LightSpeed development overview

We’re passionate about helping businesses make an impact online by putting control in the hands of our clients.

Founded in 2003 by Ashley Shaw, LightSpeed WordPress Development has progressed from a start as a WordPress website solutions company that catered to a spread of client requirements (with a focus on the tourism sector) on to becoming a leading WP specialist development company.

In 2020, the company now features valuable credentials gained via endorsements and associations with both the focal WordPress community and organisation. The company now stands tall in its field as a result of the significant gains made since its founding, and is now a proud member of the elite few companies in the world that are both WooExperts and Mailchimp Experts.

LightSpeed development work

Sharp mind and expert tools, used to deliver high-performance websites.

We apply the experience gained through our development of several software applications and products to enhancing the performance of WordPress websites. From startups to large-scale digital publishing platforms and on to educational or tour operator websites, we pride ourselves on work that helps our clients find and keep their target market.

Our Culture & Team

Collaborative, nimble, experienced and always with one eye on innovation.

We’re proud of being a nimble team able to meet the demands of an ever-changing digital landscape. The working culture that helps us achieve this is increasingly being adopted across the globe and relies on collaborative tools that keep team members connected, informed and able to deliver on their area of operations.

Our team

A talented team of professionals ready to help you

Ash Shaw


Lourens Visser

Support Happiness Engineer

Warwick Booth

Lead Developer

Adam Wale

Branding & Web Designer

Barbara Kerr-Shaw


Chris Vancoillie

Systems Administrator

Justin Abrahamse

Developer & Web Designer

Zared Rogers

Designer & Page Builder

The LightSpeed way

Our tried & trusted approach

At LightSpeed WordPress Development we use Lean Thinking and clear communication, we partner with you to deliver innovation.


We’re here to listen and understand your needs, so that our team acts efficiently and effectively in delivering what you need, when you need.

Clear Communication

By presenting our tactical and technical solutions in a clear manner that invites your input, we keep channels open and build your trust in us.


Our eye is always on the latest and best-in-class solutions that can provide you with cutting-edge innovation that helps you stand out and succeed.

Lean Thinking

With an approach that’s informed by data and analysis, we’re able to ensure our focus is always on the task at hand, whilst being agile and responsive.

Our process

A tried and tested approach to web development

Using over 10 years’ experience, we take you from where you are, to where you want to be – at LightSpeed.

At LightSpeed, our web development process starts with an in-depth discovery phase, where we collaborate with you to understand your business goals and requirements. This ensures a clear project roadmap that aligns with your vision. Our skilled team then creates a custom WooCommerce website that is visually appealing, user-friendly, and optimised for performance.

We maintain open communication throughout development, incorporating your feedback to meet your expectations. Post-launch, our support team is ready to assist with updates and maintenance, ensuring your online store runs smoothly. At LightSpeed, we are dedicated to delivering professional service and a website that drives your e-commerce success.

Our community

Proud Member of the WordPress Community

South Africa Community

With a focus on WordPress development our founder and CEO, Ashley Shaw, has been instrumental in spearheading WordPress gatherings in Cape Town, and organised a WordPress meetup in 2008 specifically on WordPress CEO Matt Mullenweg’s request. Ashley was also one of the organisers of WordCamp in both 2011 and 2012 and since then he and the rest of our team have attended local WordCamps in Cape Town annually.

International Community

As a highly engaged member of the global WordPress community, Ashley has also attended a range of WordPress meetups around the world, including Nijmegen, Munich, and two in Cape Town. In the US, he has attended WordCamp San Francisco 2014 as well as the 2014 WooConf and has also attended WordCamp Europe in Seville (2015), in Vienna (2016) and in Paris (2017), Belgrade (2018), Berlin (2019).