I'm not a fan of the default 'code soup' of wordpress templates and themes, which is why I tend to use timber to create a more MVC like structure to my code.
Despite its' peculiarity, however, I find wordpress to be a lovely, easily customisable CMS with a huge breadth of plugins out the to provide advanced functionality. If you can curate your plugins to only those that are essential and make sure your code is well tended it can be a lovely development experience.
I personally use my own starter theme, though I don't think that's particularly uncommon in the WP dev community.
You mean you don't want to just use bootstrap and jQuery?? 😉😉
Ugh, I'm still not quite able to remove jQuery from most of my builds yet just because of a couple of plugins that are reliant on it - so annoying!
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