Although both PHP and Laravel are popular choices for web development, many developers have trouble deciding between the two. Let’s take a look at some of the most important factors to consider when choosing between the two platforms, as well as the limitations of each so you can make an informed decision about which platform to use on your next project.

What is PHP?

The acronym PHP stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. It is one of a family of programming languages which allows developers to create dynamic web pages. The language was created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994 and has been constantly developed ever since. The newest version (version 7) of PHP came out in December 2015, and there are significant changes between versions 5 and 7, so upgrading can be challenging.

What is Laravel?

Laravel is a 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. Web development is both an art and science. As much as we are lovers of technology and programming languages, we equally love beautiful design and clean code.

The pros and cons of each language

As both a php and laravel developer, I know both these programming languages very well. In my opinion, either language can be used to build an application that performs well and looks great. If you’re in a situation where hiring dedicated development team is out of your budget then I would recommend using PHP as it is less expensive than Laravel to develop with. It should be noted that if you’re able to hire laravel developers they are by far more experienced than php developers but they also cost more money which may be out of budget if time isn’t on your side.

Why choose one over the other?

Hiring a dedicated development team to build an app with PHP means going through all of these things. However, if you hire a dedicated development team to develop your Laravel application, they are already familiar with it and will be able to build features quickly and easily. So if speed is important, consider hiring Laravel developers. If flexibility is a priority, go with PHP developers instead. When it comes down to it though, both platforms are highly scalable and there’s no wrong choice when it comes to choosing one over another.


It depends on what your goals are and how much time/money you’re willing to spend. If you already have a stable team, but need help with one specific piece of functionality, then hiring a dedicated development team might be a more efficient way to go about it.

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