slim is a truly stripped-off, minimalistic small framework which took its inspiration from the Ruby Sinatra. It is ultimate framework used for building lightweight RESTful APIs and an array of standard and additional features.

It comes with detailed documentation to help the beginners and offers a very low learning curve.

Phpixie

Phpixie comes as a surprise new PHP framework which is very lightweight, modular and extremely easy to learn and maneuver for web app development tasks.

It is particularly popular for boasting of an array of tools that can make security and privacy of apps better.

It offers support for MongoDB and sharing of codes. The community of the framework isn’t robust yet and it still has to come with more modules.

Fat-Free

Fat-Free is another micro PHP Framework that can be used for building fully fledged web apps with all standard features.

The rich set of features and capabilities make it positioned often in between a bigger framework like Laravel and other smaller micro frameworks.

Fat-Free, as the name suggests, is stripped off to the basics but comes fully loaded with packages for different functionalities like CSS compression, data validation, Open ID, unit testing, image processing, etc.

Aura

Aura is another micro framework that can basically be described as just a set of decoupled PHP libraries with the distinction of being maintained on a regular basis.

Each library of Aura is completely self-contained, dependency-free and therefore can be separately integrated into any development project.

This flexible set of libraries with detailed documentation for each of them makes Aura so special a framework.

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