In addition to email subscriptions for classifieds, visitors can now subscribe to push notifications too

If you are looking for popular items and you want to get good deals, subscription type services are almost essential. How many times have you contacted someone about something you wanted and missed out because someone else beat you to it? The good stuff goes fast!

In addition to our new email subscription service for new ads posted, we now have a push notification service. If you’re like me, you only subscribe to a few of these services and gun news and firearms classifieds are among them. I’m definitely subscribed this and Montana Gun Owners so I can stay up to date on freedom assaults to our right to bear arms and getting new arms to bear and collect!

Push notifications are an optional service available here now that will give you a notification when a new gun classified ad is posted. It is available currently for Firefox and Chrome users.

“Push technology, or server push, is a style of Internet-based communication where the request for a given transaction is initiated by the publisher or central server. It is contrasted with pull/get, where the request for the transmission of information is initiated by the receiver or client.

Push services are often based on information preferences expressed in advance. This is called a publish/subscribe model. A client “subscribes” to various information “channels” provided by a server; whenever new content is available on one of those channels, the server pushes that information out to the client.”

How to subscribe and unsubscribe:

Click the ALLOW button when first prompted to subscribe. You will then see a new post notification on your screen when your browser is open, or the next time you login with that browser. If you subscribe now and decide you don’t want them anymore later, click the bell in the bottom right corner of the screen to unsubscribe. If you decide later to resubscribe, click the bell again and subscribe.

Add a map to your profile page and distance from you in the directory


When new Montanans register for Montana Gun Trader, they are asked to include their City + a comma + MT.

If they don’t at least give us a Montana City, their membership is not approved.

Montana is Big! This is so we know if they post an item in a general forum, whether its even practical to contact them or not. On top of that one of the biggest complaints people have with classifieds is that people who post forget to add their location. You can visit any members profile page to see their location under their header image if they haven’t removed it. But sometimes even I don’t know without looking at a map. This is exactly why I’ve added a map function. Why not have a map here instead of having to google it?

If you edit your profile and enter your Montana city, then a comma, The MT, then enter USA in the country, a map will automatically appear on your profile page like the Montana Arms & Ammo Page. If your profile location information is also filled out correctly, you will see a distance from you in the member directory just like the image below.

NOTE: Add it, remove it, I don’t even care after registration. But it will always be required in registration for localization purposes. !If you add your complete address, it will display it! Although I might advise against that if you don’t want people knocking on your door. If you have a business however, it might be beneficial. We’ll leave that part up to you. 🙂

Member Reputation? Ratings and Reviews?

At a buy, sell and trade site, it’s always a good idea to see what other people have to say about sellers before you commit to a meet with them, or purchase from them if you haven’t already. One of the best things about GunBroker and even Ebay, is being able to see what others have to say before you plan to buy.

I’m sure you’re excited to here that we have a system just like that here now. Check out Montana Gun Owners under My Reputation to see how the Rating looks on a profile page. Click on Rate & Review this Member to see their reviews page.

In addition to your personal reviews page, your 1-5 STAR rating also appears on your profile page and in your news feed. Get busy and build your reputation. Ask members you’ve dealt with in the past to leave a review for you to help build some credibility with your potential buyers. Members can delete and change reviews. But obviously cannot review themselves.

To add a custom header image to this page, click Edit Profile/Profile and upload or remove an image.


Several New Optional Profile Page Enhancements Are Now Available

In addition to existing optional profile page customization’s such as your page header and avatar, information and website links that can appear below your header, a friends list and groups list, several new profile page options have been added. These new options allow you to share linked buttons, a map to display your location, a telephone number and your most recent posts.

Profile Page Options at Montana Gun Trader

Logged in members can edit their profile and quickly add these optional items. None of these will appear to non-members unless you allow them to be viewed.

Note: In order for your map to appear, your location must be specified. You can go so far as to add your home address if you like, although it would not be advised. Be sure to add United States or USA to the country field or it will not appear. Adding your city, state and country also allows other members who do the same, to see a distance from you in the member directory.

Logged in members can leave comments, questions and suggestions below or feel free to message me anytime.

How to change your default profile header and avatar

As members have likely noticed, the default avatar for all users who have not uploaded their own or have a Gravatar account, has changed to this sexy new one. If you’d like to change either one, simply click the change links at the top of your header image. You are the only one that sees these links on your profile page. Blow holes or ask questions as needed below.

change header and avatar