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Virtual Conference Replay: Getting Started in Video

Virtual Conference Replay: Getting Started in Video

Our-Hometown President & CEO Matt Larson hosted another live Virtual Conference this past Friday, this time focusing on incorporating video content into your digital product. Matt introduced the audience to a few different ways that Video Media Content can be used on a website, and demonstrated how you can produce a single piece of media content and re-use it for many different purposes and on many different platforms to get the […]

Important Update for Embedding Social Media with oEmbed

Important Update for Embedding Social Media with oEmbed

Facebook and Instagram are making changes to the way that content from the social networks is embedded into WordPress pages, posts and articles. Beginning on October 24th, you will need to Register a Facebook App in order to continue embedding Facebook & Instagram content directly into your posts and articles. This is because the social media giants are replacing their existing oEmbed functionality with new API Endpoints that require an […]

Adjusting Notifications on Forms & MemberPress events

Adjusting Notifications on Forms & MemberPress events

When using Our-Hometown’s WordPress Publishing Platform to the fullest of its capabilities, your website may be sending out several notification emails each and every day. Notification e-mails are generated to alert your staff to things like subscription orders, classified orders, and submissions of Anniversaries, Birthdays, and Obituaries. If you’re hosting an event calendar, you’ll also want to be notified when a new event is submitted. But what if you need […]

How are you using interactive media for your publication?

How are you using interactive media for your publication?

Throughout the strange year that has been 2020, Our-Hometown (OHT) has focused on helping our customers adapt to a changing industry by hosting several Virtual Conferences where anyone interested can tune in and watch OHT President & CEO Matt Larson present on a wide range of topics, including informative sessions on things like paywall models and revenue strategies, as well as live demonstrations of innovative new tools available on our platform […]

Highlight Local History within your Archives

Highlight Local History within your Archives

Our-Hometown’s WordPress Publishing Platform offers at least one often-overlooked, but significant advantage over the traditional print edition: a built-in historical archive of every article ever posted to the website, fully searchable and browsable at the tap of a button. This is important for a number of reasons, but let’s start with the obvious: Traffic. Many newspapers already have a system in place for archiving and digitizing their printed editions, perhaps with […]

Our-Hometown Virtual Conference: How to Increase Digital Subscriptions

Our-Hometown Virtual Conference: How to Increase Digital Subscriptions

Our-Hometown is happy to announce another Virtual Conference focusing on Increasing Digital Subscriptions, slated to take place on Friday, November 13th at 12PM Eastern time. During this conference, Our-Hometown President & CEO Matt Larson will introduce attendees to a number of simple strategies used by our customers for generating digital subscription revenue. These strategies will include ways to advertise your website in the print edition and methods for marketing digital subscriptions. Matt will […]

Our-Hometown Virtual Conference: Getting Started with Audio Podcasts

Our-Hometown Virtual Conference: Getting Started with Audio Podcasts

Our-Hometown President & CEO Matt Larson will be hosting another special Virtual Conference on Thursday, October 29th at 2PM Eastern, where he will be joined by Tom Lappas of the Henrico Citizen to discuss Getting Started with Podcasts. Podcasts are just one example of interactive media that a newspaper publication can produce to enhance their offerings to readers. Reading an article online is okay — but listening to an article with a […]

Welcome to the Neighborhood: The Times-Independent

Welcome to the Neighborhood: The Times-Independent

Our-Hometown is happy to welcome The Times-Independent of Moab, Utah to our Neighborhood of Publishers! Publisher Zane Taylor has recognized the importance of creating a valuable digital product for readers and connected with Our-Hometown President & CEO Matt Larson while searching for a new web publishing solution. Mr. Taylor expressed interested in a fresh, modern website that is mobile-friendly and well-equipped with tools to generate revenue online. Days later, we […]

Creating a Podcast from Audio Articles

Creating a Podcast from Audio Articles

At Our-Hometown, we’ve spent a lot of time this year talking about how the newspaper industry is evolving to a more digital-oriented landscape, perhaps faster than ever thanks in large part to the coronavirus pandemic. One theme we’ve touched on repeatedly is how you can repurpose media content and distribute it in more than one way and across more than one platform. One great example of this line of thinking is […]

Office Hours Recap: Google Docs Add-On

Office Hours Recap: Google Docs Add-On

Our-Hometown President & CEO Matt Larson hosted another session of Office Hours on Monday. The focus this week was on Our-Hometown’s Google Docs Add-On, which essentially bridges the gap between word processing and digital publishing for customers who are already accustomed to using Google Docs in their daily workflow. The Google Docs Add-On brings all of the tools and options you would normally find when editing or creating an article in WordPress straight […]

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