PHP is far superior to the usual client- side scripting languages. By upholding a server-side scripting platform with embedded HTML codes, PHP has every merit that web developers search for. Today a PHP developers gets a handful of established frameworks to work with, and programmers can freely choose the right framework according to the task they execute. Every PHP framework has its own merits as well as drawbacks. This article attempts to figure out the pros and cons of five most popular PHP frameworks.

Laravel
Laravel was introduced to the web world just four years ago, and within a short time span it captured the attention of programmers all over the world for its extreme refinement.

Pros

  • It uses a blade template engine to speed up compiling tasks, and users can include latest features so easily.
  • “Bundled modularity” enables code reusing without much hassles.
  • Best in the class ORM which is easy to understand, hence creation of database relations appears so simple.
  • An outstanding Artisan CLI comprising advanced tools to do tasks, and migrations.
  • Splendid documentation, and an added feature of reverse routing.

Cons

  • It is quite slow, and a new platform for most of the developers to deal with.
  • Amateur developers face problems while extending codes and classes.
  • Community support is not wide in comparison with other platforms.
  • Many methods included in the reverse routing are complex.

CakePHP
When its initial release came out in April 2005, CakePHP development was just a modified project on Ruby on Rails. Now it has developed into an absolute PHP framework having splendid features.

Pros

  • Great community support which can clear any queries about website development in an effective way.
  • Very useful ORM which helps developers to create excellent queries as well as codes.
  • Availability of fantastic plugins to keep the codes clean as well as elegant.

Cons

  • Bulky codes. When we compare CakePHP with other frameworks the codes for doing a particular task look huge.
  • It is one of the slowest performing platforms.
  • The loading of codes, even though auto loading options work in a minimum pace.

Codelgniter
Codelgniter was launched just a year after the introduction of CakePHP. Like Cake it has gained many followers in quick succession.

Pros

  • It is a frame work which offers developers simple set up options. Even a beginner finds this platform ideal for setting a task.
  • Highly illustrated documentation.
  • Superb speed, no lags.
  • Like CakePHP, Codelgniter has massive community support.

Cons

  • The library is not so exhaustive or refined as in other platforms.
  • Lack of default modular separation of codes.
  • It is difficult to maintain or modify codes.

Symfony
Even though released in late 2005, Symfony as a platform came to much prominence only after 2007. It slowly established an extensive MVC framework to build web applications.

Pros

  • Flexibility in setting up projects.
  • Developers get the option of choosing their own ORM
  • Symphony components can be incorporated to much bigger projects like Drupal.

Cons

  • Documentation lacks ample references.
  • The security mechanism of symfony is hard to use.
  • File parsing in symfony is a bit difficult task.

Yii2
Similar to Laravel, Yii came to prominence as a web development framework much later. Now it stands as a perfect platform for many developers to create web applications.

Pros

  • For doing tasks such as search, pagination, and Grids developers can resort to built-in Ajax.
  • Light- weighted codes.
  • Superb security, and great extensions.
  • Very easy framework to learn.

Cons

  • It lacks the support of much needed extensions to create complex applications.
  • The availability of experts is not high in number when we compare Yii2 with other platforms.
  • The community support is not so massive as developers get for CakePHP.

Bottom line
Without question, all these platforms are outstanding in many aspects. All the frameworks mentioned here share certain common features, for they are developed in a same language as well as in the same MVC pattern. Still each of these frameworks has distinctive merits and lapses. Agriya has maintained a team of expert PHP developers who invariably choose the best framework for clients all the time with perfection.