CodeIgniter is an open source rapid development web application framework, for use in building dynamic web sites with PHP.
Its goal is to enable you to develop projects much faster than you could if you were writing code from scratch, by providing a rich set of libraries for commonly needed tasks, as well as a simple interface and logical structure to access these libraries.
CodeIgniter lets you creatively focus on your project by minimizing the amount of code needed for a given task.
CodeIgniter is loosely based on the popular Model-View-Controller development pattern. While controller classes are a necessary part of development under CodeIgniter, models and views are optional.
Features for CodeIgniter
-Model-View-Controller Based System
-Extremely Light Weight
-Full Featured database classes with support for several platforms.
-Active Record Database Support
-Form and Data Validation
-Security and XSS Filtering
-Email Sending Class. Supports Attachments, HTML/Text email, multiple protocols (sendmail, SMTP, and Mail) and more.
-Image Manipulation Library (cropping, resizing, rotating, etc.). Supports GD, ImageMagick, and NetPBM
-File Uploading Class
-Full Page Caching
-User Agent Class
-Zip Encoding Class
-Template Engine Class
-Unit Testing Class
-Search-engine Friendly URLs
-Flexible URI Routing
-Support for Hooks and Class Extensions
-Large library of "helper" functions
Laravel is a free, open source PHP web application framework, designed for the development of model–view–controller (MVC) web applications.
Laravel framework has gained a lot of attention in recent years and became one of the most popular one. This framework is better option to built projects on as it is fully compatible with the web hosting accounts.
Laravel comes with a lot of resources out of the box, it has a cool router, eloquent for model repositories, swiftmailer for the mailing, blade engine for your templates, a system to create your migrations (think about it as a way of creating your database tables inside your PHP code, which is nice), a cache component to cache everything you want, a monolog logger, etc...
The best thing about Laravel is that it is a high quality framework, so learning how to use it you become a better programmer in PHP in general.