If you are confused by all the different web development frameworks and unsure which one to choose for your next project, you are not alone. There are literally dozens of options out there. Some of the biggest names though are Angular, CodeIgniter and CakePHP.
Each one has their fair share of advantages and disadvantages in web development. But we are going to put those three to one side for a moment and get straight to the ‘juicy bits’ by revealing another option which rules them all. So without further ado, meet the Laravel Framework – this is the ‘knight in shining armour’ your project has been waiting for. Read on to learn why!
The Laravel framework is open-source, easy to get started and super efficient.
So what exactly is Laravel? Laravel, is a web app development framework. It is not a CMS or eCommerce platform – they are built to serve a specific purpose. Laravel is more of an all-rounder.
Sure, you can use it to develop a CMS or eCommerce platform – and OctoberCMS is one – but it can do so much more than that.
From creating an elaborate website for the media giant Warner Bros. Entertainment, to developing sophisticated web-based invoicing systems at InvoiceNinja to building the global eLearning platform Alison – all 3 of these behemoths, are Laravel powered.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Laravel.
So where did it all start and why? The Laravel framework was created by Taylor Otwell in 2011, an American programmer, with the sole intention of helping website developers make complex coding simpler and faster.
Up until that point it was messy to say the least. Laravel is based upon Symfony components, but it alleviates some of the commonly executed tasks like routing, authentication, sessions and caching (amongst others) so that developers can focus on building the actual features of the app.
Simply put, this mean less time spent on the boring parts and more time spent on the fun parts people will actually see and interact with! Who wouldn’t love that.
So, now you know the history and a brief overview of what Laravel can achieve. Let’s delve into the exciting details with the Top 5 reasons why you should choose Laravel for your next web development project.
1. Laravel is Easy to Learn
The first reason why developers enjoy using Laravel is because it’s extremely easy to learn the basics. Even if you’ve only dabbled in website development and familiar with the basics of PHP, you can easily develop a 5 page website in only a few hours with Laravel.
All you need is a text editor & PHP installation to get you started. It really couldn’t be easier, which is why 1000’s of developers are learning it every day.
Imagine how quickly a skilled Laravel Developer could create a complex web app or even a CMS to rival WordPress – think days rather than weeks.
But that’s not even the best part, it’s the fact it is highly secure and very fast right from the beginning. When compared to WordPress, expect the exact same website on the same web server to perform up to 40% faster – it really is that much more efficient.
2. Laravel is Open Source
Laravel is 100% free, with no financial commitment at all. It follows WordPress in this regard and it’s proven to be a winning choice.
As of 2022 there are over 800,000 live Laravel websites, a number that has doubled since 2021 and forecasted to double yet again next year.
You can develop large and complex web applications with the only cost being the developer themselves – that’s a win for any organisation!
3. Laravel Supports MVC Architecture
It is a native MVC based PHP framework. So what does this mean exactly? It basically guarantees a tight separation between presentation layers and business logic.
MVC stands for Model, View, and Controller. It’s a design pattern that separates the model (logic, data handling), view (UI), and controller processes (interface).
By being based on MVC, the Laravel framework provides many features like high performance, increased security, and scalability in one go. This is a big deal and the main reason why Laravel is so fast and secure, all the other web frameworks that do not embrace MVC fall short in this regard.
4. World Class Security is Standard for Laravel
The Laravel framework offers a plethora of high-level security technologies built-in. Although there is no single framework that is 100% protected from online threats, Laravel goes a long way to satisfy even the most risk averse web developer or client.
The framework’s unique tools, such as CSRF tokens, look after the security of the project by checking each and every request.
Similarly, a hacker would be hard pushed to perform any SQL injection, cross-site request forgery, or cross-site scripting on a Laravel powered website. It has gained a reputation the world over for being the ‘gold standard’ for web security.
5. Laravel has a Growing Community
Laravel has a large community of highly skilled developers. They continuously provide support to make it more flexible and scalable.
If you are looking to develop a web app with complex functionalities, a lot of documentation is at your disposal free of charge and a person is never far away for help should you need one on laravel.io.
Your next steps.
At VIEWFULE, we strive to pair our clients with the right platform for their specific use case. Laravel has a lot to offer just about any organisation based in any industry. But the real takeaway is the speed you can achieve it. What this means for business is a faster turnaround on projects which are beautifully coded and work really efficiently – that is money saved, pure and simple. So if this matters to you, reach out for your FREE consultation and we’ll discuss implementing the Laravel Framework with your business.