NFED Service Status, Site News, Upgrades & Support
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The outdated frames have now all been removed, so you should just see a single page without the green top section & left hand menu.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 Facebook Page Update & Explanation.
The original NFED Facebook page was set up in 2010 & had many thousands of followers. The page was suspended by FB in May & then deleted three months later.
A temporary FB group (NFED Latest) was set up during the suspension period as a new page couldn’t be started, but when it was removed it allowed us to start up a new page.
The new page is working well within FB Community Standards, but the group will now be left in place as it helps to get the message out there.
We are still missing around 14,000 FB page followers. If you have friends that liked the old Facebook page, please let them know that it has been replaced & they will have to like the new page or group to keep getting updates.
None of this affects the main NFED website, which is an independent website. The social media pages are just extras to help share the information.
Contact NFED via Messenger or Facebook
Now the replacement Facebook page is up & running, you can once again contact us either via Messenger or directly through the Facebook page. This has always been useful for anyone having problems with photos or wanting to submit video.
NFED Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/nfed.co.uk
New NFED Facebook Page www.facebook.com/nfed.co.uk
Three months ago, the NFED Facebook page was unpublished by Facebook, which meant it was still there but couldn’t be seen or edited. It was impossible to get any support or answers from Facebook, then yesterday the page was removed completely, again without any notifications from Facebook.
Although really frustrating as so much work & expense has gone into the page since it was started in 2010, removing it has now allowed us to start again with a brand-new page along with all the new logos.
The all new NFED Facebook Page is at: www.facebook.com/nfed.co.uk
It’s going to take a while to get it all back to normal & there is no way to contact the thousands of people that liked the old page. So please help us, our users by liking, following & sharing the new page.
This also means that we can now be contacted once again via Facebook, which has always been useful for those having problems with photos or wanting to submit videos.
Just to reiterate, none of this affects the main NFED. The NFED is completely independent of Facebook, the social media pages are just handy extras to help notify social media users of the latest submissions.
This has been a sorry saga which should be a useful lesson for anyone using Facebook for their business. Although they offer pages for free, you have no support when it is needed. They can do whatever they like regardless of how it affects a business and answer to no one.
We use many paid services to run the NFED, they are all reliable with fantastic support. In the twenty years the NFED has been online, I have never experienced anything as bad as this Facebook fiasco and will certainly not be paying them for advertising in the future.
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.
NFED & Facebook
If you use Facebook, you should be aware of the changes to the Facebook Rules & Community Standards which bans the advertising of any animals for sale.
Facebook have unpublished the NFED Facebook page & despite numerous attempts, we are yet to get a response from Facebook.
It is important to stress that the NFED is entirely separate from Facebook, so the main website is unaffected. The Facebook page is purely an add on to alert Facebook users of the latest news, events & featured ads.
As a workaround, a new Facebook Group has been set up to replace the NFED Facebook page. The group will work in a similar way to the page & only allow posts from the main site. Nobody needs yet another group full of the same posts!
We must respect the Facebook Rules & Community Standards, so no animal adverts will be posted but a post will be put up to say that “A new listing has been posted in the Over 14.2hh Offered category” or similar. Hopefully this will be acceptable to Facebook.
Other featured ads such as saddles, trailers or liveries will be posted as normal with a link to the full advert to contact the advertiser. Events & Directory listings will be unchanged.
If Facebook do republish the NFED page, the group will be turned off & everything will return to normal
To join the new group, go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nfedlatest
Please share with others & join your friends.
NFED Mobile Updates
The mobile site classifieds now have a separate system for posting, modifying or deleting adverts
The mobile version is decluttered with much larger text for small screen use.
It shares the same database as the main site, so regardless of which you use, the ads will be seen on both sites.
If you prefer the cleaner format, it also works well on tablets & has the full directory & events sections.
Go to www.nfed.co.uk/mobile & add it to your home screen.
NFED Mobile Site Updated
The full advert view in the mobile classifieds has been updated to give an improved view & the advert link now goes to the mobile version to make sharing easier.
To use the site, go to www.nfed.co.uk/mobile & remember to add to your home screen for quicker access.
The mobile site contains all of the classifieds, services directory & event diary from the main site databases. As Facebook continues to remove adverts for horses & other animals, the mobile site will become far more useful, so don't forget to spread the word.
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