Focus: Communications - Site Visit

Epilepsy Action is the UK's largest member-led epilepsy organisation, with 18,000 members. Last year the website attracted more than a million visitors.

Main pages

The homepage is far from beautiful, but it is effective. Four prominent links appear to the left of the page and offer an assortment of features, including a GP resource pack and a supporter's 'Marathon Diary'. The rest of the page is taken up with a menu of links to 12 main sections, each with three sub-sections. This detailed approach works because the website contains so much information that enabling visitors to go straight to their required area can only save time. The plethora of sections does mean that moving from page to page can be tricky.

Special features

As well as having its own online shop, the charity offers visitors the chance to 'shop and fundraise'. Companies including Tesco, Amazon, Boots and Thornton's will make donations for every customer who buys products online through the Epilepsy Action website.

And those with an interest in celebrity doodles can browse the work of those who contributed to last week's National Doodle Day to raise money for the charity.

A special commendation must go to former University Challenge presenter Bamber Gascoigne for his bizarre sketch of an unhappy cow.

Epilepsy Action says:

"The Epilepsy Action website is user-friendly, an excellent source of information and, above all, easily accessible. That's why we are currently receiving 85,000 visits every month."

Site Visit is by Tony Hodson

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