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Using our website

We have tried to make the Wild Places Publishing website as easy to use as possible, within the confines of the software. If you think any area can be improved (or to suggest other FAQs that you feel would help, or simply to tell us we're doing okay!), please let us know - your feedback is valued. You may also find our Website Guide to registering and going through checkout of interest.

What happened to the old website?

First established in 2009, the old website was replaced in July 2014. All the content from the old site is incorporated into this new one, including all back issues and their contents pages as well as the various listings and details of our other publications. As well as a variety of improvements (not least the ability to place orders online), the search feature has been upgraded to offer more options.

I was asked to accept cookies – what are they?

When you first visit this website you are asked to accept cookies; this will only happen once because your decision is stored in a cookie on your computer. Cookies are small text files that contain information which permits parts of the website to work, such as remembering the contents of your shopping basket while you browse, whether you are logged in or not. Cookies cannot harm your computer and are active for differing lengths of time: some are only stored until you close your browser, while others may last for several weeks or more. You can set your browser to refuse cookies, but parts of the site may not work. You can also delete cookies through your browser controls.

What is this newsletter idea?

We have added an option to sign up to a newsletter from Descent; if you register as a new user you will see the checkbox. If you are already registered you will find it in My Account under My Personal Information, where you can opt in or out at any time.

We have no intention to bombard you with annoying messages and certainly no thought of replacing the paper version of Descent in any manner at all. When the newsletter is up and running we hope to send a single message sometime before each issue of Descent is published, to let people know something about the main features and remind anyone who has yet to renew a subscription that they should do so now or else miss the timely delivery of their magazine direct from the printers (timely renewals help us a great deal, as it saves posting a reminder and keeps costs down). That means we expect to send only about six newsletters a year, though we might sdd an interim message if some urgent item of news needs to reach the community quickly.

So you should not find your e-mail cluttered with messages from us; and, it is also worth reminding you that we will not release any of your details (e-mail addresses included) to any other party.

Finding information

Every page on the website has a Search box at the top; you can search for the content of back issues and book descriptions as well as titles. A quick way of finding back issues of Descent is to only type the issue number into the search box. You also have the option of using the Advanced Search, which includes all the information pages and the listings for Authors, Obituaries and Surveys as well as general searches for content. Start HERE to directly consult the listings ... We recommend reading the page on Using the Indexes before you begin.

I cannot find the magazine I want

If what you are looking for does not appear in a search or in the menus, please contact us and we can help. The search box should produce specific issues if you only type in the issue number or the month and year, though searching for all issues produced in a year may also return other items, such as books.

What's with the non-caving stuff?

Although Wild Places specialises in caving literature, we are publishers and, more broadly, produce photographs and other products associated with the natural world. Expect to find, therefore, a variety of non-caving items such as greeting cards that are not only of caves but also of the world's wild places.

The Wild Places Publishing website

The original Wild Places Publishing website was designed in Dreamweaver. This new website with online ordering is based on PrestaShop open source software. Both were developed in-house.

In case you came here via a search thinking to find photo galleries by Chris Howes, you need to head for a different site: Wild Places Photography (this will open a new window).