What We do
At LightSpeed we pride ourselves in helping our clients to reach their target markets. In some cases our clients aren’t quite clear on who their target market is – we can help with that too.
We can assist tour operators to build Tour Operator websites, aiming their travel packages to the relevant markets, whether it’s student travel, luxury tours, or educational missions.
We help our clients to market themselves online using MailChimp, including training them to use the software themselves
Since 2014 we’ve been developing LSX: our own free, open source theme on WordPress.org.
Since 2015 we’ve been developing the Tour Operator plugin: a free, open source plugin that provides Tour Operator companies with the tools they need to easily build a WordPress website.
We are committed to keeping our LSX theme and Tour Operator core software free under Open Source, but have developed in excess of 20 paid premium extensions for them.
We’ve developed software that integrates with the Wetu API to seamlessly import accommodation, destination and tour content from their database into your website running the Tour Operator plugin.
We have also built a Peach Payments plugin that has been a huge success, selling for over 3 years on WooCommerce.com. The plugin includes full subscriptions integration, one of very few payment gateways in South Africa that do so.
Our Caldera Forms integration for the Zoho CRM has been well received, and starting to really take off as the popularity of Caldera Forms grows.
We’ve also developed an integration for the Give plugin (enabling donations) and PayFast payment Gateway, which has been received very well by the local WordPress community.
Invite-Only Professional Networks
We’re part of some elite professional groups that have opened up LightSpeed to the global market, which has confidence in our skills because we are a part of these exclusive, invite-only networks.
Proud Member of the WordPress Community
Ashley Shaw, LightSpeed founder and CEO, has attended WordPress meetups around the world, in Nijmegen, Munich, and two in Cape Town. In the US, he attended WordCamp San Francisco 2014 as well as the 2014 WooConf.
Ashley has attended WordCamp Europe in Seville (2015), in Vienna (2016) and in Paris (2017). Back home in Cape Town, he was organizer and attendee of a WordPress meetup in 2008 which was done specifically on Matt Mullenweg’s request. The event was organized in about a week and had a healthy turnout of around 50 attendees.
Ashley was one of the organisers of WordCamp in 2011 and 2012, and since 2013 he and the rest of the LightSpeed team have been attending WordCamps every year.
WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress
Meet The LightSpeed Team
Anke van ReethDesigner
Anke is skilled with Photoshop and Sketch and is also proficient in responsive web development, WooCommerce and designing for mobile.
Ashley ShawChief Executive Officer
As founder and CEO of the company, Ashley’s time is split between generating or nurturing leads around the world, client consultation and managing his team.
Barbara Kerr-ShawChief Financial Officer
Barbs looks after the financial aspects of our business, account management, office administration, our fabulous team and the resident 6 felines.
Christian VancoillieSystems Engineer
Chris, our systems engineer, is a computer nerd by heart. His main interests are networking, Internet and administration areas of IT.
Deon is a designer and all round creative guy. Proficient in Photoshop and Illustrator, he is rapidly adding skills in Sketch to his repertoire.
Garth GlaumProject Manager
Garth is LightSpeed’s Project Manager. Garth was a project manager in KwaZulu-Natal for several years, before relocating to Cape Town.
Ignatius VermaakTechnical Lead
Iggi develops technical specifications for our WooCommerce projects, manages our developers, handles support requests and ensures an agile workflow.
Joseph HartWordPress Developer
Apart from co-managing our support team, Joe is responsible for general theme and plugin configuration, custom site styling and structural development.
Virginia GarciaWordPress Developer
Virginia is a Front End Developer with over 5 years’ experience. She is a Systems Engineer with a passion for WordPress and everything related to it.
Warwick BoothWordPress Developer