10 PHP Frameworks for developers to help build challenging web apps

1.  Symfony


Symfony is a PHP framework for web projects. It allow web developers to build complex web applications easily.  This framework facilitates long-term maintenance and scalability by complying with standard development rules.






PHP-MVC is an extremely simple but effective Model-View-Controller application structure.
It is clean, easy-to-learn, secure, highly documented and have a self-explaining structure, with beautiful URL and optional Composer integration and fits the PSR-1/2 coding guidelines.


3.  Zend Framework 2

Zend Framework 2

Zend Framework is the most popular open source framework for modern, high performing web application. Zend Framework 2 evolved from Zend Framework 1, a successful PHP framework for developing web applications and services using PHP 5.3+. ZF2 follows the SOLID object oriented design principle.


4.  FuelPHP


Fuel is a simple, flexible, community driven PHP 5.3 web framework based on the best ideas of other frameworks with a fresh start. It is a Model View Controller framework which gives you the ability to add a powerful layer between the controller and the view.


5.  CakePHP


CakePHP makes building web applications simpler, faster and require less code. CakePHP comes with built-in tools for input validation, CSRF protection, Form tampering protection, SQL injection prevention, and XSS prevention, helping you keep your application safe & secure.


6.  CodeIgniter


CodeIgniter is a powerful and fully baked PHP Framework. It is a proven, agile & open PHP web application framework with a small footprint. It is powering the next generation of web apps built for PHP coders who need a simple and elegant toolkit to create full-featured web applications.


7.  Phalcon


Phalcon is a web framework implemented as a C extension offering high performance and lower resource consumption. Phalcon is an open source, full stack framework for PHP 5 written as a C-extension, optimized for high performance.


8.  Smarty PHP

Smarty PHP

Smarty is a template engine for PHP that facilitates the separation of presentation (HTML/CSS) from application logic. The template engine has many features for presentation that would otherwise need to be developed, tested and maintained in your own application code.


9.  Laravel


Laravel is a PHP web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. It works great on MySQL, Postgres, SQL Server, and SQLite. Laravel is built on top of several Symfony components, giving your application a great foundation of well-tested and reliable code.


10. Yii



Yii is a high-performance, fast, secure and highly professional PHP framework best for developing Web 2.0 applications. Yii helps you develop clean and reusable code. It follows the MVC pattern, ensuring a clear separation of logic and presentation.