Why HOOD ?
Framework with a small footprint
HOOD Framework is more of a concept rather than just code. We call in codecept.
HOOD Framework User Guide comes with the download. It contains an introduction, tutorial, a number of "how to" guides, and then reference documentation for the components that make up the framework.
Compatibility with standard hosting
HOOD Framework only needs PHP 5.2.4, and plays nicely with almost all shared or dedicated hosting platforms. Many webapps need a database, and HOOD Framework supports the most common, including MySQL.
No restrictive coding rules
Use your own coding and naming conventions, with only a few caveats that deal with classname conflicts. HOOD Framework looks to empower you, not shackle you.
Simple solutions over complexity
HOOD Framework encourages DCI and MVC within, but does not force it on you.
HOOD Framework consistently outperforms most of its competitors.
No large-scale monolithic libraries
HOOD Framework is not trying to be all things to all people. It is a lean DCI framework, with enough capabilities to improve your productivity, while providing for third-party addons/plugins for additional functionality.
Nearly zero configuration
HOOD Framework configuration is done by convention, for instance putting models in a "models" folder. There are still a number of configuration options available, through scripts in the "config" folder.
No need for template language
HOOD Framework comes with a simple, substitution based, templating tool. Addons/plugins are available for most of the full-blown templating engines, if that is what you are used to.
Spend more time away from the computer
Don't we all want it? HOOD Framework is easy to learn and to get proficient with.