On March 14, 2012, WordPress announced the launch of their VIP Featured Partner Program. This comes after Automattic launched VIP for Web Hosts last year and partnered with WPEngine to provide VIP Support for Web Hosts.
In November 2011 Automattic also participated in a round of funding for WP Engine’s managed WordPress hosting. Other investors included Eric Ries, Joshua Baer, Loic Le Meur, and Dharmesh Shah and totaled $1.2 million.
VIP support for webhosts
WordPress.com has partnered with these VIP services to provide a seamless integration with the WordPress platform — all services are certified and supported by the WordPress.com VIP team.
Hosting companies that participate in VIP Support for Web Hosts leverage the WordPress.com VIP team’s expertise to support their own WordPress environments.
From the WordPress VIP blog:
This morning we debuted a project that I’m really excited about—our new Featured Partner Program. Our WordPress.com VIP team is now working with select partners to integrate their services with WordPress, connect them with our VIP clients, and collaborate to support the integration and provide a seamless experience for our users.