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Make Awesome Animated GIFs with Photoshop

Make Awesome Animated GIFs with Photoshop

Welcome to a quick tutorial from Our-Hometown. We recently revamped the design of a customer newsletter page to include a Google map with pins representing the featured publishers in the region. The publisher wanted to include this map highlight in the email version of the newsletter, so we decided to create an animated GIF showcasing each publisher as a teaser to engage readers. Today, I’ll guide you through creating your […]

Stripe users: Please check your account status

Stripe users: Please check your account status

Attention Our-Hometown customers, If you’re using the online payment gateway Stripe to process payments through your website, please be aware that you may be required to verify or update your business and/or account ownership information in order to continue using Stripe. We urge you to take a few minutes to login to your Stripe Dashboard and check for any notifications from Stripe requesting this information. In addition to the dashboard […]

In Memory of Teri Marie McLaren

In Memory of Teri Marie McLaren

We have sad news about a longtime member of the Our Hometown family. Teri Marie McLaren, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, after a short and courageous battle with cancer, went to meet Jesus on January 25, 2024. We all knew Teri as the matriarch at Our Hometown.  She was passionate about her vital role as production manager and brought a positive energy to every interaction.   Ever since Teri started with […]

Kevin Slimp: “Beginning 2024 Right”

Kevin Slimp: “Beginning 2024 Right”

Headlines from the past remind me that 2024 could be a great year The following is a guest column from our friend and industry expert, Kevin Slimp! Making bold predictions is easy. This year, I’ve paid close attention to forecasts by respected sportswriters in national print and online publications to see how my football bowl predictions match up against their predictions. Some of you probably did the same thing. I […]

Turn Archives into Assets: Unleash Website Engagement with Historical Features

Turn Archives into Assets: Unleash Website Engagement with Historical Features

In the fast-paced world of online news, where headlines fade faster than coffee gets cold, it’s easy to underestimate the power of history. But for newspaper publishers, embracing the past can be a strategic goldmine, fostering reader engagement and loyalty in unexpected ways. This is where features like “This Week in History” come in, offering a nostalgic glimpse into the archives and reminding readers of the paper’s long-standing role in […]

The Power of Internal Links for SEO

The Power of Internal Links for SEO

Internal links may seem simple; however, they are an incredibly powerful tool for improving your website’s SEO. By effectively using links between pages on your site, you can enhance user experience, help search engines better understand your content, and distribute “link equity” to pages you want to rank higher. What Are Internal Links?: A hyperlink that connects two pages within the same domain is an internal link. For example, if […]

Holiday Scheduling Reminder

Holiday Scheduling Reminder

Attention, Our-Hometown customer! The holiday season is officially in full swing, and we need your help to make sure that we have the resources available to handle any holiday-related requests such as early publishes, late publishes, or extra special sections that need to be posted online between now and the new year. If you are currently utilizing our PDF to HMTL Extraction Service, please LET US KNOW if there will be any changes to […]

OHT Customer The Recorder Shines Bright in New Report

OHT Customer The Recorder Shines Bright in New Report

The Recorder, a local newspaper covering three rural counties in western Virginia, was recently featured in a PBS NewsHour segment about the sustainability of local journalism. Additionally, The Recorder was singled out this year as one of 17 “Bright Spots” for local news outlets, as part of the 2023 “State of Local News Project” published by the Local News Initiative at Northeastern University’s Medill School of Journalism. The report, in […]

Microsoft Ignite 2023: Key AI Developments for Publishers

Microsoft Ignite 2023: Key AI Developments for Publishers

The Microsoft Ignite 2023 conference showcased several AI-driven innovations, with implications for various industries, including digital publishing. Here’s an objective overview of the developments that might interest newspaper publishers: AI-Enhanced Productivity: Insights on Copilot for Microsoft 365 Microsoft’s Copilot for Microsoft 365 represents a significant leap in AI-driven productivity tools. User feedback indicates a 29% increase in task efficiency, with 70% reporting enhanced productivity. Notably, 68% of users found an […]

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Style: Showcase Your Stories with NextGen Gallery

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Style: Showcase Your Stories with NextGen Gallery

Happy Thanksgiving! As we gather to celebrate this season of gratitude and community, it’s the perfect time to reflect on how we share stories and connect with readers. Today, we’re showcasing the versatility and visual appeal of our NextGen gallery plugin through a series of imaginative Thanksgiving images created with a dash of AI. To learn how you can showcase your stories, check out our walkthrough on using NextGen Gallery. Image Slideshow

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