A web application is a lot like an orchestra in that it is composed of many aspects, each with a specific function, that come together to achieve a result that greater than the sum of its parts. A developer is the conductor, ensuring that the components blend together to form a seamless, stronger whole.

A good conductor knows every member of his orchestra, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to get the most of their performance. However, the bigger the orchestra becomes, the harder it is for a conductor to maintain that standard. Similarly, a developer is responsible for knowing every aspect of the site and how to maximise the site’s performance. The larger the site gets, the harder this becomes.

Fortunately for the developer, there are frameworks. Frameworks operate as a support system for the developer who wants to build an advanced, scalable, functional website fast. Frameworks allow developers to focus on the important elements that will allow a site to stand out, by providing the basics that every site needs to get right. Of these frameworks, one of CobbleWeb’s favorites is Symfony.

We are a Symfony Web Certified Developer that has been working with this framework since it was version 1.3 As a PHP framework, Symfony offers a lot of flexibility and can natively operate with any other PHP library. This means that any site built using Symfony is not constrained by it – the framework operates as scaffolding, not as an irrevocable choice. Once you understand Symfony’s role, the benefits become even more valuable.

 

Symfony’s Medley of Benefits

 

A Growing Community

One thing that might be surprising to non-coders is how important communities can be. It is true that Symfony web developers work on different products, and even compete with each other. But every coder comes across a problem that they just can’t crack. A community allows for people to share fixes for common problems, while allowing for discussion about how to overcome new issues. Symfony’s community of developers is growing, and CobbleWeb is proud to be a part of it. By working with CobbleWeb and Symfony, you can harness the capabilities of a host of development services making your application all the more powerful.

 

Flexibility

New businesses demand flexibility because they are in a constant state of flux. As they learn more about their customers, from what they need to how to engage them, entrepreneurs need to pivot and adjust. With traditional websites, pivoting can be incredibly difficult to do as each component is linked to another. This means to change one feature requires altering several.

With Symfony’s bundle concept, that is no longer an issue. Symfony allows for compartmentalized web development so that you can isolate and make changes to one feature for a pivot without destabilizing the rest of the site. This gives startups the flexibility to respond to their customers need while minimizing cost. Bundle is a strong advantage, and one of the main reasons CobbleWeb uses Symfony.

 

Best Practices

Web development is not an act, but a process which encourages the evolution of best practices. As a startup, you might be a tad overwhelmed and it might be difficult to identify and apply industry best practices while you are doing so many other things. One of the strengths of Symfony for developers is that it embeds best practices into its frameworks so that users are automatically doing the right thing without even knowing that they are doing it. This makes it easy for beginners to learn the best methods quickly and effortlessly. The result of using Symfony is quality code that is reusable and reliable ever time.

 

Work Easier, Faster, Better

Symfony, above all else, is practical. The framework allows for the integration of quality third party products, such as Twig, Compressor, and Propel, to provide for functionality without Symfony having to reinvent the wheel. Symfony provides a built-in debugging console to better investigate and identify problems. By integrating Doctrine, a very popular object relational mapper, into the console, Symfony has built a toolset that makes life very easy for the developer.

 

Deployment

CobbleWeb is a practitioner of agile development and lean method. This allows for your product to be flexible, so it can respond to the needs of your customers and adapt to shifts in your market environment. A more responsive product is a more successful one. However, this process requires numerous deployments of different versions of the site. This can be a burden if you are using the wrong set of tools. Symfony is designed to make deployment easy, which makes it easy to serve your customers’ needs.

 

Very Stable API

For many businesses, a stable API is crucial because that is how they build partnership, establish a consistent IT environment, and expand into mobile apps. In short, an API is how a company can grow organically without having to necessarily build everything from the ground up. Symfony provides for a very stable and robust API. When your site is ready to grow and engage, Symfony’s API structure will be prepared to go wherever you want.

 

Symfony Rises Above the Rest

Along with Symfony, there are only two significant PHP frameworks: Laravel and Yii. Of the three, Symfony is the only framework that allows for modular development, which is a crucial feature of a startup site as it allows you to make changes to a feature without affecting the entire site. Symfony is also better at handling multiple deployments and has the larger, more mature community to support the framework. Symfony has superior database support allowing you to work with an array of options. Symfony is also much easier to scale than the competitors. As long as you work with a Symfony development company, like CobbleWeb, to handle the initial configuration and deployment, Symfony is the clear choice for PHP framework needs.

 

Fans of Symfony

A framework this robust, with a community this large, is bound to accumulate fans. Below is a list of a few companies that rely on Symfony for their business.

  • Spotify: Spotify is one of the world’s largest music-streaming services with over 75 million active subscribers. It processes 600,000 queries every second, with half of its traffic coming from mobile devices. Spotify relies on Symfony for its back-end needs.
  • Daillymotion: Dailymotion is one of the world’s largest independent video entertainment sites. As one of the top 60 most visited websites in the world, in 2008 it had over 41.9 million unique users who viewed more than 922 million videos. Dailymotion chose Symfony because of its flexibility, modularity, and ability to handle the demands of a high-traffic website.
  • BlaBlaCar: BlaBlaCar is a sharing economy site which connects people to share rides. With a presence in 22 countries, 10 million riders use the site every quarter. Symfony is responsible for the backend of its website and mobile apps.
  • NatGeoPlay: This National Geographic affiliated site is for the dissemination of videos and documentaries to computers and mobile devices. Symfony is used for the back-end structure of the website and mobile apps.

Symfony can be a powerful tool when use correctly. With CobbleWeb’s vast experience, we can help you use this framework to build your best website, your best business.