Index Newspapers & DesertNet Unveil New Content Management System


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DesertNet and Index Newspapers are pleased to announce the creation of Foundation. Foundation is a highly customizable, fully integrated content-management system for alt-weeklies developed by The Stranger/ Portland Mercury and DesertNet. Foundation will expand its users’ online communities with social-networking and web 2.0 features, and it will allow papers to showcase their distinct editorial voices, listings, and content online. With its customizable layouts and components, Foundation will reduce alt-weeklies’ reliance on expensive web development.

Major features of Foundation:

Dynamic Calendars: Searchable, browsable, savable event listings with staff and reader picks, event reminders (email/text messages), and reader comments.

City Guide: Venue pages with reader reviews, favorites, upcoming and past events, venue photos, inline maps, and other nearby venues.

User Profiles: Site-wide user login with profile pages collecting readers’ comments, reviews, and favorite articles, events, and locations.

Editorial Tools: Article pages with dozens of powerful features including most emailed and most popular, reader comments, related articles, and the ability for readers to save articles.

Please visit our website,, for a complete list of more than 100 components and features, and to sign up for a demo.

Since 1995, DesertNet has been providing online and print publishing solutions for AAN member publications. Our products include the Gyrobase development platform, Gyrosite, and Foundation. To date our software has been used for editorial, calendar listings, club listings, dining listings, best-of guides, communities, classifieds, personals, commerce, newsletters, multimedia, intranet, social networking, and content sharing, as well as full product development such as,, and

Index Newspapers, LLC publishes The Portland Mercury and The Stranger. “Index Newspapers, LLC” is not a very good name for a company that is trying to sell “internet solutions.”

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