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03 Jun, 2024 5 min read

Laravel Development Agency: Why Laravel?

Here, we discuss why we became a Laravel Development Agency and what's included in our service. We also answer 10 of the most common FAQs around Laravel and what it can do for your business.
Laravel Development Agency: Why Laravel?

It's the first technical question we ask when interviewing new candidates for a role at Steadfast Collective. 

Why Laravel?

Product owners tend to ask us the same question if they're looking for help to:

  1. Build a new web application

  2. Rescue a project

  3. Build new features of their existing project

Why Steadfast Collective is invested in Laravel.

Our founder, Pete Heslop, built our first project in 2015 using Laravel. Pete enjoyed the simple syntax and how quickly he could build a functioning web application in Laravel. 

Fast-forward nine years, and we're a Laravel development agency of 14, building Laravel web applications every day. We've built small API integrations through to enterprise software used by the police, insurance companies, and call centres.

Our secure Laravel web applications have been used by millions, and this is why we decided back in 2023 to become official Laravel Partners

One of only a few UK Laravel Partners, we've gone all in on using Laravel as our technical stack. This streamlines our development, learning and cost for the customer.

Let's explore a few more reasons why we became a Laravel Development Agency.

1. Elegant Syntax and Ease of Use

Laravel is known for its elegant syntax, making it accessible and enjoyable for developers. 

The framework streamlines common tasks such as routing, authentication, and caching, allowing us to focus on crafting your web application rather than repeating basic tasks.

2. Robust Security

Security is a critical aspect of any digital application. Laravel has built-in security features like SQL injection prevention, cross-site request forgery (CSRF) protection, and strong encryption. These features ensure that your application remains secure from common vulnerabilities, giving you peace of mind.

3. Efficient and Scalable

Whether you're building a small website or an extensive enterprise application, Laravel scales effortlessly. Its modular packaging system and robust dependency manager make it easy to manage and expand your application as your business grows.

4. Comprehensive Ecosystem

Laravel boasts a rich ecosystem with extensive pre-built packages and libraries. This means you can add complex functionalities to your application without reinventing the wheel. Tools like Laravel Horizon for queue management and Laravel Dusk for browser testing make development smoother and more efficient.

5. Strong Community Support

As a Laravel Platinum Partner, Steadfast Collective is part of a vibrant community of developers and enthusiasts. This community is a valuable resource, providing extensive documentation, tutorials, and forums where you can seek advice and share knowledge.

Laravel Steadfast Collective offer

As a Laravel development agency, we offer various services to SME and enterprise businesses. Some of the essential services include:

1. Bespoke Laravel Web Application Development

Whether it's a billing integration, a community platform or e-learning platform, we build highly-functional applications to keep the cogs working in your company.

2. Laravel API Development

With the rise of mobile applications and the need for seamless integration between web and mobile platforms, like other Laravel development agencies, Steadfast Collective offer API development services.

3. Laravel Migration, Rescues and Updates

Steadfast Collective provides migration, rescue and upgrade services for businesses already using Laravel or other PHP frameworks. 

We are experienced in taking over existing projects and getting the project back on track.

4. Laravel Support and Maintenance

Building a web application is just the first step. As a Laravel development agency, we offer comprehensive support and maintenance services to ensure the smooth operation of web applications.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Laravel?

A: Laravel is a popular open-source PHP framework for web application development. It simplifies complex tasks such as routing, authentication, and caching, making development faster and more efficient.

Why should I choose Laravel over other frameworks?

A: Laravel offers elegant syntax, robust security features, scalability, a comprehensive ecosystem, and strong community support, making it an excellent choice for various applications. This keeps your costs down, ensuring the developers build features rather than repeatable tasks.

What does it mean to be a Laravel Platinum Partner?

A: Being a Laravel Platinum Partner indicates that Steadfast Collective has achieved high proficiency and experience with the Laravel framework. It demonstrates our commitment to delivering exceptional Laravel-based web applications.

Can Laravel handle large-scale applications?

A: Yes, Laravel is highly scalable and can efficiently handle applications of all sizes, from small websites to large enterprise systems.

How does Laravel ensure the security of my application?

A: Laravel includes built-in security features such as SQL injection prevention, CSRF protection, and robust encryption mechanisms to safeguard your application against common threats.

What is the cost of hiring a Laravel development agency?

A: The cost of hiring a Laravel development agency depends on various factors, such as the project's complexity, the scope of work, and the agency's expertise. Discussing your requirements with the agency and getting a detailed quote based on your specific needs is best.

How long does it take to develop a Laravel web application?

A: We wrote about that recently here. The short answer is that the development timeline for a Laravel web application varies depending on the project's complexity and requirements. It can range from a few weeks to several months. 

Can a Steadfast Collective help with existing Laravel projects?

A: Yes, we can perform upgrades, bug fixes, and security audits to ensure the smooth operation of your web application.

What is the difference between Laravel development and Laravel consulting?

A: Laravel development refers to the actual process of building web applications using the Laravel framework. On the other hand, Laravel consulting involves providing expert advice and guidance on Laravel development best practices, architecture, and optimization. Steadfast Collective can help with both, with our initial audit covering our consulting offering.

Can a Laravel development agency integrate third-party APIs into my web application?

A: Yes, Laravel development agencies have expertise integrating third-party APIs into web applications. They can seamlessly integrate APIs for payment gateways, social media platforms, and other services to enhance the functionality of your web application.

If you have any questions or want to discuss your project, don't hesitate to get in touch with us.