Anthony has been doing full-time Laravel development since 2014 (Laravel 3) and Winterwind has been using the framework as it’s “go-to” for mobile APIs and custom web applications since 2018. Laravel is a mature and robust PHP framework which allows for rapid application development (RAD). Anthony used to be a core contibutor to the framework until 2017, when he turned his focus towards becoming proficient with blockchain development.
Laravel has been a leading PHP framework since 2015, however organizations were still hesitant to choose it at that time because PHP was benchmarking slower than competitor languages at that time such as Python (Django) and Ruby (Ruby on Rails). That all changed with the release of PHP 7. PHP is now a fast, mature and secure language, and it has arguably the best web framework now in Laravel. The benefits of using Laravel for your web or API application are too numerous to list, however we will cover a few here that are relevant to the business side of things. As mentioned, Laravel is a rapid application development framework, with countless open source packages out there to further add on to its functionality. Most of these third-party vendor packages, developed by the passionate Laravel community, add on new functionality that does not come out of the box. These packages, and Laravel itself, are open-source and free. With Laravel as your web framework, you can work smarter, not harder.
Winterwind can provide you with a team of talented Laravel developers from the Canada to bring your application to life as fast as possible. These developers all work under the mentorship of Winterwind’s founder, Anthony, who is with them in the Philippines.
Features of Laravel
Laravel is an open-source server-side PHP web framework based on MVC architecture, used to construct fullstack scalable web apps ranging from small scale apps to enterprise level ones with high complexity. From a coding perspective however, the Laravel framework removes all complexity thereby simplifying the development of web applications. Its usage of the MVC architecture allows access to certain built-in functionality to increase performance. Because of its robust, expressive, and easy to use syntax, it has become the go-to framework for web applications globally.
Laravel focuses on using different components of existing PHP frameworks such as Yii and Symfony to create web applications that are more structured and streamlined. It has a rich set of functionality and features that help in boosting the development speed.
Built-in Authorization & Authentication System
Every web application needs a strong authentication layer to ensure data security. Using a single command, Laravel makes it simple and straightforward to implement a comprehensive authorization and authentication system to maintain security processes, and prevent any unauthorized users from accessing private data. Furthermore, the Laravel framework also has built-in safety features like hashed and salted passwords which are encrypted to protect the site from hackers.
Modularity is the level of separating and combining the elements of an app into modules. Laravel’s modular structure allows developers to design a web application easily by distributing logic into different modules that assemble together to function as a web app.
Laravel features Artisan, a tool that performs automated, repetitive tasks through the command-line interface saving time during app development. Developers can use Artisan to write their own commands as well. Artisan is used to publish package assets, manage database migrations and create code for new models and migrations.
Laravel enables developers to create fast and high-performing web apps by integrating popular caching engines like Memcached and Redis. The framework is constructed to use the file cache driver, storing cached items in the file system. Laravel can also have multiple cache implementations at once.
Integration with Mail and Messenging Services
Laravel focuses on providing a clean and decluttered API by using the SwiftMailer Library for mail services. It provides drivers for Mailgun, Mandrill, SMTP, PHP’s mail functions and sendmail thereby authorizing applications to send email through local and cloud services. Additionally, through Laravel, you can send messages on communication channels like SMS and Slack.
One of the most powerful features of Laravel is the Blade templating engine. This engine helps developers use existing, built-in templates to write front-end code.The pre-defined templates are intuitive, versatile, and dynamic.
Other notable features of the framework include dependency management, database migration system, queue management, query builder, an ORM, Schema builder and RESTful controllers giving Laravel an edge over other PHP frameworks. Furthermore, Laravel also allows for the development of multilingual applications.
Advantages of Choosing Laravel for Web Development
PHP is the most widely-used language for website development. The Laravel framework is built on PHP which means that there will always be a large pool of developers able to contribute to your application. There are many benefits of choosing Laravel for your web application:
A Secure Framework
In this age of ever-increasing cyber attacks, there is a strong need to have a platform that is reliable and secure. When you use the Laravel framework, you ensure yourself that your application is free from any vulnerabilities like SQL injections, cross-site scripting, cross-site petition forgery and cross-site request forgery. Laravel generates cross-site request forgery tokens for every active user session ensuring that authenticated users are the only ones that will have access to logged in pages.
Testing is the most vital part of the development process because it ensures that the app is free of any bugs or errors. Laravel seeks to reduce the time consumed in testing by having a built-in automated testing feature allowing for extensive testing of applications. This comprehensive testing ensures that no module of the application is broken, thereby improving user experience.
Reduces Time, Effort, and Cost
With tools like Artisan used for automating repetitive tasks, using Laravel becomes a time and cost efficient process for developers. Furthermore, the Laravel framework has a variety of libraries, tools and templates which assist the developers in developing a fully functional web app without consuming too much time.
Winterwind - A Laravel Development Company
We specialize in building fast, scalable, and high-performing web apps fully packed with features customized according to your business requirements.
Winterwind, being an early adopter of Laravel development, has successfully completed a wide range of complex projects for customers in different niches and industry verticals. We offer expertise in our services relating to development, consultation, and integration with proven results. Whether you are in the market for a simple, minimal website or an extensive web application with sophisticated features, Winterwind is ready to have a discussion with you to help advance your business’ growth.
The Capabilities of Laravel
Being a successful web, app and blockchain development company in the Canada, Winterwind turns your vision into reality by combining our comprehensive expertise in the Laravel framework with the latest tools and technologies to keep you one step ahead.
We offer the following distinct services for Laravel development:
Custom Laravel Development
Laravel ERP Development
Laravel CRM Development
Laravel SaaS Development
Laravel Cloud-Based Software Development
Laravel Package Development
Laravel Consultation Services
Lumen Website Development
Lumen AP Development
Restful API Development
Laravel Integration Services
Laravel Data Migration Services
Migrating Existing Applications to Laravel
24/7 Support & Maintenance Services
24/7 Support & Maintenance Services
Why Choose Winterwind?
We are well aware of the fact that the “one size fits all” formula does not work in website development. By choosing our Laravel development services, you get a web-based solution that will accommodate your business needs and help your business flourish. Our history of delivering projects within the deadline and without compromising on quality is what sets us apart from our competitors.
Communication is key in every project that we handle. We ensure proper communication channels during every phase of the project to ensure your trust and confidence in us, making sure that the entire process is transparent for you. That is why we have long-term customer relationships, where they have established a bond of trust with us and continue to engage us with their web-based business requirements.
Our Laravel Development Portfolio
1. Rabbit Finance
Rabbit Finance is one of the leading finance products and insurance brokers in Thailand, providing customers with different insurance plans and the ability to compare them online. The customers can then make an informed decision and choose the best offer at a reasonable price.
Rabbit Finance’s requirement was to design a new architecture for their platform. Since they have multiple products including Rabbit Rewards and Rabbit Daily, we created a central Rabbit database in MySQL, containing data required by all Rabbit applications, which was then wrapped in an API using Laravel’s Lumen. This API connected to the main Rabbit database, providing general data to all current and future Rabbit products. We then created a product-specific database with data that only pertains to that specific product.
It is important to have a tiered architecture which is what we implemented for Rabbit Finance. When apps require generic Rabbit data, they connect to the master database. When they require application-specific data, they can connect to the appropriate API, which will connect to its own respective database.
The Rabbit Finance website was created in Laravel while the APIs were created in Lumen, a lighter version of Laravel designed to function as an API.
To read a comprehensive case study on Rabbit Finance’s website, follow the link: https://www.winterwind.com/case-studies/laravel
2. The Push Up Challenge
The Push-up Challenge is a fundraising website, initially started as a passion to bring people together. The founders believe that there is a strong correlation between exercise and mental health which drives their motto of “push for better together”. They not only encourage people to work out but also provide mental health tips for struggling individuals, while raising money for mental health awareness.
Built with the Laravel framework to ensure a fast and secure website, our team of developers ensured that the founders of The Push Up Challenge were able to easily manage their website to create a harmonized community as well as raise money for their cause.
To visit the website, follow the link: https://www.thepushupchallenge.com.au
Still not sure about Laravel development? Contact us and let’s talk about it!