Laravel Tutorial For Beginners

Good news! I have updated this tutorial for Laravel 8!

Laravel is a very powerful framework that follows the MVC structure. It is designed for web developers who need a simple, elegant yet powerful toolkit to build a fully-featured website. This tutorial explains the basic use of Laravel 8 by building a simple blogging system.

You can download the source code of this tutorial here.


Here is a demo site I’ve built:

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Part One: Laravel Basics

Before we can start building our project, we need to talk about some basic concepts in Laravel. Let’s start by making some preparations, install the necessary software, create a new Laravel project, and then, we need to understand the MVC structure, which is commonly used by most of the web frameworks. And finally, we’ll talk about Laravel Nova, the official admin panel for Laravel applications.

Part Two: Build A Blog

One of the most important steps of web development is to design the database structure. In this tutorial, we’ll make four database tables together.

The users table stores the user name, email and password. The migration file for this table is already included in Laravel. The categories and tags tables store the category names and tag names. And finally, the posts table stores the post title, content, post image and so on.

However, just creating the tables is not enough. The tables have relationships with each other. This part could be a little tough for beginners, I will try to make it easy to understand, and only introduce the four most basic relationships.

Routes are the entry points when someone visits your blog. They receive URLs and returns controllers. Controllers retrieve data from the database through models and put them in views. Views are what we actually see in the browser, so they do look like HTML and CSS. However, things are more complicated than that.

In the next two articles, we’ll build search, pagination and some other optional features for our project. However, if you are not interested, feel free to jump to the end, and we can finally deploy our application.

Other Resources

Some Useful Tools For Web Development (PHP)

Laravel Official Documentation

How to Use Voyager: A Free Admin Panel For Laravel Apps

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