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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 […]

Office Hours Recap: Newsletter Layout Builder

Office Hours Recap: Newsletter Layout Builder

Our-Hometown President & CEO Matt Larson hosted another session of Office Hours on Monday, this time going over the basics of the Newsletter Drag & Drop Layout Builder included with The Newsletter Plugin on our WordPress Platform. The Drag & Drop Composer provides you with several pre-built blocks that you can use to craft attractive and stylish newsletters for your readers just by dragging a block into your newsletter layout and dropping […]

Office Hours Recap: From Google Docs Plugin to Reverse Publishing

Office Hours Recap: From Google Docs Plugin to Reverse Publishing

Our-Hometown President & CEO Matt Larson hosted another session of Office Hours this afternoon, where he showed off more of our Google Docs Add-On and demonstrated how it can be used in tandem with Reverse Publishing to improve efficiency in your existing workflow. The Google Docs Add-On allows you to connect your Google Docs account with your Our-Hometown website so that you can easily publish content directly from your Google Docs workspace to the […]

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 […]

Office Hours Recap: Reverse Publishing – Workflow Tools

Office Hours Recap: Reverse Publishing – Workflow Tools

Our-Hometown President and CEO Matt Larson hosted another session of Office Hours on Monday, continuing his demonstration of our Reverse Publishing Suite and related tools & processes for optimizing your newspaper’s workflow. Article Statuses are a great way for a team of writers to keep their content organized by setting the status of each article they work on or publish. Statuses range from “Pitch” and “Draft”, which indicate the story is either still […]

Office Hours Recap: Reverse Publishing Advanced Tips

Office Hours Recap: Reverse Publishing Advanced Tips

Our-Hometown President & CEO Matt Larson hosted another session of Office Hours this week, focusing once again on our extremely powerful Reverse Publishing tool. This week, Matt introduces some advanced techniques for using Reverse Publishing, such as how to export bold & italics text and how to merge new changes with existing content. Fortunately, if you missed any of this session, we have you covered! Check out the full-length video replay of […]

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