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NFED Service Status, Site News, Upgrades & Support
One Click Schedules & Entry Form downloads
All schedules, flyers, sponsorship & entry forms are now linked directly from the event details in the diary. There is no longer any need to go to the schedules page & find the correct event.
The schedules pages will remain in place, so you can still browse through the schedules. The download counters are only available on the schedule pages, but they will count all downloads.
Contacting NFED Admin by Email.
Please send a new Email & include a relevant subject line, unless it is an ongoing conversation. Replies to old Emails for a different subject may well get missed.
Due to the large number of Emails received every day, we rely on filters to keep on top of them. If there is no subject line, the Email will probably be rejected by the spam filter. Please include any relevant details, advert number, event dates & title, etc.
A typical example from yesterday. Email received with the subject.
Re: Your enquiry was sent to NFED Classifieds Ad ref: ??????
The Email was actually asking to urgently cancel a show the following day. This was only noticed by luck. A new Email with subject: Urgent Show Cancellation would not be missed & we will confirm receipt.
SMS Reminders for Directory Renewals
If we have a mobile number with a directory listing, a text will now be sent as well as an Email when the renew is due.
Many advertisers are using multiple Email addresses, failing to check their Email regularly or forgetting to say when their Email address has changed. The listing then expires along with any commercial events. When they do realise, the listing has to be reactivated along with the events.
Hopefully the SMS will save this extra work & loss of advertising time. If you have a listing, please let us know if you would prefer SMS & send your name & current mobile number to 07826 857124
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The answers to most questions can be found in the Help & FAQs
if not please post the question here or feel free to Contact