NFED Service Status, Site News, Upgrades & Support
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
The Coronavirus situation & how it affects events is changing daily. Events will be removed from the diary if we are contacted directly by the event organiser. If in doubt, please check with the organiser.
I’ve had 3 reports today from people receiving suspicious texts to the number shown on their adverts.
If you receive anything like this, please contact me directly via the Email address shown on the NFED, report it to the police on the 101 number & block the number.
It is safer not to talk about this on social media, as there is then a good chance that they will then be able to tie your number to your Facebook profile.
We all know there are plenty of weirdos about & as the equestrian community is predominantly female with a high chance of meeting in a rural location, it does attract them.
For safety reasons, phone numbers are hidden by default on NFED ads. You can opt to show it, but this is a risk you take. You can hide your number by modifying your advert.
I reject many ads each week from children under 16 who are happy show their name, age & phone number. These same ads are still being shown on other sites & Facebook groups.
Please see www.nfed.co.uk/scam.htm for further info.
Our sympathies are with those affected by EHV-1 outbreak, we will post any official news as/when we receive it.
Cancelled events will removed from the diary if we are contacted by the event organiser.
Listed events may be cancelled or movement restrictions in place, please check with the event organiser directly.
Christmas & New Year Period
The site & newsletter will be running normally over the holiday period, although any non-urgent updates may take slightly longer than normal.
Thank you all for your continued support, the NFED wouldn’t exist without your input.
Wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas from the NFED.
NFED Update Complete
The outdated frames have now all been removed, so you should just see a single page without the green top section & left hand menu. The site is over 20 years old now, so this update was well overdue.
There are still the same sections consisting of:
Home page www.nfed.co.uk/index.php
Services Directory www.nfed.co.uk/serviceintro.php
Event Diary www.nfed.co.uk/calendar/diary.php
News & Information www.nfed.co.uk/news.php
A huge number of old files have been removed from the server. Many will still be linked from Google, so if a page is missing, please start again from the home page.
As the site is now suitable for all screen sizes, the mobile site is redundant & has been removed. This makes everything far easier to keep up to date & it keeps Google happy. Google can lower ranking for sites with a separate mobile site. A redirect is in place, which will send anyone trying to access the mobile site to the new main home page.
There will always be more to do, but everything should be working ok. If you have any problems, please clear your internet history to remove the old files. Some ISPs will also hold old files in their history, there isn’t a lot that can be done, but they will update in their own time.
Sponsor banners are now relocated throughout the site. Our sponsors are all NFED users, we do not use third party advertising & have no intention of changing this.
06-12-19: Font sized increased across the site to suit desktop & mobiles.
Major Site Updates
The site is being revamped to remove the frames & provide a far better experience on multiple devices including tablets & mobiles.
Index & Home page combined, so no need to enter the site.
The header section & left-hand vertical menu will be removed.
The horizontal menus are being updated.
The sponsor banners are being repositioned next to the logo on pages.
Problems may occur when old files are held in your history, refreshing the page should resolve any issues.
There are a lot of links to update, if refreshing or clearing history doesn’t work, please contact us.
Archive Point to Point Photos 2000 – 2009
From 2000 to 2009 I was taking photos of the New Forest Point to Point as Event Images. The Event Images website is no more, but I still have the photos & I’m sure that they would be of interest to anyone involved so have put them all online for anyone to view & download.
Everything has been uploaded unedited, including the previously unseen blurry ones. The older ones were very early days of digital photography, so lack the quality but may still be of interest.
NFED Logo Updated
The NFED Logo has been updated across the site. It will take a while until all caches are updated, so you may see mixed images for a while.
We have been wanting to simplify & update it for some time but some incorrect comments on Facebook about the NFED being only for New Forest & ponies gave us the push we needed.
* Yes, we are based in Sway in the New Forest but also run the site from Dorchester.
* The NFED is for EVERYTHING EQUINE & covers the WHOLE OF THE CENTRAL SOUTHERN AREA & well beyond.
Hopefully the new logo reflects that the NFED is for everyone with equestrian interests, regardless of where they are.
Sharing NFED Ads on Facebook
Each NFED ad has it’s own unique URL or link which gives every advert it’s own webpage which can be shared. Although Facebook are not allowing adverts for animals to be posted, they are still allowing sharing of ads from other websites.
Please note, some groups are still nervous of shared links, but that is up to the individual group admins & any rules that they may have in place.
When you view the full ad on the NFED, you will see a link which ends in the advert number such as www.nfed.co.uk/ad.php?ref=155120
You can copy & paste the link anywhere you like or use the share options below the advert. This will post the link & photo, but depending on what mood Facebook is in, you may have to type in the heading, but beware of including too much information or you may risk Facebook removing it.
Facebook Community Standards & the sale of any animals.
If you’ve tried advertising on Facebook lately & had your post removed, you’re probably wondering why.
Facebook don’t allow the sale or exchange of animals between private individuals, on FB Marketplace or buy & sell groups. Facebook desperately want to be seen to be cleaning up their act & are now enforcing their Community Standards, which includes this rule.
Facebook DO allow businesses that sell animals from a shop front or website. We have had several posts removed, all but one were reinstated following an appeal.
To comply with this policy, the Facebook post will include the advert headline & short description with a link to the full ad on the NFED website for further details.
Our Facebook page is just an add on for the NFED. It is intended to alert FB users to the latest posts & make them easy to share, but the site is not reliant on FB. It will be very different for the many groups that rely entirely on Facebook, so interesting times ahead.
The full Facebook Community Standards can be seen at: https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards/
What kinds of things can't be sold on Facebook or Marketplace?
The answers to most questions can be found in the Help & FAQs
if not please post the question here or feel free to Contact