If you are considering to develop a web application the first language that would most certainly come into your mind to develop its backend would be PHP. One particular reason is because it is pretty easy to learn, code, handle and there exists a lot of tutorials and forum discussion regarding PHP. However, when the project complexity gets increased, it is not possible to handle them with simple coding. Instead, it would need an architecture approach like a Framework.
In PHP, there exists a number of Frameworks which includes CodeIgniter, Laravel, CakePHP, Zend, etc. However, the two most popular ones had been CodeIgniter and Laravel. Therefore, let’s take a lookup at what would be the better solution considering different perspectives
If you can see the screenshot was below taken from the google analytics, the trend for PHP frameworks within the last 3 years of time, it clearly shows a rise of Laravel users. So, let’s see how Laravel has been a much popular framework than the others within these few years of time. We would be mainly discussing the differences in between CodeIgniter and Laravel such that as Developers, or someone who is thinking about whether it would be better to select a specific framework based on a scenario be fine or not.
Both Laravel and CodeIgniter are MVC architecture-based opensource frameworks. As both these frameworks are opensource, they do have a large community gathering. If you search for StackOverflow or any other tech forum you will find a number of active members participating in the discussions. Usually, Laravel is believed to be much harder than CodeIgniter to learn especially because of the wide range of features it offers.
The most important feature that most developers tend to use Laravel is that the solution can be modularized for the betterment of the development process. Through this edits for the components can be made without hindering major parts of the solution. This process is relatively much easy. There exist Addons to do this is CodeIgniter, but it has to follow a separate procedure.
CodeIgniter Supports a lot more databases than Laravel. For instance, CodeIgniter is more useful if you are having an Oracle or MSSQL Server Database (But the later versions of Laravel support MSSQL Server as well). There are a plenty of other databases as well.
If you have referred the chart mentioned above you might recognize that Laravel has a pretty good advantage over the other frameworks. Some of these reasons include:
Considering the age factor, CodeIgniter is the first PHP framework which was introduced way back in 2006. Even though Laravel has become much popular these days, it was introduced later by around 2011.
For Laravel, there exists a better CLI support, cronjobs, and even mail queues. However, coding in CodeIgniter is somewhat more customizable if you have the proper depth of knowledge. You have the capability of building your own core libraries to be used in the system.