Support Channels and Scope of Support

Our team of WordPress experts is available through 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We offer both live chat, phone and ticket to assist you with your account and the WordPress sites hosted with us. To ensure we deliver an outstanding level of service, we are proud to provide assistance on a wide array of requests relating to our platform and the value-added features we offer.

This document will help clarify the type of requests that fall within our scope of support and which do not. We want to help where we can, so it’s important we lay expectations around what we can and cannot assist you with.

Please reach out to us if you need assistance with anything related to the WordPress environments you host with us. We are always happy to hear from you!

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Support Coverage and Channels

We provide support coverage to our customers through several channels 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all holidays and weekends. Support staff is available from Austin and San Antonio, Texas as well as Limerick, Ireland. Support works through queue-based systems that enable us to handle requests in the order in which we receive them. For urgent issues, reach out via live chat in the User Portal, or by phone.

Support can be reached when logged in to the User Portal, by clicking the Get Help at the top right, then Support Center. Or, directly at: https://my.wpengine.com/support

Live Chat

A live chat can be initiated anytime from the Support Center page of the User Portal, by clicking Start live chat.

Or, click the chat icon at the bottom right of any page in the User Portal.

When opening a Support chat WP Engine’s Virtual Assistant will populate first for an AI-powered search experience, however you can type “support” at any time to connect with a human Support agent.

Phone

The contact phone number for Support can be found on the Support page of the User Portal.

Phone support is unavailable for Lite and Startup plans.

Ticket

WP Engine’s ticketing system can be found here: https://help.wpengine.com/requests

Alternatively, access tickets from the Support Center page of the User Portal, in the Tickets section click Log in.

The ticketing system uses a separate login from the User Portal account. If you cannot login, reset your password from the ticketing login page. Resetting your ticket password will not impact your User Portal login credentials.

Tickets can be created by WP Engine Support staff on your behalf. Additionally, users on Premium Plus plans can initiate their own tickets as-needed.

Additional email addresses can be added to a ticket (CCd) for visibility on tickets, if requested. CCd email addresses will have access to the entire previous ticket chain and any additional responses.

NOTE

Please be aware, due to automatic queueing of tickets based on age, replying to a ticket several times in a row could inadvertently delay Support response time. We do our best to respond to all requests in a timely manner and provide updates as often as possible.

Unsupported Channels

For security purposes, the WP Engine support team is only able to communicate with our customers using Zendesk Talk, chat, or tickets.

While we understand that there may be a desire additional channels, such as video conferencing via Zoom, we will not be able to assist via any unsupported channel.


WP Engine Platform and Features

We provide support for our platform and the features unique to WP Engine. Most requests can be resolved by searching for a corresponding article on our Support Center. Supported features include:

  • Caching (EverCacheEverCache EverCache is WP Engine’s proprietary full caching system (Page cache, Object cache, Nginx cache combined))
  • Automatic WordPress updates
  • Server maintenance and security
  • Performance audits
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  • SSL certificates
  • WP Engine GeoTarget
  • LargeFS
  • WP Engine environments
  • WP Engine backups
  • Redirects 1
  • DomainDomain Terminology used to describe a domain name (e.g. www.yourdomain.com) as a whole, without subdirectories or file names appended. Mapping
  • Git Push
  • Onboarding and migration
  • SFTP
  • Slow WordPress performance
  • WP Engine User Portal
  • Local when connected to WP Engine
  • Web Rules Engine (WREn)
  • Advanced network
  • Global Edge Security (GESGlobal Edge Security (GES) Global Edge Security - A DNS network-level security feature that can be purchased for any WP Engine hosting plan.)

1 We help bulk import redirects on your behalf when they are provided to us in this format.


WordPress Configuration and Features

We provide support on requests about basic WordPress configuration and features. We also provide help setting up WordPress and its features to ensure they work correctly within our environment.

General issues with the WordPress core codebase are outside our scope of support and can be reported directly to the WordPress core team.


PluginsPlugin Terminology for a piece of software which “plugs” into default WordPress functionality in order to extend it for a specific function. Plugins will display under the “Plugins” tab in the WordPress Admin Dashboard. and ThemeTheme A piece of software used to control the overall style, layout, and functionality of a WordPress website. Themes will display under the “Appearance” tab in the WordPress Admin Dashboard. Support

We provide limited support on requests regarding third-party plugins and themesTheme A piece of software used to control the overall style, layout, and functionality of a WordPress website. Themes will display under the “Appearance” tab in the WordPress Admin Dashboard.. We help identify issues that occur server side, analyze logs and other errors that could be helpful in addressing them. In some cases, we also work with pluginPlugin Terminology for a piece of software which “plugs” into default WordPress functionality in order to extend it for a specific function. Plugins will display under the “Plugins” tab in the WordPress Admin Dashboard. and theme developers to identify and resolve issues caused by a conflict with our infrastructure.

Issues with plugin/theme functionality, bugs, and conflicts with WordPress core or your custom code are outside of our scope of support.

The WordPress.org forum is the proper channel to request support for free plugins and themes. You should address issues with paid plugins and themes with their respective developers.

WP Engine Support cannot assist with custom code, such as CSS, HTML, PHP, or JavaScript. Please reach out to a developer for assistance with custom coding requests.


Support Limitations

We’re happy to help locate and provide any errors in our logs and provide general guidance when applicable. While we like to help whenever we can, please understand that we simply can’t directly support all of the available plugins, themes and code in the Open Source space for WordPress. In most of these cases we strongly advise reaching out to a developer, the service or the author to help with these elements of your site.

DNS

We do not provide nameservers or email servers, and therefore do not support requests relating to DNS or inbound email. To point your domain to us through your DNS provider, read our DNS configuration article.

WP Engine representatives are unable to configure DNS records on your behalf. While we can facilitate questions about DNS, it may be best to reach out to your DNS provider directly when having issues.

Email

We do provide limited support on outgoing email from your WordPress environment(s). Be aware that we are not intended as an email host however and troubleshooting information is highly limited. It is advised that customers configure third-party email hosting for greater control, logging and stability.

Outside the Scope of Support

  • Site design issues, customization or coding
  • Web development and plugin customization
  • Debugging custom code
  • Writing custom code (For RegEX, Nginx, .htaccess, GeoTarget, etc.)
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • User management
  • Database management or assisting with SQL queries

Support PIN

At WP Engine we want your support experience to be fast, painless, and secure. With that in mind, we have created a simple way to verify your account ownership when you interact with our Support or Billing teams. When our team needs to verify your identity and account access, they will request your Support PIN. This PIN is unique to your User Portal account and is used to verify your Support interaction. If you have multiple User Portal accounts, you will have a different PIN for each email login.

The Support PIN can be found in User Portal, at the bottom of the main menu on the left side of the screen

The Support PIN can also be located within the Get Help menu, located at the top right of the User Portal.

A Support PIN begins with either an A or a B to indicate permission status, detailed further below. Review User Portal user roles here.

“B” Support PIN

  • Owner or Full (with billing) level user role.
  • A “billing” Support PIN. Denotes that the user has billing-level access to the account.
  • Required for certain tasks or information, such as migrations or account information.

“A” Support PIN

  • Full (without billing) or Partial level user role.
  • A non-billing Support PIN. Denotes the user does not have billing-level access to the account.

NOTE

Learn more about viewing and changing user roles in our User Portal Role guide.

Should you ever need a new Support PIN, you can generate a new random PIN by clicking the refresh arrow icon next to the current PIN. Support also has the ability to request a new Support PIN for your account if we believe your PIN has been compromised through sharing or guessing.


Helpful Resources

For help with requests that fall outside our scope of support, you can reach out to our suggested WordPress partners and consultants, independent WordPress designers, and developers through freelance marketplaces like UpWork, Freelancer.com, or Fiverr.

You can also contact code shops, such as Codeable.io which have pre-vetted developers available to help by providing free estimates for development work with no-obligation to hire..


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