Yesterday, WP Engine announced the acquisition of StudioPress which are the developers of the popular Genesis theme framework. This is already the second acquisition of a theme developing company by a web hosting provider this year. Back in March, Liquid Web has acquired iThemes.
WP Engine, the world’s leading WordPress digital experience platform (DXP), will invest in the development of the open source Genesis Framework and plans to integrate the framework into their platform.
The acquisition is not only including Genesis, but also a collection of 60+ professionally designed, SEO-optimized, mobile-responsive StudioPress themes as well as the StudioPress Sites hosting business. Speaking of, both StudioPress Sites and Synthesis managed WordPress hosting will no longer be made available for new customers effective 27th June.
Based in Austin, Texas and offices in Australia, Ireland and the UK, WP Engine is trusted by more than 80,000 companies across 135 countries to provide a world-class digital experiences including managed WordPress hosting. They are offering two free months for annual plans and a 60 day risk-free trial.
PS: In October 2018, WP Engine acquired Array Themes along with Atomic Blocks, a beautiful collection of free Gutenberg blocks.