The battle between CodeIgniter and Laravel is going strong. CodeIgniter was first released in 2006 by EllisLab. The development pattern used to design this framework is model-view-controller. However, if needed CodeIgniter can be changed to suit HMVC (Hierarchical Model View Controller). In 2014, EllisLab transferred the ownership of CodeIgniter to the Columbia Institute of Technology. It is mostly preferred by web developers from South Asia.
Laravel was first released in 2011. It was developed Taylor Otwell and the Architectural pattern followed while developing Laravel is model-view-controller. From 2011 many versions of Laravel have been released. This includes version 5.5 LTS that was released on August 30, 2017. Web developers from Europe and 1st world countries like Canada and US prefer Laravel.
The main question now for businesses is whether to hire Laravel developers or CodeIgniter developers.