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CaringBridge.org

CaringBridge.org is recommended as a resource for consumers who want to share health-related information and/or to reach out to others for help and support. Users can create their own website to spread news to a wide audience, communicate in a privacy-protected and ad-free space, and receive emotional and financial support from others.

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Review Date: 4/18/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

There is not much room to personalize each page, although the uniformity helps consumers know what to expect from each site. The site is very user-friendly and provides consistently clear and simple instructions for each of the steps along the creation process. Links to additional information are often provided, which helps to clarify what is being asked.

Visual Design

The website possesses a very basic design and layout, which is a possitive feature of the site. Anyone with basic computer knowledge will feel comfortable using the site and following the steps to create a personal website. The clear and uncluttered design is carried throughout each of the site's pages, which makes finding information a simple process.

Quality

The quality of materials here is entirely dependent on the person creating their website within CaringBridge. The content focuses more on personal journeys rather than health education and should be judged accordingly.

Credibility

Articles, when available, are informative. They are written by CaringBridge staff and former users, and each features a date of publication. CaringBridge does take strides to ensure privacy and protection for its users, as well as verifying the identities of site owners.

Pros

  1. A variety of features and tools make it easy to create and personalize each website
  2. Access to the site is password protected and controlled by the site's author
  3. Visitor posts, comments, and photos are editable by the site's author
  4. No word limit on posts or comments
  5. Tributes, donations, and fundraising goals are easily set up and accessed

Cons

  1. The website sends a follow-up email every time you visit a different profile
  2. Deactivating an account requires submitting the request to Customer Care and cannot be done within the site
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Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: CaringBridge is a nonprofit organization with a majority of funding coming from individual donors and some corporate giving

Accreditations: BBB-accredited charity, Charity Navigator 3-Star charity

Additional Features: Resources section with searchable articles and videos on a variety of topics related to healthcare and caregiving

Languages: English

Contact: customercare@caringbridge.org

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