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Top 5 things you would change on ePHOTOzine
The topic is quite an interesting read years after starting it. I suppose as I started it, I should probably put my top 5 in the mix:

1. More community activity - I too remember the days when it was difficult to keep up with the discussions in the forums. So, why does this appear to have declined? In my opinion, more distractions (ie: fb) and lazziness in some cases. By not getting involved in the discussions, the voting, the commenting, the uploading, you are only adding to the problems that are discussed time and time again.

2. A more inspirational platform - I keep banging on about it, but we have some great ideas being thrown about in the office about ways we can help users become more inspired and discover more content on ePHOTOzine. This will no doubt help with #1 when it's in place.

3. A more visual platform - ePHOTOzine is about photography at the end of the day.

4. ePz Pride - Ask yourself, how often have you mentioned to others that your on ePHOTOzine as compared to facebook, twitter or the other photography social networks? If you know a photographer who isn't on ePHOTOzine, invite them! The more, the merrier.

5. More Members Meetings - The platform is there, it's been improved drastically since the last time we discussed the issues of the groups/meetings merger. It appears that while we implemented changes to address the concerns, issues and problems, those who had problems haven't tried to use it again. It's funny, because if you want to create a members meeting (now called an event), you essentially go through the same steps you did in the old system and get the exact same results as you did in the past. These meetings help with #4 in my list and creates an amazing since of community between members. I'm sure if you ask anyone who has been on a members meet, they will agree with me that they are fantastic.

speaking of unicorns, i may have just seen one...

134 17/12/2014 - 8:21 PM
By Paul Morgan
Top 5 things you would change on ePHOTOzine

Quote: Why one drop down menu on android...hate it.

Bring back the proper headings

That will be down to th fact that your device is running at a low resolution and we try to ensure that elements easily clicked without zooming or accidently clicking something else. Sometimes this means that we can't display everything and have to adapt the layout to suit the screen resolution.

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134 17/12/2014 - 8:21 PM
By Paul Morgan
To Renew E2 or Not that is my question
We have a lot of big plans in the works. At the moment, we are working on the galleries and portfolios. The work so far is really exciting. Much much more visual experience, as it should be.

Someone mentioned the anonymouse HCs. These awards are selectied by the staff collectively. It is quite time intensive and thus we have been working on some upgrades to try to make our job quicker in selecting the photos so they are awarded more regularly.

We have so many big plans which both free and paid members will enjoy.

All the feedback is crucial to us, keep it all coming and many of the points mentioned in this topic will be addressed in coming releases. Things are going to get extremely exciting over the next few months. I for one have never been so excited about developments.

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37 22/12/2014 - 3:31 PM
By Chris_L
non www traffic redirection
foliopic will automatically redirect non-www traffic to www provided that you have added the '*' record into your domain records on names.co.uk as detailed on the foliopic domain setup instructions.

If you need assistance setting this up, I'd suggest contacting support on foliopic to create a support ticket. We can then provide more detailed help than what we can on a public forum.

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4 10/12/2014 - 11:36 AM
By arhb
non www traffic redirection
Who is your domain registrar?

4 10/12/2014 - 11:36 AM
By arhb
Who's connected to me....
Hi Dave,

There isn't a way to see who's connected to you at the moment, but we may add this feature in the future.


8 09/12/2014 - 7:52 PM
By keithh
Thinking of switching website provider.
I'm one of th developers of Foliopic. If you have any questions about the service, feel free to ask.

7 05/12/2014 - 3:24 PM
By Chrism8
Samsung Memory Card Comp...
Upgrade to e2 to view this topic

2 04/12/2014 - 11:46 AM
By davidburleson
Samsung pop up
Hi Kate,

It sounds like you have your browser set to delete cookies after you close it. This is why you have to log in every time you come to ePHOTOzine. It's up to you if you wish to delete your cookies or not, but if you wish to change it so the cookie file stays on your computer, you will need to change the settings of your web browser to keep cookies.

19 05/12/2014 - 8:00 PM
By Irishkate
Samsung pop up

Quote: I did download Malwarebytes but pop up still persists.
I am an E2 member and pops up every time I log in.
KateSad

Hi Kate,

When you come to ePHOTOzine, do you have to log in (enter your username and password)?


Quote: Does that imply a change in policy to now allow pop ups on epz ?

No, it's not a pop-up in which a new window is created for advertising, nor is this anything new. The is the 3rd time we have used an overlay to promote a puzzle competition on ePHOTOzine and we have also used this in the past for promoting the Christmas Prize Draw.

19 05/12/2014 - 8:00 PM
By Irishkate
Samsung pop up
It shows up once per session per day to non e2 members. If you are logged out, you will see the pop up

19 05/12/2014 - 8:00 PM
By Irishkate
Day 02 December 2014: Photos Of Fairgrounds, Theme Parks And Rides

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53 04/12/2014 - 2:31 PM
By Mochrum
can't get rid of smartbar
I would tread carefully in regedit. One wrong change and one could seriously mess stuff up. Only go in there if you know what you are doing. For me, its a last resort in which I have exhausted any tried and tested removal tools.

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10 03/12/2014 - 2:30 PM
By Bridgelayer
Publicise your event on ePhotozine to share with others

Quote: Though does using the forum to advertise one mean those who are not forum users will miss out?

If you only promote with a forum topic, then yes. But there isn't anything stopping you getting in touch with your friends via Private Message, FB, Twitter, etc too.

20 03/12/2014 - 10:08 AM
By TanyaH
Publicise your event on ePhotozine to share with others

Quote: [quote]Really. I remember when meets were simply flagged up in the every day forum and people added their names or just turned up.

That is the point I was making
[/quote]

Nothing to stop you still doing that:
http://www.ephotozine.com/forums/epz-member-meets-234
You don't have to use the groups & events area unless you want all the added features like:
- attendees list (with restrictions if needed)
- map + directions
- members meet gallery


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20 03/12/2014 - 10:08 AM
By TanyaH
School photos - memories held at ransom?
I know that I have the skill to do them myself, but it's more of the point, particularly for the non photographic families. Held at gun point. Get your wallets out and fast otherwise there will be an additional 5 late fee. And your right, the photos aren't of a quality in which the price could be consider reasonable. Backgrounds are blown out and smiles are rushed. Automated Processing in batch seems does seem likely. Furthermore, the village has families of all backgrounds and I imagine a number of families won't be able to afford this memorable photo which is a real shame. A cheap digital download for 5-10 each would have been fine. No printing costs, just the time on the day, the time to automate the batch processing and the time to upload the photos online. For the prices charged, the tog could do printing in house.

In this day and age, I would think these togs should provide a high res digital download option at a low cost. The film and music industry manages to move with the times.

Does anyone have the other side of the story? Id love to see the togs view on this as I imagine there are factors which I'm not aware of.

12 30/11/2014 - 11:41 AM
By oldblokeh
School photos - memories held at ransom?
How much did you pay for your kids school photos?

Well, I've just paid 13/each for individual prints at 7x5 of my kids. I felt I was held at ransom. Let me tell you why...

All parent look forward to school photos, especially when it's their kids first year ( like my son ). In my case , the school picks th photographer, and I received the print order form after the photos were taken.

Feel free to tell me to shut up, but 16 for an awkward sized 5" x 3.5" photo is a rip off. Okay, maybe I could just get a digital copy.....at 21 per photo. Hm, luckily it was cheaper online as it appeared to be printed by a their party via an affiliate scheme.

I would have happily paid 10 for a digital copy of each photo. Let's face it, the tog should still be laughing. I think one of the worst parts of this is that parent don't seem to have the opportunity to vote on the photographer.

For a school of around 1000 pupils, I wonder how much the tog would make on average. Do the schools also pay the togs for the privilege? Why cant they offer a digital download for a cheaper price than a print? I know why, but it just seems wrong when you consider that these photos are quite valuable to the parents. It comes cross as taking advantage.

Open debate....

12 30/11/2014 - 11:41 AM
By oldblokeh
Black Friday Deals 2014 for Photographers
More black friday deals from Park Cameras

31 28/11/2014 - 5:06 PM
By Snapper
SEO issues
Only did a quick google for em, so not sure how easy to read. But plenty of info.
http://www.hobo-web.co.uk/seo-tutorial/ http://www.slideshare.net/adityatodawal/sitemapsrobotstxt

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18 29/11/2014 - 11:03 PM
By Chris_L
SEO issues
'Preferred Version' refers to your website's address (aka URL). Do you want Google to use www. or not? There are camps for both.

Here is some reading about it:
https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/44231?hl=en https://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=chrome-psyapi2&ion=1&espv=2&...

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18 29/11/2014 - 11:03 PM
By Chris_L
SEO issues
Hi arhb,

SEO is a tricky business and no-one can garauntee any results.

I would firstly state that you will always get companies offering you their SEO services. This is a type of spam. Even ePHOTOzine gets it from time to time. Ignore it. Any SEO company worth using isn't going to go out contacting small site owners. The customers will come to them.

You can check Google's index of your site (what pages they have found) by typing in "site: car-niche.co.uk":
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=site%3Acar-niche.co.uk&oq=site%3Acar-niche...
So, Google does know your site exist and has indexed the pages. So, the real work is down to optimising these pages for certain keywords. If you really want to do this, there is not quick solution to any SEO work and results can take months to appear. But I would recommend:

1. Select around 5-10 niche keywords (search queries) you would like to target
2. Read up on SEO best practices. Some of these will be out of your control as they require more hands-on with the actual code of the site. But foliopic generally has good SEO best practices in place giving you the platform to enter the keywords and content you need to get ranked.
3. Monitor your traffic using Google Analytics to get an idea of what you are ranking for and if your changes are making any difference.
4. Do some social network promotion on facebook and twitter. You can often get quicker return traffic from this.
5. research as much as possible. SEO is an ever-changing game.


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18 29/11/2014 - 11:03 PM
By Chris_L
Is this right?
Perhaps we should all take a step back here and reflect...

You'd be surprised actually how many long-term ePHOTOzine users don't even know they can upgrade to e2 and get larger photos. The recent poll showed these results to us. So, I wouldn't even be surprised if anyone, new or long term, asked this question.

There are also, alot of members who don't know the forums exist and thus, don't even know that these debates occur.

Unfortunately, LeaanneL will probably never return to see if ePHOTOzine improves because of the way this topic was handled. Furthermore, there are no indications anywhere that this user is simply a duplicate account by another member. We have our ways of picking up on this and no alarms went off in this case. New members get a 2 week trial of e2 from the start. We let them know about this through their activation email with a link to the features. This could clearly be the reason why LeaanneL knew about the image sizes. In my eyes, I probably would have done the same thing. Ask the well established community their thoughts. Is it worth it?

All I ask, is that everyone PLEASE, give every user the benefit of the doubt. They are more than likely a new user, not a duplicate user venting their frustration about something. Please be helpful and kind to all users, new or old.

16 30/11/2014 - 7:34 PM
By tomcat
Wireless cards/Adapters - do they wear out?
You need to also consider what obstructions may be in the way. I had a similar instance. I had 2 computers, not far from each other, both running on wireless usb adapters. But, because one was put into the back of the computer, the computer became an 'obstruction'. I plugged it into the front and there was huge improvement.

It's also worth investing in a good adapter. I have 2 ASUS Wireless-N adapters which are fantastic. Cheaper ones may not perform as well.

Also, you could consider drilling a small hole in the ceiling of your bedroom into your attic and running a cable. Really easy considering it's only a bit of wood. Then you could connect wired.

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13 28/11/2014 - 5:40 PM
By lemmy
Black Friday Deals 2014 for Photographers
Getting closer to Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

What other deals of you guys spotted?

31 28/11/2014 - 5:06 PM
By Snapper
What are the Terms and requirements for ePhotozine competitions
Great stuff! Hopefully your workflow can be quicker now without needing to resize your photos for ePHOTOzine.

Happy ePzing!

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24 27/11/2014 - 9:29 AM
By davidburleson
Happy Thanksgiving
Ditto! Happy Thanksgiving. I for one, think that Thanksgiving isn't something that should just be celbrated by the US. The real meaning is to think about what you are thankful for.

So, what are you thankful for?

3 27/11/2014 - 3:48 PM
By robthecamman
Publicise your event on ePhotozine to share with others
There is nothing stopping anyone putting together an event. Plus, it doesn't really take much planning either.

Next time you're thinking of going out somewhere to take some photos, why not create an 'event' for it a few days before. The system will automatically create a forum topic about it. This will give it a little bit of publicity. You don't need to have a big agenda planned (unless you want to). Just put in the details about where you are going and what time. If people show up, happy days!

I had a similar experience a few years ago with a car club I was a part of. They only operated a simple forum and I wasn't very 'active' in the community. I didn't post alot unless I had a problem with a my car. But I read alot of the topics. One day, I noticed someone posted a topic mentioning a meet in Sheffield on Saturday. They gave details about the location and time. All they wanted to do was park the cars up and maybe go for a drink or something to eat. No plans really. So, I thought I would go as I had nothing better to do. There were only 5 members who showed up, but it was still fun. We got to look at each other's cars, talk about them, take some photos. Best of all, I came away knowing a few of the other members which I then became more connected with on the car forum with and started meeting up more with. It built community and a snowball effect started.

That's all it takes. There are many many people who will be 'silent members' who are reading this who are maybe a little reluctant to take the plunge and make an event themselves because no-one will know who they are. Why not make it easier for them? Take the first step, schedule an event and see who shows up. If no one shows up, it doesn't matter, you're still there taking photos and enjoying the day. If others do, well, that's where the magic is!

At the end of the day, rather than continuing about how there aren't any events and how the people who scheduled the events are no longer on the site, why not schedule an event yourself? "Going out to (insert location here) to take some photos. Meeting at (time) at (address)".

It's that easy and I think that's what JackAllTog is trying to get across.


20 03/12/2014 - 10:08 AM
By TanyaH
iPod Alterative
I also have a Creative ZEN MX. It's a very old model now, but does what I need it to do. Creative does a good range, so does Sony.

15 27/11/2014 - 2:12 AM
By StrayCat
This year's bumper Christmas prize draw is almost here!
Hi Tanya,

We've corrected the typo. It's the same newsletter.


22 17/12/2014 - 11:11 PM
By StrayCat
Need help with Article
Or, flip it on it's head, write about despite all the commercialisation of Christmas, where can the true spirit of Christmas still be found. Or how it has evolved throughout the years.

28 27/11/2014 - 1:47 AM
By IshanPathak
black friday sales in store uk
We've got a few posts on this topic:
http://www.ephotozine.com/forums/topic/black-friday-deals-2014-for-photographers...
If you find any more, please add to that topic.

3 26/11/2014 - 7:14 PM
By Craggwildlife
Publicise your event on ePhotozine to share with others
I wouldn't say it's any more buried than it was before. Before the groups/events feature merge, you could access the events from Community > Members Meetings. This would present you with a list of events.

Now, you go to Community > Groups and events which present you with a list of events. Some which are specific to a group and some which are by themselves.

Creating events are just as easy as they were previously too. You no longer have to create a group to create an event. Just press 'Create Event', fille out the details and you've created an event. We still give you the option to automatically create a discussion forum topic for the event too.

However, we can understand that, like many other features on the site, the features are tucked away. You have to know where they are to find them. Not the most ideal when you consider how much is on offer on ePHOTOzine.

Because of this, we have big plans for the future to improve the way the site works and make it easier to discover features and content which you are interested in easily. All the feedback is very useful and we will consider it all when to come around to re-developing the area.

20 03/12/2014 - 10:08 AM
By TanyaH
Black Friday Deals 2014 for Photographers
going slightly off topic...

If you know of any friday/cyber monday deals (online or offline), please share them here!

31 28/11/2014 - 5:06 PM
By Snapper
Black Friday Deals 2014 for Photographers
Hi Everyone,

It's "Black Friday" this Friday. The time of year where everyone flocks to the shops to take advantage of any Black Friday deals that are put on by the retailers. Don't forget Cyber Monday deals too by online retailers!

If you know of any Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on photographic equipment, please share them here with everyone.

31 28/11/2014 - 5:06 PM
By Snapper
Introduction and a question VS Mode challenge
Welcome to ePz Malcolm.

VS Mode can be found from the 'Photos' menu at the top of the page:
http://www.ephotozine.com/vs-gallery
It's a feature which pairs up 2 photos based off their similarities in the tags they have used. The viewer then decides which photo is best and clicks on it. The VS mode feature will then produce a 'VS mode rating' based off these results.

In Introduce Yourself | Page: 1, 2, 3
4 21/11/2014 - 11:24 AM
By malcsf
Topics Have Disappeared
It's on my right as well Tongue

9 21/11/2014 - 8:58 AM
By davidburleson
Topics Have Disappeared
1. Go to the Forums - http://www.ephotozine.com/forums 2. Select 'Manage Forums' or 'Manage Topics' from the Browse menu on he left:
3. Review the settings and ensure nothing is set to 'Hide' that you don't want hidden.

Hidden topics will be displayed in the 'Manage Topics' page.

9 21/11/2014 - 8:58 AM
By davidburleson
Win A Samsung Memory Card

Quote: Doesn't work for me either.

You have to click on a piece next to the free space (not click and drag).

9 20/11/2014 - 8:52 PM
By AlanPerkins
Christmas photography
I'd suggest going to some of the Christmas markets that are open this time of the year. You can get some really nice photos at night as everything is lit up, but you will need a tripod or something stable for a longer exposure.

6 20/11/2014 - 5:43 PM
By Mochrum
Win A Samsung Memory Card
you don't click and drag.

You only have to click on the piece next to the 'free space' to move it into the free space.

9 20/11/2014 - 8:52 PM
By AlanPerkins
Topics Have Disappeared

Quote: I went through about 10 pages twice last night, and did 2 searches and nothing, must be getting senile. Thanks David.

lol, happens to all of us Tongue

Review your hidden settings and see if anything might be hiding things from you.

9 21/11/2014 - 8:58 AM
By davidburleson
Hacking on my computer

Quote: Thanks David, I already have AVAST free edition but will give the malware a go. Microsoft tried to sell me a blocking programme for 60 just for one year. Do you know much about their free down load Microsoft Security Essentials?

Pete

Hi Pete,

To be honest, I have never had a need to look for any further protection than what I have stated.

31 22/11/2014 - 10:46 PM
By keithh
Pop Up Ads

Quote: get out with the cam

Probably the most important thing. Make sure you upload your results to the gallery!

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15 01/12/2014 - 12:47 PM
By Fogey
Emotions icons.

Quote: [quote]Are these emoticons really that irritating?

I find them so, there's something rather childish about them, although I can also see Paolo's point.


[/quote]

When you consider some of the rather heated or serious discussions that occur, a bit of childish, or as I see it 'light-hearted', tone is needed to keep things in perspective. It's funny how a little emoticon can often diffuse an argument Wink

13 19/11/2014 - 11:42 PM
By KevinEllison
Hacking on my computer
Yes,

Avast Antivirus Free Edition - http://www.avast.com/en-gb/index
Malwarebytes Free Edition - https://www.malwarebytes.org/

31 22/11/2014 - 10:46 PM
By keithh
Emotions icons.
Are these emoticons really that irritating? Our set of emoticons are quite tame and very limited. We have even re-designed them so they are less 'in your face'. They can also be very useful to reflect the tone/mood of the message.

We removed the feature to disable emoticons as a step forward to simplify the site and rid it of the countless feature creep options which we had introduced in the past which only a very small minority of users utilised. All these features make developing more complex, longer and makes our already bloated user settings overly complex and confusing. I actually can't recall many (if any) sites that even provide a feature like this these days.

There are more important things out there to get annoyed and irritated about in the world today Wink

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13 19/11/2014 - 11:42 PM
By KevinEllison
Topics Have Disappeared
Are you talking about these:
http://www.ephotozine.com/forums/light-hearted-chat-233
If you don't see them, i'd suggest reviewing your hidden forums/topics settings:
http://www.ephotozine.com/forums/manage-views

9 21/11/2014 - 8:58 AM
By davidburleson
Pop Up Ads
I'd also strongly suggest downloading, installing, updating and running Malwarebytes Free:
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
It's solved any problems I've encountered 90% of the time.

15 01/12/2014 - 12:47 PM
By Fogey
What are the Terms and requirements for ePhotozine competitions

Quote: After selecting five images at random from the gallery, the norm seems to be around the 1000k mark, depending on the overall pixel count of rthe image

That's because we only display a 1000px sized photo max at the moment. These photos may have still been uploaded at a larger size then what is displayed.

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24 27/11/2014 - 9:29 AM
By davidburleson
What are the Terms and requirements for ePhotozine competitions

Quote: Will this auto-resizing be as good as if it were done by the individual, David?
I would have thought if you're entering an image into a competition, you would want the image as perfect as possible, and if this means personally resizing to get a better end result, then sizing should be specified.

Over the past year, we've worked with the community to tweak the auto-resizing formula to ensure that it doesn't cause noticeable differences to the photo. The most recent update to the formula (early Aug 2014), as receive a number of public tests and discussions in the forum and it appears that it's been nothing but good feedback on the results.

There is only one way to find out, try uploading a high-res and see if you can see any difference.


Quote: Then all I want to know is what is it if it is not 400 K

There isn't one. I'll probably regret saying that, but we've yet to experience any problems. Some people are uploading image files as large as 45mb.


Quote: For example, sharpening an image at say 4000 x 3000, which is then reduced to 1000 max will have a negative effect on the quality, or is the site's software capable of sorting this out?

Back in August, we had a very lengthy discussion about this with the users in a topic. Apart from other technical hurdles that some members had to overcome, we only received good feedback from users who uploaded full-resolution images to the gallery. Here are a couple of tests users had posted:
http://www.ephotozine.com/user/answersonapostcard-17804/gallery/photo/test-for-s... http://www.ephotozine.com/user/slowsong-84915/gallery/photo/evening-in-paris-411...
All I can suggest is try it out yourself and see for yourself. The versions feature is really good for this.

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24 27/11/2014 - 9:29 AM
By davidburleson