If you're looking to upgrade your company website and are wondering which framework is best to use, this is a quick guide on why you should choose Laravel for your next project.
More than one million websites and apps around the world are built on Laravel (Builtwith, 2022), and that number is growing every day.
Laravel is an open-source PHP framework developed by Taylor Otwell in 2011.
Each new version of Laravel is improved with new web solutions and features. The framework has rightfully earned the title of the most reliable and enduring PHP framework for its security system and many modules that help create high-performance and scalable projects.
Laravel is a really powerful PHP framework that promises fast development thanks to its many inherent features. Using Laravel gives developers the flexibility to write code and take care of dynamic development requirements, from small websites to full-scale enterprise applications.
We've already compared popular PHP frameworks, and you can choose any of them when developing your new website or application. But compare the level of demand for Laravel development compared to development on other frameworks such as Symfony, Yii, CodeIgniter, and Zend Framework. Laravel overtakes them by several times, according to Google Trends.
Laravel is one of the few PHP frameworks that has seen interest multiply over the past 5 years, making it a popular choice for many companies around the world.
Laravel allows you to build feature-rich sites and applications thanks to its pre-built packages and features, such as security systems and cross-site screening protection, user authentication logic, simplified integration with email programs, message queuing system, and pending tasks.
Thanks to these packages and standard features, developers don't spend a lot of time developing them from scratch, but simply implement ready-made solutions, which saves time and resources on project development.
But the benefits of Laravel development over other frameworks don't end there, and we'll try to help you understand them and go deeper into each of them.
Security is the number one concern for most companies. With Laravel, advanced security features are easy to set up on any website to improve security and protect sites from hackers. To get a little technical, Laravel uses the Bcrypt hashing algorithm, which means it never stores passwords in the database.
With Laravel, developers can solve the most important security problems, such as cross-site scripting, query spoofing, and SQL injection. As a secure framework, Laravel protects developer code and helps fix security vulnerabilities and technical issues before deployment.
Quicker resolution of critical vulnerability and security issues;
Faster debugging and correction of security and technical bugs;
Can quickly develop and scale applications without worrying about security;
Manage complex security vulnerabilities without additional effort.
As your business grows, so will the amount of traffic to your site. Websites developed in Laravel can handle requests much faster than most other frameworks. Laravel uses a unique message queuing system, which means you can postpone certain website tasks, such as sending emails, to a later date. The ability to control time-consuming tasks means that your site can handle the rest of the tasks faster. And not only does this keep the site's server up and running, but it can also reduce your hosting costs in the long run.
You don't have to worry that when users access your site in a big way, they might see a 500 server error.
Laravel has the ability to create a complete e-commerce site or a simple and professional B2B site. With its extensive pre-installed libraries, it has the ability to create and maintain a variety of advanced features for your site, allowing you to implement almost any idea and feature without spending a lot of money.
Laravel's flexibility allows you to scale sites and applications of any complexity and size;
The ability to implement almost any idea into your site without "crutches" in the code.
Websites built in Laravel are easy to maintain, regardless of complexity or size. So, let's imagine that after a few years you want some new features added to your site, a new developer can easily start where your previous developers left off. Thanks to Laravel's outstanding features, such as clean code, MVC architecture (which separates logic and presentation), and built-in features, maintaining a site written in Laravel over time is easy.
Quickly implementing new functionality on a web resource without spending too many resources;
Confidence that your site or application can be easily revamped when the team changes.
Another advantage of Laravel is its plug-and-play user authentication system. With this system, your users can securely access your website in a simple and straightforward interface.
With its built-in authentication packages, it's easy for developers to lay out the logic for user authorization and authentication. And you can easily take care of authorizing users on your site and assigning appropriate access rights.
Control access to protected resources;
Easily process requested access requests;
Can reject unauthorized requests.
Laravel's "SwiftMailer" library is a powerful mail integration library that can be used to simplify mail API configuration for individual accounts. Along with the built-in library, Laravel supports sending emails and notifications through multiple channels and offers drivers for various local and cloud-based email services such as SMTP, Mandrill, Amazon SES, PHP mail function, and others.
Notification of users when each action is performed;
Seamless integration of email notification systems;
Send emails and notifications via SMS and Slack.
Caching is known to improve the performance of any system or application phenomenally. Laravel offers support for server-side caching with built-in drivers that store cached objects in the file system. You can even increase the cache limit with the appropriate commands in Laravel.
Better memory management automatically;
High speed of loading and using the site or application;
Improved backend performance.
Your site may have several forms: order form, feedback form, call order form, and so on. And the development of all these forms can create some inconvenience to developers, especially error messages when the user has entered the wrong data or not filled in the field at all.
But Laravel has a convenient built-in error and exception handling module and in addition integrated logging library Monolog. With this library, error management is made even easier by providing support for various error and exception log handlers. This means that your client will get error messages integrated right into the forms it prints, and you can fix the errors quickly and efficiently, and get back to work.
Improved delivery of information to end users with real-time notifications in case of exceptions;
Increased customer satisfaction with a user-friendly and informative interface.
Automated testing is used to test an application's performance quotient, showing how well the solution performs without any glitches or errors. With Laravel's built-in testing features and PHPUnit testing support using phpunit.xml, developers can easily test fundamental user behavior and analyze results without wasting much time or effort.
Faster testing thanks to automation;
Automation ensures that there are no gaps in the testing of fundamental features;
Accurate performance factor calculation by processing multiple scenarios.
Laravel supports an MVC (Model-View-Controller) structure that automatically provides a separation between logic and expression syntax. This separation makes it easier for frontend developers to improve the user interface without disrupting development or core functions. In addition, the separation ensures that developers can easily add new features and fix bugs, wasting minimal time.
Laravel integration makes life much easier for backend developers, especially its Artisan line tool. This tool allows you to generate base MVC files and generate custom commands while creating skeleton code, database architecture, and migrations.
Faster development and processing of feature add requests;
No conflict between frontend and backend developers;
Easy debugging at any stage of development.
Laravel's built-in file configuration, which is automatically loaded by the framework, makes it easy for developers to define and identify URL routes. Laravel takes a URL and closes it, making the whole URL routing process really seamless.
For a web application, URL routing is critical because it facilitates navigation by redirecting users to the right content or page in the application.
Less chance of an empty URL being redirected;
Improved user experience and interactivity;
Faster development thanks to automatic loading of URL routing configurations.
The most really trustworthy websites are constantly emailing receipts, handling membership or purchase requests, sending order tracking messages, and the like. Some messages may be more important than others. But Laravel can prioritize them.
If you have thousands of requests coming into your site at any given time, you can have peace of mind that important messages that affect user experience and revenue have been prioritized and sent to the customer.
Confidence that all important messages have reached the end user;
Setting pending and prioritized messages to users improves site performance.
Your site has a lot of work to do-for example, dropping new orders into your accounting/execution system or cleaning up old messages in your email cache. Before frameworks like Laravel, programmers had to fill SSH to the server and create a Cron entry for every task in the application that needed to be done regularly. But not anymore.
One of the most convenient advantages of the Laravel framework is its team scheduler. With Laravel, developers can handle communication schedules for better interaction with end users. The built-in "Command Scheduler" allows developers to pre-define a command schedule that will run at a specific time or be triggered by a specific event. Moreover, the command schedule will occupy a single CRON record on the server, which will reduce hosting costs.
Easy management of tasks and processes through automated development, maintenance, and transfer of schedules;
Automated processing of redundant tasks, such as sending periodic emails to subscribers or automatically cleaning up data;
Simplified time management for schedules using a single CRON record.
Laravel supports object-oriented libraries and has a large file for object-oriented, pre-populated libraries. This library can be used to implement several features into your project, such as security, encryption, password resets, and CSRF operations.
No need to spend time and effort architecting object-oriented models;
Built-in library to implement additional functionality into your application.
Database synchronization is a tedious process that requires long hours on the part of developers. With Laravel's built-in database migration mechanism, developers can easily improve database quality without compromising security.
Faster database synchronization between development engines;
Easy and fast database migration without hassle.
Laravel's excellent routing capabilities have other key benefits, such as fast and powerful version control of multilingual websites. When a user switches between language versions, Laravel ensures that they are redirected to the right page in the right language every time.
Your project can be translated into multiple languages very quickly and easily;
Laravel also gives you the option of multilingual URLs for your site, which in turn is good for SEO promotion in different regions.
Probably the nicest advantage for companies. Compared to some PHP frameworks, Laravel is an open-source framework. That means you can use it for free in any project you like. Of course, there's always the cost of hiring a good developer to build your site (especially if you know very little about programming). But the costs are still reduced compared to other frameworks because there is less development and maintenance time, which allows a project on Laravel to be more cost-effective in the long run.
Above, we've carefully laid out all the advantages of Laravel. But if we had to summarize all those advantages, we'd say Laravel:
Fast - building projects in Laravel reduces development by about 35% than programming from scratch;
Affordable - with handy modules and libraries, you can cut hundreds of hours of development time;
Reliable - with more than 10 years on the market, more than a million projects developed, and several hundred thousand developers working on and on the system, this framework has proven to be proven and reliable;
Responsive - thanks to fast caching systems and protocols, your application or website will be user-friendly and high-speed;
Secure - the framework offers some of the best plug and play security software solutions on the market;
Flexible - with modules that allow you to create and customize your project for different viewing environments or user experiences, implement multilingualism, and scale your project seamlessly.
Collaborative - with a dual programming structure that makes it easy for the project team to make changes and create adaptive solutions for your business without interfering with each other.
The IC Studio team provides professional web development services in Laravel. Our developers put their extensive experience and knowledge into projects so clients can focus on business growth, while we take care of their web development needs.
We create a product that both the end user and the customer feel comfortable interacting with.
If it's a website - we create a personalized admin panel that you'll need intuition and the ability to switch between windows to work with. If it is a CRM, ERP or other personalized system, you will have a user-friendly interface and functionality which can be adjusted and scaled up even over time.
Any good professional can work with the code we write. We follow generally accepted development standards, write in canonical Laravel and always prepare technical documentation for the developed software.
We offer viable and scalable solutions for your project, and are happy to create a reliable, seamless and responsive web resource with all development requirements in mind.