We’re passionate about helping businesses make an impact online by putting control in the hands of our clients
LightSpeed was founded in 2003 by Ashley Shaw, a passionate Open Source evangelist and entrepreneur. Ashley puts his passion (and his team) to work on providing specialist solutions to a variety of clients with a focus on serving the tourism industry.

The websites we build provide our clients with tools to get their message across on the Internet in a simple and effective manner.

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Our process

  • Plan: We consult with you to ensure that we translate your vision into a successful website. Then we plan your website through wireframes and prototypes.
  • Create: Choose from our standard design templates that have hundreds of hours invested in thought, layout planning and research. Add your own branding.
  • Publish: After the design has been implemented, your content has been loaded and testing has been completed, we move your website over to the live hosting environment.
  • Grow: Once your website is live, it is time to track its success through analytics and to continuously optimise your website for search engines.

Our systems

We are strong believers in the benefits of remote working, allowing employees to work in the most comfortable space they can while maintaining productivity and strong communications with the rest of the team. We have systems and processes in place to ensure that even though we may not always be in the same room, we’re always on the same page. Because clear communications and planning are key to our success, we hold occasional in-office meetings and regular online meetings to ensure we’re on track.

Systems like HipChat (team chat client), Asana (project management), ZenDesk (support ticket platform) and BugHerd and inVision (client feedback tools) help us to maintain an efficient workflow when working remotely. Read more about our company culture.

Our History

Established in 2003, LightSpeed began as a computer and network support company. In 2007, our company evolved into a specialist WordPress development studio. Since then, our team has been helping businesses achieve their goals by giving them fresh, professional and easy-to-manage websites.

In 2012, we turned our focus toward the tourism industry and today this remains our primary focus. Tour Operators, Travel Agents and Lodging Establishments receive affordable WordPress solutions specifically designed to help them meet their business goals.


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Our WordPress Community Involvement

In 2011 LightSpeed hosted its first WordCamp. The conference delivered a wealth of top-level industry insight, in-depth conference content and international business connection building. It was held at the Clock Tower Centre in the V&A Waterfront with 220 attendees. Have a look at the official WordCamp 2011 website or watch some video highlights below.

In 2012 LightSpeed hosted its second WordCamp at the Old Mutual Conference and Exhibition Centre in Kirstenbosch. The 2012 WordCamp had 330 attendees.

In addition to hosting WordCamp, LightSpeed hosted its first Meetup in 2012. WordPress Meetups are opportunities for WordPress communities to come together and share their interest in WordPress, build relationships and learn from each other. The format of the inaugural WordPress Meetup for 2012 was informal. The aim was to get WordPress lovers together so that they could mingle and sit down and chat to one another. After this LightSpeed held two more Meetups – one of which was attended by Matt Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress, and was attended by 50 WordPress professionals.

WordCamp Video Highlights


WordCamp, WordPress Summit an Contributor day in San Francisco

In 2014, Ashley attended WordCamp in San Francisco, which resulted in him attending the WordPress Summit and Contributor day.

After WordCamp San Francisco, Ashley attended the WordPress Summit 2014 conference. It was an informal conference where people switched off their cell phones and computers. This resulted in a discussion where a small group of people engaged with one another, and didn’t focus on technology around them.

At Contributor day, Ashley spent two days having theme review sessions and meetings about WordPress. During the two days, Ashley met people from all the make.wordpress.org teams and learnt more about how the WordPress community succeeds and why the open source philosophy works so well.