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MemberPress: An overview of our subscription management plug-in

MemberPress: An overview of our subscription management plug-in

MemberPress is the plug-in that powers digital subscriptions on the vast majority of Our-Hometown customers’ websites. It allows publishers to restrict their premium content to paid subscribers, while also providing all of the tools needed to create and manage various subscription options and collect payment from their customers. Let’s take a look at the most impactful ways that MemberPress is used on our platform. 1. Unlimited Subscription Options First and […]

Office Hours: Our-Hometown in 2021

Office Hours: Our-Hometown in 2021

During last week’s Office Hours, President Matthew Larson and the rest of the Our-Hometown team discussed our recent blog post highlighting our major announcements and accomplishments of 2021. Watch and listen as the team recaps and reflects on the events of the past year in the video below. Be sure to join us each Wednesday for Office Hours! 

Annual Password Resets will begin December 17th

Annual Password Resets will begin December 17th

It’s that time of the year again! As a part of our annual system-wide security enhancement process that we introduced last year, all publishers and other newspaper staff members will be prompted to change their passwords beginning on Thursday, December 17th. This mandatory password change will be required for any Users that exist on your website with a role other than Subscriber, or in other words, any user with the […]

Audio Articles Playlist update

Audio Articles Playlist update

Last week, Our-Hometown announced our brand new Audio Articles Playlist feature, allowing listeners the ability to tune in to entire playlists of Audio Articles rather than just a single article at a time. With this feature, listeners can find playlists for the Latest Audio Articles, This Week’s or Last Week’s News, as well as playlists for each individual article category. We’ve now released our first update for Audio Articles Playlist, […]

Audio Articles Playlist is now available from Our-Hometown!

Audio Articles Playlist is now available from Our-Hometown!

Our-Hometown is excited to announce the latest enhancement to our popular Audio Articles feature: the Playlist! Audio Articles Playlist is a centralized hub on your website where a reader can listen to any of several preset playlists of Audio Articles published on the website. These preset playlists include a dedicated playlist for each traditional article category on the website, as well as more refined Collections such as the self-explanatory “This […]

Disaster Prep for Newspapers: Lessons from the Texas Blizzard

Disaster Prep for Newspapers: Lessons from the Texas Blizzard

Last month, the state of Texas was hit with a rare winter storm that brought snow, bitter cold temperatures and slick, icy roads to residents unaccustomed to such conditions. Power grids across the state failed due to the high usage of heat and energy, ultimately leaving as many as 3.5 million Texans without heat or power for several days. Caught in the middle of all of this were the local […]

A Publisher Perspective on Google & Facebook paying for news

A Publisher Perspective on Google & Facebook paying for news

Last week, Our-Hometown President & CEO Matthew Larson was joined by Cecil Wehrman, publisher of The Crosby Journal and The Tioga Tribune of JournalTrib.com, for a special Publisher Interview where they discussed Australia’s recently-passed legislation requiring Google and Facebook to compensate publishers for using their news. Cecile had previously published some commentary on the legislation, suggesting it is a situation that publishers in the U.S. should be keeping an eye […]

Matt Larson answers your password reset FAQs on this week’s Office Hours

Matt Larson answers your password reset FAQs on this week’s Office Hours

During this week’s episode of Office Hours, Our-Hometown President and CEO Matt Larson, along with support specialists Teri McLaren and Vera Lemonovich, addressed some of the common questions and feedback we received after Tuesday’s announcement that we will be requiring all newspaper staff members to change their account passwords on our platform. Check out the video below to watch Matt talk about this password reset, or keep scrolling to read some […]

Office Hours Recap: Audio Articles

Office Hours Recap: Audio Articles

Our-Hometown President & CEO Matt Larson hosted another episode of Office Hours on Monday, this time introducing viewers to the Audio Articles feature available exclusively on our platform! Audio Articles converts all text articles into an audio file that readers can choose to listen to instead of reading. This is especially useful on mobile devices, since it allows users to free up their hands and listen to the news while […]

Office Hours Recap: “Logged In” Plugin Update

Office Hours Recap: “Logged In” Plugin Update

Our-Hometown President & CEO Matt Larson discussed our newly released “Logged In” plugin update during this week’s episode of Office Hours on Monday, providing customers with an overview of the new session-based login limitations and the key differences with the new system. With this option enabled on your website, subscribers will be limited to three active sessions at any time. Once they eclipse that limit, they will be automatically logged out […]

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