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.

LSX Theme: Version 2.0 Released

We’ve updated our LSX theme multiple times since its first release in 2014. On first release we received an official theme review from wordpress.org which really help to roadmap the future of the theme and helped us to identify many key areas for improvement. Since then we’ve consistently improved and…

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Tour Operator Plugin: Version 1.1 Released

With the v1.1 of the Tour Operator plugin we’ve done a complete design overhaul. The main functionality remains the same, but its looks have improved.

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LightSpeed 2017 Website Redesign

Our products and services have received an overhaul at LightSpeed in the last 3 – 4 years, and now the website reflects where our focus lies.

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A Review of LightSpeed’s Hiring Process

Through our two latest hires we learned a lot about our hiring process: what works and what doesn’t. It’s helped us to improve and we talk about it here.

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LightSpeed’s 2017 Retreat at Maison Noir

In 2017, the LightSpeed Team Retreat was spent at the luxurious Maison Noir villa in Hout Bay. Read what everyone in the team had to say about the trip.

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Product CSV Import Suite: Exporting and Importing Bookable Products

The WooCommerce Product CSV Import Suite allows you to mass import and export all types of products, including bookable products and product variations.

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MyGate – WooCommerce compatible Payment Gateway Supporting Recurring Billing

Supported in South Africa and a host of other African countries, MyGate allows for multiple payment methods through a PCI compliant and secure gateway.

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Virtual Card Services: South African WooCommerce Payment Gateway

eCommerce is becoming the norm and e-commerce businesses service a variety of customers. VCS could do with an upgrade in terms of packaging their services.

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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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Eva Sittig
Role & Company: Head of Global Communications | Lufthansa InTouch

LightSpeed is managing the MailChimp account on behalf LH InTouch. The tasks include, RSS campaigns, List segmentation, Integrate WordPress plugin…

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Stephan Sliwensky
Role & Company: Marketing Director | DOCaddress

LightSpeed developed our brochure website some years back, we elected to use our own hosting and we didn’t keep our…

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Charlotte Metelerkamp
Role & Company: Head of Sales & Distribution | Classic Villas

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

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Sandor Weyers
Role & Company: Elementz Travel

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

Internet trends and technology change apace, and in a matter of a few short years, our pioneering website was little…

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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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