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PHP has become one of the most trusted companions for the developers in the recent times. As a general purpose scripting language, PHP is responsible for developing innovative and dynamic websites as well as the standalone shell for almost every operating system in existence and that too absolutely free of charge. Today there are more than 244 million websites and 2.1 million web servers under the name of PHP.

Since the last decade, PHP as a programming language has seen several levels of evolution in its wake. The coding structures and the method have been molded into frameworks. Several numbers of frameworks are already is in existence in the inventory of the developers. This article would try to showcase some of the PHP frameworks which had been popular throughout this year.

Popular Frameworks Of 2013

1. YII

If one framework which has redefined PHP programming, it is none other than the YII. The YII is a free open-source web application development framework fundamentally based on PHP-5 programming. If you want to enjoy a framework which combines the best features of PHP then the YII is the thing for you.The YII is a culmination of all the features like MVC, Database aspect object, DB migration, Ajax based widgets and several other drooling features of PHP. With YII you will have the easiest way to confirm the form. The process of authentication and authorization is a piece of cake with the YII framework. It is considered as the ideal framework for developing social networking applications and websites.

2. Symfony

As a highly configurable PHP framework, the is considered as one of the best by many developers. As a developer, you have the liberty to pace up the creation and maintenance of several PHP applications at your disposal.The Symfony has its own share of debugging toolbar as well as a profiler which acts during the delivery of the framework. The best thing about the Symfony is its high level of customization. You would be able to use different software which already exists in the project. Due to its extreme lightness you would easily be able to configure the level of security you want for your apps or websites.

3. Codeigniter

When taken from a PHP programmer’s perspective, the Codeigniter can be considered as one of the most compact PHP frameworks with the smallest footprint in the PHP framework family. If you are short of time and you have to create a website with every possible feature in it, then the Codeigniter would be the only best option. In addition to this, the Codeigniter comes with the amazing support useful for the developers who are having a hard time getting the framework into their heads. The framework comes with proper documentation and instructions which will teach the framework in every possible way. If you are planning to come up with a shared hosting environment than the Codeigniter is definitely fit for you.

4. CakePHP

Probably this framework has received its name from the phrase – ‘A piece of cake’. CakePHP can be considered as one of the most user-friendly of all the PHP frameworks that is in existence. If you are still a novice in PHP programming and thinking of how to configure the PHP framework, then think no more as the CakePHP always comes pre-configured for the user. The users only have to tweak and tune a bit and it is ready for action.

This framework comes jam-packed with security measures, authentication practices as well as a piece-of-cake session handling. The CakePHP can definitely be considered as the best choices for rapid web development services.

5. Laravel

Laravel as a PHP framework can be considered as the new kid on the block. It has the most elegant framework in the PHP framework family. It comes packed with features like composer support, easy emailing as well as resourceful controllers. The Laravel essentially uses simple and expressive syntax for wonderful applications. The Laravel framework is still in its nascent stage and shows a lot of promises through its good documentation features and a rapidly growing community.

2013 has just its last quarter, and these are some PHP frameworks which have rocked the PHP world this year. So if you are into tweaking and tuning the websites and apps for 2014, its time to choose the right weapon.

Source by Sam Martins