Top 3 PHP Frameworks in 2016

According to recent statistics from W3Techs, PHP is the top sever-side scripting language used today. PHP has  over 80%  of the market share, with ASP.Net coming in at a distance 2nd with close to 16%. If you want to be a web developer, its really not a hard choice when it comes to what server-side scripting technology you should know and use.


Server-Side Scripting Language Shares 2016

But, if you want to use PHP, you are faced with a much harder decision. You are probably thinking, which PHP framework should I use? Well according to Google Trends, the top 3 most popular PHP frameworks of the past 12 months are Laraval, Symphony, and Codeigniter.


Below we will summarized the Top 3 PHP Frameworks in 2016.

#3 – Symfony2


At number 3, Symfony is one of the most popular PHP frameworks in 2016.  Symfony was created in 2005 by the Symfony Project and is a free framework, released under the MIT license. Symphone is powerful framework providing an impressive collection of decoupled and reusable components. This framework has a massive community of followers and is used by notable applications such as Drupal, phpBB, and eZ Publish.

#2 – CodeIgnitor


CodeIgniter, the second most popular PHP framework of 2016,  is an open source, agile web development PHP framework.  Known for its tiny footprint and super fast performance, CodeIgniter also provides developers with a simple and elegant toolkit to easily develop powerful web-based applications.

#1 – Laravel


And the most popular PHP framework in 2016 (so far) is  Laravel. Laravel has been the most popular for some time and does not seem to be fading anytime soon. Like the other 2, Laravel is a free, opensource, and powerful web application framework for PHP. Since its initial release in 2011, this framework has become one of the best modern PHP frameworks around, and is highly regarded by industry experts and developers. The Laravel framework is focused on  elegance, simplicity, and readability.


Of course there are other PHP frameworks out there that may be a better fit for you, such as  Nette, Yii2 , and Zend. Every developers has to do their own research and experimentation to determine the perfect fit for them. But for now, you know, in general,  the Top 3 PHP Frameworks in 2016. Hope this will make your research and decision a little easier.



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