Our client, a professional audiologist, wanted to build an online platform that could host a global, virtual community of audiologists. The website would fill a gap for an online resource where professionals in hearing treatment could network with their peers internationally.
The site needed to include a community-created industry encyclopedia and cater for specific file types used by hearing professionals. Knowing they needed bespoke development, Zipaud chose Endev as their software provider.
Endev collaborated with our client to develop the website design and structure from a list of required functions. Endev then built the Zipaud.com site using .Net and featuring best practice in online interactivity. Once registered for the site, users can post, edit or rate articles in Audapedia, a wiki and encyclopaedia for hearing, start or contribute to discussions, offer products or services for sale and advertise jobs wanted or available. All content is open for user comments.
The site also includes a unique case study area in which audiologists can upload details of cases to share information or request input. Users can upload a variety of document types, including specialist Noah audio-graph files, and the site will convert them automatically to image files. These image files can then be cropped or content blacked out to protect client privacy, before they are presented on the site.
Within weeks of going-live, Zipaud.com had attracted hundreds of registered users from the hearing industry. Audiologists from across the world are sharing their ideas, questions and concerns in a free, private online space. The site runs fast and the interfaces are simple and intuitive to use, making the online community easy for Zipaud to run. And the founders are delighted to have had their vision realised