With the release of Laravel 5.1.1 last week the framework gained some nice Authorization features. It provides an easy way to define abilities (aka permissions). Checking if a user has certain abilities is very simple as well. The code powering authorization is a thing of beauty. If you're a Laracasts subscriber let Jeffrey Way guide you through the code. In a later lesson he demonstrates how to add role based authentication.
//adding permissions to a user $user->givePermissionTo('edit articles'); //adding permissions via a role $user->assignRole('writer'); $user2->assignRole('writer'); $role->givePermissionTo('edit articles');
Saved permissions and roles are also registered with the
Illuminate\Auth\Access\Gate-class. So permissions can be checked with Laravel's native
Take a look at the readme on GitHub to see some more examples on how the package can be used.