Fast forward to now. After 10 years there is https://qbix.com/platform . If you're reading this and know PHP / LAMP, I would encourage people here to try it and give me feedback. I've never really spent time growing the community or popularizing it like Laravel. But at every turn, it's made decisions that are as close to PHP and standards as possible.
In particular, the Db module may be better than Doctrine, for example.
I was a huge fan of PyroCMS which was based on Code Igniter. I stopped using it when the all of the JS frameworks exploded. I went back last year to check on them and found out they moved to Laravel.
The community since then has grown by leaps and bounds. Good to see the Pyro team still out there making a great CMS.