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Online News Site, PHP open source free software for publishers

Online News Site adjusts the page format for the visitor's screen size, a responsive design to the device's viewport. Content remains unchanged across desktop computers, tablets, e-readers and mobile phones.

Hardcover LLC, a software services company, provides Online News Site. Let us know if we can assist you with set up, collaboration or custom enhancements.

Online News Site is free software dual licensed under the MIT or GNU General Public License, Version 2. There are no limits on the number of users, subscribers or the amount of time the software can be used for free.


Optional services

As configured in the download, Online News Site will work for free news websites. Access is unrestricted to the news, but requires free user registrations to place classified ads and to contribute articles. Because paid subscriptions must be configured specifically for an electronic-payment account, a paywall is a paid custom service. Online News Site can be set up for free use and evaluation, with customizations added later.

The news index

The content visitors came for, the news articles, get the best location on the page, the double-wide left column. Administrative links are where expected at the top right. The menu, commercial ads and coupons are in the right column.

As shown above, article images can be full or one-third width. To expose the visitor to a variety of ads, ads sort in a random order as a visitor navigates the site unless a sort order is specified. When logged in, the menu displays additional items available only to registered users.

A responsive design adjusts the page format for the visitor's screen size while the content remains unchanged between browsing devices. Below is how the page above formats on a mobile screen to make full use of the narrow width.

Article pages

Once at a full news article, the look is uncluttered and in an easy-reading format. The number of images is unlimited.

The left and right margins change size on large screens -- the screen shot above is from an HD screen -- while the content uses the full screen width on mobile devices as shown below.

How we get the news changes

The goal of design, to put focus on the content, has remained unchanged over time. Yet technology, habits and expectations change. Suggested enhancements to Online News Site likely to be added to a future release will be coded for free.

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