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
LightSpeed’s products are open-source and published under the GNU General Public Licence V3.
To ensure the continuous improvement of our software we use the following awesome tools.
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 software free under Open Source, and have recently released all our extensions and core software on wp.org.
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.
WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress
We believe in open source. Find us on Github
Experience the LightSpeed difference
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Some of the team you’re likely to meet
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.
Ignatius VermaakTechnical Lead
Iggi develops technical specifications for our WooCommerce projects, manages our developers, handles support requests and ensures an agile workflow.
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.