100% agree with the previous responses here.
Sure, there are those who praise the vastness of the Wordpress ecosystem. I’d argue that the expansion of Wordpress into its current monolithic state exposes some tragic attributes of human nature:
Infinite variations of the same plugin is not good for this kind of ecosystem. Somehow our values of consumerism have bled into CMS platforms, as we shop for toys we don’t neccessarily need with company Amex cards. I recall trying 6 separate plugins to achieve a single task; after reaching out to Wordpress support, they explained the issue was actually unsolvable. There goes 700 dollars.
We should consider why it is we choose platforms such as Wordpress in the first place. I was introduced to wordpress dev over ten years ago when an executive touted its ease of use, even citing “the next big thing.” I have yet to see any executive who makes this choice use the CMS themselves.
Wordpress has proven that design by commitee is destined to fail. With endless features, I sometimes have editors call upon me to complete “difficult tasks” such as modifying the navigation bar. The platform meant to serve every purpose now serves none, as very few content creators enjoy using the tool at all, much less the full-stack devs getting pullled to format content.
Even if we ignore the blatant security issues, Wordpress has grown into a mistake. Perhaps taking the time on this forum to contemplate why a new feature adds value is enough to avoid this human phenomenon: loving something so much, that we collectively destroy it.