May 8, 2013

Alternatives to CaringBridge

CaringBridge Alternatives

Depending on what your need is, there are a few great CaringBridge alternatives. Here are my top three listed by feature:

Option 1) http://posthope.org

  • No: advertising
  • No: solicitation for donations or tributes
  • Allows: Public and private sites with advanced privacy options like password protected sites
  • Allows: Fundraising - provides a secure, easy to use platform for users to receive donations and they do not collect any fee or portion of the donation.
  • Allows: Customize look and feel with photos and themes
  • Enables: Easy to use social sharing
  • Enables: Automatic notifications of new content (Updates, posts, photos etc)

Options 2) http://www.carepages.com

  • No: advertising
  • No: solicitation for donations or tributes
  • Allows: Public and private sites
  • Allows: Fundraising.
  • Allows: Customize look and feel with photos and themes
  • Enables: Easy to use social sharing
  • Enables: Automatic notifications of new content (Updates, posts, photos etc)

Options 3) http://www.giveforward.com

  • No: advertising
  • No: solicitation for donations or tributes
  • Allows: Public and private sites
  • Allows: Fundraising.
  • Allows: Customize look and feel with photos and themes
  • Enables: Easy to use social sharing
  • Enables: Automatic notifications of new content (Updates, posts, photos etc)


In summary, PostHope.org is most likely going to be your best alternative to CarePages or CaringBridge for a new patient website, care website or online fundraiser site!

August 26, 2012

How to Set Up Free Patient Websites

Patient Websites and Blogs. From 0 to live in less than 5 minutes.

PostHope.org is a website that features a centralized, easy-to-use communication network for friends and family to share stories, support causes, and offer encouragement during times of crisis.  The site, PostHope.org, provides users the ability to create a free, personalized patient website devoted to an ailing loved one and to send on-going prognosis updates via email and multiple social media sites, as well as receive personal notes, prayers, and messages of hope.

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The idea for PostHope originated with its founder, Paul Barton, when he developed a similar website after his brother was injured in a serious accident.  Barton created the site, www.getwellcaleb.com, to act as the liaison between his brother, Caleb, and his family and friends during his recovery.


“I originally thought the site would just be an easy source for friends and family to get updates on Caleb’s status. What I realized after was that all the posts of prayers, love, and encouragement are what helped keep my brother alive,” says Barton.

“I saw that as my brother’s site grew, people came together in this time of need, and I wanted to give others in similar situations the ability to have the same experience through a site of their own. To give them a little inspiration, a little hope.”


PostHope provides users the tools to create user-friendly, customized websites to post announcements, photos, and other information, while also allowing them to share updates through email, Facebook, Twitter, and other popular social platforms, saving users time and energy, while keeping loved ones informed.  In turn, friends and family can send encouraging messages and prayers directly to the website, where the user can access them all in one convenient location.


PostHope websites can be tailored for other uses beyond medical updates. Users have created sites dedicated to loved ones on mission trips, where notes of support and hope are shared continents apart. Other users’ sites, devoted to specific charitable causes, are designed to raise awareness and connect supporters, while providing followers with information on upcoming events, ways to donate, and how to get involved. PostHope offers much more than other social media sites, as it has helped shape and support communities of people dedicated to spreading inspiration, compassion and hope.

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