Phew, our news update is that normal service is slowly being resumed!
Some of you will know that we’ve been working on a ma-hoo-sive revamp of the Visit Fylde Coast websites. It’s an enormous job that we’ve been planning since before Christmas. Now, the bulk of it is finally done – thank goodness! We made the switch early in the morning of Friday April 13th… (maybe not the best day to pick!)
I realise that other people get excited about new cars, holidays and going shopping, but I can’t begin to tell you how excited (and relieved) I am to be able to finally get this underway.
Initially we’ve carried out a lift and shift from the current format to the new one. It looks different but the content and function is very similar throughout. We’ve had a tidy up and taken the opportunity to move pages to more appropriate places, and delete redundant content. While everything settles down you might find that you get a ‘Page Not Found’ message. Try using the search box, there’s every chance that it’s probably still there somewhere.
Things like the Events calendar and Chrissie’s Blog etc all live on Visit Fylde Coast, so for now the individual place-based websites redirect you to there. We’ll also be sharing the content for our business sponsors to all of the sites.
Webcams are back online – weather forecasts/tide table etc will reappear very shortly. Don’t worry, all the popular features are coming back!
If you are having trouble and anything looks a bit odd – there are a couple of things that you can do.
- Close your internet connection/browser, reopen it and try the page again
- Turning your computer off completely often helps
- If that doesn’t work, try clearing the cache on your computer (find it in settings/history). You should do that every so often anyway, it stops the workings getting gummed up when processing too much information.
- If that doesn’t work – please tell us. Email jane@theRabbitPatch.co.uk, ideally providing the link to the page where you’re experiencing a problem.
What’s happening next
When we’ve got all of the snagging sorted, put everything back that’s missing and tidied up, the fun starts!
We’ve been working hard over the last eight years to produce a product where we can all celebrate this wonderful place that is the Fylde Coast. Going forward there will be lots of new features and opportunities for you to join in.
A note about advertising: we don’t get any funding to publish Visit Fylde Coast and rely on advertising revenue to continue.
We have a range of advertising options available now, and additional ones will be added in due course. Not only is advertising beneficial to your business, it is what enables us to:
- offer the Visit Fylde Coast service to readers, which I’m sure you’d miss if it were to cease,
- promote the Fylde Coast far and wide. We do much more to champion the Fylde and promote it to visitors, beyond what you might see online,
- support local tourism and drive visitor numbers,
- support so many community groups and promote their events free of charge.
Why don’t you join in
We love to talk to our readers and we’d love you to join us on this leg of our journey.
We’ll keep asking for your opinion as we do things, so join the Visit Fylde Coast Facebook group if you want to be part of that process. If you have any ideas or requests for things that you’d like to see on our websites please let us know.
Also, we test and check everything as much as we can, but if you find anything that looks wrong or doesn’t work please let us know. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign Up for our Weekly Enews
It’s THE BEST ANSWER (and the most reliable). We send it out every Tuesday morning, bright and early. It’s full of the previous weeks updates and what’s coming in the next week. There’s a full event list linked to our calendar and lots more.
SIGN UP for your Visit Fylde Coast Enews here – tell everyone!
Select ‘See First’ on Facebook
Facebook have actually said that if people select the ‘See First’ option for pages, they will get to see their posts.
The option is in the ‘Following’ button – this screenshot is from a desktop. Do the same thing on a mobile.
For Groups (like our new one) selecting ‘Get Notifications’ is the best way to make sure that you don’t miss anything.
You can also do it on a Page that you Like:
In a group simply select notifications. (It’s under info on a mobile).
Advertising helps us to help you
We love living on the Fylde Coast and we love publishing Visit Fylde Coast, to share the wonders of this place with people who live here and visit. It’s a pleasure to share information from the community and ‘seaside’ news too – whether that’s the latest big event or showcasing a particular stretch of beach or park.
We know that our readers love what we do too – that’s demonstrated by the number of people who visit our websites and who we reach each month through our Facebook pages, the number of subscribers and readers of our newsletter, and the number of people who follow us on our many social media pages.
But we don’t just have big numbers of followers – the statistics tell us what truly matters – that people really engage with our information, and that’s supported by the many emails which we get and feedback from word of mouth.
We always aim to provide good, accurate information and have worked hard to earn our place as a source which can be trusted.
Publishing this product takes an enormous amount of time, effort and expense and we wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of our advertisers.
Entirely funded as we are by advertising revenue, it’s important that our advertising works effectively for companies who choose Visit Fylde Coast as a way of telling people about their goods and services. So if you really want to support the area, advertise with us and also use the businesses who do.
Visit Fylde Coast is published entirely independently by us here at The Rabbit Patch Ltd, we’re a creative company based in sunny Cleveleys. Get in touch – just email jane@theRabbitPatch.co.uk
Our mission is:
To share the wonders of this coast through a positive and enthusiastic product, with all the other like minded people out there.
Find out More
Have a look at the Visit Fylde Coast website homepage for more of the latest updates.
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