Many things have happened since Laravel’s humble beginnings in 2011. Taylor Otwell, a .NET programmer, sought out PHP as a way to do a side project, since he was told that hosted PHP was cheap and ubiquitous.
What originally started out as an extension to CodeIgniter become its own code. Freeing up the code base from the limitations of CodeIgniter’s PHP 5.2, all of the new features that PHP 5.3 had to offer, such as namespacing and closures, could be used. The time span between the release of versions 1 and 3 of Laravel was only one year
With version 3, things happened very quickly. After its explosion in popularity, which happened around the time that version 4 was released, it quickly began to steal the market share from other popular frameworks such as CodeIgniter, Zend, Symfony, Yii, and CakePHP to eventually take the pole position.