A year on from my last annual gout blog review, and I have made many improvements.
|Welcome To GoutPal’s Goutorium|
|Gout Symptoms Dept.|
|Gout Treatment Dept.|
|Gout Diet Department|
|Understanding Uric Acid|
Mostly, I have made steady progress to organizing gout information better. The biggest change for 2012 recognizes the growing amount of information about gout. I realize that the number of gout and uric acid pages may well top 1000 in 2012, and I need to organize different gouty arthritis topics to reflect that.
Let me introduce the new GoutPal Goutorium. This is the knowledge-base of all gouty arthritis information, with revised sections for Gout Symptoms, Gout Treatment, Gout Diet, and some supporting sections. I am changing Sections to Departments, and re-grouping pages within each department as appropriate. Continuing the Goutorium theme, subsections will become Wards.
Each Department and each Ward will have a blog, providing supporting information, and each Department will be supported by a forum. For gout sufferers or their carers who want to improve their personal knowledge, I will introduce Gout School. At Gout School, you can learn about any particular Ward that interests you, or study an overview of each department. Gout School will also allow you to monitor personal progress on Department Personal Progress Charts.
For example, the Gout Symptoms Department, will contain information on the Gout Symptoms, Gout Causes, and Gout Diagnosis Wards. There will be Gout Symptoms Personal Progress Guidelines that you can use with your doctor, or alongside friends from Gout School, or the Gout Symptoms Forum. This allows you to easily find relevant information to help you understand your doctor’s advice, and know what questions to ask, and how to ask them, so you get the best help and support.
I will then complete the reorganization by adding a new front page. Combining this with recommendations means it will be much easier to find information relevant to you. For example, once the website knows you are looking for natural gout cures information, it will recommend the best pages for all related topics.
So, how can the website know what you want? At it’s most basic, the page that you are reading indicates that similar topics are important to you. I will refine this basic process, which has been available for some time as the “Related Topics” option in the menu above. I will write more on the recommendation process nearer the time it becomes available. I’m confident it will allow you to find the best gout support information quicker, and avoid information that is not relevant to you.
All these changes will take time, but please remember, the search box is your friend. Conveniently located near the top of every page, I will soon attach it to the top of the screen, as with GoutPal Interactive. Whenever you have a question about gout, type it into the search box. The results will almost certainly give you the answers you need, but if they do not, you can always get help in the friendly gout forum.
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