- You asked for a better framework. Here it is.
- A framework of firsts
- Promiscuously opinionated
Lithium is the first framework to give you the best of both worlds, without compromising either. In fact, Lithium's API is intentionally designed to allow you to "grow out of" the framework and into your own custom code over the course of your application's lifecycle, if your needs require.
Lithium also complies with the PHP 5.3 namespacing standard, allowing you to easily integrate other PHP 5.3 standard libraries and frameworks with Lithium applications, and vice-versa.
Lithium integrates the latest storage technologies, including MongoDB, CouchDB and Redis, with plugin support for Cassandra, ElasticSearch and others.
Every component of the Lithium framework stack is replaceable through the robust plugin architecture. Swap out the default ORM / ODM implementation for [Doctrine](http://dev.lithify.me/li3_doctrine/) or [PHP](http://dev.lithify.me/li3_activerecord). Don't like the templating? Use [Twig](http://dev.lithify.me/li3_twig), [Mustache](https://github.com/bobthecow/mustache.php), or roll your own.
If you don't even need to write a full application, build a micro-app in a single file using the routing system, without giving up the maintainability of the framework's structure.