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12 Top PHP Frameworks For Startup Web Development

Developers are building complex websites and web apps since many years from now. Sometimes,  above a certain complexity level it used to take too much time and hassle to always start from the scratch. Hence,  the need for a more structured natural way of development was there. That’s how PHP came to the market. PHP frameworks provide developers an adequate solution for that.

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After a thorough research at ValueCoders,  we have carefully handpicked top PHP frameworks that can best facilitate and streamline the process of backend web development  Frameworks

Laravel Web Development Framework

Laravel is one of the most popular PHP frameworks in 2016. This is one of the top web development frameworks that comes with restful routing and some brilliant features for development. It also includes native PHP or lightweight tempting.

The framework provides a solid foundation for web application development.


Symfony is quite scalable and one of the best PHP framework in 2016. This is also one of the web development frameworks that helps in faster creation of  a web application, along with its simplified maintenance.

 It provides the benefit of components like Templating, Translation, Validator, Form Config and more which makes it one of the top PHP frameworks.

While comparing Synfony and Laravel, its hard to say which one is better as they have host of common and unique features and both are popular web development frameworks. For detailed discussion read: Symfony vs Laravel : Which PHP framework to choose?


Codeigniter, one of the popular PHP frameworks, currently available in its version 2.2.6. Codeigniter comes with simplified  documentation.

Some of the key features of this PHP framework include: nearly zero configuration, no large-scale monolithic libraries, compatibility with standard hosting, no restrictive coding rules, no need for template language etc.

Related: Codeigniter Vs CakePHP Vs Yii Vs Laravel

Cake PHP

This is one of the easiest & one of the best PHP frameworks in 2016 to learn. It’s a PHP CRUD Framework (‘create, read, update and delete’) which is one of the most popular aspect of this framework .

Some of its other intrinsic features include- session, cookie, request handling, e-mail and security.

Related Post: PHP vs Mean Stack vs .Net

Zend Framework

This is one of the very lightweight & popular PHP frameworks that is fully featured. The version 3 of this framework is now available, with new improvements.

It is easy to learn and also provides online training programmes. The USP of this framework is the consistency in design and an object oriented programming.


Speed is the USP of these top PHP frameworks. The framework uses lesser memory and the time request is much faster than other PHP frameworks.

Yii Framework

This lightweight PHP framework is known for its easy installation and can be easily extended. PHP integrates with CodeCeption which is a popular testing framework.

This enables faster application development and testing .


This is one of the most simplified, lightweight and one of the top PHP frameworks in 2016. It weighs less than 50KB and considered amongst the lightweight PHP frameworks.

The main features of URL router, multilingual application support and cache engine  have been used for the creation of this powerful framework.

The framework comprises of a variety of plugins, a powerful queue library, an amazing ORM, painless routing and a simple authentication. The framework has been built using Symfony components.

Web & Mobile app development


Kohana was built with PHP OOP in mind and provides the benefits of visibility protection, abstracts, automatic class loading, interfaces, overloading and singletons.

However, you can use this lightweight PHP framework only you have PHP 5 or updated versions.


This is one of the top PHP frameworks which is written in PHP 5.3.  It uses a Cascading File Effect.

It’s key benefits include- RESTful implementation, HMVC implementation, URL routing system, form and data validation, vulnerability protection and caching system.


This is a micro-framework and quite extensible as well. The documentation of this framework is simple and one can easily learn it.

The framework is not recommended for larger web application projects, as it is relatively simpler.


This framework is based on Symfony and Doctrine. The framework is suitable for all kinds of big and small projects.

The Framework provides the advantage of being integrated with Font Awesome 4 and Bootstrap 3. The framework comes with a flexible theme system, ModuleStudio, chat and document creator galleries.

The platform is an open source one and is absolutely free.

Here is the market share statistics for PHP frameworks where Laravel acquires the top share. Also Codeigniter and Symphony are not very behind  :

top php frameworks market shares

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    Flight is one of my favorite PHP micro framework, along with Slim, Silex and Lumen. Slim particularly has great documentation and components that make it easy to create micro web apps. Source: https://www.cloudways.com/blog/install-php-microframeworks-on-cloud-server/

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