Still Use It?

PHP is best known as the language behind the popular WordPress CMS/framework. It runs the majority of the web but it also has developed a bad reputation.

See Brent’s article on why PHP shouldn’t still be considered a poor choice for modern development. For a modern PHP workflow see Felipe Lopes’ article on FreeCodeCamp.

General Resources

Web Frameworks

Package Management

  • Composer – 20.7k Stars – The main tool used to manage dependencies in PHP.
  • Packagist – An online repository of packages for PHP, used in conjunction with Composer.



Other Packages/Frameworks

  • Twig – 6.3k Stars – Template Engine.
  • Guzzle – 17.5k Stars – PHP HTTP Client.
  • Grav – 11.2k Stars – Flat-file CMS.
  • Slim – 10.1k Stars – Micro Framework.
  • October – 8.9k Stars – CMS built on Laravel.

Static Code Analysis



Other Tooling

  • PHP Documentor – 2.4k Stars
  • phpdotenv – 9.6k Stars – Allows environment variables to be loaded from .env to getenv().
  • Deployer – 7k Stars – Deployment Tool.
  • Behat – 3.1k Stars – BDD.

Popular Software Written in PHP

Learning PHP