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NFED Service Status, Site News, Upgrades & Support
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.
Minor Event Diary Mods
A new category added for “Sponsored, Pleasure & Fun Rides”.
Don’t forget that the filter can be used in conjunction with the search. If you are looking for a dressage clinic, select the “Clinics, Demonstrations & Training” category & then search for “Dressage”. All the dressage clinics will be listed.
New icons will be used on all new diary entries for Venue Directory Listings, Instructor Directory Listings & Schedules. This should make it much clearer to anyone viewing the calendar that further information is available.
The new diary has been online for over a year now. Over 2000 events have been submitted, many thousands of views & absolutely no feedback or complaints have been received, so it must be a success!
Service Directory Updates
You can now link to your website & Facebook page from the contact details section of the Directory Listings. If you would like your listing updated with a link or in any other way, please contact us.
A Business News Submission form has been added. Fill in the form, attach a couple of photos & your news will be posted on the Business News page for you. It will also be copied onto the newsletter, Facebook, Twitter & Google+ giving a massive audience at no cost. This is only available with a current Standard Directory listing.
For further details on how to use the NFED for your business, please see http://www.nfed.co.uk/businesspromotion.htm
Updated Event Submission Form
Schedule & Entry forms can now be uploaded via the submission form. They can still also be sent in via Email if preferred or when available.
Extra Dates. If the event is on other dates, please include the dates in DD-MM-YY format and a separate event will be included for each date.
Equo Events: If you are taking online entries via Equo Events, just enter the four-digit event number & a link will be included in the event details. For other online entry systems, the full URL to the correct page must be included.
New fields have been added for the contact details, phone &/or Email.
The form is at: http://www.nfed.co.uk/calendar/diarysubmit.htm
Hay, Haylage & Straw Sales
There are quite a few unpaid trade Hay, Haylage & Straw Sales ads coming through.
We understand that many people make their own hay or haylage & wish to sale the surplus. If this is genuinely the case, the advert may be classed as a private sale & approved without payment at the administrator’s discretion.
Hay, Haylage & Straw being regularly advertised on the NFED or elsewhere, offering delivery or different choices will be classed as trade. Trade adverts will only be approved without payment if the advertiser has a current Standard Directory listing in the Hay Straw & Bedding category.
We apologise if this does seem confusing, but we do want to be able to offer free ads to those with a few bales to move, but also look after our sponsors that make the free ads possible.
For further information, please see - Hay, Haylage & Straw Sales www.nfed.co.uk/q.php?faq=24
New Classifieds Galleries Now Available
The galleries were dropped some time ago when the classifieds where modified to allow four photos on every advert, but we still do receive occasional requests from people wishing to show more photos.
The new system is an optional add on which will allow a further eight photos to be added to the advert text section. There is no uploading to worry about, simply order a gallery & send us the photos by Email, Text, WhatsApp or via the NFED Facebook page. The photos will be edited, cropped & entered in the gallery & then the gallery will added to the advert.
See http://www.nfed.co.uk/shop/gallery.htm for full details & a working example.
NFED Mobile Updated
The Services Directory Advertiser A to Z list is now available on the mobile website. The list can be sorted A to Z or Z to A. Each entry has the advertiser name, link to their listing & website if they have one.
You can also see the latest offered classifieds ads & the full event diary. As it is a website, not an app it will work on all mobile platforms, just save a link on your home screen to use it like an app. Go to www.nfed.co.uk/mobile
Services Directory & Event Diary Updated
Over the last week, both the Services Directory & Event Diary back-ends have been replaced completely to comply with the latest Google Map API requirements. This shouldn’t make any difference to the site, but please let us know if you have any problems.
The directory colours have been changed from brown to dark blue to help differentiate between the directory & classifieds. The mobile directory layout has been improved, this will make it much clearer if you view the directory on the mobile site on a phone. Finally, if you use the Directory Advertiser AtoZ you can now toggle between AtoZ & ZtoA.
NFED Facebook Page Updated Manually
The automated feed from the main NFED website to our Facebook page has now been switched off, all posts are now added manually. Although this means a lot more work at this end, it does put an end to duplicated posts & gives full control over the posts & images shown. This gives a much better experience to users of our Facebook page, so well worth the extra effort. Post engagements have certainly improved since bringing in these changes.
New Like & follow buttons for Facebook & Twitter have been added across the main site. The NFED is a completely standalone website, so you don’t need to be a social media user, but if you do please continue to like, share or tag posts to your friends, the more likes we get the better it will become.
Classifieds Modification Improvements
Photos should now refresh automatically after being replaced. This works well in all browsers that I have tested it in, plus iPhone & iPad but I’m sure that there will be some devices that still have problems. If the photos don’t change, the page will still need to be refreshed.
Clearer links have been added to view modified adverts. You can view the advert after changing photos or when the modifications are completed. If you are not happy with the ad, just go back & repeat.
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