Not many web shops around here can compete, really. I’m more agile and have more resources at my disposal than most of the established web shops. They fear innovation, just keeping on the same path that they’ve been on since their founding. I embrace the latest and greatest web standards and technologies, which provides the best possible user experience for your website visitors.
I do this work because I enjoy making peoples lives easier by creating better software. I use WordPress quite often, but when needed I like using the Slim PHP framework or Fat Free Framework. I’ve been known to use Anchor, as well.
I typically use PHP, MySQL, Apache, and Debian or some flavor of Ubuntu Linux. Heroku and AppFog are excellent, and I use them both for development purposes. I use DigitalOcean for my production environments. There are many other services I use as well, here’s a few: