CodeIgniter Vs Laravel - A Brief Comparison - Manoj Patial

CodeIgniter Vs Laravel – A Brief Comparison

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MVC framework is very common for developing custom solutions with PHP. There are many PHP MVC frameworks available on the web. CodeIgniter and Laravel seem to be the most popular among all of them. But the choice of web framework differs from one developer to another.

Features of CodeIgniter

Model-View-Controller (MVC) system

CodeIgniter uses the Model-View-Controller Architectural design pattern and most of PHP developers considered CodeIgniter as one of the best framework solution for small to medium projects.

The use of both views and controllers modules helps you to create applications with very easy way. However, the best advantages are that you can build your own core libraries to be used in the system and allows you to integrate scripts written by you with the database.

Light weight and fast

CodeIgniter is an very light weighted PHP framework. The library required by CodeIgniter core system is very small as compared to Laravel. However, if you need more libraries they can be added later on. Due to this light weight nature, CodeIgniter can perform task fast.

Form Validation

CodeIgniter provides a comprehensive form validation and data prepping class that helps minimize the amount of code you’ll write. Basically validation happens on server side, so for that you need to define the validation rules, error messages.Follow the below steps to do the server side validation.

Error Handling

CodeIgniter lets you build error reporting into your web applications. Its also provides an error logging class that permits error and debugging messages to be saved as text files. You might wish to change this behavior once your development is complete.

Database Integration

By default relational databases like PostgreSQL or MySQL come with CodeIgniter. But, composer is not present by default in CodeIgniter. This means that if you want to use other database like Mongo, then you have to use third party libraries for it.

Features of Laravel


Laravel makes implementing authentication in very simple way. In fact, almost everything is configured in Laravel for you out of the box. The authentication configuration file is located at config/auth.php, which contains several well documented options for tweaking the behavior of the authentication services.

Template Engine

Template Engine is the powerful feature in Laravel. The template engine can help you build amazing layouts through the use of dynamic content. Also, you can use the multiple widgets available to incorporate both JS and CSS codes along with solid structures. The layout created using Laravel framework’s templates are simple and have distinctive sections.


Laravel’s command-line interface (CLI), called Artisan, was initially introduced in Laravel 3 with a limited set of capabilities. Artisan provides a number of helpful commands that can assist you while you build your application. To view a list of all available Artisan commands, you may use the list command:

php artisan list

Its also helps in migration, routing, scheduling etc.

Database integration

Laravel provides its own ORM tool. Laravel comes with migrations for easy port of database changes and versioning. Laravel also comes prepackaged with Redis key:value store. Rest, Laravel has packages for every database available. Similarly, Laravel comes with a Seeder tool to introduce test data.

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Manoj Patial
I am Manoj Patial, a website developer from India, I have more than 10 years of experience in website development. I developed more than 200+ website using Drupal, WordPress, PHP, Codeigniter, shopify, HubSpot and other CMS/PHP frameworks.
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