All
BEST
 
PHP
 
FRAMEWORKS
 
FOR
 
ECOMMERCE:
REVIEW FOR 2020

All

What is PHP eCommerce framework

Being an extremely popular open-source Server Side Scripting language, PHP transformed complicated websites building into a faster and easier process. PHP frameworks gained their popularity by a high level of OS compatibility, reliable codes and a range of templates and plugins to choose from.
 

According to W3Techs, among all the server-side scripting languages, PHP is used for building almost 80% of all websites in 2019. Those pretty high figures won’t leave you aside from considering choosing this language

Why Prefer a PHP Framework for e-Commerce?

Here are some of the biggest benefits of using PHP based framework for e-commerce website development we recommend you to consider:

  • It’s open-source, so the costs of development and maintenance are lower;
  • Think about future growth, enabling further adding of customizable and scalable solutions is what will come in handy;
  • Variety of plug-ins, templates, and components you can easily integrate into your website;
  • Strong security is guaranteed by the out-of-the-box safety features;
  • Mobile optimized and compatible with various operating systems websites can help you enrich your customer base;
  • You can rely on getting support and advice from the big developers’ community.

Best PHP framework for e-commerce

As long as the overwhelming majority of the developers opt for PHP, there is no shortage for PHP frameworks available. For the comparison, let’s take a look at the three of them (Symfony, Laravel, and Yii) and overview their pros and cons.

SYMFONY

Symfony is considered to be one of the oldest PHP frameworks as its history goes back to 2005. As time has passed, Symfony has proven its reliability to the developers for being among the most stable frameworks.
 

The advantages of Symphony include its high flexibility. You can easily integrate it with other projects and install them on different platforms. Another plus is its high performance. The compatibility with operational systems is also great. It also allows for interoperability.
The apparent downside that may occur is difficulty in understanding its mechanism for novices in web development.

LARAVEL

Laravel has a bunch of features that it shares with Symfony. However, this one is claimed to be the most popular open-source PHP framework. It is relatively young, its history started in 2011. Laravel makes such tasks as caching, security, routing, and authentication much easier and developer-friendly.
 

Among the advantages of Lavarel is the possibility to build complex apps and customization features like data migration and MVC architecture support. Besides, it unsure of the high level of security that is the life force of any eCommerce website.
Being a young and rapidly developing a framework, the developers may find difficulties with new bugs occurrence.

YII

The Yii framework appeared in 2008. It is prominent for using a lazy loading technique that enables high-speed loading time.
As for the pros, Yii can be easily integrated with other frameworks (for example Zend). Besides great performance, it requires a little memory space. Yii offers useful security features including cookie tampering. Due to this, a framework is a good option for the development of e-commerce projects.
 

Yii is the one with the fastest performance out of the three on our list, if not among all the php frameworks
Unfortunately, Yii doesn’t allow creating complex web apps, thus being the biggest its drawback.

Performance issues

When choosing the right framework for developing an e-commerce website, we strongly advise you to pay special attention to performance. There are several factors having an impact on performance. For example, bad code can have a negative effect.
As for the Performance And The Database correlation, it’s also important to minimize the number of SQL queries hitting the DB servers as much as possible.
 

Bear in mind to keep your DB structure appropriate, using indexes right, identifying the most widely used tables for reading and which ones used for writing. If we talk about MySQL, you may try to configure storage engines accordingly.
 

Performance is also affected by such cache systems as Memcache or Redis If multiple servers are involved in your application work, you need to access session data from some common store.

Choosing an E-commerce Platform

In case you feel like you don’t need or want to use PHP frameworks, you can still opt for an eCommerce platform. There is plenty of them, however, they are less geared at meeting the needs of specifically your business.
 

Choosing the perfectly suiting eCommerce platform may turn out to be a real challenge. Below you can find an overview of the most popular platforms:

MAGENTO
 

Is there anybody who hasn’t heard about Magento? It is an open-source PHP based structure, which depends on MVC- Model-View-Controller, a sort of hardware liable for security reasons. That is the reason Magento is generally appropriate for E-trade improvement. To make it highly responsive and quick, a refreshed variant Magento 2 came up with some improved component like a far-reaching dashboard.
 

PRESTASHOP
 

PrestaShop is among the market’s top online shopping carts. It is a happy medium between the intricate capability of Magento and Shopify’s lovely straightforwardness. Like each of the e-commerce platforms we review in our list, PrestaShop exploits a freemium plan of which implies that it’s allowed to download and utilize it.
 

PrestaShop programming enables business owners to set up a totally adaptable store in a few minutes, with no additional expenses or income rates that numerous stages charge. In case you will need to add greater usefulness to your site, a great solution may be implementing new specific features Statistics say that more than 250,000 stores worldwide use Prestashop. What is more, PrestaShop comes with 500+ features already built-in.
 

SHOPIFY
 

Shopify is a framework produced to create different kinds of e-stores. It is the most prominent system for eCommerce improvement. Shopify is additionally written in the above-mentioned PHP language and empowers a responsive and vigorous plan subject for clients. Shopify, a SaaS (Software as a Service) stage has assisted different showcasing specialists with setting up and run an online store instantly without worrying over innovation. It likewise permits programming bundles that can definitely improve the client experience. No ifs, ands or buts, the Shopify E-trade stage has made significant progress and substantiated itself as a rich and great eCommerce system.
 

WOOCOMMERCE
 

This WordPress-based plugin is the most often used structure for E-business. WooCommerce is least demanding in structure and strong in creating. It has ordinary stages for creating e-store and the greater part of the clients thought that it was pretty simple in terms of UI and UX. For Basic and Beginners WooCommerce would be the decision to take into account. WooCommerce and Shopify are the two most broadly used structures ever.
 

SaaS and CMS solutions are beyond any doubts quick and easy. Every one of these stages is explicitly worked to satisfy the needs of internet business from the ground up. By deciding in favor of an open-source web-based business CMS, you can spare a great deal of introductory creating costs.
 

To add it all up, choosing a basis for your further development – a framework or CMS – is an essential step that is worth much attention. In case you have to build a business site rapidly including features like SEO, third-party integrations, don’t hesitate to go for a CMS or SaaS solutions. A framework stands for the best choice if you need an online business site where you can have more control, better customization and high security.
 

If you feel like you need a piece of professional advice – SapientPro is always there for you! Our e-commerce development team has a profound experience with various frameworks and platforms. In case you have any questions or ideas for the future eCommerce project – feel free to drop us a line.

SAPIENTPRODEVELOPMENTSaaSBACKENDWEBDEVELOPMENTECOMMERCEDEBUGINGSTARTUPMOBILEDEVELOPMENTDESIGNELEARNINGTESTINGFRONTENDARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCEMANAGEMENTMARKETINGBLOCKCHAINCUSTOMERSQA/QCNEWS TEAM BUILDINGSEOESTIMATION
related news
Article Header_Laravel.png
SAPIENTPROHow Laravel Wave Reduces SaaS Development Costs

One of the biggest problems for software companies making SaaS apps is keeping track of how much it costs to make and maintain them. The financial commitment required can quickly get out of hand, especially when it comes to forming engineering teams, hosting infrastructure, and purchasing software licenses. That's where Laravel Wave comes into play.

Ihor

10 min read

Article Header Woo.png
DEVELOPMENT5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use WooCommerce

WooCommerce is one of the most popular e-commerce platforms with over 4,7 million live stores. It’s well-known for its integration with WordPress and the flexibility it offers to online retailers. However, despite its widespread adoption and robust feature set, WooCommerce isn’t without its limitations.

Ilya

10 min read

1 (1).svg
DEVELOPMENTHOW TO AUTOMATE DATA EXTRACTION

So what is a data extraction and why would you automate it? Data extraction or scraping isn’t just searching for the information you need on the Internet. Modern challenges in web economics demand a bigger-scale approach. The amount of data you need to analyze grows exponentially due to a great number of factors. Only by gathering a huge amount of data simultaneously can you mine data and find necessary trends, which will provide new opportunities to your business.

avadata.svg
DEVELOPMENTTHE BEST WEBSITES BUILT WITH LARAVEL

Building websites for special purposes and services is difficult. You have to keep up with modern challenges as well as fight for the speed, performance, and security of the software you develop. To achieve this web developers often use frameworks to deal with tasks faster and more effortlessly. Since most of the websites, web services, and applications are built using PHP it is important to be aware of all novelties regarding frameworks for PHP developers. One of the most useful and popular frameworks for PHP programming languages is Laravel. This open-source framework is used for a vast majority of middle-sized PHP-based projects nowadays. But why is it that popular? Due to many things, actually.

1 (2).svg
SAPIENTPROTHE ULTIMATE GUIDE ON DEVELOPING YOUR FINTECH APP

Old-fashioned approaches to finances and economics are already history. Why is fintech getting so popular? It is faster, more accessible, and more flexible. Fintech apps’ appearance was one of the main recent trends in global economics. But what does one need if they want to design their fintech application?

Main.svg
DEVELOPMENTHOW TO BUILD AN INVESTMENT PLATFORM

If you are to run some kind of profitable or non-profitable project you have to raise money for it. In commerce it is called investment. There have always been many ways to receive financial support for your business. However, modernity has brought new instruments into this.

Main.svg
DEVELOPMENTHOW TO CREATE A WEB-SCRAPER

Scientia potentia est – knowledge is power. This ancient saying has been gaining importance throughout the ages. In the age of Information, when all the major human activities are transferred into the Internet and websites seem to be the main platforms for interaction between people and businesses, data analysis is crucial. Nowadays web-scraping as a web data analysis method is widely used by salesmen, politicians, news agencies, gambling lovers, and anyone who is informed about its benefits.

e-learning.svg
SAPIENTPROHOW TO BUILD AN ONLINE EDUCATION PLATFORM

Today neither students, nor teachers and professors can imagine their daily routine without online studying due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. Dozens or even hundreds of online services are being used daily by both scholars and education staff. However, it is not the pandemic we should give all the credit for online education to exist. Alternative ways of studying appeared as early as the XIX century. Advanced tech such as steam engines and the railway assured faster and more reliable correspondence delivery, thus making remote education possible. The very next important step towards online learning was made in the XX century with computers and the Internet being invented. In 1989 the University of Phoenix became the first institution to launch a fully online collegiate institution providing both bachelors and masters degrees. A few years later in 1994 the International University (Missouri) became the first fully online-based higher educational institution. Nowadays all major universities use online platforms to provide education services to their students. And again: it all has started even before the pandemic. Educational institutions used numerous platforms as secondary or even major tools in their work. The most advanced universities paid great attention to elearning platforms development. They used online platforms as a single place, where students could send their homeworks and get all the necessary materials to cram for their exams.

header.webp
DEVELOPMENTPHP for the integration of 2021 web development best practices

Web development trends for 2021 display society’s needs in the booming technological era. Simple dynamic pages and animations are not enough anymore to meet the demands of an average Internet user. The new tools make websites more convenient and engaging. For example, voice search saves users’ time. Internet of Things allows the connection between modern smart appliances. Progressive web apps provide better quality, speed, and offline usability. As a user, once you try a webpage packed with best practices and up-to-date features, other websites that lack innovation seem extinct. Before naming the most popular development trends, let’s understand why PHP goes well with them.

Kate

9 min read

header.svg
DEVELOPMENTHow to Build a Location-Based App

Real-time interaction has become a turning point in the way consumers use technologies. Just look! Instant messaging replaces small talks and makes group discussions more convenient. Search engines answer almost any question in several seconds. Navigation apps show destinations and even estimate the time you need to cover to get there. Modern software solutions make users’ lives easier in every aspect. Time-efficiency and convenience are now valuable assets in the world of technologies. Location-based apps are one of the ways you can enter this software market and yield profit.

Kate

6 min read

Background-13-1920x800.webp
DEVELOPMENTTHE IMPORTANCE OF IMPLEMENTING DYNAMIC PRICING STRATEGY

Long-term prospects for your business and immediate reaction to market trends - we acquire it with Dynamic Pricing Software. Active promotion and regular product extension is not all you should focus on by far if you want to get the most out of your eCommerce resource. Ultimately, you should be able to timely react to ever changing market tendencies and adjust your prices accordingly.Usually, you can see with a naked eye that the demand for certain goods is rising and your competitors start to boost prices. This superficial approach, however, can only be efficient if you have no more than a hundred items to manage. So how to go about these things when you have about a thousand or more items? Software tools for adjusting dynamic pricing for the eCommerce website will come in more than handy.

Ihor

10 min read

BACKGROUND-4-1920x800.webp
DEVELOPMENTDIGITAL TRANSFORMATION TRENDS IN THE RETAIL AND CONSUMER INDUSTRY FOR 2020

Everything is going online now, from communication to making business, working, and shopping. The advancement of technologies enables businesses to become faster, bigger, broaden abilities and attract more customers. The retail industry has been facing the outcomes of digitalization probably the most. Still, brick-and-mortar shops are having their benefits and people use them more than e-commerce websites. The other side of this issue is an extremely tough competition. To get more clients, businesses have to adjust to the changing consumer habits and for that purpose use the advantages of digital technology. However, the good news is coming – there is the solution and it is the digital transformation in the retail and consumer industry. Yet, it may turn out to be a real challenge, in this article SapientPro development team has outlined the key points you need to know if you want to put your business to a higher level.

Background-15-1920x800.webp
DEVELOPMENTUSE OF CHATBOT, AI, MACHINE LEARNING IN ECOMMERCE: REAL EXAMPLES

Implementing Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence may become your best solution to improve user experience.The pace at which the e-commerce industry is growing and enlarging nowadays is immense, as well as the people’s expectations. By 2021, e-commerce sales are expected to reach 17.5 percent of all retail sales worldwide. What else can be done to improve user experience and make online purchasing easier? Alongside with e-commerce, various technologies are evolving to meet the customers’ needs. Such terms as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning or chatbots are heard almost everywhere now. While some people express their concerns that AI will run the world soon and leave the people unemployed, more and more eCommerce business owners choose to implement new technology and reap benefits of it. Together with advantages, the eCommerce brings to customers, there are still some drawbacks and issues occurring while shopping online.

490094-PH1YT8-480-1620x1080.webp
DEVELOPMENTTIPS FOR BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL CUSTOM E-COMMERCE WEBSITE

Keep your website free from clutter. In most cases, it is better when it is simpler.Imagine you have two options: going to a brick-and-mortar store and spend there hours waiting in long queues or staying in your cozy home and order everything you need in just a couple of clicks. Most people would definitely go for the first one. This being one of the most significant factors why the eCommerce industry is growing so rapidly. Sure, having an e-commerce website is a plus to your business, but you should never forget about the complexity and many efforts you have to apply. Here the question arises: is it really worth it? Our answer is definitely yes! In this article, our e-commerce development team will tell you exactly what you need to know before starting building an e-store from scratch.

background-3-1920x800.webp
DEVELOPMENTGUIDE TO BUILDING SUCCESSFUL MARKETPLACE WEBSITE

Marketplaces provide then buyers with the opportunity to find everything they need in one place instead of time-consuming surfing numerous websites.With such an immense grow of e-commerce retail, investing in this industry is likely to become one of your best decisions. Every Year the e-commerce market is increasing by around 17% and now marketplaces account for nearly half of global online sales. The same as small shops are giving way to large malls, online customers tend to choose marketplace platforms over single-brand e-shops. Why not jump at a chance then and create your own marketplace website? This way you will provide your buyers with the opportunity to find everything they need in one place instead of time-consuming surfing numerous websites. In this article, SapientPro e-commerce team gathered what is important for you to know before building a marketplace website.

background-6-1920x800.webp
DEVELOPMENTINTEGRATING A PAYMENT GATEWAY IN E-COMMERCE WEBSITE AND APP

Without a payment gateway, you can develop an e-commerce business only if it is non-profit.Buying all you need at any time without leaving your cozy home has recently transformed from sensational news into an everyday routine. You could hardly find a person who has never tried online shopping. Although it is fast and convenient, there is one factor that makes the people abandon their virtual carts in the process of buying in e-stores – transaction security. Want your customers’ checkout go as smoothly as possible? Take care of secured and easy-to-use payment gateway for your e-commerce business!

wp_plugins_background-3-1920x720.webp
DEVELOPMENTTOP WORDPRESS SECURITY PLUGINS

Can you imagine living in a house without a lock in the front door? I’m sure you don’t really like this idea as everyone wants to feel safe at home. And if we talk of the online world, the reasons to lock the website are stronger, as the risks of someone getting into your site grow higher. The question of WordPress websites security is of the greatest importance. Why? Being the most popular website platform, WordPress became a great target for hacker attacks and malicious infections. So, if you care about safety, choosing a good security plugin must be among your priorities. The majority of problems with WordPress are connected with unsafe plugins. Note the important point that if you buy the license, the chance your site is secured would be higher. You can find a lot of such plugins on the Internet and for you not to get confused, we compiled five the most popular and reliable alternatives in our opinion, outlined their advantages and drawbacks.

Max

5 min read

More related news