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NFED Service Status, Site News, Upgrades & Support
Classifieds Submission Form now under SSL
There were a couple of advertisers last week having problems submitting a new advert, this turned out to be their browser setting not allowing forms unless they were under SSL (Secure Socket Layer).
Although SSL is mandatory for important information & payments, it has never been necessary for standard form submissions. As this now seems to becoming a standard requirement, the Classifieds Submission Form has been upgraded & SSL installed.
This has caused a few minor knock-on issues, such as some problems with the contact form & viewing modified ads, but these have now been resolved. Again, it only affected a few & depended entirely on the type of browser being used & the settings.
If you do find any other problems, please contact us so that we can look into them & keep everything running smoothly.
Other submission forms will be upgraded as time allows.
Payment pages have always been run with the highest level of security, so no changes are required.
Change to Expired Directory Listings
Due to expired listings still being accessible from direct links, listings that have expired are now deleted after 4 weeks. Expired listing can still be seen by from Google searches or entering in the listing URL, which can provide out of date information.
When a listing expires, it can be reactivated if paid within 4 weeks of the expiry date. After 4 weeks, a new listing submission is required.
Photo & Video Support – WhatsApp, Facebook & Email
If you have any problems uploading photos to your NFED Classifieds ads, please don’t struggle. If you can get the photos to us by any method & in any format, providing we can see open/them, we can get them on your advert for you.
© In all circumstances, it is your responsibility to ensure that you either own the copyright or have permission to use the images.
For paid ads, you can also send a maximum of three videos. We will upload them to the NFED Vimeo account & ad the links to your advert for you.
If your videos are already online, just include the link in the main advert text.
See www.nfed.co.uk/q.php?faq=92 for all contact details.
Server Failure Update
Update: The entire site has now been fully restored. No data was lost.
Classifieds - Completed
Event Diary - Completed
Services Directory - Completed
Help & FAQ's - Completed
Photo galleries - Completed
Update FAQ's - Completed
Final Checks - Completed
Domain Names - Completed
NFLS Website - Completed
On Saturday lunch time the server went offline due to a hard drive failure. UK2 engineers replaced the hard drive over night & I am busy reinstalling the entire site from back-ups. The classifieds are up & running along with the majority of the static sections of the site.
The sections that use databases, which includes the Services Directory, Help & FAQs & Events Calendar will take a little longer. Once they are up & running, anything that has been added since 11th June will have to be added again. Apologies for any inconvenience, I’ll get it all back to normal as soon as I can. For anyone the uses the NFLS website, this is hosted on the same server, so will be sorted out after the NFED.
RSS Feeds are used to share ads & news to our mobile website & social media pages.
You can use RSS readers on your browser, tablet or smart phone to keep on top of the latest updates without having to visit the site.
Just check out the app store for the best RSS readers, then add any of the following URLs to create your own personal mobile site.
The following feeds are available.
14.2hh & Under Offered https://feedity.com/nfed-co-uk/W1BXVVVQ.rss
Over 14.2hh Offered https://feedity.com/nfed-co-uk/W1BXVVVW.rss
Foals & Youngstock Offered https://feedity.com/nfed-co-uk/W1BXVVVb.rss
Project Horses & Ponies Offered https://feedity.com/nfed-co-uk/W1BXVVVa.rss
Full Loans Offered https://feedity.com/nfed-co-uk/W1BXVVRR.rss
Share, Part Loan & Riding Offered https://feedity.com/nfed-co-uk/W1BXVVRX.rss
Saddles Offered https://feedity.com/nfed-co-uk/W1BXWlJU.rss
Lorries & Trailers Offered https://feedity.com/nfed-co-uk/W1BXWlJa.rss
Stables, Fields, Livery Offered https://feedity.com/nfed-co-uk/W1BXWlFT.rss
Employment Offered https://feedity.com/nfed-co-uk/W1BXWlFS.rss
Tack Offered https://feedity.com/nfed-co-uk/W1BVVlpS.rss
Horse Wear https://feedity.com/nfed-co-uk/W1BVVlpR.rss
Carriage Driving https://feedity.com/nfed-co-uk/W1BVVlpX.rss
Rider Wear https://feedity.com/nfed-co-uk/W1BVVlpW.rss
General Equestrian https://feedity.com/nfed-co-uk/W1BVVlpV.rss
Featured Classified Ads http://www.nfed.co.uk/rss/classifiedsrss.xml
What's New http://www.nfed.co.uk/rss/nfedlatestrss.xml
Forthcoming Events http://www.nfed.co.uk/rss/Forthcoming_Events.xml
Directory Recent Listings http://www.nfed.co.uk/rss/directoryrss.xml
New Classifieds Contact Form
The simplified form now opens in a lightbox, so the advert stays live in the background. Fill in the form, send the enquiry, receive confirmation message then close the light box & the advert will still be there.
DoS Spam Attack Update
Last night, we had our first serious DoS spam attack which resulted in several thousands spam Emails being sent from email@example.com in a very short time (around 10 minutes). The Emails were sent as classifieds enquiries using the standard form, so no email address details were revealed.
The attack was spotted very quickly & the sender’s IP was blocked, but so many Emails were sent in such a short time it overwhelmed the system which meant the queued Emails were still being sent after stopping the attack. Another 5,000+ emails were successfully stopped & deleted before being sent.
The site was shut down overnight to rule out a repeat attack. We received a back-up copy of every Email sent, so fully understand frustration of clearing unwanted Emails.
The attack originated from a server in the Seychelles. No data was lost, just a huge inconvenience for us & anyone receiving the Emails. Unfortunately, DoS attacks are very hard if not impossible to prevent & can happen to any website. We can only apologise to anyone that was inundated with Emails.
If you are worried about receiving Emails from a classified advert, the Email option can be switched off via the modify advert option. This will show your phone number as a contact. If you are going to use any website or social media platform, it is a good idea to set up a separate Email address to protect your personal or main Email address.
Update: It looks like only four adverts were targeted. Three free ads & one paid advert, which has now been refunded for the inconvenience.
To prevent a re-occurrence, the server setting for the number of Emails sent per hour has been changed from the default unlimited, to 50 per hour. Should it ever happen again, that will severely restrict the number of Emails sent before we have time to deal with the sender. At busy times there may be a slight delay on Emails, but they won’t be lost.
Photo Lightbox Upgrade
The software used to view photos on the classifieds has been upgraded to the latest version. This gives better compatibility with tablets, phones & desktop computers. It also has a built in thumbnail viewer & slide show. I’ve tried it on all the main desktop & IOS browsers, but please let me know if you have any problems.
For anyone wanting to know the technical side. We upgraded From Fancybox 2 to Fancybox 3 Beta some time ago as version 3 provided touch control for tablets & phones. This seemed ok, but as the full version has now been launched we have upgraded to ensure that we can keep up with all future updates.
11-04-17: Issue with browser back button resolved.
12-04-17: Thumbnail viewer disabled. Not required.
14-04-17: Now added to the Services Directory.
Clearer Home Page Links.
This week we have had classified ads submitted in the services directory, services in the classifieds & been asked where to advertise events. To help remove any confusion, the buttons to each of the four main sections have been replaced with much larger, clearer icons. Hopefully this will help.
The NFED is for EVERYONE – NO Membership Required.
I’ve had a few people contacting me lately asking for event details that are not in then NFED Diary, but are on Facebook. They couldn’t see them as they didn’t have or want a Facebook account. There are also many new online entry systems becoming available, each only showing events that are registered with that system.
The NFED Event Calendar is for everyone, there is no need to log in or have an account to view it. Schedules can be downloaded & links will be provided to bona-fide online entry pages regardless of which system is used, allowing users to see all events in the area in one place & still enter online if they wish.
If you are organising an event, regardless of what other systems you are using, please remember to also post it on the NFED so it is available for EVERYONE.
It is completely free for all open events, detail will go out under What’s New, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ & the NFED mailing list giving a huge coverage that is open to all with no exclusions.
The answers to most questions can be found in the Help & FAQs
if not please post the question here or feel free to Contact