Houston, TX (PRWEB) August 15, 2008
CPAPtalk.com has redesigned their entire website and launched it to the general public starting today. With over 270,000 posts to the message board and more than 31,500 registered members, CPAPtalk.com is a thriving community of CPAP users helping each other through shared knowledge, support, and experience. Registration and use of the site are free of charge.
CPAPtalk.com is built on a platform of open source software called phpBB which is the engine that runs the message board or member forum. An upgrade to the latest version of phpBB has been completed which adds increased functionality and fixes some issues that members have had with the older version. They have also customized the website with a new look and feel that will make for a better user experience and increase ease of use.
In addition to the new look and feel, there are several features which have been added or updated. Here is a list of major features CPAPtalk.com offers its members:
Member Forum - Our forum works the same way, but now features like large bold title, main page avatars, guest spam prevention, and easy to find reply and quote buttons make it much easier to use.
Healthcare Professionals Section - This section is for medical and healthcare professionals, such as doctors, respiratory therapists, sleep labs, and DMEs. It gives them a quick tour and allows them the opportunity to request free brochures to give their patients or to order a free DVD called "Introduction to the Sleep Lab", which their patients can watch.
New User's Section - This area gives a quick tour to people who are new to CPAPtalk.com and shows them many of the features available for their use.
Improved Search - This has been improved for ease of use and to provide better results.
CPAPtalk Product Challenge - Launched in 2007, the landing page has been modified for better navigation. The CPAPtalk Product Challenge is a product trial system that pits one CPAP product against a similar product allowing 50 pre-screened participants the opportunity to trial the product free of charge in exchange for their unedited feedback and product ratings.
Tagging Ability and Tag Cloud - Members now have the ability to tag topics in the forum with relevant key words. There is also a Tag Cloud which shows popular tags and the ability to search tags.
Sleep Services Locator - This section allows members to search for sleep labs, doctors, DME providers, online retailers, and sleep support groups, in their local area. It was built with a Google Maps API for easy lookup of locations and driving directions. Providers of these services may submit or edit their information free of charge.
Product News Feed - Shows newly listed products from CPAP.com so that CPAPtalk.com members will be alerted when new products become available on the market. Also included are Product Challenge announcements and new Product Interviews.
Sleep Apnea News Feed - Gathers news related to Sleep Apnea and CPAP use from various sources on the web and lists them in an index for our members to read.
Video Section - This area contains CPAP and Sleep Apnea related videos in embedded YouTube format.
Member Chatroom - In addition to the message board, members may also chat in real-time.
"Our members really help each other out tremendously and while they take their condition seriously, they have a wonderful sense of humor about their CPAP therapy. We appreciate their dedication to each other, the newbies, and the community as a whole. If it wasn't for the people who use CPAPtalk, our website would not exist. As it stands today, it is a rich and deep resource of help from some real experts out there: the people who actually use a CPAP every night. We are happy to finally give them a shiny new CPAPtalk.com and we hope they enjoy it," says Johnny Goodman, General Manager of U.S. Expediters, Inc.
Johnny Goodman continues, "We encourage people in the medical field and in professions related to Sleep Apnea and CPAP therapy to tell their patients about CPAPtalk.com. We understand the importance of medical professionals in the treatment and therapy of each of their patients. However, we also believe that it is invaluable to have support and information from experienced CPAP users, available 24/7, at the click of a button. Combined with advice from their medical professionals, the things people learn on CPAPtalk can lead to increased therapy effectiveness and that really is the ultimate goal here."
CPAPtalk.com was launched in 2004, and is owned and supported by U.S. Expediters, Inc., which also operates the retail website CPAP.com. CPAPtalk.com is run using a light moderation, high community involvement philosophy. It is always recommended that a patient consult with their doctor before making any changes to their therapy or medical treatment.