I have been building WordPress websites for quite a few years now, and in those years I’ve seen a lot of things. As a developer, a “Real Developer”, I have issues with other so called WordPress designers and developers. I would say 90% of them are just really good at manipulating WordPress WYSIWYG controls.
Let me define what I mean. A WordPress developer should know PHP, and they should know how to build a custom theme or plugin in WordPress. I would even go so far as to say that even if they know how to customize a premium theme, but do not know how to build a theme, then they are not a developer. I will call them hackers. And hackers break things very often, that is why companies call me to fix things.
It really is frustrating, I spent a lot of time and money to learn how to be a developer and it just pisses me off to see some shmo come along, learn WordPress in a couple of weeks and then spout-off that they are a “Professional WordPress Developer”. It makes us “Real Developers” look like fools. I hear it all the time, “oh you’re a WordPress developer?, yeah, I tried WordPress and it kept breaking all the time” or “the guy we hired said he was a developer but messed up the entire website, now we can’t even do backups”.
Okay, off my soapbox and done complaining. I just had to get that out.