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CodeIgniter vs Laravel: What are the differences?

Developers describe CodeIgniter as "A Fully Baked PHP Framework". CodeIgniter is a proven, agile & open PHP web application framework with a small footprint. It is powering the next generation of web apps. On the other hand, Laravel is detailed as "A PHP Framework For Web Artisans". Laravel is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. We believe development must be an enjoyable, creative experience to be truly fulfilling. Laravel attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, and caching.

CodeIgniter and Laravel belong to "Frameworks (Full Stack)" category of the tech stack.

"Mvc", "Easy setup" and "Open source" are the key factors why developers consider CodeIgniter; whereas "Clean architecture", "Growing community" and "Composer friendly" are the primary reasons why Laravel is favored.

CodeIgniter and Laravel are both open source tools. It seems that Laravel with 53.4K GitHub stars and 16.4K forks on GitHub has more adoption than CodeIgniter with 17.4K GitHub stars and 7.72K GitHub forks.

9GAG, PedidosYa, and Swat.io are some of the popular companies that use Laravel, whereas CodeIgniter is used by Buffer, Accenture, and Ola. Laravel has a broader approval, being mentioned in 831 company stacks & 773 developers stacks; compared to CodeIgniter, which is listed in 261 company stacks and 105 developer stacks.

Decisions about CodeIgniter and Laravel

I am planning to develop project management system SAAS based. Can any one help me with selection of platforms from Django or Laravel and for database MongoDB or Firebase/Firestore or MySql? On front end I am going to use Quasar Framework (VueJS). Note : project will be Webapp, Mobile app and desktop app.

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washie mugo
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i find python quite resourceful. given the bulk of libraries that python has and the trends of the tech i find django which runs on python to be the framework of choice to the upcoming web services and application. Laravel on the other hand which is powered by PHP is also quite resourceful and great for startups and common web applications.

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Christopher Wray
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When I started on this project as the sole developer, I was new to web development and I was looking at all of the web frameworks available for the job. I had some experience with Ruby on Rails and I had looked into .net for a bit, but when I found Laravel, it felt like the best framework for me to get the product to market. What made me choose Laravel was the easy to read documentation and active community. Rails had great documentation, but lacked some features built in that I wanted out of the box, while .net had a ton of video documentation tutorials, but nothing as straightforward as Laravels. So far, I am happy with the decision I made, and looking forward to the website release!

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Pros of CodeIgniter
Pros of Laravel
  • 83
    Mvc
  • 74
    Easy setup
  • 67
    Open source
  • 59
    Well documented
  • 34
    Community support
  • 21
    Easy to learn
  • 17
    Easy
  • 11
    Fast
  • 10
    HMVC
  • 7
    Language Suppert
  • 6
    "Fast","Easy","MVC"
  • 5
    Easy, fast and full functional
  • 4
    I think it is best. we can make all types of project
  • 4
    Powerful
  • 3
    Works on Every PHP Server like shared hostings
  • 3
    Open source, Easy to setup
  • 2
    Super Lightweight, Super Easy to Learn
  • 2
    Customizable
  • 2
    Beginner friendly framework
  • 1
    CLI
  • 500
    Clean architecture
  • 359
    Growing community
  • 336
    Composer friendly
  • 312
    Open source
  • 293
    The only framework to consider for php
  • 194
    Mvc
  • 189
    Quickly develop
  • 155
    Dependency injection
  • 142
    Application architecture
  • 129
    Embraces good community packages
  • 57
    Write less, do more
  • 50
    Restful routing
  • 46
    Orm (eloquent)
  • 43
    Artisan scaffolding and migrations
  • 42
    Database migrations & seeds
  • 35
    Awesome
  • 33
    Great documentation
  • 25
    Awsome, Powerfull, Fast and Rapid
  • 25
    Promotes elegant coding
  • 24
    Build Apps faster, easier and better
  • 22
    JSON friendly
  • 21
    Most easy for me
  • 20
    Eloquent ORM
  • 20
    Easy to learn, scalability
  • 19
    Test-Driven
  • 19
    Modern PHP
  • 18
    Blade Template
  • 18
    Beautiful
  • 13
    Security
  • 11
    Clean Documentation
  • 10
    Convention over Configuration
  • 10
    Based on SOLID
  • 10
    Cool
  • 9
    Easy to attach Middleware
  • 9
    Simple
  • 8
    Fast
  • 8
    Easy to use
  • 8
    Laravel + Cassandra = Killer Framework
  • 8
    Simpler
  • 8
    Get going quickly straight out of the box. BYOKDM
  • 8
    Easy Request Validatin
  • 7
    Less dependencies
  • 7
    Simplistic , easy and faster
  • 7
    Its just wow
  • 6
    Friendly API
  • 5
    Its beautiful to code in
  • 5
    Super easy and powerful
  • 5
    Great customer support
  • 4
    Speed
  • 4
    Fast and Clarify framework
  • 4
    The only "cons" is wrong! No static method just Facades
  • 4
    Easy
  • 4
    Active Record
  • 4
    Php7
  • 3
    Laravel Mix
  • 3
    Laragon
  • 3
    Eloquent
  • 3
    Easy views handling and great ORM
  • 3
    Minimum system requirements
  • 3
    Composer
  • 2
    Intuitive usage
  • 2
    Laravel Spark
  • 2
    Laravel Passport
  • 2
    Laravel Nova
  • 2
    Laravel casher
  • 2
    Laravel Horizon and Telescope
  • 2
    Laravel Forge and Envoy
  • 2
    Ease of use
  • 2
    Cashier with Braintree and Stripe
  • 1
    Rapid development
  • 0
    Scout

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Cons of CodeIgniter
Cons of Laravel
  • 5
    No ORM
  • 1
    No CLI
  • 38
    PHP
  • 26
    Too many dependency
  • 19
    Slower than the other two
  • 15
    A lot of static method calls for convenience
  • 13
    Too many include
  • 10
    Heavy
  • 7
    Bloated
  • 6
    Laravel
  • 5
    Confusing
  • 4
    Does not work well for file uploads in Shared Hosting
  • 3
    Too underrated
  • 2
    Not fast with MongoDB
  • 1
    Difficult to learn
  • 1
    Not using SOLID principles

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What is CodeIgniter?

CodeIgniter is a proven, agile & open PHP web application framework with a small footprint. It is powering the next generation of web apps.

What is Laravel?

It is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. It attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, and caching.

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What are some alternatives to CodeIgniter and Laravel?
WordPress
The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.
Yii
Yii comes with: MVC, DAO/ActiveRecord, I18N/L10N, caching, authentication and role-based access control, scaffolding, testing, etc. It can reduce your development time significantly.
Symfony
It is written with speed and flexibility in mind. It allows developers to build better and easy to maintain websites with PHP..
Kohana
Kohana is an elegant, open source, and object oriented HMVC framework built using PHP5, by a team of volunteers. It aims to be swift, secure, and small.
CakePHP
It makes building web applications simpler, faster, while requiring less code. A modern PHP 7 framework offering a flexible database access layer and a powerful scaffolding system.
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