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Our-Hometown launching beta test of Official Ad Network

Our-Hometown launching beta test of Official Ad Network

At Our-Hometown Inc., we are always looking for new and innovative ways to help our customers generate revenue through their websites. Today, we are pleased to continue that trend with the announcement of our upcoming Official Our-Hometown Ad Network! Publishers using the Our-Hometown Ad Network will have ads automatically distributed throughout their website, each optimized for desktop or mobile viewing depending on the device the reader is using. All standard ad sizes […]

Feature Survey: Prepaid Article Paywall Model

Feature Survey: Prepaid Article Paywall Model

At Our-Hometown, Inc., we’re committed to developing new and unique features that help drive digital newspaper subscriptions and generate extra revenue for the publishers using our platform. Part of that process includes soliciting feedback and suggestions from our customers. Grant Hamilton of Neighbor-to-Neighbor News, Inc. recently pitched the idea of a PrePaid Article Paywall Model, and we’re very interested in hearing what other publishers think. Put simply, this model would […]

Manual Push Notifications now available on OHT Apps

Manual Push Notifications now available on OHT Apps

Our-Hometown has recently released a small but powerful update that allows publishers to manually send out Push Notifications to their iOS or Android App users from the website at any time. While the general Push Notifications feature has existed for some time, it was previously configured to send out a Push Notification only when an article is published, and only when it belongs to a particular category. This new, manual […]

Audio Articles Playlist update

Audio Articles Playlist update

Last week, Our-Hometown announced our brand new Audio Articles Playlist feature, allowing listeners the ability to tune in to entire playlists of Audio Articles rather than just a single article at a time. With this feature, listeners can find playlists for the Latest Audio Articles, This Week’s or Last Week’s News, as well as playlists for each individual article category. We’ve now released our first update for Audio Articles Playlist, […]

Audio Articles Playlist is now available from Our-Hometown!

Audio Articles Playlist is now available from Our-Hometown!

Our-Hometown is excited to announce the latest enhancement to our popular Audio Articles feature: the Playlist! Audio Articles Playlist is a centralized hub on your website where a reader can listen to any of several preset playlists of Audio Articles published on the website. These preset playlists include a dedicated playlist for each traditional article category on the website, as well as more refined Collections such as the self-explanatory “This […]

Customizing your sidebar: Default Sidebar vs Front Page Sidebar

Customizing your sidebar: Default Sidebar vs Front Page Sidebar

Our-Hometown’s WordPress Publishing Platform offers customers incredible levels of website customization, making it easy for even novice web designers to bring their vision to life using the ever-powerful Customize Tool. You’ve probably read about the customize tool on our blog before, but today we’re going to focus on one of the most common questions we get from users customizing their website: What is the Default Sidebar widget area and how […]

Apply for a FREE TRIAL of Audio Articles Podcast today!

Apply for a FREE TRIAL of Audio Articles Podcast today!

Our-Hometown recently expanded the capabilities of our Audio Articles product, adding an exciting new automated podcast feature — and we’re offering a FREE TRIAL through March 31st! Audio Articles Podcast uses the audio files that are generated for each audio article to create new podcast episodes and publish them across all of the major podcasting channels via BuzzSprout. Our platform communicates with BuzzSprout using their specialized API to deliver the audio files and […]

Creating a category-driven Newsletter

Creating a category-driven Newsletter

The Newsletter Plugin included with Our-Hometown’s WordPress Publishing Platform is a powerful tool for creating attractive newsletters to easily promote your newest content to your subscribers. While you’re probably familiar with the basic functionality of the plugin — such as using the Drag & Drop Composer to craft a totally custom newsletter out of widget-style blocks — there are a lot of different ways to distribute content to your readers, […]

Scheduling changes in the Customize tool

Scheduling changes in the Customize tool

One of the most powerful features of Our-Hometown’s WordPress Platform is the Customize tool, which allows publishers to adjust and personalize all aspects of their website to match their own vision. We published an article last year demonstrating how you can use the Customize tool to swap in a new site logo, modify site colors, update site menus, change the fonts, and add or re-arrange widgets as desired. Now, we’re […]

Upgrade to Audio Articles Podcasts for free!

Upgrade to Audio Articles Podcasts for free!

Attention Our-Hometown customers! We recently launched an exciting new Add On for our existing Audio Articles product: Audio Articles Podcast!  Audio Articles Podcast automatically converts your existing Audio Articles into individual Episodes and uploads them to a BuzzSprout account, where they are then distributed across all of the major podcasting networks: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many more. Importantly, while Audio Articles only allows you to listen to the article currently opened […]

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