When I first started in web development, I avoided WordPress like the plague. I had mistaken beliefs that WordPress was some sort of crutch. In fact, it is a full-force PHP platform. It does have a way of making life easier, but it’s as complicated and rich as you’d like it to be. It can be utilized by beginners and advanced developers alike.
2019 looks like another year of WordPress for me, but perhaps I’ll take a step forward into the future and dive deeper into its possibilities.