July 2020 -

Feature Highlight: Adjusting the “Related Stories” Block

Feature Highlight: Adjusting the “Related Stories” Block

Our-Hometown recently released an update introducing several improvements to the Related Stories block, including a new panel of settings you can use to customize how the block appears on your website! The Related Stories block appears at the bottom of articles on Our-Hometown’s WordPress Platform and is a useful tool for transitioning readers from one article to another. If a visitor has clicked a link to read an article on your site, […]

Office Hours Recap: Exploring Different Paywall Models on OHT

Office Hours Recap: Exploring Different Paywall Models on OHT

Our-Hometown held another session of Office Hours yesterday, and we’re happy to share the full recording with our customers. During this session, CEO Matt Larson discusses the different paywall configurations available on our platform and the benefits of each model. Please enjoy the full-length recording below!

Using the Customize Tool to Adjust Your Website

Using the Customize Tool to Adjust Your Website

One of the largest benefits to building a website on Our-Hometown’s WordPress Platform is the impressive level of customization available, primarily via the Customize Tool. The Customize Tool is designed in such a way that anyone with limited technical know-how can change site colors and fonts, re-arrange a vast variety widgets & ads, and apply custom CSS to update an ever-evolving vision of your website. The tool streamlines all of these major processes […]

Introduction to Paywall Models available on OHT

Introduction to Paywall Models available on OHT

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is far from “over”, small businesses around the country are doing what they can to safely open their doors back up to the public and return to some sense of normalcy. (Hey, we might even have sports back soon.) For newspapers that offer digital subscriptions, this may mean that you’re preparing to reinstate a paywall that was dropped earlier in the  pandemic to facilitate the spread […]

Using Custom Post Types in your Newsletters

Using Custom Post Types in your Newsletters

The Newsletter Plugin included with Our-Hometown’s WordPress Publishing Platform is a powerful tool for e-mail marketing, customer outreach, and simply sharing your newest and most interesting articles with your readers. But did you know that you can include more than just Articles in your stylish newsletters? The Extended Composer Blocks update that was released last year includes a useful “block” named the Custom Post Type (CPT) Block. This block let’s you select any of the […]

New Privacy Policy Popup for GDPR & CCPA Compliance

New Privacy Policy Popup for GDPR & CCPA Compliance

Our-Hometown is happy to introduce a small but important new feature to help websites on our platform comply with GDPR and CCPA Regulations: the Privacy Policy Popup! The Privacy Policy Popup is a popup bar that docks to the bottom of a visitor’s screen with a message informing the reader that by continuing to use the site, they are thereby accepting the Privacy Policy. Two options are presented for the […]

Arrange your Dashboard Menu & Plugins

Arrange your Dashboard Menu & Plugins

Sticking to our recent theme of Optimizing Your Workspace, we have another tip this week for improving your efficiency with WordPress. Did you know that you can arrange the plugins and other items listed on the menu on your WordPress Dashboard to customize the order to your liking? While hardly a major innovation, the ability to organize your Dashboard menu can pay dividends when it comes to working quickly and […]

Paycheck Protection Program deadline extended

Paycheck Protection Program deadline extended

On June 30th, The United States Senate passed legislation that extended the application deadline of the Paycheck Protection Program, the Small Business Association’s loan program designed to offer financial incentives to small businesses that keep their employees on payroll throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. The new deadline is August 8th, 2020, and the program officially began accepting new applications as of July 6th, 2020. What is the Paycheck Protection Program? The […]

Publisher Interview: Podcasting for News Publishers

Publisher Interview: Podcasting for News Publishers

In today’s Publisher Interview, Our-Hometown CEO Matt Larson is joined by Tom Lappas and Tara Gray of the Henrico Citizen to take a deeper dive into the world of Podcasting! Tom and Tara have worked together to launch three podcasts under the Henrico Citizen brand, each with a slightly different goal in terms of delivering content for listeners. The Henrico News Minute, as discussed in a previous interview, is a short five-minutes-or-less round-up of […]

Using Polls and Contests on your website!

Using Polls and Contests on your website!

Our-Hometown’s WordPress Publishing platform comes fully loaded with all of the tools you’ll need to boost visitor engagement, including the ability to run Polls and Contests! Polls are a great way to collect valuable market information by gauging the opinion of readers, which can help to identify trends and see which way the community is leaning on important topics or issues. Contests like sweepstakes and giveaways are useful tools for collecting leads, […]

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