I came across the following comment today, it’s a prime example of the stigma attached to WordPress and its developers:
The average WordPress developer writing themes and half-assed WordPress plugins doesn’t have the know-how and skills to get hired in a serious PHP app shop, and the people who can get hired in a serious PHP app shop can’t stand WordPress and its entire ecosystem.
So they’re basically two different markets, two different ecosystems. WordPress even has its own coding standard that’s incompatible with the PSR-s, and its best practices are precisely what a PHP developer would never be caught doing, such as littering their codebase with global variables and top-level code scattered around include files.
I’m about 9 months into my WordPress adoption experiment and I’m still loving it. Having previously used PHP frameworks such as Laravel, Symfony and CodeIgniter, I’m fully aware of the WordPress stigma, but in all honesty, I don’t care. Developing for WordPress is fun!
If I had to choose, I’d take working with WordPress over working for a “serious PHP app shop” every day of the week.