As a bunch of senior software developers, it should come as no surprise that we’re experts in many frameworks, coding languages, platforms and systems. This wide range of expertise makes us the first choice for many projects, whether we’re working as a standalone arm of your company or collaborating with your existing developer/development team.
One of our all-time favourite frameworks to use is Laravel. Its expressive, elegant syntax makes building web applications a dream, but why is it a popular choice in the web dev world? And why do our developers hold it in such high esteem? Read our beginner’s guide to all things Laravel…
Released just nine years ago, Laravel may be a new(ish) framework but it’s used across countless web projects to ensure an enjoyable, creative and fulfilling experience for developers, businesses and end customers.
It’s a PHP web framework that may be simple in its nature yet allows you to create a whole heap of exceptional features, not to mention harness great reliability, performance and scalability. Laravel is also open source, which means it benefits from continuous improvements, with developers all over the world creating new modules and capabilities to make it better and more robust.
Like many frameworks, Laravel is an extensive ecosystem, which, when expertly negotiated, unlocks a long list of benefits for all who encounter it.
The benefits of using Laravel
Choosing the Laravel framework may be an easy choice for us, but why should it be the first choice for you? Using Laravel helps senior software developers like us and clients like you harness a number of advantages.
Security is part of its core features
First and foremost, Laravel is extremely secure, by providing a set of standard tools / processes such as authentication, middleware and gate / policies, the core features of Laravel are well tested by thousands of developers due to the opensource nature of the project. It also ensures certain standards are followed for improved security. Along with the tools Laravel provides out of the box, this resolves several key security issues such as SQL injection.
Laravel is a fast framework, offering a collection of tools out of the box to further assist with performance, such as cache support such as Redis, Memcache, database. Laravel gives you a good balance between security, performance, and usability, to achieve the project requirements.
By storing data as key-value pairs in the server’s RAM, there’s minimal access required meaning we can cache any amount to keep your application, website, or software super sharp, speedy and smooth.
The seamless integration Laravel makes possible is another plus-point. Being opensource there is a whole host of developers expanding Laravel with third-party tools as well as integrations with many pre-existing services.
Once your Laravel app or website is constructed, the benefits don’t end there. The automated testing processes that come with using Laravel provide us with the means to test thoroughly. Expressive testing can be rolled out not just across the entire site but function by function to identify bugs fast and serve you with an even better product.
It’s First-Party OAuth support makes authentication and authorisation simple. Users logging in or to be authenticated via external providers such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft thanks to Laravel, providing security and ease like no other.
Why we use Laravel
As well as the benefits mentioned above, Laravel is a favourite of ours for many more reasons. As a team, we have extensive knowledge and experience using this PHP framework. This expertise ensures efficient, timely builds meaning we can spend more time with clients and creating projects.
The comprehensive, organised nature of Laravel makes perfect sense to us too. With the various practices that Laravel has built in and its more structured approach, we’re able to save yet more time, and these savings are passed onto our clients.
Its versatility ensures Laravel is a great framework to use across a multitude of projects. It’s expandable and completely customisable to suit your unique requirements.