PHP is a server-side scripting language that was designed and built for the web—one reason it has a clear advantage when developing web-based applications. Other, more lightweight server-side languages have been adapted to the web, but PHP—which was the foundation for sites like WordPress and Facebook—has been web-driven since the start. It’s agile and has great runtime, and with Apache, it can be incredibly affordable to get up and running.
A PHP Framework is a basic platform that allows us to develop web applications. In other words, it provides structure. By using a PHP Framework, you will end up saving loads of time, stopping the need to produce repetitive code, and you’ll be able to build applications rapidly (RAD). Without a PHP Framework in place, it gets much more difficult to produce applications since you’ll have to repeatedly code a lot of PHP. You’ll also have to execute the connection between your database and whatever application you develop from scratch. Meanwhile, using a PHP Framework makes it easier for you to ensure this connection.
PHP operates on the Model View Controller (MVC) fundamentals. MVC is an architectural pattern featured in various popular programming languages which breaks apart your domain logic from your user interface. The domain logic is the function that handles information exchange between your database and your user interface. Therefore you’re able to modify the domain logic and most importantly for designers, the user interface separately. This removes a lot of confusion and simplifies the entire developmental process. When we refer to MVC we generally perceive it as this: The M stands for the raw data, the V (view/user interface) represents what’s actually being viewed, and C (controller) is in fact the domain logic as seen above. Once you’re able to make sense of how MVC works, then PHP Frameworks become much more clearer and easier to use.