Laravel’s Best Practices

Laravel is by far one of the most actively used and developing frameworks for the back-end. Laravel is familiar to many PHP developers because it allows you to write clean, easy-to-debug code that works. It supports many features that are sometimes not even documented or have been removed for various reasons, and that makes this framework a real candy.

What makes codes good or bad?

Well, since PHP is an OOP language, we have to follow the OOP principles like the SOLID principle and consider using OOP mechanisms like inheritance, abstract, etc. Also, Laravel has a large community that sometimes concludes on some conventions… This way, other Laravel developers who also follow the convention can easily understand our codes better and faster.

You need to make sure your codes are in good style. This means our codes must be scalable, maintainable, and testable.

In this article, we’ll walk you through 5 best practices in Laravel based on OOP and some Laravel community conventions

  • Comply with coding standards

Laravel also follows internal code development standards, so you can be sure that your variables will be composer-compatible.

Laravel retains no restrictions on enforcing particular coding standards. But experts advise you to adhere to the PSR-2 and PSR-4 coding standards for your project.

PSR-2 has a single style guide for PHP code that results in consistent formatting of common code. PSR-4 describes the specification for the automatic loading of classes from file paths. It is fully compatible, can be used for any other auto-download specification, and describes where to place the auto-download files as per the specification.

You can also use tools like GrumPHP to improve Laravel’s coding standards and suggest them to the community in the future.

  • Use plugins wisely

Plugins are created to simplify the work of a developer and make the code more elegant and readable for others. The usage of multiple plugins is not always a good idea. Some of them can collapse the others or just annoyingly interfere in the work. Figure out what plugins might be useful for you, try them out, and make your choice. Remember, plugins must help you to do your job effectively, not damage it.

  • Using Eloquent ORM

Eloquent ORM is one of the best features for website development with the help of Laravel and is used to retrieve data from a single request and display it to the end user. To say shortly, it is an elegant and simple Laravel’s realization of ActiveRecord for working with your database. When using Laravel, you have to take care of your model’s naming convention. That is necessary because models request data in tables and can insert new data there.

  • Naming conventions

All programming languages along with frameworks have conventions on naming variables, classes, models, and so on. Following them is a crucial thing because other developers will deal with your code and this is a good manner to make it readable and simple. Respect others and it won’t be unnoticed.

  • Check and optimize loading times

If your page load speed increases from a second to 3 seconds, then the bounce rate is likely to rise to 32%, which means you need to increase your product’s load speed. Because page load time is directly related to the performance of your website and affects the user experience.

Therefore, for example, if your site’s page load speed exceeds 3 seconds, it will negatively impact your site’s performance. It is better to optimize your product in terms of loading and offer users convenience that will also increase traffic and attract the necessary attention.


Read also: “Laravel – one of the best decisions for developing your products“.

Is Laravel still actual in 2022?

Web applications developed using Laravel have a better performance than their competitors. Laravel’s cache systems, for example, are pretty useful. The file caching driver stores various cached items in the file system, allowing you to quickly develop web applications.

In today’s tough marketplace, both development speed and performance are very important. Therefore, it is very significant to shorten the time of market delivery of your product. Speed should not affect quality. Speed in a competitive market must go hand in hand with quality.

However, the reduced development time alongside high quality should provide viability of the product and, most importantly, ensure a good user experience. Now, with all these factors in mind, it is necessary to point out that Laravel web development provides a very simple validation process for web app consumers. How cool is it to have an authentication process with more performance and less complexity? This is exactly what Laravel offers with its awesome configuration. With all these points and benefits in mind, we can make a promising statement that the future of Laravel is bright and new features and capabilities will emerge in the community over time. RIVO AGENCY, in turn, provides professional Laravel web development services for clients around the globe.

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