Are you planning to start a new web development on the PHP framework?

I get it you might find hordes of blogs on the internet confusing further making the decision tough for you. 

Many popular PHP frameworks are having different features and functionalities. Laravel and WordPress development are the two most popular choices among web developers. Before we proceed I want to assure you that by the end of this blog we are sure you will gain basic and fair knowledge of Laravel. 

An overview of the blog;

  • What is Laravel?
  • Top 5 reasons to choose Laravel
  •  Disadvantages of Laravel web development

 What is Laravel?

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In simple terms, Laravel is a web framework for making custom applications. It runs on PHP, is open-source and yes it’s entirely free. 

There are many PHP frameworks in the market but Laravel is the most loved one by developers. More specifically in the MVC-based PHP frameworks, MVC stands for Model, View & Controller. 

What Makes Laravel Shine?

What makes Laravel web app development apart is the expressive and elegant syntax that makes the process faster, easier and enjoyable for developers. It has been able to eliminate all the pain points that come with the complex PHP code successfully so far. 

Top 4 Reasons to Choose Laravel PHP Framework for Web Development 

1. Laravel Development is Faster 

PHP framework Laravel works on a modular basis, it comes with many built-in functions and structures. All these functions and structures work on the latest PHP principles to build web applications promptly. All this leads to fewer work hours and faster application delivery with being economical at the same time. 

2. Secure Authentication and Authorization 

According to Wikipedia, “Taylor Otwell created Laravel as an attempt to provide a more advanced alternative to the Codelgniter framework, which did not provide certain features such as built-in support for user authentication and authorization.”

The major reason to choose the Laravel framework is security. Though there is no single framework that comes with a 100 % guarantee of being completely secure from online hazards. It largely depends on the Laravel developer, on how one writes the code and handles the overall structure. 

What makes Laravel stand out is the important level of security parameters which is not available in any other PHP frameworks. Laravel offers CSRF (cross-site request forgery) tokens which are responsible to take care of the ‘security aspect’ of a project. 

What do these Tokens do?

These CSRF tokens carefully check every request on the POST and project from someone who might change POST to GET the request thus making it more secure. 

3. MVC Architecture of Laravel Framework

As I told you above Laravel is MVC-based and this is what makes it the most popular choice among web developers. Knowing the basics can come in handy for you when you start working on Laravel. 

MVC architecture comes with better documentation, improved performance, and built-in functionalities. Why I am emphasizing these qualities is because other PHP frameworks do not come or offer the same to developers. 

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4. Automated and Unit Testing Feature

Testing a web page is very important in the process of project development- Laravel comes with ‘extraordinary’ testing support. 

Testing is salient to know if there are any bugs initially and to measure the performance of an application. Laravel framework provides automation testing support, making it less time-consuming to test an app (now you know why developers adore Laravel). 

How?

But how does Laravel makes testing easier you might wonder? 

Simple, it imitates users’ behavior in an apt manner such as making requests, analyzing outputs, clicking forms. 

5. Laravel Framework has Automated Tasks and Scheduling 

Earlier web developers used to generate a Cron entry for each task they wanted to schedule. With Laravel development, one can avoid this by using its automatic command scheduler.

It gives you the freedom to quickly and expressively define your command schedule within the frame. You can save money on hosting as well. 

Disadvantages of Laravel Web Development

  • The Composer is not strong enough: If compared with Ruby gems, npm, pip(for python), Laravel composer is not strong enough.
  • Lack of continuation between versions: After Laravel-4 no transition has been made to version-5.
  • Some upgrades might be problematic: When a version gets upgraded users can face trouble such problems occur in the PHP framework as well. Users need to take precautions before upgrading it.
  • Development: Laravel’s development is a bit slower as compared to other frameworks.

Is Laravel the ‘Best’ PHP Framework?

Selecting a PHP framework can be challenging as there are many options to choose from and all of them have their pros and cons. You have to measure several factors while choosing a framework. Following are some of the factors you should consider before finally selecting a PHP framework;

  • Database access
  • Third-party integrations
  • Performance support
  • Modularity
  • Built-in modules
  • Cost of development
  • Testing features
  • Community Support
  • Security

Conclusion

Without a doubt, I can say that Laravel is a close to perfect framework for web development. Laravel web development is on the rise because of its genuine qualities- it’s faster, better, highly cost-effective, and can build scalable web applications. You can create beautiful applications using Laravel. 

Hiring a Laravel expert can be a smart decision for your business. With all the benefits listed above, you can select Laravel without a second thought. Trigma Laravel experts can make the journey less tiring and more enjoyable. You can get in touch with us for queries and a FREE consultation as well. 

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