Ok, here goes....
I completed my 2 year degreee in web design. I am quite comfortable with html & css and I am getting comfortable with php & mysql. I see many see many cms sites that have been created in Wordpress or similar cms packages. They look awesome, and I know that Wordpress has so many plugins that would make creating sites so much faster than hand-coding. But .... I am afraid to get into it, as I kind of see it as sort of "cheating" and feel that I will be a "better web developer" in the long run if I "tough it out" and continuing handcoding myself.
On the other hand... I am trying to web design as a living, and with time being a factor, I imagine that I could create sites so much faster using Wordpress and could still use the skills that I have, and that a lot of developers use Wordpress anyway. I go back and forth!
I would just appreciate your thoughts on this. Thank you, Buffmin.