Flywheel raises $4M for its designer-focused WordPress hosting platform

WordPress sites make up a massive chunk of the Internet, so it’s no surprise there are also plenty of services that specialize in hosting them. WordPress hosting and management service Flywheel, which focuses on designers and creative agencies, today announced it has raised a $4 million Series A round led by Kansas City’s Five Elms Capital. This round comes about a year and a half after the Omaha, Nebraska-based company raised a $1.2 million seed round led by Linseed Capital.

Flywheel says it currently has about 40,000 agencies, freelancers and creatives on its platform. The company’s pricing plans start at $15 per month.

Now that Flywheel has a stable and popular platform, the company is looking at how it can provide additional value to its users (and differentiate its service from competitors). The company recently introduced its “Organizations” feature, for example, which offers real-time project visibility in a Twitter-like feed, and team management tools.

“Obviously we’ll continue to scale support, sales & marketing — but we’re most excited to be able to use the money to invest in new product and platform ideas specific for designer and agency workflows,” Flywheel co-founder and CEO Dusty Davidson tells me. “I think ultimately our product and its designer/agency focus is what separates us from the rest of the hosts on the planet.”