PHP Frameworks that I have on my to-checkout list

It’s exciting times for PHP. Quality frameworks are popping up like daisies mushrooms skunk cabbage, and it seems like every bob the builder out there is releasing one. Please leave a comment if you know of a framework I haven’t mentioned, or if you have experience with one in the list. For the project I’m doing at the moment I’m using Seagull, but there are so many good frameworks out there – and I’d like to test at least 3-4 of them by implementing a real-world project.

I’ll keep this list updated as I find new frameworks, so bookmark it ;)

Some of the PHP frameworks out there, and my first impression after a 2-minute browse on their homepages:

Added 02/03/2005 (that’s March the second for you Americans) – of course, the list never ends ;)

Added 05.03.2006

Added 15.03.2006

If I actually get through some of the frameworks on this list, I plan to write a comparison review.

If you have any experience with these frameworks, let me know :)


Comment by Daniel Hofstetter on 2006-02-15 10:06:16 +0000

CakePHP comes with an acl (access control list) implementation with which you can build your login/user/role management.

Comment by pcdinh on 2006-02-15 12:14:04 +0000

SolarPHP: is very promising. Paul, the main founder of this project is involved in Zend Framework

Comment by Pieter Claerhout on 2006-02-20 11:20:16 +0000

Have a look at Yellow Duck Framework. It’s lightweight, PHP4 compliant and has all nice things such as an object-relational mapper, AJAX support, etc.

Comment by Bjørn on 2006-02-21 20:49:03 +0000

Yellow Duck looked interesting. Nice that it comes with Ajax, BBCode and a Feedcreator… just a couple of things I see my projects are often in need of. Thanks for the comments folks, keep them comming :-)

Comment by Gyo on 2006-03-15 02:08:21 +0000

Check out “code igniter”

Comment by Bjørn on 2006-03-15 20:55:55 +0000

Thanks Gyo! Added it to my list :)

Comment by Ivo Jansch on 2006-03-29 09:08:46 +0000

You write about Achievo ATK: “Unfortunately the admin interface looks somewhat amateurish, but I guess it’s maybe just a quick example of the different modules or something.” We’re aware of the amateurish look of the default theme. Fortunately, the app is themable, using Smarty templates.

Comment by JohnM on 2006-05-14 22:04:45 +0000

I’ve never really understood why frameworks are needed in PHP when we already have PEAR ? Am I the only one who thinks this? or am I missing something here.

Comment by Aldawi on 2006-08-28 22:17:29 +0000

According to the commentaries of each one of frameworks, I believe that those that agree to me are cakeframework and seagull, but as of these recommend you to me? I want to use framework for my project, but I am new in the world of frameworks, some suggestion I will thank for much! greetings!

Comment by Bjørn on 2006-08-29 22:05:46 +0000

Hello Aldawi, cake or sgl you ask .. Well, it depends on what you’re going to make. Do you require user login? Seagull comes with a full user system (groups, rights, register, login, etc.), in addition to an admin section where you can administer those things. So Seagull is sort of a mix between an application framework and .. hmm, an application :-) If you’re creating something small and want to learn something quick – go with Cake. If you’ve got some time, and the system needs things that comes with SGL (such as a user system) – choose Seagull. CodeIgniter is also woth a look, imho – I used it to create .. it doesn’t take long to understand the workings of the project and start coding. Haven’t tried Cake yet, but it looks great and their IRC channel is very active so I might just use it for my next site :-)

Comment by Aldawi on 2006-08-30 18:40:46 +0000

thanks!!! for the suggestion I will take it into account, greetings!

Comment by Nicholas Bieber on 2006-09-22 19:39:28 +0000

I’m not much of a coder, but I’ve just started a new job in a web design company in Tokyo, and one of the people there put me on and is trying to get the rest of the company onto Mojavi. Allegedly, Mojavi has/is becoming quite popular in Japan (which I realised now because they have some classes focused on japanese characters, mind you, so may other systems). It looks promising, but I was unaware of MVC or frameworks or whatever until about 12 hours ago, so I’m a little green in the field…

Comment by Marnen Laibow-Koser on 2007-04-30 19:52:09 +0000

Personally, I like Fusebox. It stays out of your way except as necessary, and doesn’t really force you to do things its way if you don’t want to. A lot of the PHP frameworks out there seem to be far too heavy or poorly designed for their own good — I think Fusebox avoids both these pitfalls. Plus it’s available for CF, PHP, and a couple of other languages.

Comment by Lars Olesen on 2007-08-05 17:44:42 +0000

I like the idea behind It is very lightweight and focuses mainly on the controller layer, so you can create your application as you see fit.

I especially like the idea, that it does not force me to use a special controller or a special view, but that it lets me decide for myself, what I like to use.

Comment by klarenSan on 2009-05-22 13:12:46 +0000

Is there a framework that includes multilanguage?

Comment by Bjørn on 2009-05-22 13:21:06 +0000

Sure klarenSan, I think most of the frameworks today have support for internationalization.

I know Seagull, CodeIgniter, Symfony, CakePHP does for sure. Probably most of the others as well :-)