5 Best PHP Frameworks to Think Of in 2019

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Updated: Sep 15, 2019

Are you up for your next enterprise web portal or a state-of-the-art website? I am sure you are, and that’s why you are here. Building one definitely needs an amalgamation of passion, dedication, and expertise, for better results. In addition to this, picking PHP web development framework is like choosing an asset for your brand where mere negligence or a wrong step can cause negative results.

Being one of the open-source server-side scripting language, PHP, or hypertext preprocessor turns out an effective framework to take into account. It provides a basic structure for streamlining the development of web apps. Also, it speeds ups the development process to a great extent. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced, using a framework enables you to have a stable platform where you can create stable code by providing features for easy database connectivity and more. Further below I would like to mention some of the best PHP frameworks to think of in 2019.


Since its inception in 2011, Laravel turns out to be one of the most popular, free, open-source PHP framework around. Its main objective is to handle complex web applications securely, at a considerably faster pace when compared to other frameworks. Certain tasks such as routing, sessions, caching, and authentication can be performed with ease.

Laravel is best when:

  • Developing complex backend requirements
  • You wish to customize complex apps
  • Speed and security are of prime importance


Another interesting PHP framework is suitable for creating dynamic websites like never before. Also, CodeIgniter provides an array of prebuilt modules that help with constructing robust and reusable components. Being lightweight and straightforward, the framework is hassle-free to install and features highly illustrated documentation.

Other than this, it includes:

  • Key features like MVC architecture, top-notch error handling, inbuilt security tools to come up with more scalable apps
  • Solid performance to run on modest servers to develop lightweight applications. Unfortunately, the framework releases are a bit irregular, so it isn’t considered appropriate for applications requiring high-level security.


Are you looking for a toolkit that’s simple and elegant? If so, CakePHP is the most appropriate choice to take into account. Being a CRUD (create, read, update, and delete) framework and one of the easiest frameworks to learn, Cake PHP develop visually impressive, feature-loaded websites. Since its inception in 2000, the framework seems to have gained better performance and many new components. Key reasons to consider this framework:

  •  Simple and easy to install
  • Build commercial applications including SQL injection prevention, input validation, cross-site request forgery (CSRF) protection, and cross-site scripting (XSS) protection.
  • Incorporates modern framework, fast builds, proper class inheritance, validation, and security


Being extensive of PHP MVC framework, it turns out to be the most reliable and mature platform ever seen. I personally find Symphony a perfect choice for developing large-scale enterprise projects. Featuring reusable PHP components, the framework is stable, complies with most web best practices and design patterns, and allows for integration with other vendor libraries. It may also interest you to know that you can integrate the framework with more significant projects like Drupal. Symfony and Laravel with ease.


Stands for Yes, it is! Yii framework is evolutionary and straightforward in nature. Being a high performance, component-based PHP framework Yii succeeds in developing modern web applications in no time. With the help of Yii, you can create apps with robust security such as e-commerce projects, portals, CMS, forums, and many others. Another interesting aspect of Yii is it boosts excellence, performance, and speed. In fact, it may quite interest you to know that Yii has a core developer team and experts that provide a significant amount of contribution. This also means posting issues on Yii forums and getting help is no big deal.


PHP frameworks, in general, are simple to use and meant to minimize workloads. Of course, each one is of a kind featuring different strengths and weaknesses. Besides, they also vary in terms of community, documentation, and the database they support. Trust your requirements as well as your instincts; I am sure you can’t go wrong.


Vikash Kumar Chaudhary

@Vikash Kumar Chaudhary

Vikash Kumar Chaudhary always believes in the fact that knowledge is meant to be shared and He loves writing and sharing his insights on different websites. While working in a software development company Tatvasoft.com he likes to blog. He also published his bylines on many online platforms. You can find him on Twitter.

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