In the crowded world of PHP today, wherein frameworks happen to fizzle out, Laravel rose from out of the ashes that it soon became the apple of the eye of the whole community.

What is Laravel? Laravel is a web app framework that has an elegant, expressive syntax. It attempts to take away the pain of development by easing common tasks used in majority of web projects, like routing, authentication, sessions and caching. The MVC framework with faster development, elegant coding, reduced process time and fast execution not only makes Laravel the first preference for businesses, but also gives a new dimension to an existing website.

Laravel developers and programmers that build diverse resource list with a lot of powerful Laravel tools could build code faster and create their client list simultaneously. Service providers make use of such avant-garde technology to provide instant access to the all-encompassing solutions.

DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN WORDPRESS AND LARAVEL

When developers propose the use of modern MVC framework, like Laravel over a CMS such as WordPress, non-tech stakeholders sometimes are not sure if the right choice would be Laravel development or otherwise. Prebuilt CMS may appear a money/time save and a more obvious tool for accomplishing business tasks. Nevertheless, when it is truly better to use a CMS instead of a typical modern framework for custom software development?

THE POUPLAR WORDPRESS CMS

WordPress, being the most popular CMS, often is a good first choice for a project. Of course, it’s not fit for everyone. In general, WordPress is usually the number choice if:

• A project falls under the category of content-based portals like blogs/newspapers

• The startup founder wants to test the market and create a first version of the website cheap and fast with a stripped-down functionality. In this scenario, WordPress could be useful as a prototype and platform for a viable minimal product.

• The market has WordPress plugins available with the necessary quality/security and functionality that suit software requirements.

KEY BENEFITS OF WORDPRESS

1.Themes enable changing the design of a website fast. There are thousands of available themes for WordPress.

2.They’re easy to update. A Word document could publish a new article to a WordPress site. Once set up, it could be updated anytime, which is important for engagement with visitors as well as for search engines.

3.Plugins enable extending the WordPress site functionality without knowing how to program. There are more than 10,000 available plugins, which help add all sorts of functionality to websites, such as SEO, social media sharing, photo slideshows and many more.

4.Google loves WordPress websites. Since they are updated more often, and content tends to be well structure, one could get a WordPress website ranking very fast, compared to a static site. Google even has gone on record as recommending WordPress for business websites.

5.WordPress is supported by an engaged, thriving community. There are thousands of developers, designers and enthusiasts around to help and help is just a Bing or a Google search away.

ADVANTAGES OF LARAVEL

1. Creating authentication and authorization systems. Each web app owner has to ensure that users are who they claim to be and thus prevent unauthorized users from accessing secured resources. Laravel makes implementation and authentication very straightforward. Almost everything is configured out-of-the-box. Also, it provides a simple way to organize authorization logic and control resources access.

2. Integration of mail services. Mail service could be used to send notifications to users’ emails after various events. It’s hard to imagine a modern web app for instance, which lack a simple email notification to a new user about their successful registration on a website. The framework offers a clean, simple API over the popular SwiftMailer library

3. Integration with tools to make web apps faster. It’s important not just to build an app but to create a fast one too, which would result to acceleration of revenue.

Integration with caching backend is often one of the major steps taken to boost web app performance. Laravel supports popular cache back-ends, like Memcached and Redis out-of-the-box. The framework, via default is configured to use file cache driver, which stores cached objects in file systems.

4. Automation testing work. Automation testing is less time consuming and in most cases more exact than a manual one. Laravel is built with testing in mind. In fact, support for testing with PHPUnit is included out-of-the-box. Also, it ships with convenient helper methods, allowing expressive apps testing.

5. Handling configuration and exception error. The way in which a software application handles errors could have a big impact on user satisfaction and the usability of an app as well. Without proper error handling, a user could decide that the issue is in the application and stay away from it forever. Nobody wants losing customers or disappointing them. With Laravel, exception and error handling is already configured for any new Laravel-based project. Furthermore, it’s integrated with the Monolog logging library , which offers support for different powerful log handlers.

LARAVEL OR WORDPRESS?

Most developers love WordPress since it offers flexibility and is SEO friendly, secure and the cycle of development is pretty fast. On the other hand, Laravel is more for custom stuff. WordPress is for plug and play, it’s a CMS. To build the next Facebook or some mind-blowing platform, the use Laravel. To build a fashion blog or e-commerce store, WordPress is a better option.

A lot of people build custom vehicles from scratch or from fabricating other car parts to work together. Using a brilliant framework like Laravel is synonymous to an excellent workshop with plenty of tools at disposal to get the job done. Whereas using an app such as WordPress is the same as starting with a production car, something that operates already for a particular task, in this case blogging.

Developing with a framework is quite expensive on the first investment and cheaper in the long run than with WordPress development and customization. Probably it makes sense to invest in proper custom architecture with Laravel or another suitable framework from the outset.

Author's Bio: 

Rakesh Patel is a Marketing Manager at eTatvaSoft- a Web and Mobile App Development company. He relishes writing about various technology trends, management, leadership and much more buzzing things related to the IT industry. His idea of writing is to spread derived knowledge of the latest technologies through his online contribution amongst tech geeks and teach learners.