Voices of the elePHPhant: PHP frameworks. The battle between CodeIgniter and Laravel

Quick view on PHP

PHP is no stranger to the programming world. Especially when it comes to building quick but concurrently, highly customizable sites, PHP is surely among the top choices. PHP was originally abbreviation for “Personal Home Page” and was introduced in 1994 by Rasmus Lerdorf. Since then, it has become extremely popular. Now PHP stands for “PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor”.

From creating a blog to creating a full software application, PHP can handle them all. Large eCommerce, social media, wiki sites and popular software, namely, Amazon, Facebook, Wikipedia and WordPress are written in PHP.

CodeIgniter and Laravel: Similarities

PHP is also famous for its wide spectrum of frameworks: CodeIgniter, Zend Framework, CakePHP, Symfony, Yii, Silex, Slim, Lithium, and last but not least, Laravel. However, the worthiest comparison is probably between CodeIgniter and Laravel. Both are open source PHP web application framework. Both are easy to learn, well documented and both have great community support.

CodeIgniter and Laravel: Main differences

MVC based

Laravel is largely based on the MVC (Model View Controller) architecture. MVC represents architecture developers adopt when building applications. With the MVC architecture, we look at the application structure separated into three parts: the model, the view, and the controller. The model takes care of basic behaviors and data of the application. For example, it can respond to requests for information, and notify observers in event-driven systems when information changes. The view renders data from the model into a form that suits the user interface. The controller receives user input and connects with model objects and the view to perform suitable actions.



Meanwhile, CodeIgniter doesn’t heavily depend on the MVC development pattern. It brings freedom to users who are not so expert in MVC. CodeIgniter gives access to third-party plugins and also offers security and encryption procedures.

Laravel is the new kid and the new kid always stick out

Laravel has all the fancy features that developers love. It is fast and easy to set up. Architecture and dependencies are simplified. Users can easily go straight into the “meat of the project”. Laravel has such clean architecture and it’s beautiful to code in. It is also composer friendly and JSON friendly. The Laravel artisan is the command-line interface in Laravel. It provides a number of helpful commands that helps you with building your application. Laravel also conveniently utilizes composer to manage its dependencies which is useful in many situations.


And the cherry on the top is that Laravel uses ORM. ORM stands for Object-relational Mapping, a technique that helps to convert data between incompatible type systems into object-oriented programming languages. Laravel uses “Eloquent ORM” which allows users to work with database objects and relationships using eloquent and expressive syntax. Eloquent uses modal in Laravel which free users from writing long queries. Instead, complex queries can be generated within few seconds.

CodeIgniter is much older. It was made for php 5.3 and it doesn’t keep up to new ways of doing things and future proofing is a nightmare to CodeIgniter. But its stability keeps users coming back. The chances of bugs are much less in CodeIgniter because it has been tested by developers in large number.

Some facts about Laravel and CodeIgniter

Main website categories that use Laravel includes Computer & Technology, Business & Consumer Services, Travel & Tourism and Finance.

CodeIgniter is leading in Arts &Entertainment, Science & Education, News & Media, Law & Government.

Laravel is the most popular in United States, Russia, Brazil and United Kingdom while CodeIgniter is the top choice in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Turkey.

CodeIgniter remains behind Laravel in market share segments but probably it would never die because Expression Engine is built on that framework.


Report on framework preference between Laravel and codeIgniter worldwide by Google Trend

At Bac Ha Software Co., Ltd. We have experienced team members who are skillful at Laravel. We have multiple projects working with Laravel. One of the prominent projects was the web application for Personal Asset Management for a German client. The web application is for asset management of users in stocks, currencies and crypto currencies.

We continued with the project that our customer’s previous partner failed to do. The project required huge data transfer from a third party, real-time data render implementation and successful handling of complex calculations on stock, crypto currencies and exchange rate.

We totally transformed the project with the latest Laravel version and migrated data and functions from the old project. We also created multiple background cronjobs for browser load reduction. By using bootstrap 4, we implement cool looking and feeling with bootstrap 4 so the application is compatible with all mobile screen sizes.



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