NFED Service Status, Site News, Upgrades & Support
NFED Update - June 1st 2020
It looks like CV19 lockdown restrictions are being gradually lifted, so with grateful thanks to Rishi Sunak we still have a business to run as we enter the new normal.
A reminder to everyone to please read the Classifieds Guidelines. If you are posting a free ad, it must include a price of no more than £174.99. Repeat ads under two months offered or wanted, do not qualify as free ads. No services in the classifieds, they must go in the directory.
As explained clearly in the Guidelines, there is only one classifieds system. The payment button will always show, if you have posted a free ad and you do not want to feature it, ignore the payment section.
Due to a new Paypal refund policy. Any charges incurred from the payment processing company will now be deducted from any refunds. Guidelines have been updated.
Services Directory renewals will be restarted on the 1st June.
Event Diary is now open to new events, entries have started to trickle in.
When an NFED advert is shared on Facebook, only the title and first 100 characters will be shared with a link to the full ad. Please do not mention buying, selling or the price in this part of the ad. If you do, we cannot share it on the NFED Facebook page or group. Just include the price at the end of the advert.
Thank you once again to all our users. We’ve been online for over 20 years now & couldn’t do it without you. Please keep spreading the word.
Social Sharing Upgraded
Share buttons have now been upgraded on both the classifieds & directory.
As from the May 1st, directory listings that are paid by monthly recurring payment will be shared on our Facebook page & group each month on the day that the payment is received. This will help to boost listings paid monthly in the same way that listings paid annually are featured when renewed.
We can’t advertise this as such, as we are at the mercy of Facebook & they have a habit of changing rules without warning, but we will always do our best to look after our site sponsors/advertisers that make it all possible.
The classifieds advert control panel reached by clicking on the edit link at the bottom of each ad, now has Facebook & Twitter share buttons & a reminder to share the ad.
Facebook Share Links Updates
A Facebook Share button has been added to the bottom of every classified advert. Clicking on the button will allow you to share the advert heading, short description, main photo & advert link on your Facebook wall, share with friends or in any groups that you belong to. This is a great way of sharing either your own or any ads you like. The number of shares for each advert is shown on the button.
Facebook Community Standards
Facebook DO NOT allow the sale or exchange of animals between private individuals: Selling animals directly on Facebook is not allowed.
Facebook DO allow businesses that sell animals from a shop front or website: Sharing links from websites such as NFED is permitted under current FB rules. Facebook group administrators or reviewers may interpret rules differently.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updated 29-03-20
The Event Diary - We are not accepting new events for the diary until the crisis is over. Please contact event organisers for further information or possible replacement dates.
The Classifieds - Although reduced, it is important to continue providing a trusted advertising platform during this difficult time for those that need it. Please always follow current government advice & rules. www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The Directory - If you need help, please check out the Services Directory.
Social Media - Due to current situation, we are not putting ads on Facebook or Twitter.
Government - Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people with animals
BHS - Advice for equestrians during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak
BEF advice on caring for horses and riding in the current climate
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.
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