Should WordPress developers be taken more seriously? I recently wrote an article for SitePoint.com on the ultimate WordPress development environment. If you’ve been following me for a while you will know this is something I’ve spent a good deal of time figuring out. What surprised me was the feedback that I got on the article. Using the word “ultimate” in the title was definitely a little bit contentious, and I expected to have some readers push back on it. However, they didn’t. The feedback I got on the content of the article was quite positive. Out of nowhere though, a number of people started critiquing me for implying that you could apply coding standards to WordPress. Reading deeper in to their thoughts, the crux of their argument seemed to be that they feel WordPress is architected really badly and inherently, anyone who works on WordPress must be a sub-par developer just because of their association with the platform. That’s a very unfair judgment and from my experience, very far from the truth. So why is that an unfair judgment? To answer that question, we really need to look at one simple thing. Why do developers choose WordPress? Why do developers work with WordPress? I think
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