Best Web Development Frameworks Comparison

Many modern web developers use their own frameworks and development tools which make their work faster, efficient and convenient. By using these tools web developers try to upgrade themselves to the latest development in web technologies.

A most successful web developer has to be fast, adaptive, and reliable in using the best practices to get the work done. The most important thing for any web developer should be the command of any programming language. In addition, they should be updated about the latest happenings in the world of technologies

In this blog, we will discuss the best web development frameworks in 2017. Web development frameworks are categorized into two partsHere is the list of best web development frameworks in 2017:

I. Front- End Framework

The list of best front-end framework is given below:

1. AngularJS

Angular is an open-source javascript framework which specifically designed for creating single page web apps and mobile applications by using MVC architectural pattern. It is just a front-end framework dealing with web pages.

Angular is an evolution of AngularJS and this is not a new version but a completely new framework. The latest update of Angular is Angular4 and Google has released it on Github.

Advantages and Features of Angular JS

I. An angular web application is based on the combination of HTML and TypeScript code which defines how the web page will look like.

II. It works in simple words like component is a kind of an object where(HTML tags and their values), how(logical aspect) and where(Custom tags in index.html where the components should be placed).

III. The advantage of Angular is that it allows using dynamic data to create a web application rather than using static HTML website.

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Disadvantages of Angular JS

The disadvantages of Angular are as follows:

I. No backward compatibility with Angular 1.x

II. The web developer has to get familiar with TypeScript before starting angular development work.

III. Angular might not look like SEO friendly because indexing text is not directly there in HTML.

IV. The developers who want to create a simple dynamic looking websites can choose Angular as their main web development framework.

Also, Angular is supported by Google and is considered one of the most popular community on Github.

2. ReactJS

ReactJS is one of the javascript framework developed by Facebook. Moreover, ReactJS provides only view level and some call back functions for rendering the HTML code. It is one of the powerful front-end frameworks. AngularJs is used for making Rich internet applications. 

Advantages and Features of ReactJS

I. ReactJS is all about fast rendering views. Updating DOM is very slow especially when you try to update or display a big amount of data.

II. ReactJS allows to re-render not the whole set of elements but just changed ones only.

III. When you create an app using ReactJS, it creates a virtual DOM next to the real one having the same structure.

IV. Moreover, when the HTML is updated ReactJS first updates virtual DOM and then finds the difference between it and the real one.

V. ReactJS components contain a javascript file containing JSX and all necessary logic inside it. You can use the same components on different pages.

Disadvantages of ReactJS

I. You cannot create a full-featured server-side application using ReactJS. If you move to another development framework than rewriting all HTML codes from scratch.

II. In addition, it’s quite complicated to move the complex Photoshop or any other sketch to JSX file.

III. ReactJS can be used by developers who want full-featured based web portals.

3. VueJS

Vue.js is a javascript library that provides a ViewModel layer of MVVM pattern. It provides two-way data binding by linking the model and a view. Vue.js is an open-source and is supported by the developer community all over the world.

Advantages and Features of Vue.js

I. The most valuable feature of Vue.js is its reactivity. Moreover, unlike ReactJS Vue.js does not use JSX in their components file.

II. Vue.js uses HTML, styles, and javascript in different sections. In addition, these syntaxes are more user-friendly to developers and are easier to read.

III. Vue.js is designed for fast UI development. Moreover, developers can use it separately for front-end prototyping.

Disadvantages of Vue.js  

I. Doesn’t provide features “in the box” for integrating data from the server you will need additional tools and libraries to make that work.

II. It’s a new web development framework and has very less documentation and plugins than any other competitors.

III. Vue.js can be used by the businesses and startups who want single page web applications only.

                IV. Being just 20 kilobytes in size, Vue.js makes it quite easy for the developers to download the files instantly.

II. Back-End Framework

The list of best back-end web development frameworks is given below:

1. Laravel

Laravel is a free open-source PHP web development framework. Laravel is regarded as one of the most popular PHP frameworks. All the Laravel source codes can be availed through GitHub under the terms of MIT license.

Read More: 8 Features That Make PHP Laravel Framework Best

Advantages and Features of Laravel

The advantages and features of Laravel framework are as follows:

I. Has a large web development community on GitHub.

II. Provides fast development cycles.

III. Laravel provides convention over configuration.

IV. Laravel framework documentation is quite well documented.

V. Laravel supports features like packaging system with dedicated dependency manager and provides different ways to access the database.

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Disadvantages of Laravel

The disadvantages of Laravel framework are as follows:

I. Quite a slow and a new platform for many new developers.

II. Fresh developers face problems while executing Laravel codes and classes.

III. Community support is less when compared to other platforms.

IV. Methods included in the reverse routing are very complex.

Laravel can be used by the businesses who want to create a back-end website which deals with huge amount of data.

2. Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails is one of the most famous and reliable open source MVC framework. Ruby on Rails was designed to make the development of web applications simple and faster. Moreover, it allows developers write less significantly codes than any other frameworks.

Advantages and Features of Ruby on Rails

The advantages and features of Ruby on Rails are:

I. Ruby on Rails chooses Convention over Configuration.

II. Ruby on Rails provides fantastic tooling which helps developers in delivering more features.

III. Libraries for Ruby on Rails are freely available to download.

IV. Ruby on Rails developer community provides great support for test automation.

V. The quality of code in Ruby on Rails is good when compared with other development frameworks.

Disadvantages of Ruby on Rails

The disadvantages of Ruby on Rails are as follows:

I. Runtime Speed of Ruby on Rails is very slow when compared with other development frameworks.

II. Boot speed of is not up to the mark which hinders its performance.

III. It’s very hard for a developer to find any documentation related to the codes and configurations in Ruby on Rails.

IV. Ruby on Rails does not support multithreading like Java and other frameworks do.

Ruby on Rails can be used by any professional developer to create any kind of web portals.

3. Spring MVC

Spring MVC is a framework for creating/developing Java applications. Moreover, Spring MVC provides great features to create applications on the top of Java EE platform. The Spring MVC framework is open source.

Advantages and Features of Spring MVC

The advantages and features of Spring MVC are as follows:

I. It’s a lightweight container and can deploy Tomcat server easily.

II. Deploys Tomcat server on the cross platform with no dependence on AS.

III. Provides lots of API for various domains.

IV. Can be configured in three ways XML, @nnotation or java config.

Disadvantages of Spring MVC

The disadvantages of Spring MVC are as follows:

I. Developers have to add the JAR file of the respective WAR file.

II. Spring MVC Java framework is not based on Java JEE standard.

III. Difficulty in getting knowledge of springs.

4. Django

Django is an open source full stacked Python development framework and has support for Python version 3.4. Moreover, it generates the admin panel for configuring the websites made with Python.

Advantages and Features of Django

The advantages and features of Django are as follows:

I. Django is a well-established framework with many plugins.

II. Support for ORM.

III. Django supports clear and defined MVC organization.

IV. Provides simple database management system.

V. Django is highly customizable when compared with other frameworks.

Disadvantages of Django  

The disadvantages of Django are as follows:

I. Too big software for small projects.

II. Django is a deep learning curve for many developers.

III. Processes handle single requests at one time.


Both the web development frameworks are very popular among developers. So it totally depends on the businesses and clients to select the best suitable framework for their web portal development.

On the back-end, web development framework side all the frameworks are best and it totally depends on clients on which framework they want to create their web portal. Moreover, they should gather the requirements and then select the framework for developing the web portal.

On the front-end web development side if you want a simple looking website then it would be an ideal choice for you. Angular and ReactJS are very popular among developers in front-end web development framework. Whereas, Vue.js is the least popular among them.

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About the Author

Varun Bhagat is a technology geek and works with PixelCrayons as a Sr. Technology Consultant. He possesses in-depth knowledge of different web development technology and helps our clients to choose the best technology as per their needs.


  1. Don’t forget Yii 2 as a back-end framework 🙂 As it is extremely good for big applications. Yii 2 have rich features and documentation with code examples.

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