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About Sandhills

Time is our single most valuable and limited asset. Our goal is not to waste it. We work to live, for time is one thing we cannot waste. ⏳

10 years in business

As a self-funded company, we're proud of our humble beginnings and excited for our future growth.

24 team members

Every day, our team of passionate, dedicated humans come together to build a company we truly believe in.

7 different countries

Sandhills is a globally-distributed company with team members on 4 different continents.

Headquartered In "Hutch"

Hutch is located in a region of Kansas known for its prairies and hills called the Sandhills. Get it?

Sandhills Development began as a college dorm-room hobby for Pippin Williamson. By building small websites for anyone that would hire him, Pippin discovered a passion for web programming that led him into the freedoms and challenges of self-employment. Through custom website creation for clients big and small, Pippin then found his way into product creation by developing solutions that could be reused across many sites.

After he began selling his products on code marketplaces and found success there, Pippin set custom development aside and focused exclusively on a growing suite of products built primarily for eCommerce and membership websites. Rapid growth and success with his products led Pippin to form a company and hire the first team member and employee, Sean Davis.

Six+ years later Sandhills Development is now a fully remote, distributed company that employees dozens of people all around the world.

Today we focus on creating products for our customers that are joyful to use and lead to greater success for their businesses. We do this by being committed and first recognizing the importance of our team’s time. When we give recognition to our people’s most valuable asset, we can shape a place of work where they can excel, grow, and thrive. Great places of work lead to great pieces of work.

We celebrate the freedom to work where, when and how is best for each individual. We are all different and we love it that way.

Did you know: Sandhills owns 3 acres of open land in a popular Hutch neighborhood simply to preserve nature as a communal space for people and animals alike.
Meet our Team

We're a team of many talents, working daily to help each other grow professionally. We employ writers, designers, support technicians, developers, marketers, and most importantly, people who care.

Pippin

Founder, CEO

Sean

Partner, Design Lead

Chris

Partner, CTO, Dev Lead

Andrew

Partner, Product Lead

Phil D.

Partner, Product Lead

Michael

Support Technician

Lisa

Marketing Lead

Drew

Product Dev Lead

Ashley

Product Dev Lead

Kyle

Director of Operations

Ginger

Support Technician

Phil J.

Developer

Keri

Support Lead

John J.

Product Lead

Tyler

Administration, Marketer

Daniel

Support Technician

Mihai

Support Technician

Mandy

Content creator

Tunbosun

Developer

Spencer

Developer

Andrea

Support Technician

Alex

Developer

Adam

Support Technician

Joe

Content creator

Interested in joining our team?

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Did you know: Our microbrewery, Sandhills Brewing, has an awesome Instagram profile full of beer and good times. Check it out →

Sandhills History

From 7 different countries around the world, we've slowly come together to create what we believe in, and what makes our customers' lives better.

Here's how we did it.

2009

Fueled by coffee and interrupted by school work, Pippin begins building the foundation of what would eventually become Sandhills Development, LLC.

Over a few years, custom solutions built for clients begin to take shape as standalone WordPress plugins.

Pippin studied Linguistics at the University of Kansas. Writing code was merely a hobby at this point.

2011

Pippin's Plugins launches as a resource for WordPress developers and a place to distribute Pippin's WordPress plugins.

Pippin graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in Linguistics.

2012

Restrict Content Pro launches as a membership solution for WordPress.

Easy Digital Downloads launches as an eCommerce solution for selling digital products on WordPress.

Sugar Calendar launches as an event calendar plugin for WordPress.

Take a look at some of our projects in their early stages. 2012 in review

Fun fact: the company wasn't always called Sandhills Development. Read 2013 in review to see the original name.

2014

AffiliateWP launches as an affiliate program solution for WordPress sites.

Not yet under the Sandhills umbrella, Phil D. launches WP Simple Pay as a Stripe Payments plugin for WordPress.

Sandhills hires its first official team member, Sean, who joined as a support technician and theme developer.

Read 2014 in review for a glimpse into our significant growth as a company.

2015

Chris joins the team as a co-lead developer for Easy Digital Downloads. Andrew, co-founder of AffiliateWP, joins the team to focus on AffiliateWP and Easy Digital Downloads. John P. (not pictured above) joins the team as a developer. Michael joins the team as a support technician.

The Sandhills team meets up in Las Vegas twice this year.

This year, we began confronting one of our biggest challenges as a company. Check out 2015 in review for the scoop.

2016

Lisa joins the team as a support technician. Drew joins the team as a developer to focus primarily on AffiliateWP.

Company meet-up held in Tempe, Arizona.

This year, we made a significant change to our business model. See 2016 in review if you're curious how it worked out.

2017

Sugar Calendar re-launches as an event calendar plugin for WordPress.

Ashley, Phil J., and John J. join the company as developers. Ginger and Keri join to focus on customer support and documentation. Kyle joins the team as a marketer.

Sean, Chris, Andrew, and John P. officially join Pippin as Partners in Sandhills Development.

Annual company meet-up, now known as Sandhills Summit, held in Keystone, Colorado.

Read 2017 in review to learn about some of our growing pains this year.

2018

Sandhills Brewing opens its doors as one of very few microbreweries in Hutchinson, Kansas! Sandhills Brewing now has a location in Hutch, as well as Mission, Kansas.

Phil D. joins the team, bringing with him WP Simple Pay. What a great day!

Daniel and Mihai join the team to focus on support. Tyler joins the company to manage social outreach and help with administration efforts. Mandy joins as a content writer. Tunbosun joins as a developer to focus on AffiliateWP.

Sandhills purchases its first plot of land in Hutch with a goal of preserving nature in a quickly growing city.

It's not official until there's a blog, right? Watch Sandhills Brewing do its thing over time. Sandhills Brewing blog

Sellbird, an under-construction service for facilitating digital product and media sales, reaches its mature development stage.

Sandhills Summit held in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Who knew we'd benefit from establishing a real marketing team? Take a look at 2018 in review to see what we learned about marketing this year.

2019

Andrea and Adam join the rockstar support crew. Spencer and Alex join as much needed developers for our fleet of software products. Michael, previously part-time, becomes a full-time team member. Joe joins the team as a content creator.

We bid farewell to John P., Partner and long-time developer. We appreciate his efforts to breathe new life into Restrict Content Pro during his time as Product Lead. He will be missed!

Sandhills purchases the building that houses our headquarters office as well as the Hutch microbrewery and tap room. With this purchase, we also become property managers, renting storefront space to a yoga studio.

We launched our payouts service for AffiliateWP! Our service makes paying affiliates directly to their bank accounts simple and affordable. It also supports more than 30 countries. Take a look!

Sandhills Summit held in Rockford, Illinois.

That's 10 years and counting. Cheers! 🥂 Here's what to expect in the future.

Though Sellbird is currently under development, you can sign up to receive updates and information as the project takes flight.

The development team is working diligently on Easy Digital Downloads 3.0, the most significant update the eCommerce plugin has ever received. Stay up to date with our development blog.