PHP Frameworks provides architecture (MVC) to create applications. It helps to speed up application development process.
After reading the views of many programmers, I made a conclusion that none of the PHP Frameworks satisfies all the programmers/applications needs.
Each Framework has its own features and it should be chosen as per the needs. Like some are good for small application while some are best suited for large. You should check their database support, community support and documentation while choosing one.
When people get used to a particular Framework, and then they hardly think of other. They believe that the one they are using is the best. But I think it’s good to have knowledge of more than one Framework.
Here are the best PHP Frameworks trending in 2013 (not in any order).
It is the easiest to learn and it’s a lot of programmers’ favorites. It’s very flexible and works well for small and medium-sized applications. It has large community support and documentation.
It is a high-performance PHP framework best for developing Web 2.0 applications. It supports event driven programming not available in others from this list.
3. Symfony 2
It takes time to learn and incorporates the best practices. It has lots of features and highly configurable. It is suitable for mid-sized and large applications.
It is suitable for mid-sized applications and enterprise projects. It has a very big library. It’s suitable when you have learnt the best practices.
It helps you create wonderful applications using simple, expressive syntax. It’s youngest among all yet promising with good documentation and rapidly growing community.
It’s not quite easy to learn and should follow strict naming convention. It’s easy to setup and translations, database access, caching, validation, authentication etc are built-in.
If you are a beginner then you can start with CodeIgniter.