CodeIgniter Rocks

CodeIgniter is a powerful PHP framework with a very small footprint, built for developers who need a simple and elegant toolkit to create full-featured web applications.

The latest is Version 2.2.0
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Why CodeIgniter?


Framework with a small footprint

CodeIgniter 2.2 has a 2.2MB download, including the user guide. Honest, the size is coincidental! The framework itself takes up less than 500KB, uncompressed.

Clear documentation

The CodeIgniter User Guide comes with the download. It contains an introduction, tutorial, a number of "how to" guides, and then reference documentation for the components that make up the framework.

Compatibility with standard hosting

CodeIgniter 2.2 only needs PHP 5.1.6, and plays nicely with almost all shared or dedicated hosting platforms. Many webapps need a database, and CodeIgniter supports the most common, including MySQL.

No restrictive coding rules

Use your own coding and naming conventions, with only a few caveats that deal with classname conflicts. CodeIgniter looks to empower you, not shackle you.

Simple solutions over complexity

CodeIgniter encourages MVC, but does not force it on you.

Exceptional performance

CodeIgniter consistently outperforms most of its competitors.

No large-scale monolithic libraries

CodeIgniter is not trying to be all things to all people. It is a lean MVC framework, with enough capabilities to improve your productivity, while providing for third-party addons/plugins for additional functionality.

Nearly zero configuration

Much of the CodeIgniter configuration is done by convention, for instance putting models in a "models" folder. There are still a number of configuration options available, all managed through scripts in the "config" folder.

No need for template language

CodeIgniter comes with a simple, substitution based, templating tool. Addons/plugins are available for most of the full-blown templating engines, if that is what you are used to.

Spend more time away from the computer

Don't we all want it? CodeIgniter is easy to learn and to get proficient with.

There are a number of sites which compare PHP MVC frameworks. Check them out for yourself :)
Some of the ones I found useful are TechEmpower, Systemsarchitect, and SocialCompare.