The What, Why & How of the Laravel Framework

You may have heard the term Laravel, you may have not, but in the developer world the term Laravel is slowly moving up the ranks (and the google search terms) as an increasingly popular PHP framework. Here at Matter Design we have become very fond of the Laravel framework for our clients who require complex […]

You may have heard the term Laravel, you may have not, but in the developer world the term Laravel is slowly moving up the ranks (and the google search terms) as an increasingly popular PHP framework. Here at Matter Design we have become very fond of the Laravel framework for our clients who require complex websites that involve functions such as user registration, internal messages, specific profiles, forums etc. Laravel has become well suited to websites that require a barebones framework, giving our developers complete control, with no pesky plugins causing issues.

Let’s talk a about the what, why and how of Laravel, and why here at Matter Design we can offer this kind of website for your business.

 

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What is Laravel?

 

Laravel is a highly customisable, open-source PHP web framework that is fast to build, secure and less expensive than many other frameworks on the market. The organised code structure is better for future development, with updates quicker to implement, moving away from complex plugins.

In simple terms it moves away from having to use plugins for website functionality and instead creates the opportunity for those functionalities to be simply coded into the php source code, and maintained simply and efficiently.

 

Why are people choosing Laravel?

 

Deciding whether to use a php framework such as Laravel or a content management system such as WordPress really comes down to your business goals. Do you need a website that requires content changes, blogging, portfolios and news? Or do you need a website that requires user logins, authentication, profiles and internal access? The latter are the types of functionalities that a Laravel framework would suit.
Some of the main benefits of Laravel include increased performance, less complications that arise when developers need to change plugins, protection against security risks and an overall smoother running project, due to the fact that most Laravel sites are built from scratch so the developers can access any part of the system with Laravel’s well defined routing systems.

 

How can Laravel help your business?

 

Certain types of businesses can hugely benefit from having an online system that works to suit their business goals. Your website can be a place that not only customers access, but staff as well. Laravel works well with complex web applications that allow for a variety of users, interfaces and functionalities. Laravel enables user logins, system integrations, and functionality built as modules, allowing for best practice MVC development patterns to be followed for future updates and maintenance.

An example of business types that suit the Laravel framework include:

  • Websites with complex business logic
  • SaaS subscription websites
  • High performance Ecommerce websites
  • REST API / Web services

 

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Our team developed a web platform for fintech startup Mafematica. The outcome – an application that allows investors to assess the impact of investment decisions on their income in retirement by logging in to access a variety of statistics and complex data, displayed in an uncomplicated manner.

 

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Laravel can work to accommodate a variety of functionalities for your website project or application. For more information about Laravel or to find out if Laravel would be a suitable framework for your next project send us an email hello@matterdesign.com.au or give us a call on +61 2 9080 0722