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NFED Service Status, Site News, Upgrades & Support
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Three months ago, the NFED Facebook page was unpublished by Facebook, which meant it was still there but couldn’t be seen or edited.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.
NFED Facebook Page Offline
Despite Facebook claiming that they DO allow businesses that sell animals from a shop front or website, they have suspended the NFED Facebook page for being in breach of Community Standards? I have appealed, but as they seem to be enforcing the no advertising animals’ rule in a haphazard way across the board, I don’t hold out too much hope. The Facebook like & share buttons will remain to allow direct sharing of site content.
Obviously, it will be a shame to lose the Facebook page but it doesn’t affect the main NFED or mobile website, it is only an add on. The majority of genuine Facebook followers do visit the site every day & subscribe to the weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to the free newsletter at www.nfed.co.uk/maillist
If the Facebook page is removed permanently, it will take a while to remove links across the site & I don’t want to do this until I know for sure it will not be coming back, any updates will be posted here.
To be honest I have no faith in Facebook & am reluctant to spend too much time on this as they will probably only move the goal posts again. The NFED had been online for over 20 years & had a Facebook page for less than 10, it makes very little difference to site traffic. As the Facebook purge continues, it can only be good for existing sites such as the NFED.
Yes, we do charge a nominal fee, but this is necessary to keep the site online as a viable business, unlike other sites & social media, we don’t use third party advertising or user data to profit.
Don’t forget to check out the NFED daily. If you are on a phone, try the mobile site at: www.nfed.co.uk/mobile
To make it simple, add a shortcut on your screen. Go to either site & tap on share, then add to home screen & it will show on your screen like any other app.
If you are looking for something in particular, you can set up Email alerts in the classifieds to get a daily Email containing links to matching ads.
If you are missing notifications & updates, you can follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/nfedlatest to get all the same posts as the Facebook page.
Be aware that Facebook are removing posts, groups & pages that contain horse or animal sales. Changing group or page names, hiding prices in pictures or comments, cryptic wording or similar doesn’t seem to make any difference & trying to cheat the system may get you banned from Facebook completely. The safest way is to advertise on a website, preferably NFED & then share the link. See post below for details.
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?
Classifieds Submission Stage 3 Updated
The last page of the classifieds submission has been updated & decluttered.
New links have been added to reload the photo uploading forms, clearer preview button & payment links.
The answers to most questions can be found in the Help & FAQs
if not please post the question here or feel free to Contact