BEYOND BORDERS: Maeve Lander’s web development skills are in demand worldwide, with a customer in Sweden among her growing clientele. Photo: Bohdan Warchomij

Lander’s Enigma cracks code for success

A PERTH woman’s expertise in a popular web development platform is attracting interest and business opportunities from across the globe.

At just 24 years of age, Maeve Lander is a small business owner employing three staff to help her satisfy that global demand. Even so, Ms Lander says she’s turning work down every day.

It’s her skill in operating the open-source web development platform WordPress that’s creating the momentum for her business, Engima Digital.

WordPress began as a content management system for bloggers but has grown into one of the most common platforms for websites including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Gazette, Time Magazine, Forbes, Sony, New York Times blogs, and CNN’s Politics page.

WordPress now accounts for 17 per cent of sites on the web and has 63 million active users - a number growing by 100,000 every day.

Ms Lander first worked with WordPress while studying multimedia design at university.

“It was like a whole new world just opened up,” Ms Lander told WA Business News.

“When you find something you’re passionate about it’s easy to stay motivated.”

That interest led to freelance contracts building WordPress websites for small businesses while Ms Lander was at university, and after-hours jobs when she worked as a designer.

It wasn’t long before she decided to ditch her roles with major web development companies to focus solely on her niche.


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