If a seasoned developer was asked to evaluate all these frameworks on the basis of features, the codes in each framework and run a few sample projects, it can be easily deduced that Laravel the PHP framework is the best among all.
We can say that it actually kicked off with its third version although it had been launched for quite a while. In the beginning this framework was largely inspired by CodeIgniter but as time passed and Laravel matured, this has been the PHP framework which is quite unique in its approach now.
Laravel’s folder structure logically segregates codes. This way it becomes quite easier for the developer to use it for a big project.
Also, it has a modular structure and is compatible with guest libraries. Although, it has a seemingly simpler code with less subtle syntax and logics but what’s turning Laravel into the best PHP framework is that its support for bundles and modules makes it adhere with other codes also.
Next, it is the size of the code. Laravel doesn’t come with never ending lines of code. That prevents (of course if you are using Laravel) initiation of unnecessary processing cycles as well as consumption of memory into your monthly hosting bill. This is precisely where Laravel leaves behind the PHP framework, ZEND.
Laravel also supersedes FuelPHP as it is more compatible with PSR-2. It also accepts Composer system along with third party components. This is something in which FuelPHP still lags behind.
It is known to every developer that frameworks are a gateway to creation of applications that are quicker than the rest, safer to operate and far more efficient to work. Therefore it requires immense consideration regarding what PHP framework to use during web development so as to make it a success.
Laravel is deemed to be the PHP framework for artisans. In addition to its above mentioned features, this framework simplifies commonly carried out tasks like authentication, routing, sessions and caching all of it in a simple and easy-to-read syntax. Its readability and absolutely spot on documentation also helps you to accelerate your coding.
There are several web developers who happen to be abysmally slow or inefficient at programming. Such developers often tend to switch from PHP to any other ‘simpler’ language, but due to Laravel, it’s much better to stay within the PHP framework environment and also code in a much simpler manner.
It helps freshies to the world of web development in understanding how MVC operates. The thing with Laravel is that it is a complete package unlike other frameworks that have some robust features but lack some other essential ones.
As for instance, Symfony2 gets too subtle and it seems highly time consuming especially if the project is simply for limited business usage.
Zend2 is huge. Yii lacks flexibility with its features although it has some of them which amount to magnanimity in terms of efficiency. CodeIgniter is still quite preferable but it is well, outdated. And Kohana is nowhere near a well-documented framework.
All of these limitations prompt developers to pick Laravel the PHP framework that is most helpful and easy to use. Laravel is elegant, simple, has a wonderful community and a handsome number of extensions. Laravel is still quite young as compared to CodeIgniter or any other conventional PHP framework but the best part about it is that it is much promising and it won’t be a matter of time that Laravel will be unanimously declared by developers as the best PHP framework.