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Featured Photo

Quote: Which is a real shame as I wanted to vote on it and comment, but the owner would probably never know ...

Or, if you had voted and commented on it, the user might have received an email notification of you doing so and revisited the site, perhaps even start uploading again.

14 29/01/2015 - 4:33 PM
By TanyaH
Numbers on the website
Hi Lillian,

All our notifications and the backlog have been sent out now. I see you are using a BT email address. BT/Yahoo have been experiencing issues with cross checking emails against their origin. This means some emails are being falsely blocked by BT. Unfortunately, it appears that many BT/Yahoo users are having this very same issue, which everyone else isn't experiencing any problems at all (now we have fixed our notifications).

I would suggest checking the photo you want notifications on to make sure the notification is turned on. The button should say 'Remove Notification', not 'Set Notification'. Also, check your junk/spam filter/folders to see if there is any email from ePHOTOzine going in there.

15 29/01/2015 - 2:22 PM
By davidburleson
Numbers on the website
Yeah, it was probably about time we reset it. The last record was set many years ago when we had an huge influx of traffic from a post on digg. There was so much traffic, the site crashed.

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15 29/01/2015 - 2:22 PM
By davidburleson
4 User Awards per day
Can you just have a quick check now Phil? Your shortlists/voted lists should be as you would expect now.

9 29/01/2015 - 6:53 PM
By tomcat
4 User Awards per day
You can make your 4 awards a day, but there is some issues with the shortlist and 'voted on' features which we are looking into right now.

And just to confirm, all the Plus Membership features are implemented.

9 29/01/2015 - 6:53 PM
By tomcat
Featured Photo
Sorry, I should have been more clear.

We have had some issues with the server this morning which meant some things weren't being updated automatically. This has now been resolved. Featured Photo is one of those features.

14 29/01/2015 - 4:33 PM
By TanyaH
notifications
Notifications should be trickling in now for everyone. We have around 1000 pending sending. Please allow some time for these to come through.

6 29/01/2015 - 12:35 PM
By davidburleson
Featured Photo
14 29/01/2015 - 4:33 PM
By TanyaH
Numbers on the website
Our server admins patched our servers with a security patch last night. It appears that due to this, some of our automated scripts which do jobs like sending notifications, updating the numbers on the website, search, etc have been affected in the process. They are looking into the issue as we speak and it should be rectified soon.


Quote: What happened to the Birthday List. I can't find it any more.

The feature was removed due to concerns over Data Protection and it wasn't really that essential nor obvious it existed.

15 29/01/2015 - 2:22 PM
By davidburleson
notifications
HI Everyone,

Along with the mentioned issues BT is experiencing, we are also experiencing some issues with notifications being sent out. Our server admins are looking into this problem right now. It may have been caused by a security patch that was done on the server last night which disabling the notification sending script.

6 29/01/2015 - 12:35 PM
By davidburleson
Todays Upload Blocked
I everyone, it looks like around 300 members haven't been given permission to upload this morning. We've now given permission and are investigating the cause. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

5 29/01/2015 - 6:45 AM
By davidburleson
Yellow car photobombs National trust properties.......
Sounds like an interesting photo series

16 29/01/2015 - 3:38 PM
By graceland
Performance Issues + Scheduled Downtime: 26th Jan 2015
The transfer to the new web server is now complete with less than 5 min downtime. So far, our stats are showing pages are loading much quicker than the old servers.

17 26/01/2015 - 1:36 PM
By robthecamman
Performance Issues + Scheduled Downtime: 26th Jan 2015
There has been an update regarding some scheduled downtime, please read my initial comment.

17 26/01/2015 - 1:36 PM
By robthecamman
site
20 26/01/2015 - 9:26 AM
By davidburleson
Lack of performance?
12 26/01/2015 - 9:26 AM
By davidburleson
Performance Issues + Scheduled Downtime: 26th Jan 2015
Hello Everyone,

Many of you will already be aware that we are experiencing some performance issues at the moment. We are working as quickly as possible to resolve all the problems. Current problems we are aware of:

- Slow Gallery Browsing
- Reviews aren't loading
- Links to notifications are not working

If you experience any other problems which aren't listed, please contact support providing full details of the problem and the steps to take to replicate the problem. The more details we have about the problem, the quicker we can fix it.

UPDATE: Scheduled Downtime: 12:00-13:00 26th Jan 2015

Our server admins believe that our new, upgraded web server will be ready for 12:00 today. This will require the site to be in readonly and please allow up to 1hr of downtime will we do the final file transfer. This upgrade should massively improve performance and resolve many of the problems people are experiencing at the moment.

So, what happened?:

Over the weekend, our database server experienced a second severe crash. We had been preparing a new, upgraded server to transfer to which wasn't completely ready at the time. Saturday night, our server admins transferred the database over to the new server before we were completely ready. However, stability and reliability is much more important than speed at the moment. The new database server is hugely upgraded compared to the previous database server which means we have much more power and performance available to us. Unfortunately, due to Saturday's rather urgent situation and because our web server (which talks to our database server) is now based in a different datacentre quite a few miles away, we are experiencing some slower page loads. It's like the difference between 2 computers talking to each other on the same network and 2 computers talking to each other across the internet. This is a temporary problem which will be completely resolved once we have transferred our web server to the same datacentre on another new, high performance web server.

Due to the severity of the server crash, we have had to revert back to a backup of the database which means that some data from Saturday afternoon will be missing.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and can assure we are are working hard to resolve all the issues as quickly as possible.

17 26/01/2015 - 1:36 PM
By robthecamman
Lack of performance?
The new server has more power and thus will be faster. With all server upgrades, there is a level of teething problems especially when we haven't has much time to test and tweak due to the server crash. We should be able to rectify any performance issues over the next few days starting with the gallery.

12 26/01/2015 - 9:26 AM
By davidburleson
Windows 10

Quote: We use XP on some of our machines because it does its job and I much prefer working with it.

Too many jobs are more time-consuming with Windows 7.

That's a shame, running XP (released in 2001), means that you won't have access to all the latest software and web browsers. XP is hugely limited to today's operating systems. In fact, a number of features on our site just won't work for XP and I can image its the same case for other sites as they all start dropping support for XP and IE7/IE8 and old versions of other web browsers.

32 25/01/2015 - 3:28 PM
By Chris_L
Windows 10

Quote: The upgrade will only be free in the first 12 months after release and will last for the "supported lifetime of the device." Microsoft said the new OS will run on PCs, tablets, phones, and a new device to be announced later today.

No, the upgrade will be freely available for the first 12 months. If you get it in those first 12 months, it will be free for for the 'supported lifetime of the device'. After the first 12 months, users will have to pay to upgrade. It's to push quick user adoption.

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32 25/01/2015 - 3:28 PM
By Chris_L
Windows 10

Quote: I will stick to 7, Microsoft will start forcing software on people as they have done for years

I would suggest taking up the opportunity to get the latest version for free and thus extended your product support. In 10 yrs time nothing will work with your computer because you are running an old version of windows.

It's the first time Microsoft has provided a free major upgrade of windows which in most cases have cost at least 50 in the past.

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32 25/01/2015 - 3:28 PM
By Chris_L
Uploading photo Variants
I can confirm what saltireblue has said. Flash isn't supported on any iOS device and the variants feature requires flash. You will need to use a desktop or laptop to upload your variants. We are working hard on swapping this over so it is supported on all devices in the near future.

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5 20/01/2015 - 12:26 PM
By PrunellaCara
Help needed to access photos in windows
Odd, mine doesn't seem to work either. It looks like it's to do with Windows Search. The following topic has a reply which explains how to get it to work again:
http://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/arrange-by-not-working-windows-7-libraries

4 15/01/2015 - 1:19 AM
By djh698
Is It Just Me?
Hi Karen,

We've experienced the issue as well in the office. I've done a bit of research and the problem is to do with a couple of spammy ads in Google's Adsense Network (something we run to generate revenue). We have put in place a couple of blocks to attempt to prevent this from occurring and Google is currently working on fully eradicating their ad network of this nasty redirect. It appears that it's a malicious script in an ad which is causing the redirect.

13 26/01/2015 - 9:14 AM
By ddolfelin
Windows Update Fatal
The update I received on the 6th was a definition update for Windows Defender. Not having any problems here with connection. Most people automatically update windows without even knowing.

9 09/01/2015 - 7:45 PM
By ARI
Uploading Versions
Hi Phil,

It sounds like a problem with Adobe Flash, which is used for uploading versions.

Could you send us a report with information on what version of flash you are running?

Cheers,
David

1 06/01/2015 - 10:15 AM
By davidburleson
Site Downtime: 5th Jan 2015

Quote: No access to Foliopic till recently either - I guess they're linked David?

Yes, foliopic was affected too. A tweet was posted with a link to a blog post regarding the downtime.

15 06/01/2015 - 7:53 AM
By Big Bri
Site Downtime: 5th Jan 2015
Hi Everyone,

Those of you who tried to access the site today may have noticed that the site was not responding. We experienced about 10 hours of downtime due to a major software/hardware error on our database server.

When the server crashed at 4am this morning, our server admins were straight on the problem trying to resolve it and get it back online. Unfortunately, some crucial files were corrupted during the crash and we have had to revert to a backup from 2am this morning. Therefore, anything added to the site between 2am and 4am will not be online.

The server admins have since updated a few things on the server and have started putting plans in place to prevent this from happening again. We have also added an extra day to all e2 members (that includes those of you who have e2 for free) as an apology for the inconvenience and a thank for your patience.

15 06/01/2015 - 7:53 AM
By Big Bri
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
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...
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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