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Virtual Conference: Helping Local Businesses from Shutdown to Re-Opening

Virtual Conference: Helping Local Businesses from Shutdown to Re-Opening

Our-Hometown is excited to announce that our next Virtual Conference will take place on Friday, June 5th, at 11AM EDT. The conference will focus on different ways that newspapers have helped their communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they plan on continuing to support their communities now that businesses are beginning to re-open. Joining Our-Hometown CEO Matt Larson as guest speakers will be Kristen Weaver from the Wilson County News […]

Virtual Conference: Donation and Subscription Strategies During COVID

Virtual Conference: Donation and Subscription Strategies During COVID

Our-Hometown hosted a Virtual Conference this past Friday, May 23rd, focusing on Donation and Subscription Strategies During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our-Hometown CEO Matt Larson hosted the event and was joined by a panel of three speakers: Cecile Wehrman of JournalTrib.com, Tom Lappas of the Henrico Citizen, and Kyle Jorrey of The Thousand Oaks Acorn. There was a lot of great information presented and we are happy to share the full-length […]

Our-Hometown News & Updates are now on your dashboard!

Our-Hometown News & Updates are now on your dashboard!

At Our-Hometown, we’re proud of the service we provide and the customer support we’re able to offer. That support goes beyond just answering tickets, phone calls and emails, and includes the great content we’ve been producing to keep our customers in the loop on our latest features, news and updates. We’ve been delivering this content to our customers in the form of a weekly newsletter, and we’re excited to announce […]

IMPORTANT: Memberpress Security Notice

IMPORTANT: Memberpress Security Notice

A recent Memberpress update introduced a new method of connecting our websites with the popular payment gateway, Stripe. If you are using Stripe to process subscription orders on your website, you’ll likely have seen the warning above displaying on your WordPress Dashboard. Although the warning says to click the button to re-connect with Stripe, this is actually something that Our-Hometown’s Support Team will have to do, as it requires logging in to our universal Memberpress account to verify […]

Auto-Renewing Subscriptions with Stripe

Auto-Renewing Subscriptions with Stripe

One huge benefit to taking subscription orders through your website is the ability to enable Auto Renewing (or Recurring) subscriptions with the use of Stripe, our preferred supported payment gateway. Auto Renewing subscriptions are important because they represent predictable revenue that you can depend on being there on a monthly or yearly basis, and serve as a great method of retaining subscribers who might otherwise let their subscriptions lapse. Once a […]

Feeling isolated from fellow publishers? Join us for a Virtual Conference tomorrow!

Feeling isolated from fellow publishers? Join us for a Virtual Conference tomorrow!

With the coronavirus forcing the cancellation of most annual spring and summertime conferences, many publishers have been left feeling isolated with no avenue of communicating or sharing ideas with fellow publishers. Annual state conferences have always been a fantastic way to expand your network of contacts, discuss industry trends and learn about new products or technologies that may be useful to your publication; so these cancellations, albeit necessary, are disappointing. […]

Submit your news to Apple News

Submit your news to Apple News

A powerful way to expand your newspaper’s reach beyond your community and local readers is to submit your content to news aggregate platforms like Apple News and Google News, who will redistribute it across their networks of users. This can help improve your publication’s search engine rankings and web traffic, which in turn can help increase your advertising revenue. We wrote a post about How to Appear in Google News last summer, […]

Asking for Help: Publisher Interview with Cecile Wehrman

Asking for Help: Publisher Interview with Cecile Wehrman

While the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented to newspapers across the country are well-documented, there has been a promising trend: communities and readers have shown that they are willing to support their local news. Cecile Wehrman, publisher of The Journal and The Tioga Tribune, recently joined Our-Hometown’s CEO Matt Larson to discuss how she’s tackled the issues her publications have faced throughout the pandemic, and how asking the community […]

Using the Gutenberg Block Editor

Using the Gutenberg Block Editor

Our-Hometown recently upgraded our customer websites to the new WordPress 5 release, which includes a major change with the introduction of the Gutenberg Block Editor. The new Block Editor allows for the creation of modern media rich pages and articles using a visual “block” interface that lets you easily add and arrange a variety of different blocks, ranging from simple elements like Paragraphs or Images to more complex widgets like MaxGalleria Photo Galleries or GravityForm Submission Forms. With […]

Share an Article with your Mailing List in just one click!

Share an Article with your Mailing List in just one click!

The Newsletter plugin included with Our-Hometown’s WordPress CMS comes jam-packed with features to help you create stylish custom newsletters and send them to organized lists of your subscribers. One of those features is the Broadcast option, which allows you to immediately share any article published on your website with all of your newsletter subscribers with a single click! If you’re covering “Breaking News” or a story of significant importance, this tool can be […]

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