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Creating custom forms with GravityForms

Creating custom forms with GravityForms

Our Hometown’s WordPress CMS includes the powerful GravityForms plugin, used to create custom submission or payment forms for nearly any purpose! It is extremely versatile and includes an intuitive interface that makes creating powerful forms easy. GravityForms features several pre-created fields that can be dragged into your form to quickly create lines for items like names, dates, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, & mailing addresses, but you also have the freedom to add your […]

Looking for a better website in 2020?

Looking for a better website in 2020?

The Best Customer Service in the business. Month-to-Month Contracts. For 23 years, Our Hometown has worked with newspaper publishers to help build and monetize their digital presence. We are a family business and customer service has always been our number one priority. We stand behind our customer satisfaction on a day-to-day basis. We don’t lock you into a long-term contract and then ignore you until it’s time to renew, like […]

Announcing our iOS and Android App – 2.0!

Announcing our iOS and Android App – 2.0!

Our Hometown is happy to announce the release of our iOS and Android Applications (2.0) for mobile devices! We’ve been working with a few publishers throughout the development stage to prepare the final product, and we could not be more excited to offer this tool to all of our customers – we’ve even included a fresh batch of new features and upgrades to boot! First and foremost, our apps will synchronize […]

Using Sponsored Content Effectively

Using Sponsored Content Effectively

Over the past decade, sponsored content on news websites has greatly evolved. Once seen as annoying, advertisement-like clutter, sponsored content is now accepted as a useful tool that, when used effectively, can be used to generate additional revenue without compromising your publication’s journalistic integrity. A recent article from NiemanLab.org highlights how The Texas Tribune has begun introducing sponsored content to their primary website after years of limiting visibility to a sister […]

Conversation over Comments

Conversation over Comments

I recently came across an interesting article from the International News Media Association titled, “Comments on news articles are dead, paving the way for conversations.” The article highlights how many publishers have moved away from allowing comments on their digital content due to the toxic nature that overtakes many online comment sections. However, the article also touches on some ways to improve your comments section – primarily by making it […]

Feature Highlight: Blurred Borders on Article Sliders

Feature Highlight: Blurred Borders on Article Sliders

Our-Hometown’s Article Slider widgets are a great way to prominently feature some of the more important or interesting stories on your website. However, not every important or interesting story has a high-quality image associated with it, and using low quality or oddly-sized images can result in an ugly-looking slider that seems to zoom in on a random area of whatever image is used – until now. We are happy to […]

Our Hometown Roadshow: Conference Digest

Our Hometown Roadshow: Conference Digest

The Our Hometown, ‘Fall Roadshow’, kicked off at the end of September and moved right along into October. Our team attended various newspaper associations’ annual conventions state-to-state. Fall Roadshow Stops: Missouri Press Association Annual Convention, Kansas City National Newspaper Association, Milwaukee Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Annual Meeting, Chicago Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Annual Convention, Olympia The crowds were energized, and networking with attendees offered valuable insight into the state of […]

Reporting and Presenting Advertising Metrics: What You Should Know

Chances are if you have a website, you more than likely will be asked by a manager, stakeholder, or advertiser, about the performance of your site. In today’s digital landscape, it’s crucial to understand the metrics of your website to stay competitive, and to generate revenue opportunities. For news publication sites in particular, running ads on your website adds another layer of metrics that publishers need to be tracking. By […]

Look for Our Hometown at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Annual Convention, October 10 – 12, 2019

Look for Our Hometown at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Annual Convention, October 10 – 12, 2019

This year’s Washington Newspaper Publishers Association annual convention is being held October 10 – 12, 2019 in Olympia! Members will gather at the Hotel RL Olympia Washington for two days where they will be addressing the pressing business objectives of community newspaper owners, publishers and senior staff with educational sessions, a vendor exhibit hall, and networking opportunities throughout. Our Hometown’s, Deb Blanchard, will be at the convention talking about how we have customized […]

Look for Our Hometown at the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Annual Meeting, October 6 – 8, 2019

Look for Our Hometown at the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Annual Meeting, October 6 – 8, 2019

This year’s Southern Newspaper Publishers Association annual meeting is being held October 6 – 8, 2019 in Chicago! Members will gather at the J.W. Marriott for two days where they will be addressing the pressing business objectives of community newspaper owners, publishers and senior staff with educational sessions, a vendor exhibit hall, and networking opportunities throughout. Our Hometown’s, Deb Blanchard, will be at the convention talking about how we have customized […]

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