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Our Hometown Introduces Audio Articles

Our Hometown Introduces Audio Articles

Audio Articles allows visitors to Listen to the news, using cutting edge text-to-speech technology to convert your website’s articles into audio files that are played back to the reader at the click of a button. With Audio Articles, visitors can listen to the news “on the go” or while multi-tasking. With no need to scroll through an article or news feed, it allows for an easy, hands-free listening experience that […]

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 […]

Creating Newsletters with Drag & Drop Composer

Creating Newsletters with Drag & Drop Composer

The newsletter you are reading now was created on the WordPress Drag & Drop Composer.  This tool is a new way of creating custom and unique newsletters without any need for experience with HTML or CSS. It is a visual “drag & drop” editor that allows you to click and drag a number of different kinds of blocks into your newsletter layout. Every “block” has its own styling options and can […]

Akron.com re-launches with Our Hometown!

Akron.com re-launches with Our Hometown!

Our Hometown is happy to welcome the newest member to our publishing family, Akron.com! Akron.com is home to two Ohio-based publications, the South Side News Leader and the West Side Leader, covering several Akron neighborhoods and surrounding communities while reporting on local news, government, entertainment, and high school & youth sports. They recently decided to migrate to our service to implement a new responsive design with a modern look, and to […]

Make Your List & Check It Twice: Get the Most of Our Hometown’s Features & Services!

Make Your List & Check It Twice: Get the Most of Our Hometown’s Features & Services!

Our Hometown has been hard at work behind the scenes all year long — just like Santa’s elves! You may have missed some of the great new things we’ve introduced over the past 12 to 18 months, and we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of our service. Check out our list of features below and consider adding any that interest you! Audio Articles – From $40/mo […]

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 […]

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 […]

Add Gift Subscriptions to your site this Holiday Season!

Add Gift Subscriptions to your site this Holiday Season!

The season of giving is upon us, and there has never been a better time to enable Gift Subscriptions on your website! Like most Americans, your readers are probably just getting started on their holiday shopping – and they, too, have that one person who is impossible to find a gift for! Why not suggest a Gift Subscription to the local news? In case you missed it, we introduced our brand […]

Changing or Updating Your Logo

Changing or Updating Your Logo

It is not often thought about, but eventually there may come a time when you will need to change the logo on your website. Maybe you’ve undergone a total re-brand. Maybe you’ve just changed your color scheme. Or, maybe you just like to shake things up with some seasonally-themed artwork in the header. Whatever the reason, changing your logo is extremely easy! Simply navigate to your homepage and activate the […]

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 […]

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