New Mountaineer website unveiled Thursday

Jul 19, 2011

Tomorrow, Haywood County’s community newspaper, the Mountaineer, will launch the county’s first community web site. The will be an all-inclusive site featuring up-to-the minute news along with press releases and business offers posted by local businesses, clubs, organizations and individuals.
“The site is already one of the most visited in Western North Carolina and we believe the access available to local businesses, organizations and individuals will further enhance our traffic,” said Mountaineer Publisher Jonathan Key. “We expect it to be the go-to site for all of Haywood County.”
In addition to content from the Mountaineer, the site will feature breaking news, provide headline feeds to those who request them and allow customers the ability to purchase classified ads and subscriptions on line.
“The ability to provide e-commerce means we’re open for business 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Key points out.
In the next few weeks a free Mountaineer application for smart phones will also be available. It will allow users to access the top 10, latest stories from the web site, see special offers from local businesses and access a community calendar.
The site will feature a comprehensive businesses directory of all businesses with a Haywood County zip code. This means a user could key in “auto repair,” for instance, and all the businesses offering that service in the county would appear on website. Business owners have the opportunity to become bizMembers for less than $3 a day, which will allow them to post an enhanced listing, links to their web site, business briefs and business specials such as lunch specials, special sales, etc. There is also a place where nonprofit organizations can promote their cause, as well.
“It’s a great way for businesses or organizations with little or no web presence to get online at a very economical rate,” said Rich Piatt, Mountaineer general manager. “Businesses and organizations also have the option of directing their posts to their Facebook page or Twitter account through the Mountaineer site.”
Village Soup, a Rockland, Maine-based company, hosts the site. It will launch in the early morning hours tomorrow (Thursday). The Mountaineer is planning several promotions in the coming months highlighting the various features of the new site, such as the searchable archives, real estate listings and the ability to purchase photos that appeared in the newspaper or were taken at a community event by newspaper staff.
All of the information on the site is free, for now, to give viewers a chance to get used to the many offerings, Key said.