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CakePHP vs CodeIgniter

CakePHP and Codeigniter are two of the most popular PHP frameworks (based on MVC architecture) around. I’ve personally used both and liked both of them. They both have some decent features and strength and weaknesses. I’m going to compare both of these frameworks here and give you the differences between without sounding biased to a particular framework. Here we go then, CakePHP vs CodgeIgniter:

1. Simplicity

Codeigniter: CodeIgniter is simple and not too strict to work with. For e.g. you can load a model in a view (even though it is not a good practice). You can even created a whole project without models (it can lead to messy and insecure code though). Controllers are the focal point of operations and most of the operations are performed in the controllers. Fetching data from the models and pulling in the views, everything is simple and clear.
CakePHP: CakePHP is not so simple as CodeIgniter. It is also a bit strict and most of its simplicity comes via automation. The automation makes coding process quicker but also harder to figure out the flow of execution.

2. Library Support

CodeIgniter: CodeIgniter lacks some essential libraries such as ‘Authentication’ and ‘ACL’ . These libraries are needed in most applications so you will need to rely on 3rd party libraries in many of your applications.
CakePHP: CakePHP has integrated Auth and ACL, but both frameworks integrate with 3rd party libraries easily.

3. Ajax

CodeIgniter: CodeIgniter doesn’t have any Ajax helper.
CakePHP: CakePHP comes with Ajax helper.

4. PHP Version

CodeIgniter: CodeIgniter although runs on PHP 4 and PHP 5, doesn’t take advantage of PHP 5 object oriented features.
CakePHP: CakePHP version 2.0 runs only on PHP 5.2 which definitely takes advantage of PHP 5’s Object Oriented features.

5. Code Generation

CodeIgniter: CodeIgniter doesn’t have any code generation or console features.
CakePHP: CakePHP’s ‘Bake Console’ can create any of CakePHP’s basic ingredients: Models, Controllers, Views. It can basically create a fully functional application in minutes.

6. Plugins

CodeIgniter: There aren’t many plugins available for CodeIgniter as compared to CakePHP.
CakePHP: Good amount of plugins are available for CakePHP as compared to CodeIgniter.

7. Communities

CodeIgniter: CodeIgniter has their own official forum and an IRC channel.
CakePHP: CakePHP has a Google group and an IRC channel.

8. Advantages

1. Hassle-free Migration:
Easy and hassle-free migration from server hosting to server hosting.
2. Easygoing:
It is easy to adopt and distribute systematically or strategically and in hand of the user while customizing.
3. Application of new functionality:
One can apply a new functionality without affecting the customization at all.
4. Tractability:
It offers flexibility and easy management With MVC based framework.
5. Gives the benefit of easier configuration:
Provides easier configuration and customization of configuration files.
6. Alleviate with a variety of developers:
Alleviates easy working with a variety of developers.


1.Helps reduce web application development cost & time considerably.
2.Cakephp is remarkable when it comes to scaffolding code generation.
3. While classes can be challenging to work with in standard PHP, they are much easier to work with in Cakephp.
4.Its automated configuration process auto-detects preferred settings. What does this imply? This means one need not invest considerable time in configuring Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP (LAMP) setup.

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