To support its customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia (EMEA), WP Engine announced the opening of a Technical Support & Innovation Centre in Limerick, Ireland this week.
The facility, which is supported by Ireland’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland, will create 100 jobs over the next three years, and serve WP Engine’s growing customer base in the region, according to the announcement.
The expansion to Limerick give the company its first customer service hub outside of the U.S. WP Engine expects it to make it easier to recruit customer service representatives and technical talent. That recruitment is necessitated at least in part by the company’s recent success, as its customer base has more than doubled since it opened its London office in early 2015.
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“WP Engine is focused on building the best managed WordPress platform in the world and we’re incredibly proud to be opening our new Technical Support and Innovation Centre in Ireland,” Heather Brunner, CEO of WP Engine said in a statement. “As a company we aim to be present in cities that are successful in terms of job creation and attracting businesses – as represented by our offices in Austin, San Antonio, San Francisco, and more recently London. Limerick, similarly, has a terrific environment and culture where the community, government and business leaders are committed to building local talent and creating a technology innovation and incubation center. We look forward to serving and advancing the Limerick tech ecosystem.”
WP Engine launched a compatibility tool for PHP 7 in July to encourage its adoption.
Meanwhile, recent announcements by GoDaddy and DreamHost highlight the competition in the managed hosting market for the popular CMS.
BY CHRIS BURT