The PHP programming language has changed significantly since its creation. We certainly witnessed its evolution this year with the arrival of PHP 7, which increased performance by 20% to 50%. We immediately noticed the performance gain when we migrated our servers to this new version. Memory and CPU usage had decreased while website performance had improved. A winning combination!
The way we make websites has also changed drastically. I have nothing against old-school programming where everything is done from scratch, but often we find ourselves reusing the same code for every project. This is where Laravel comes in. Laravel allows you to structure your project while giving the developer a certain amount of flexibility. Before diving into the framework’s many advantages, let’s talk about its origins.
Above all, Laravel is an idea. An idea for a high-performance and structured, but also flexible, PHP framework. Its creator, Taylor Otwell, used a different framework for many years, but could not always do what he wanted. He was limited by the framework. Over time, this limitation led him to write the first lines of code that would eventually become Laravel.
Laravel is a complete tool that accelerates your project’s development while offering you all the features you need. There are features for user identification, routing requests, and even error management. Laravel comes with an “artisan” tool that allows you to easily manage your project and complete tasks such as database migration and component creation.
Bringing together this many features in one place often slows down performance. The framework can become dead weight for your website. Thankfully, Laravel is an exception to the rule. The framework incorporates each component independently. A kernel concept allows the developer to activate or deactivate the individual elements.
We understand the importance of performance. All Laravel sites are usually fast by default, but when you start receiving several thousand visitors, a cache system becomes necessary. Laravel offers many ways of caching certain elements of your site. A file system is used by default. This solution is compatible with all our web hosting offers. If you would like to upgrade, you can use memcached with any of our HybridCloud solutions. All you need to do is request installation by our technical team.