Five Tips for Navigating the NEW Nephcure.org August 18, 2014 by Lauren Eva Welcome to our new website! We’ve already heard from many of you who love the new look and feel of the site, and we appreciate the kind words. We also recognize that this site is VERY DIFFERENT from our former look and feel. Here are some tips for navigating the new site and becoming acclimated to the new structure. We’d love to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below or emailing us. Finding Your Way Around NephCure.org The Search Bar is amazing! We’ve implemented a much more robust and accurate search on this new site. If you know what you’re looking for, but aren’t sure where to find the information, use the Search Box at the top right of the banner to quickly find what you need. Widgets get you there fast. Wait…what’s a widget? Below the large box of rotating pictures, called a slider or slideshow, you will find eight (8) square photos with headline descriptions; these are called widgets. Use these to quickly jump to a section of the site you may be searching for. We’ve designed these with you in mind, based on user feedback and best practices in information design. How did we do? Let us know! Click on the logo to get to the “Home” page. Why isn’t there a link labeled “Home”? We asked a lot of questions of many people when building our new site. One of the things we learned is that including a button or link labeled “Home” can have a bad impact on SEO (search engine optimization). This means it can make it harder for people to find us, and harder for us to learn what’s important to you when we analyze our data. We’ve adopted the newer web design convention of using our logo at the top left of the screen as our “Home” link. Click on this logo from ANYWHERE in the site to get back to our home page. NEW navigation, designed with YOU in mind. We thought about you when we made our site. We thought about you a lot, and did our best to reflect that in the names of the links and pages we created, called our site architecture. We’re presenting the information you indicated is important to you first. Tell us how we did. We know from our focus group as well as other data that disease information is what most people look for first, so we created Living with Kidney Disease to house all information about FSGS, Nephrotic Syndrome, Minimal Change Disease, treatments and more. We also heard that engaging with and joining the NephCure community is important, so we created Community where you can find NephSpace*, Patient Stories and support. The most radical change is our new Get Involved section. Here you can find everything you need to know about getting involved with NephCure Kidney International (NKI), from Walks, to Fundraisers, to Donating to a fundraising team, signing up for our Patient-Powered Research Network, and Education. Recent News curated and updated regularly. Recent News includes updates from NKI, as well as patient stories, updates from NKI community fundraisers, and nephrology and research information from around the web. We highlight “top stories” in our slideshow on the home page and update this section regularly. Check back often to see the latest news! Know of a story we should feature? Submit it along with a link, if applicable, and contact information – we’ll take a look! *August 18, 2014: as of today NephSpace is being migrated to our new site and will be back online soon. We will post regular updates to www.nephcure.org as well as to the NephCure FaceBook page. Drop us a line if you’d like to be emailed directly with updates and announcements about NephSpace.