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Virtual Conference: Helping Local Businesses from Shutdown to Re-Opening

Virtual Conference: Helping Local Businesses from Shutdown to Re-Opening

Our-Hometown is excited to announce that our next Virtual Conference will take place on Friday, June 5th, at 11AM EDT. The conference will focus on different ways that newspapers have helped their communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they plan on continuing to support their communities now that businesses are beginning to re-open. Joining Our-Hometown CEO Matt Larson as guest speakers will be Kristen Weaver from the Wilson County News […]

Virtual Conference: Donation and Subscription Strategies During COVID

Virtual Conference: Donation and Subscription Strategies During COVID

Our-Hometown hosted a Virtual Conference this past Friday, May 23rd, focusing on Donation and Subscription Strategies During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our-Hometown CEO Matt Larson hosted the event and was joined by a panel of three speakers: Cecile Wehrman of JournalTrib.com, Tom Lappas of the Henrico Citizen, and Kyle Jorrey of The Thousand Oaks Acorn. There was a lot of great information presented and we are happy to share the full-length […]

Our-Hometown News & Updates are now on your dashboard!

Our-Hometown News & Updates are now on your dashboard!

At Our-Hometown, we’re proud of the service we provide and the customer support we’re able to offer. That support goes beyond just answering tickets, phone calls and emails, and includes the great content we’ve been producing to keep our customers in the loop on our latest features, news and updates. We’ve been delivering this content to our customers in the form of a weekly newsletter, and we’re excited to announce […]

Auto-Renewing Subscriptions with Stripe

Auto-Renewing Subscriptions with Stripe

One huge benefit to taking subscription orders through your website is the ability to enable Auto Renewing (or Recurring) subscriptions with the use of Stripe, our preferred supported payment gateway. Auto Renewing subscriptions are important because they represent predictable revenue that you can depend on being there on a monthly or yearly basis, and serve as a great method of retaining subscribers who might otherwise let their subscriptions lapse. Once a […]

Feeling isolated from fellow publishers? Join us for a Virtual Conference tomorrow!

Feeling isolated from fellow publishers? Join us for a Virtual Conference tomorrow!

With the coronavirus forcing the cancellation of most annual spring and summertime conferences, many publishers have been left feeling isolated with no avenue of communicating or sharing ideas with fellow publishers. Annual state conferences have always been a fantastic way to expand your network of contacts, discuss industry trends and learn about new products or technologies that may be useful to your publication; so these cancellations, albeit necessary, are disappointing. […]

Submit your news to Apple News

Submit your news to Apple News

A powerful way to expand your newspaper’s reach beyond your community and local readers is to submit your content to news aggregate platforms like Apple News and Google News, who will redistribute it across their networks of users. This can help improve your publication’s search engine rankings and web traffic, which in turn can help increase your advertising revenue. We wrote a post about How to Appear in Google News last summer, […]

Asking for Help: Publisher Interview with Cecile Wehrman

Asking for Help: Publisher Interview with Cecile Wehrman

While the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented to newspapers across the country are well-documented, there has been a promising trend: communities and readers have shown that they are willing to support their local news. Cecile Wehrman, publisher of The Journal and The Tioga Tribune, recently joined Our-Hometown’s CEO Matt Larson to discuss how she’s tackled the issues her publications have faced throughout the pandemic, and how asking the community […]

Using the Gutenberg Block Editor

Using the Gutenberg Block Editor

Our-Hometown recently upgraded our customer websites to the new WordPress 5 release, which includes a major change with the introduction of the Gutenberg Block Editor. The new Block Editor allows for the creation of modern media rich pages and articles using a visual “block” interface that lets you easily add and arrange a variety of different blocks, ranging from simple elements like Paragraphs or Images to more complex widgets like MaxGalleria Photo Galleries or GravityForm Submission Forms. With […]

Thriving in a Digital-only Landscape: Publisher Interview with Tom Lappas

Thriving in a Digital-only Landscape: Publisher Interview with Tom Lappas

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more and more publishers are being forced to discontinue their printed edition. Although some are hopeful that this will only be a temporary measure, for many a future as a “digital only” publication may be the reality they’re faced with. The Henrico Citizen recently paused production of their print edition, but publisher Tom Lappas isn’t going to let that stop the Citizen from producing news […]

Publishing a Photo Gallery from Mobile

Publishing a Photo Gallery from Mobile

Last week, we touted how easy it is to Post an Article from a Mobile Phone thanks to some updates our engineers implemented in response to our annual New Features Survey, in which many of you mentioned the need for an improved mobile publishing experience. Now that you’ve been shown how to post a simple article, we’re going to take it a step further and show you how to create a Photo […]

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