GRANITE announces €3.1M partnership with global web leader WP Engine

– WP Engine is the global leader in WordPress technology, hosting 1.5million websites in 150 countries
– New partnership forecast to generate additional revenues of €3.1M for Granite before the end of 2023
– Granite and WP Engine will target enterprise customers across Ireland and the UK, with more than 200 existing and new customers set to migrate to WordPress
– First Granite customers to migrate include Abbey Capital and Cliffs of Moher

Granite Digital announces €3.1M partnership with global web leader WP Engine.

Granite, Ireland’s leading full-service digital agency, today announces a new elevated partnership with WP Engine forecasted to generate €3.1 million in additional revenues for Granite by the end of 2023. The strategic partnership will strengthen Granite’s enterprise offerings such as hosting and infrastructure architecture, enabling it to grow its client portfolio across Ireland and the UK.

As a global leader in WordPress technology, WP Engine has played a major role in the recent shift for businesses to build exceptional experiences across all digital touchpoints. WordPress technology is
used by 41% of the global internet¹ and WP Engine hosts 1.5 million websites in more than 150
countries. It has 185,000 customers worldwide including the Irish Heart Foundation, Riverdance,
Avvio, Microsoft, eBay, and Volvo. WP Engine also operates a global customer support centre in Limerick, employing more than 120 people.

As the largest digital agency in Ireland, Granite was chosen by WP Engine to help spearhead growth in the Irish enterprise sector. The partnership will also allow Granite to significantly scale its business within the UK, leveraging WP Engine technology to reach a wider customer base.
Granite has begun transitioning some of its customers to WordPress in collaboration with WP Engine
and it expects to fully migrate more than 200 existing and new customers before the end of 2023.
Some of the first customers to migrate include Abbey Capital, Cliffs of Moher, and Gobeyond Partners in the UK. These organisations will enjoy a wide range of benefits from their new platforms, including enhanced performance, security, and governance.

Granite’s customer footprint, managed services skills, and ability to integrate websites into wider enterprise digital transformation strategies were all key to WP Engine’s decision to strengthen their partnership. Customers will also receive the highest levels of technical expertise from both Granite and WP Engine and can access 24/7 support and advice as needed.

Robert Carpenter, Founder & Partner of Granite, said: “WordPress is growing at an incredible pace with more than two out of every five websites now powered by its technology. As the global leader, WP Engine is central to driving this growth and we’re delighted to enter this new strategic partnership in Ireland and the UK. We’ve identified significant opportunities together in the enterprise sector and have no doubt we’ll achieve our growth targets in both markets. By combining our areas of expertise, we are enhancing our product and service capabilities to ensure customers can enjoy more seamless and secure digital experiences.”

Paul Ryan, Senior Director and Site Lead, WP Engine, said: “Granite is an obvious partner for
us in Ireland and the UK as it has significant enterprise reach, deep industry and technical knowledge, and extensive digital transformation experience. We also share common goals and values which are crucial for functioning as a successful team. We’re excited about collaborating with such an ambitious partner that fully understands how WordPress and its wider ecosystem are so key to the digital-first economy.”

About Granite 
Granite was founded in Cork in 2009. Granite has been successful in delivering over a
thousand web projects for some of the biggest companies and institutions in Ireland. The heart of
Granite’s success is their commitment to client assistance making them Ireland’s largest
independent digital agency. In recent years, Granite has been on the path of notable growth
expanding its client base of over 1200 organisations. Enterprise Ireland, Bon Secours Health System,
Dublin Bus, Davy, Fexco and Aon are some of the organisations Granite has served. Granite
has also been recognised by Deloitte for the last four years as one of Ireland’s 20 fastest-
growing tech companies.

About WP Engine
WP Engine, the WordPress technology company, was founded in 2010 in Austin, Texas. WP Engine
provides the most relied upon and trusted brands and developer-centric WordPress products for
companies and agencies of all sizes, including managed WordPress hosting, enterprise WordPress,
headless WordPress, Flywheel, Local and Genesis, to drive their business forward. WP Engine’s tech innovation and award-winning WordPress experts help to power more than 1.5 million sites across 150 countries. It has experienced significant growth in the last three years, having more than doubled its customers from 3,300 three years ago to 8,000 now.