NFED News & Service Status
NFED – The Future
The NFED was started in my spare time in 1999 to provide a useful, safe online resource for local horse owners, event organisers & equestrian businesses. The aim has always been to provide outstanding & efficient service, the sort of service that I would expect & be happy to use myself. Prices have always been kept to a minimum, just enough to cover expenses & keep the business viable.
There are thousands of regular users that really appreciate this service & I do not want this to change but am now looking towards the future & retirement in a few years’ time.
Several options have been considered including closing it down or selling the business, but I have decided to keep it running but simplifying where possible to reduce administration, giving me more free time.
Full automation isn’t an option, it needs the personal touch to keep it safe, but will rely on users to taking a little more responsibility. The Help & FAQ section is being updated & some simple instruction videos are underway which we hope will make it easier, especially for first time users. If you have any questions or need help, please do check the FAQs.
The classifieds are as popular as ever but take a lot of administration time mainly due to guidelines not being followed. If you are submitting an advert, please do read the guidelines.
Make sure the ad is in the correct category.
Free ads (offered) must include a price. No price, it won’t be approved.
Horses Wanted - Loan, Share or Riding Wanted - Stables, Fields, Livery Wanted - Property Wanted are no longer free.
Repeat ads must be over two months old.
For genuine issues, I am still here & happy to help, but most problems are caused by one or more of the above. Reminder Emails are no longer being sent out. If your advert has not been approved after 24 hours, please see the FAQs.
The popular calendar works extremely well & is very well used. With the many online booking systems now available, it is one of the only places you can see events regardless of the booking system or platform used.
Running the events section is labour intensive, but manageable providing all the information is supplied & the event is submitted in plenty of time.
Events can be submitted as soon as the date is known, details can be added afterwards. Some events are submitted at very short notice, mainly due to advertising elsewhere has not worked & spaces are still available. Adding an event, only to remove it again in a few days, simply is not worth my time for what is generally a free service. I will be introducing a minimum period to make the work worthwhile. This will also ensure the event goes out on the newsletter Forthcoming Events section, giving the event maximum exposure.
No real changes are needed on the Directory; it works very well. One thing that has been introduced is the convenient Subscribe & Save option. This gives 10% discount to advertisers paying monthly with PayPal subscription. It removes the need for renewal reminders & time spent replacing expired listings.
Many of our users have grown up with the NFED making me feel very old. Hopefully making these changes now & allowing me to have a little more time will allow the NFED to continue as a popular, safe website for many more years to come.
New Larger Link Buttons
Buttons have all been replaced with clearer, larger ones on all four sections of the NFED; Classifieds, Directory, Calendar & News section.
If you still see the old buttons or they are distorted, please refresh the page or clear your browser history.
*NEW* Services Directory - Subscribe & Save
PayPal recurring payments for directory listings were introduced as an option in December 2017.
These have proved to be very successful; advertisers no longer need to renew the listing & we have reduced administration work.
To encourage new & renewing advertisers to opt for this system, a new Subscribe & Save system has been set up which reduces the price by 10% over the single payments.
Standard Directory Listing is now £3.00 per month
Economy Listing £1.50 per month
All new subscriptions will be at the reduced price. Existing subscriptions are being amended & should be completed this week.
Each listing will be shared monthly on the NFED Facebook Page & Group on the day payment is received.
To find out how to use the NFED to advertise your services, go to: https://www.nfed.co.uk/businesspromotion.htm
Important Updates to the NFED Classifieds 03-07-20
We can no longer offer free wanted ads in the following categories: Horses Wanted - Loan, Share or Riding Wanted - Stables, Fields, Livery Wanted - Property Wanted
These ads will now require the normal payment, but as paid ads will be featured & appear on the weekly newsletter giving added coverage. Existing wanted ads will remain until they expire or are removed by the advertiser but will not be renewed without payment.
The advert categories have been rearranged with the wanted categories immediately following the offered categories. The unused Lorries & Trailers Wanted category has been removed completely.
The ratio of wanted to offered ads has simply become unsustainable as a business which puts the whole NFED at risk. With ever increasing overheads there were limited options: either remove the wanted categories, increase the price of all ads, introduce third party advertising, or charge the standard fee for wanted ads.
Many advertisers were already paying to upgrade & feature their wanted ads, which shows there is a demand for them, so charging the standard fee seemed to be the best & fairest option.
We do understand that some will think this unfair, but the wanted ads do take the same resources as offered ads, whilst preventing some offered ads being posted.
Those that do not wish to pay, can view the offered ads, set up an alert to receive Emails about the latest ads, follow us on social media for notifications or sign up for the free weekly newsletter.
Low value ads up to £174.99 & jobs offered are unchanged & will remain free subject to the guidelines being followed.
The FAQ “Why hasn't my been advert approved?” has been updated & moved up the list. Anyone posting an advert has accepted the guidelines & prices so a further Email should be unnecessary, so will not be sent out.
Unpaid ads will be removed from the waiting list after 2 days. The details & photos will be kept for 28 days to allow us to post a new advert for you if late payment is received.
The NFED is a very small business run on a very tight budget. Small changes like this will help to keep the business manageable, viable & online for all our regular users.
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.
The answers to most questions can be found in the Help & FAQs
if not please post the question here or feel free to Contact