Laravel is a PHP framework that will drastically improve your productivity. It has been around for quite some time. The first version was released in June of 2011. However, the founder, Taylor Otwell, and his crew are actively improving it.
The latest version (5.7), only came out in September of 2018. It runs on PHP 7.1.3 and above. It follows the MVC (Model-View-Controller) pattern which allows for a much-needed separation of concerns in our web applications.