What are some alternatives?
When comparing Laravel and Node.js, you can also consider the following products
CodeIgniter - A Fully Baked PHP Framework
Django - The Web framework for perfectionists with deadlines
Ruby on Rails - Ruby on Rails is an open source full-stack web application framework for the Ruby programming...
Meteor - Meteor is a set of new technologies for building top-quality web apps in a fraction of the time.
Yii Framework - Yii is a high-performance component-based PHP framework best for Web 2.0 development.