The ONA’s redesigned and vastly improved public notice website, Public Notices Ohio, will launch on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The new site, which can be previewed at http://ohio.publicnoticeillinois.com, will feature a new interface and a clean, classic design, and promises to bring even more traffic and attention to our members’ public notices.
There is no fee or cost for ONA members to post notices to Public Notices Ohio. However, ONA members must register at http://www.ohionews.org/public-notices/member-registration before they can begin posting legal notices on the site.
“We need complete cooperation from ONA members to support this initiative,” said ONA Executive Director Dennis Hetzel. “Our site must continue to be the best, most comprehensive place to find Ohio public notices on the Internet.”
As previously reported, the new site is a result of an agreement reached with the Illinois Press Association, which is providing the back-end technology modeled on the IPA’s recent launch of its own public notice site. ONA members who are currently posting notices should experience little difficulty in making the transition from the old site, but they must re-register. Users who go to publicnoticesohio.com will see the new site instead of the old one starting on Tuesday.
As the new site launches there will also be opportunities for members to monetize their digital notice listings and receive rebates if they help to promote the site and it becomes profitable. The ONA will even be able to provide a feed of your local notices to your newspaper’s site, allowing you to package them under your brand and sell around this content.
Most importantly, the new Public Notices Ohio website will be a vital tool for ensuring that Ohio public notices remain in newspapers. This website helps the ONA and our members argue against Ohio governments issuing their notices solely on government websites, where members of the public will rarely see them.
If you have any questions about the new website or the registration process, please contact the ONA’s Jason Sanford at email@example.com or 614-486-6677, ext. 1014.