IBS Impact has recently completed a major and overdue overhaul to its main website. Technical and other issues delayed the launch beyond the time expected, but it is live now and we thank IBS Impact’s long-term followers for their patience. The site has been moved to a new web host, webmaster and design template. Information and links on most pages have been updated and reorganized considerably to remove defunct or redundant material and streamline information. It is hoped that the new site will resolve technical issues that prevented updates to the old site for some time, will better allow the possibility of future expansions, and provide greater online accessibility for those with certain disabilities other than or in addition to IBS.
There have also been new resources added on the home page, IBS page, advocacy page, research page, IBS studies page, resources page, IBS and children page, family and friends page and links page. For efficient use of space, the events page from the previous site, which was under-utilized, has been removed for now, but a “latest news” column of short news updates has been added to the left sidebar of the home page. Readers interested in the most recent news, events, clinical trial and advocacy opportunities, and articles between main site updates, may follow this blog or our Facebook or Twitter feeds (links found on the lower right sidebar of this blog). In this update, particular attention has been given to increasing resources for international visitors to the site, with the current site reflecting six countries that are consistently among the top sources of hits to our sites, for children and teens with IBS and their families, and for those with medical conditions that commonly overlap with IBS. Regardless of one’s interest in IBS, whether personal or professional, most users should find useful and interesting material and links.
Because of the redesign and transfer of the site, some links embedded in older posts on this blog or search engine results relating to IBS Impact.com may result in error messages, but you should still reach the site itself. If so, please use the navigation links at the top of the site to reach the desired subpage. No information that is still currently useful has been removed from the site, although in some cases, the location has changed. For example, much of the information previously found on the advocacy page has been moved to the resources page, and some of the previous contents of the resources page has been moved to the IBS page.
Please feel free to check out the new site here. Our goals with the website, blog and social media are to provide a varied range of current, scientifically accurate, reputable information and resources to people with IBS and their families and friends, and to encourage informed choices, proactive self-advocacy and public awareness of IBS, and the unmet medical or social needs many of us face as a result of IBS.
IBS Impact, as an entity, is not directly affiliated with any other organization, site or research sponsor and receives no funding for the information we post on the main website, this blog or our Twitter and Facebook pages. We do welcome constructive collaboration and value the many individuals, websites, organizations and clinical and research entities who continue to support, encourage and amplify our efforts in various ways to benefit the cause of IBS awareness and advocacy worldwide.
Special thanks to Shawn Case, IBS Impact’s volunteer founding webmaster, web designer and advocate in the IBS community for many years, who continues to act as a co-administrator and advisor for IBS Impact, and through his former business, donated hosting and maintenance for the IBS Impact site since its inception. Thanks also to Johnny Steverson, the CEO of WebTekPromotions, who completed the work on the new site at a substantially discounted rate and will also be donating hosting and maintenance going forward. Their work is essential to IBS Impact and the cause.
Comments, suggestions, corrections of outdated links, article submissions, and clinical trials or surveys by researchers affiliated with academic, medical, or pharmaceutical entities or reputable organizations representing IBS or commonly overlapping conditions in any country are all welcome and will be thoughtfully considered. A new contact form can be found on the home page of the main site, or comments can be left on this blog. Thank you to all of our readers and social media followers for your interest and participation.