The Top 10 Web App Development Frameworks for Unmatched Quality and Scalability

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From a vast range of Web Application Development Frameworks, it is always difficult to choose the one framework that is best suited for the project. Mainly because they have different components, tool kit, architecture, and the level of community support that make coding easy or difficult for the web developers.

There are many web application development companies that provide multitude of web application development solutions, each using different framework for the project. Many a times you will find that companies claim to be specialized in almost every framework available in the market, which sounds like jack of all trades, master of nothing.

The best solution for the business owners is to choose a custom Web Application Development Company with specialization in a few of highly preferred web application development frameworks or else can hire web developers specific to your project.

To do that, you must know what framework would suit your project, based on which you can select a web app development company.

Here is the list of top 10 highly preferred web development frameworks, along with key details, so that you can pick the right one for your project.

Top 10 Highly Preferred Web Development Frameworks

    1. Ruby on Rails

Developer (s): David Heinemeier Hansson

Platform: Linux, Cross-platform

Popular Applications Built with Ruby on Rails: Airbnb, SoundCloud, Square, Shopify, Zendesk, GitHub


Since its launch in 2005, Ruby on Rails, also known as RoR has been a completely free to use, open-source framework. This server-side web application framework has default structures for database, web page, and web service. Besides, it has large and friendly developer community of 4,500 professionals.

Key Aspects:
      • Enables seamless database table creations
      • Scaffolding of views to speed up application development
      • Use web standards such as JSON or XML for data transfer
      • Use HTML, CSS and JavaScript for user interfacing
      • It is easy and handy

Use Ruby on Rails Web Framework for:

      • Building social networking sites, as it has unique range of plugins
      • Creating eCommerce sites that require site functions such as site updates, bulk uploads, custom price algorithms, and so on.
      • Being a highly scalable system, it is best for creating CMS and sites that involves a lot of content creation, uploading and management
      • Creating custom database management systems
    1. AngularJS

Developer (s): Google

Platform: Cross-platform

Popular Applications Built with AngularJS: Lego, Netflix, Upwork, Intel, Sprint, ABC News


Use for creating more than 12,000 websites, this JavaScript Framework address the root problem of HTML by enabling the developers to extend HTML vocabulary for application. It is fully extensible and compatible with other libraries. It is very easy to modify or replace existing features based on the development workflow and business requirement.

Key Aspects:
      • It is an open-source front-end web application framework
      • Has wide range of components for creating rich web application
      • Quick loading time
      • Eliminates DOM manipulation and enables two-way data binding
      • Creates expressive and readable testing environment
When to Choose Angularjs Framework
      • Responsive web design is required
      • Best suited for dynamic projects, which requires multitude of features and functionalities of Angular.js. Avoid it if you have small-sized project.
    1. Ember.js

Developer (s): Ember Core Team

Platform: Cross-platform

Popular Applications Built with Ember.js: LinkedIn, PlayStation Now, Apple Music, NBC News, Travis CI


Acquired by Facebook, this open-source JavaScript web framework is used to create single-page web applications. However, it is also possible to build desktop and mobile applications in Ember. Its abstractions allow developers to give unique essence to every app, and also get the job done efficiently.

Key Aspects
      • It has Handlebars integrated templates make developers write less code
      • Built-in router
      • The template gets updated automatically when the underlying data changes
      • Organizing code is easy that makes the development process easier
      • Latest JavaScript modules and syntax support with Babel
When to Choose Ember.js Framework

The framework is good for creating single-page web applications, as it pulls together a numerous concept of modern JavaScript into a single bundle. Ember.js is purely a frontend framework, and it can interact with backend though, but is not recommended to use it for backend projects.

    1. CakePHP

Developer (s): Cake Software Foundation, Inc.

Operating System: Cross-platform

Popular Applications Built with CakePHP:, Child Care Daily App, Sainsbury’s Bank, Videoo, World Architects


This open source PHP web development framework makes developing and deploying applications much easier. Based on an MVC-like architecture, it is flexible to use and easy to grasp. It is loved by web developers for strictly separating business logic from data and presentation layers.

Key Aspects
      • Provides flexible database access layer
      • Powerful scaffolding system
      • Set of conventions to guide the developers
      • Built-in tools for input validation
      • CRPF protection
      • XSS prevention
      • Tampering protection
      • SQL injection prevention
When to Choose CakePHP Framework

It is suitable for building blogs and websites, as it supports multiple languages. Although there is no default language, make sure you hire web application developer with good knowledge of Core PHP, Advanced PHP, and HTML.

    1. Phalcon

Developer (s): Andres Gutierrez and others

Operating System: Unix, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows

Popular Applications Built with Phalcon: DescontoCupom, Learny Online, Marchi Auto, WhichBingo, PiggyBank Online

Description: It is a loosely coupled framework that allows different components to stick to one another, depending upon the application. It has a combination of both PHP and C and so each can be used for standalone module.

Key Aspects:
      • Full stack open source framework
      • High speed compilation of requests
      • Less coding required
      • Can be used to create independent framework

When to Choose Phalcon Framework

Since it is known for its exceptional compilation speed, it can used for large projects that needs to be developed quickly. However, its developer community is much smaller, so before hiring a Phalcon Development Company, check that it has web app developers with good knowledge of Model-View-Controller (MVC) and Object- Relational Modeling (ORM) can make the best out of the Phalcon based project.

    1. Zend

Developer (s): Zend Technologies

Operating System: Cross-platform

Popular Applications Built with Zend: BBC, AutoTrack,, Serpro, Cisco Webex

Description: It is a collection of PHP packages with more than 314 million installations. It has open architecture based on MVC or Middleware. The object-oriented framework stores password using bcrypt, encrypt with AES-256, and more.

Key Aspects
      • Easy to create high quality APIs
      • Support multi databases including SQLite, PostgreSQL,
      • Flexible URI routing
      • Highly optimized for performance
      • Data encryption
      • Session management
When to Choose Open-Source MVC Zend Framework

A lot of top companies like McAfee, IBM, and Magento has used it to make their website. Besides, it also suitable for creating backend applications.

Top tech companies like Microsoft, Google, and StrikeIron have partnered with Zend to offer interfaces to web services.


Developer (s): Microsoft

Operating System: Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS

Popular Applications Built with Microsoft, GoDaddy, Dell, Visual Studio, Wild Tangent

Description: This server-side web application framework is built on the Common Language Runtime (CLR), enabling programmers to write ASP.NET core using any programming language that support .NET.

Key Aspects
      • Excellent support for utilizing asynchronous programming patterns
      • Unified MVC & Web API frameworks
      • Allows to differentiate part of the code for their behaviour in development
      • Built-in dependency injection
      • Support for WebSockets
When to Choose Framework
      • Best suited for creating dynamic web pages based on HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript
      • Building modern web apps and web services
    1. Symfony

Developer (s): SensioLabs (France), Symfony Community

Operating System: Cross-platform

Popular Applications Built with Symfony: BlaBlaCar, NatGeo Play, MeinFernbus, Spotify, Vogue (France)

Description: With a huge set of decoupled and reusable PHP components, this framework enables the web developers to write less code and so reduce the risk of error. The list of components includes Asset, Cache, Console, Debug, Finder, Guard, and more. Over 10 million people use Symfony quarterly.

Key Features:
      • Components reduce the routine task for developers
      • Can be used standalone in other frameworks
      • Better maintainability and testing in Symfony
      • Easy unit testing using PHPUnit independent library
      • More than 2000 contributors in their community
When to use Symfony PHP Framework
      • Website and web applications
      • Apps backend
      • Back-office applications
    1. Express.js

Developer (s): TJ Holowaychuk, StrongLoop and others

Platform: Node.js

Popular Applications Built with Express.js:

Description: This is a highly un-opinionated and minimalist web application framework for Node.js. It is the backend part of the MEAN Stack, free and open-source JavaScript software stack, which often used to build web applications and dynamic web sites.

Key Aspects
      • Vast range of HTTP utility methods and middleware
      • Integrates well with Mongo DB
      • Has support for NoSQL databases
      • Enormous community that reduce learning curve significantly
      • Supports MVC architecture (workarounds required)
      • Reduce the amount of HTML coding required
Use Express.js Framework for Building:
      • A full stack web application rapidly
      • Mobile applications
      • Rapidly build RESTfull APIs
    1. CodeIgniter

Developer (s): British Columbia Institute of Technology

Popular Applications Built with CodeIgniter: Casio Computers, Creditflux, Buffer, Nissan, Bonfire

Description: Its development pattern is based upon model–view–controller (MVC). It is widely recognized for its speed and flexibility. It is lightweight, as it requires a very small library which can be added upon dynamic requests.

Key Aspects
      • Model-View-Controller Based System
      • Form and Data Validation
      • Security and XSS Filtering
      • Full Featured database classes with support for several platforms
      • Query Builder Database Support
Use CodeIgniter Framework for:
      • Developing full-featured web applications
      • Creating dynamic websites

The list ends here. Hope the it helps you to select the best app development framework for your project. Besides, you can contact to Finoit Consultant team for any of your web development project.

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