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- All Santa Maria Times websites
- The Santa Maria Times e-Edition
- Santa Maria Times newspaper home delivery service can be included where available.
If you're a current Santa Maria Times print subscriber, you already qualify for full access. All you need to do is activate your subscription and create an online account. Visit santamariatimes.com/activate. Please be ready to provide an email address or phone number and zip code to activate your full access.
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With full access, you will have access to The Santa Maria Times both online and in print.
Plus you will enjoy access to santamariatimes.com, the region's online leader in local news and information.
Additional digital products offered to full access subscribers include:
- Santa Maria Times e-edition. http://santamariatimes.com/eedition
Most of these require you to verify your account to get full access. You need only log in one time with the same email and password that you used to create an online account, and then you will have full access.
Yes, as soon as you activate your full access subscription at santamariatimes.com/activate.
Full access means a paid home delivery subscriber's subscription now entitles you to unlimited access to all of our great digital content on our many platforms with no restrictions.
In addition to your newspaper delivery, your news will be updated throughout the day and available digitally on your computer, smartphone and tablet. This option includes unlimited access to news stories, photos, and more.
No. The website is for new purchases only. If you would like to change your subscription please contact customer service.
If you're not a full access subscriber, access to certain stories and information will be limited. This is called a "meter," which gives everyone free basic access to santamariatimes.com. You may have heard about "paywalls" that completely lock down access to specific sites, popular sections or specific subjects, but we're not doing that at santamariatimes.com
Some parts of the site, such as homepages and popular sections listing headlines, are always free. Access to classified advertising including auto, real estate and employment remain open to everyone.
Our website meter operates more like a parking meter that gives you the first hour free. For some people, that's enough. But if you want to spend more time, it will cost something. If you're close to using up your free views, the site will warn you in advance. If you use all free views, the site will automatically provide some subscription options, making it easy to sign up.
TIP: If you subscribe to the printed Santa Maria Times, even just on Sunday, you can qualify for unlimited online access.
The local news and information published on our websites is a valuable product. Much of the news on santamariatimes.com comes exclusively from the newsrooms of the Santa Maria Times. That means a lot of the news posted here can't be found anywhere else.
By giving you the opportunity to purchase unlimited access to all of this exclusive information, we'll be able to continue to maintain and improve the quality of this coverage and information. The full access subscription remains the best option to receive unlimited access that you want, when and where you want it.
Once you've activated your account, you can download and use our apps or websites on mobile devices. To get unlimited access, log in using the same email and password on all digital platforms.
Your subscription login will allow access for up to five digital devices.
TIP: Be sure to check off "remember me" at login so you don't have to enter your information on every visit.
Yes. The Santa Maria Times publishes a new e-edition that is an exact replica (with the exception of inserts) of the newspaper available for download every morning to your desktop or iPad. This also is included in full access.
The e-edition is a specially formatted electronic version that looks just like the printed newspaper, and it is accessible on a computer web browser, a special iPad app, and other tablet computer web browsers.
That's actually quite similar to what we're doing. You can view a certain number of any stories on the website for free each month, and some parts of the site are free all the time.
You'll be asked to pay if it turns out that you're a frequent or heavy user of the site. Collecting, producing and delivering exclusive local information around the clock, seven days a week, costs money no matter whether it's published and delivered once a day in print, or every few minutes online. We think it's fair to ask readers who rely heavily on our information to support the effort by paying a modest subscription fee, regardless of whether they get the information from our paper, website, or mobile products.
As more advertisers shift from print to online, they expect us to continue to help them reach local residents with their offers, deals and other messages. We'll recognize these shifts from print to online advertising by maintaining and possibly even expanding advertising options that will be more relevant and connected to your interests.
In this fast-changing business, modest digital subscriptions and advertising work together to cover the cost of collecting local news and information, and to produce numerous products around the clock.
If you're checking our site only once in a while, you probably won't be asked to pay, because we allow limited free visits to the site. But if you rely heavily on us, it seems fair to charge a subscription fee, just as we do for local residents who pay for unlimited access to the website and newspaper.
If you read obituaries every day, it seems fair to ask for a modest subscription fee - just like our daily newspaper subscribers who pay to read these notices. And it's the same fee we ask from folks who look at only one other section of the website, such as entertainment listings, sports, or politics. You're not being singled out.
By the way, if you no longer live in our coverage area, you can get a Santa Maria Times e-edition that is an exact replica of the newspaper, including the obituaries. It looks just like the paper on your computer or iPad screen. You can even download and print out the puzzles.
All home delivery subscription packages now include digital access.
But digital access isn't limited to you. A home delivery subscriber can share a login with others in your household, just like you share the newspaper with family or friends.
For example, if there are three people in your family, you all can share one account. The overall limit is five computers or devices. Please keep in mind, everyone who has access to a shared account also has the same access to account information and privileges, including the ability to comment in online forums under the same screen name.
We discourage sharing too widely. Sharing login information gives users access to all aspects of your subscriber account, including billing information. Also, reader comments will be tied to your account, so you may want to be careful about who can access your login information. Finally, if more than five devices are logged in at the same time, one or more will be denied access to digital products, possibly creating confusion about whether the digital subscription is really working.
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Current subscribers, manage your account here. If you have any trouble, please contact customer service as noted above.
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