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Selling Products on Your Website with Shopify

Selling Products on Your Website with Shopify

Many customers at Our-Hometown have expressed interest in selling physical items on their website, and while we’ve always had the option of setting up a basic order form for a single product, we’ve lacked a full-fledged “Shopping Cart” that would allow a visitor to add several items to a cart for a single checkout. Thankfully, we now support simple integration with Shopify, making it easier than ever to sell your physical […]

FEATURE UPDATE: Confirmation Popup when Sharing Articles via E-mail

FEATURE UPDATE: Confirmation Popup when Sharing Articles via E-mail

Our-Hometown’s engineers have introduced a small quality-of-life update that improves the process for broadcasting articles via the E-mail Newsletter. Every Article on our platform includes a Broadcast Options panel on the edit screen, which includes a button to “Share via E-mail Newsletter.” This button immediately creates a newsletter featuring the article and sends it out to your newsletter mailing list. However, we received some feedback from customers who expected a confirmation […]

Announcement: Reverse Publishing now included for Full Service customers!

Announcement: Reverse Publishing now included for Full Service customers!

NOTE: This offer has been extended through the end of October! Our-Hometown CEO Matt Larson announced some exciting news at today’s session of Office Hours: Beginning today and for a LIMITED TIME, our Reverse Publishing tool will be made available by request to any Full Service (Extraction) customers currently using our WordPress Publishing Platform! As a full-service customer, you are already taking advantage of our Article & Ad Extraction service, […]

Add a Watermark to protect your photos and images!

Add a Watermark to protect your photos and images!

Stop giving away your photos for free! Our-Hometown’s WordPress Publishing Platform includes a Watermark plugin that allows you to easily apply an overlay of your logo to any photos uploaded to your website, protecting them from would-be thieves who want to re-use the content for their own benefit. This feature is included free with all Our-Hometown websites! Once the plugin is enabled, the watermark you setup can be automatically applied […]

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 […]

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 […]

Feature Highlight: Paid Print Upgrades

Feature Highlight: Paid Print Upgrades

Newspapers using Our-Hometown’s publishing platform have long been able to offer Free Online Access to their offline print subscribers using our Print Upgrade Membership system, which allows readers who already receive the mailed print edition to take advantage of the digital content on the website at no charge once their subscription is verified. While this solution works in most cases, we have had several requests over the years for a system that […]

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