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CodeIgniter vs Zend Framework: 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, Zend Framework is detailed as "An open source, object-oriented web application framework implemented in PHP 5". Zend Framework 2 is an open source framework for developing web applications and services using PHP 5.3+. Zend Framework 2 uses 100% object-oriented code and utilises most of the new features of PHP 5.3, namely namespaces, late static binding, lambda functions and closures.

CodeIgniter and Zend Framework can be primarily classified as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.

"Mvc" is the top reason why over 72 developers like CodeIgniter, while over 22 developers mention "Open source" as the leading cause for choosing Zend Framework.

CodeIgniter and Zend Framework are both open source tools. CodeIgniter with 17.4K GitHub stars and 7.72K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Zend Framework with 5.71K GitHub stars and 2.87K GitHub forks.

Buffer, Manchester.com, and Webedia are some of the popular companies that use CodeIgniter, whereas Zend Framework is used by Webedia, Scandlearn, and MV Labs. CodeIgniter has a broader approval, being mentioned in 261 company stacks & 105 developers stacks; compared to Zend Framework, which is listed in 40 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.

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 Zend Framework?

Zend Framework 2 is an open source framework for developing web applications and services using PHP 5.3+. Zend Framework 2 uses 100% object-oriented code and utilises most of the new features of PHP 5.3, namely namespaces, late static binding, lambda functions and closures.
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    What are some alternatives to CodeIgniter and Zend Framework?
    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.
    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
    Symfony is written with speed and flexibility in mind. It allows developers to build better and easy to maintain websites with PHP. Symfony can be used to develop all kind of websites, from your personal blog to high traffic ones like Dailymotion or Yahoo! Answers.
    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.
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    Reviews of CodeIgniter and Zend Framework
    Avatar of pbrilius
    PHP Web Developer at GroundIn Software
    Review ofZend FrameworkZend Framework

    Zend framework is firstly designed for experienced professional developers, who have been part of international teams for years. With Zend Framework one could harness nuances of high scale eLearning, eCommerce and eBanking applications without fuss and implement robust, market demands meeting solutions. Zend Framework ships simple, without modules installed, so firstly to build up bare-bones for simple modular app, you will have to preinstall the set of GitHub hosted plugins and modules. Added to the mix, Microsoft is one of the main sponsors of the Zend Framework project, so your company would experience state of the art technologies mash up right away from the beginning of implementing theoretical application project to code stack. All in all, several international associations are awaiting you to enroll to enhance the experience of using Zend Framework 2.

    How developers use CodeIgniter and Zend Framework
    Avatar of Megan Morsie
    Megan Morsie uses CodeIgniterCodeIgniter

    I used CodeIgniter while working at KHM Travel Group. It was the system we used for an affiliate-based site called TravSearch, which I later replaced with a WordPress Multisite. I developed a .csv upload form to transfer all the information from the affiliate table of CodeIgniter to the user and options tables in WPMU.

    Avatar of Gorka Llona
    Gorka Llona uses CodeIgniterCodeIgniter

    CodeIgniter is the MVC framework used for the PHP coding. Also, validation criteria for (database) table fields are the provided by CodeIgniter, and signatures for others are derived from those.

    Avatar of La Cupula Music SL
    La Cupula Music SL uses Zend FrameworkZend Framework

    The older parts of our core are still using ZF1. We are migrating to simpler framework agnostic controllers with 3rd party components.

    Avatar of Delbin Thomas
    Delbin Thomas uses CodeIgniterCodeIgniter

    It is super easy to do things in PHP using codeigniter. Used the MVC architecture to create different types of pages and modules.

    Avatar of Romans Malinovskis
    Romans Malinovskis uses CodeIgniterCodeIgniter

    Integrate with some code-igniter low-level modules through composer.

    Avatar of papaver
    papaver uses Zend FrameworkZend Framework

    used zend with working with a client for around a year.

    Avatar of Markus Poerschke
    Markus Poerschke uses Zend FrameworkZend Framework

    The legacy application runs still on Zend Framework 1

    Avatar of In Situ Training
    In Situ Training uses Zend FrameworkZend Framework

    Reliable web framework

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    Ascendify uses CodeIgniterCodeIgniter

    Old stack framework

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