Welcome to LouthNow.ie and thank you for taking some time from your busy day to have a browse of our brand new, custom-built website – designed to give you the best possible experience whatever device you happen to be using.
This website has been built with a number of unique features included, which we will tell you all about below in our helpful guide to help you get the most from LouthNow.ie. We also point out how to do more basic things – like finding us on social media, contacting us and sharing articles with family and friends.
- Real Time Feed
As you will have noticed, the LouthNow.ie homepage is split into sections – a main section at the top featuring recent and relevant (as determined by our editor) stories. Below that are sections including news, sport, opinion and culture. Here you will find the most recent stories from each of these categories and you can click through to find even more.
But, we also have what we call our Real Time Feed. This provides users with a feed of every story published on LouthNow.ie, regardless of category, in reverse chronological order. That means most recent first. This is a really simple way of keeping up-to-date with all of journalism throughout any given day and ensures you won’t miss a thing with us on LouthNow.ie.
You can access the Real Time Feed via the link in the top right of your screen on desktop and by opening up the menu in the top right of your screen in mobile.
2. Homepage Location Changer
The LouthNow.ie homepage features news from all over county Louth. We want to give our readers a breadth of news, sport and more from across the entire county. But, we appreciate that sometimes our readers may simply want to know what’s happening on their doorstep – be that in Dundalk or north of the town, in Drogheda and its greater surrounds or in Ardee, Dunleer and the rest of mid-Louth.
That’s why we have developed our Homepage Location Changer. If you’re on desktop, you’ll notice it in the top right of your screen, just to the right of the main menu options. It’s very simple. Using a dropdown menu, you can select which area is relevant to you and the homepage will automatically refresh to show stories from just your chosen area.
The homepage itself will look exactly the same, but you’ll only see articles relevant to your chosen area. We hope this allows our readers to personalise and localise their experience on LouthNow.ie, if they choose.
It’s on mobile too, up in the menu at the top of your screen. But remember, the location changer applies to the homepage only.
3. Story Timeline
A new and very exciting feature we are keen to bring to your attention is our new ‘Story Timeline’. This innovative device will help readers follow the path of a story they’ve just read through a series of curated articles on the same topic, presented in a handy reverse chronological order underneath the article itself.
So, if you have read an article on a certain subject for the very first time and would like to learn more, you can simply refer to the timeline below it and read up on how the story developed in the proper sequence. This is a key feature for us at LouthNow.ie, in that it helps us aid readers in understanding stories we provided them and with the history and context surrounding certain topics.
The Story Timeline will be available on selected stories, so keep an eye out for it. It works the same on both desktop and mobile.
4. Expansion Boxes
This feature, also available to use within certain articles, is another that helps us inform readers as best we can and contextualise not just articles but information within them. These Expansion Boxes provide us with a unique and eye-catching way to present additional information such as lists, definitions and profiles. Users can click ‘Show’ to open the boxes and then ‘Hide’ to close them, ensuring they don’t get in the way as you scroll.
5. Audio Bulletins
LouthNow.ie is the first local news publisher in Ireland to offer a new (almost) daily audio bulletin, available via smart phone or smart speaker – whenever you need it. On weekday evenings, Editor-In-Chief Barry Landy hosts the LouthNow.ie Audio Bulletin, a two minute update of all of the most up-to-date local news and information from the day.
Available via Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, you can also listen via any iOS or Android phone or tablet or via Android Auto in your car and on Twitter via Soundcloud, as well as WhatsApp too. Click here to find out how you can listen.
6. WhatsApp News Alerts
Another of our innovative new services is our WhatsApp news alerts. Users can sign up to receive news and/or sport bulletins, specific to their area of choice, direct to their phone. Users can choose between receiving bulletins for Dundalk and north Louth, Ardee and mid-Louth or Drogheda and south Louth.
Our WhatsApp news alerts service is free for all and you can unsubscribe at any time. Your number will only be used for receiving WhatsApp news alerts from LouthNow.ie and will not be shared with a third party. To find out how to sign up, click here.
7. Sharing Articles
We appreciate that many of you will be keen to share our articles with friends, family or colleagues so we’ve made that experience seamless for you on LouthNow.ie. On desktop, sharing articles couldn’t be simpler. Icons for Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Pinterest follow you as your scroll down the page so you never have to go looking for them.
Simply tap the icon you want and an auto-filled window will appear ready to share. Of course, you can add your own text with it too. On mobile, these icons can be found at the bottom of the article.
8. Commenting on Articles
Encouraging discourse and conversation on LouthNow.ie is very important to us. We don’t merely want to bring local issues to your attention, we want to instigate debate among our readers. Engagement is so very important. That’s why we’ve endeavoured to make commenting as simple as possible for all.
To comment, you do need a Facebook account. There are a number of reasons behind this. Firstly, we understand the vast majority of people engaging with us are on Facebook and by using this commenting system, we avoid the barrier of a further registration for users who want to comment on an article on LouthNow.ie. There’s no extra login required, you’re already logged in through your connected Facebook account. It is also helpful when it comes to accountability. Every comment will be linked to a Facebook account.
This commenting system also allows users to make a comment not only on an article, but also to replicate it on the accompanying Facebook post too. It’s simple, type your comment underneath an article, tick the ‘Also post on Facebook'(if relevant) and select ‘Post’. Easy.
9. Sign up to the Wee County Weekly newsletter
Signing up to our twice weekly newsletter is very easy. Simply use one of the signup boxes located at various points around LouthNow.ie. All you have to do is enter your email address, tick the box and submit. You can also sign up here.
Your email address will only be used for the purposes of receiving the Wee County Weekly and will never be shared with a third party. You can unsubscribe at any time by simply following the links at the bottom of any email you receive from us.
10. Social Media – Where and how you can follow LouthNow.ie
We have a very active presence on social media. We are available to follow or like on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as Snapchat. On all platforms our DMs and inboxes are always open and we welcome your messages. Our social media content on these platforms are best viewed using the free apps available to download on your smartphone or tablet, or via desktop. Snapchat is mobile only, however.
11. Contacting LouthNow.ie
If you don’t want to contact us via social media, you can email us and we will endeavour to get back to you within two working days. All other contact information is available for you here.
12. Adding LouthNow.ie to your device home screen
Whether you’re on iOS or Android, you can add LouthNow.ie to your mobile or tablet home screen for ease of access at any time.
On iOS, open your Safari browser app and visit LouthNow.ie. While on the homepage, hit the share icon (it’s the box with an arrow pointing upwards out of it) and select the ‘Add to Home Screen’. On the next screen, save it as ‘LouthNow.ie‘. The icon will appear among your existing apps on your home screen.
On Android, open the Chrome browser and visit LouthNow.ie. While on the homepage, hit the menu icon (it’s the three dots) in the top corner and select ‘Add to Home Screen’. On the next screen, save it as LouthNow.ie and select ‘Add Automatically’. The icon will appear on your home screen. This process may vary depending on your device or version of Android.