Ashley Shaw

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Ashley Shaw

Chief Executive Officer

Ashley founded LightSpeed in 2003. The company changed from computer and network support to a website development company in 2007. His passion for the open source community lead him to get involved in organising WordCamp and WordPress Meetup events. As an avid traveller, Ashley has attended WordCamps on 3 continents.

As founder and CEO of the company his time is split between generating or nurturing leads around the world, client consultation and managing his global team of WordPress professionals.

Outside of work, sport and physical exercise play a major role in his life. At 14 he started serious mountain biking and during his teens he earned provincial colours 3 times and won the provincial championships once in 1998. Later in his life he has discovered the wonders of long distance running.

My Experience Joining the LightSpeed Team

LightSpeed’s most recent addition, Jacques, writes about joining the LightSpeed team, and how he’s enjoying the remote working experience.

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LightSpeed Team Retreat 2018

LightSpeed have spent the first part of 2018 working hard on securing new business, and also cementing the excellent relationships that we have with our existing clients. We feel extremely positive about how 2018 has progressed thus far, and have taken on new staff to supplement our excellent team….

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LightSpeed’s Furry Friends

The LightSpeed team are a remote team, which means we all get to enjoy working in an environment with our pets. We’ve compiled a get-to-know the pets of LightSpeed article.

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South African Payment Gateways for WooCommerce: A Summary

A series by LightSpeed about South African Payment Gateways that have extensions available for your WooCommerce powered eCommerce store.

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PayU: WooCommerce Payment Gateway for Small, Medium and Large Companies

PayU’s Woocommerce payment gateway supports recurring billing and supports major banks. They offer payment solutions in the form of 3 separate bundles.

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PayFast – A WooCommerce Payment Gateway

PayFast offers some useful features that other payment gateways lack, as well as great customer service, simple interface and elaborate documentation.

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SnapScan – Simple QR code scanning for WooCommerce

Offering SnapScan as a payment option is almost as easy as using the app to pay in stores and is a great way to increase sales for your eCommerce business.

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Top Bookings website pitfalls and how LightSpeed can help you to avoid them

If you are running an online booking website, or would like to, we’ve compiled this list of pitfalls which we help our clients to avoid when building bookings websites for them.

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LightSpeed’s Services Packages

We’ve forged ahead and set up a range of packages, which we are now marketing directly from our own site. We wanted to find ways to streamline our process and a big part of this was to clearly define what our clients are getting within the various packages.

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Top subscription and membership pitfalls and how Lightspeed can help you avoid them

Subscription and membership websites are definitely not the same thing, however they do share many similar pitfalls and mistakes that can be avoided.

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Top eCommerce pitfalls and how LightSpeed can help you avoid them

Launching your eCommerce website can be a daunting project to take on, there is so much to consider before you even start selling your product or service online.

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2017 In Review

The LightSpeed team enjoyed a relaxing afternoon on the slopes of Table Mountain, taking in the amazing view over the Atlantic Ocean, chilling in hammocks, and reflecting on what has been a very busy and challenging year at LightSpeed.

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The Success Academy

Design & Development, WooCommerce

Elementz Travel

Tour Operators

Run it Off

WooCommerce

Uphephe

Design & Development

Safari Hotels

Design & Development

CJCP Clearing House

Design & Development

ATI Holidays

Tour Operators, WooCommerce

Inner Glow

WooCommerce

Giltedge Group

Tour Operators

Luxury Trips

Tour Operators

Tracks4Africa

WooCommerce

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Skeleton Coast Safaris

Design & Development, Tour Operators

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I was approached by LightSpeed as we were looking to vastly improve on a website which was not performing at…

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I approached LightSpeed because they were referred to me by Wetu and I also saw some of the great work…

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Yentl Barros
Role & Company: Media24

I approached LightSpeed Development because they developed a similar site within our group before and we were satisfied with the…

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David J Cartwright
Role & Company: MD | ATI Holidays

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Vanessa Ratcliffe
Role & Company: Owner | Southern Destinations

We contracted LightSpeed for the rebuild of our site. The brief included complex adherence to design, SEO and search functionality….

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Nina Taaibosch

Woo hoo!!! Couldn’t have done it without you guys! It really is awesome! The old site didn’t rank as high….

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Jo Duxbury
Role & Company: Owner | Freelancentral

The LightSpeed team never fails to impress me with their passion, geeky interest in their industry, creativity and most importantly,…

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Scott Hayes
Role & Company: SA Car Fan

I just thought I’d take time to let you know that I am incredibly impressed by your teams service. I…

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