Given the choice, which of the two would you use as a framework: Smarty or Wordpress?
As for me, I am currently working with a site that was made using Smarty, but it just seems so lacking compared to Wordpress.
In Wordpress, I can just make an entirely new custom page in PHP with my own form or some page that is calling the database, and just upload that single PHP file and use it as a template. From what I've observed thus far in Smarty, this seems much more complicated in Smarty.
Besides that, Wordpress is MUCH MORE efficient for SEO.
Last but not least, it really seems to me like Smarty just complicates things. For anyone working on the site after me, if Smarty is used, they'll have to take time to familiarize themselves with Smarty. However, if Wordpress is used, as far as I can tell, this is just pure PHP without any added gibberish.
Anyway, these are how I see it, but I may be wrong. If I am wrong, please correct me.