Fasturtle is a full-service website design and digital marketing agency that focuses and supports small-business owners, nonprofits and entrepreneurs. It is also the creator of a turn-key option to help businesses with a minimal budget to get online. In fact, Fasturtle initially created its Fastsites product back in 2011, when the recession had seemingly caused many businesses to feel marketing was an unaffordable luxury, but more or less dissolved that temporary program as the economy improved and demand for custom sites ticked up.
But it’s been resurged. Fastsites is a semi-DIY, lower-cost solution that can get a website launched in as short a time as a week. Using user-friendly templates, businesses enter their details, choose a design and give the Fastsites team the content to include. Each business will have access to edit its website after launching, but can call on Fasturtle’s support team for help, says Eric Olsen, Fasturtle founder and owner.
“The Fasturtle Fastsite solution is built to grow as a business grows,” says Olsen. “There are close to 100 third-party add-ons to our platform. If a customer wants a more custom solution or a WordPress website after the Fastsite, we will apply the initial payment toward a custom WordPress website.”
Olsen points out that open-source and other options really put the non-technical person in a difficult spot. “If you have not been trained to develop websites, you could really become frustrated — or even break the site that was already built. Remember, your website is your first impression to a lot of people.