WP Engine Launches DevKit to Offer Best Developer Experience in WordPress Today

A local development environment and build toolkit to develop, debug
and deploy WordPress digital experiences faster

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WP Engine, the WordPress
Digital Experience Platform
(DXP), today announced the launch of the
WP Engine DevKit, combining a local development environment, SSH Gateway
access, easy deployments, and other best-in-class WordPress developer
tools for building, debugging and deploying digital experiences. The WP
Engine DevKit, currently available as an open beta, is free to download
and works with any WordPress environment but is optimized for WP Engine.
It is currently available for Mac & Linux in a command line interface
(CLI) with a graphic user interface (GUI) version available soon.

Solving Developers’ Pain Points

Though it is the most popular content management system (CMS) in the
world, making up over 34
percent of all websites
, WordPress development isn’t always easy.
Too much time can be wasted doing repetitive, manual tasks and
debugging. Figuring out how to make all the disparate tools, libraries
and packages work together can be daunting. And once all the tools are
synced, workflow must be established to keep your projects on track.
Often, all of these workflows, processes and tools can get in the way of
actual development, bogging developers down and adding frustration to
what should be a straightforward, productive process. DevKit integrates
a number of best-in-class developer tools to help solve these common
issues encountered by WordPress developers.

“We talked to hundreds of customers over the course of the last nine
months of building DevKit, to ensure we created the development workflow
and environment that developers actually want to use to experiment and
iterate digital experiences faster,” said Jason Cohen, Founder and Chief
Technology Officer at WP Engine. “We want to create the best development
environment for WordPress and we will continue to invest in and iterate
on our DevKit in the months ahead.”

What DevKit includes:

  • Container-based local development environment
  • SSH Gateway access
  • Seamless push & pull deployments
  • Genesis-specific functionality
  • Additional tools for building and debugging great WordPress projects

Key benefits:

  • All the needed tools in one place allows more coding time and less
    searching for software tools
  • Faster developer cycles – tight integration with WP Engine means
    faster site iterations and more efficient development
  • Perfect for any skill level – whether you are a novice developer or a
    WordPress expert, the WP Engine DevKit CLI and GUI (coming soon)
    interfaces give everyone a great environment for maximizing their

“The WP Engine DevKit has opened up a lot of options that provide me
greater tools for a better way to build and collaborate in WordPress
development,” said James Gillispie, Development Director at Bellweather
Agency. “DevKit’s integration with WP-CLI is amazing and a real
game-changer for my development process.”

“I’m delighted by how well integrated the WP Engine DevKit CLI is with
WP Engine’s environment,” said Jon Brown, CEO at 9seeds. “It makes
common steps easy, like being able to pull the entire site and database
down to local in a single CLI command, while providing super powerful
developer tools like a built in man-in-the-middle proxy to inspect all
outgoing requests in detail.”

A Local Environment

The benefit of being able to run a WordPress development environment
locally gives developers a quicker way to iterate because everything is
self contained on the computer, eliminating the need to wait for
uploads, downloads, etc. This “sandbox” will give developers a safer way
to experiment with their sites, allowing you to experiment but not
affect the site or your production environment in any way. It also
offers true offline functionality so developers can work anywhere, even
where WiFi may be spotty, like on a plane or in a coffee shop, allowing
them to remain productive.

Optimized For WP Engine

The WP Engine DevKit is free for anyone who works in a WordPress
environment but it is optimized for WP Engine with flawless and fast
syncing to staging and production environments. WP Engine customers will
be able to access the DevKit via their customer portal. Prospective
customers will be able to download it via the DevKit
landing page
. Learn more about the WP Engine DevKit here.

About WP Engine

WP Engine is the WordPress Digital Experience Platform that gives
companies of all sizes the agility, performance, intelligence, and
integrations they need to drive their business forward faster. WP
Engine’s combination of tech innovation and an award-winning team of
WordPress experts are trusted by over 90,000 customers across 150
countries to provide counsel and support, helping brands create
world-class digital experiences. Founded in 2010, WP Engine is
headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has offices in San Francisco,
California; San Antonio, Texas; London, England; Limerick, Ireland and
Brisbane, Australia.


WP Engine
Eric Jones

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