WP Engine, a Digital Experience Platform for the widely used WordPress web publishing service, purchased Flywheel, a hosting and management startup that also works exclusively with WordPress. Financial terms were not disclosed.
WP Engine and Flywheel plan to combine their strengths to enhance the WP Engine’s D.E.P. for WordPress with the best creative and business workflows for agencies, building upon their collective investments and leadership in WordPress and creating the largest Agency Partner Program in WordPress. The goal for the combined companies is to better serve brands and companies building sites on WordPress.
This is the largest acquisition to date in the WordPress industry. More than 120,000 brands and agencies worldwide will now be powered by the consolidated Flywheel and WP Engine.
“On behalf of the WP Engine team, we couldn’t be more excited to join forces with one of the most respected brands in WordPress,” said Heather Brunner, Chairwoman and CEO of WP Engine, in a statement. “I personally welcome each employee and customer into the WP Engine family and I’m excited about the opportunities we will create in the years to come.”
“We founded Flywheel with the belief that in order to help creatives do their best work, we needed to create an internal culture that encourages our employees to do the same,” added Flywheel CEO and co-founder Dusty Davidson. “That philosophy has led us to build an incredible company and some of the most well-loved products in WordPress, supported by an impressive group of talented people and the most remarkable open source community in the world. I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve achieved to date, or more excited for what the future holds for us working together!”
Flywheel is based on Omaha, Neb. WP Engine is based in Austin, TX.
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