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IDEA: Paywall options for collections, section pages

Marcus Fitzsimmons 16 hours ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

We're in the process of locking down more content behind our paywall and have run into a limitation.

We'd like to lock our entire obit section behind the paywall so only subscribers can see the page that contains the assets. (Its obits, once you see the name, it just takes a google name search and you have the funeral home's page)

What would be a great help is either

1) Ability to make a section page require a subscription to view


2) the ability to move a collection behind the paywall

We're looking at it for some other cases, but if a collection is behind the wall, then in the case where headlines give away too much, having the option  where only subscribers could view them would also remedy the problem.


Customizing Metered Visits message in Flex.

Jeff Sebestyen 2 days ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) yesterday at 2 a.m. 2

I would like for the ability to customize the Metering Messages within the Community > Subscription settings, the same location that I can customize the emails to customers that have bought a subscription.  

Otherwise, I am looking to see what file can be edited to changed the Metering Message when a user has 9 out of 10 free stories to view.  Is this CSS or UTL even customizable by the customer?


Hi guys!

We're working on an easier module that will allow these to be customized in the admin UI. However, we did implement the code in a way that makes it easy to override these messages at a custom UTL level.

Here is a page with details on the specific macros you can override.


If you don't have access to edit the UTL as described, please contact our Customer Support and they should be able to help.


Unwanted space created by empty section

tbhall 2 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) yesterday at 1:51 a.m. 7


Is there any way to prevent an empty section from creating unwanted space? 

As shown in the screenshots below: masthead-full-top is creating a space in the header that I can't seem to get rid of. Using the inspect element tool in Chrome I can't find CSS to remove the issue, and the section isn't editable itself.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Creating/Editing Editorial/Classified Assets via Webservices API

Robert Dundon 10 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by TOEFL Masters yesterday at 1:28 a.m. 3

Just wondering if that's a planned feature or not.

Under review

How can I fix "Reader View" on FLEX?

Nick 1 year ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Robert Dundon 1 day ago 4

Safari and Apple's mobile devices have what's known as "Reader View." It's a nice, clean way to read articles online. We just launched our FLEX site and I see I can use Reader View but when I try it only shows the headline, in-story ads and tagline. I've checked other FLEX sites and they seem to work fine.

What could be preventing it from working on my site?

Under review

Change to how 'buy now' logic interacts with AP photos

Kyle Whitfield 2 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated 2 weeks ago 4

Idea: Revise how the 'buy now' button logic interacts with AP photos ... either add more commonly used AP byline phrases or find a way to better auto detect AP photos moving from Merlin to BLOX

1. What problem(s) does this idea solve? AP, from best we can tell, doesn't have a standardized way of formatting bylines. Some say "Name/AP Photo," some say, "Associated Press file photo," some say XXX "via AP." The "buy now" rule for BLOX stipulates the byline must be 'associated press' or 'ap photo' for the button to disable.

2. Why do you need this idea implemented? Provide as many problems or use cases as possible. We're having too many wire photos go on our site that are for sale that we're not licensed to sell.

3. How often would you use this feature? Daily

4.How many people in your organization would use this feature? The entire company, 200+ people


Webinar | Why ad viewability matters to your bottom line, and what you need to do

Cherry Wolf (Marketing specialist) 2 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated 2 weeks ago 0

Starting as early as January 1st, 2018, sites with programmatic advertising inventory that’s less than 70 percent viewable will see a dramatic drop in fill rate and eCPMs. At our December customer webinar, we’ll talk about why viewability matters to digital advertising and what you can do to increase your score and impact your bottom line.

Topics will include:

  • How advertiser expectations, the IAB and the Better Ad Standards are affecting the industry.
  • How to find out your current viewability score to see where you stand.
  • Simple ways to improve and optimize your site’s viewability.
  • New BLOX CMS features and enhancements to help boost your viewability score.
  • . . . and much more!

Join us on December 14th at 10:30 AM CST to learn more.

Want to take in the webinar on your own time? Register now and we’ll send you a link to the webinar recording once it’s ready.


NCAA Men's basketball bracket

jami.christopher 2 weeks ago 0

Will you be doing any online bracketology options for the NCAA Men's basketball tournament? Might be a good way to sale some advertising especially for your college accounts.

Under review

Feature request: URL/titles for SEO

Kyle Whitfield 1 year ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 2 weeks ago 5

Instead of URLs picking up an asset's title then generating new URLs when titles are changed, could we consider an SEO title field where an editor could manually define a phrase that would appear in a URL? And the URL wouldn't change as the asset's headline changes?

Example: Story about mass shooting in Baton Rouge

SEO/URL title: Baton Rouge mall shooting
Article asset title: 5 dead in Baton Rouge mall shooting

URL (that wouldn't change): theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/baton_rouge_mall_shooting/XYZABC123.html

Right now we shy away from opting for titles in URLs b/c of the mess it creates with multiple URLs per asset.

This would be used very often by us.


Embed form into story, or onto page

Meagen Finnerty 2 weeks ago in BLOX CMS 0

I'm not sure if this has already been cracked, but it would be so nice if forms generated embed codes so we could put them at the bottom of stories, or embed them onto a landing page. Right now, we either link to them or use a third-party form that we can embed. 


Geotargeting doesn't seem to be accurate

Nick 2 weeks ago in BLOX CMS 0

From time to time we have some national brands that want to advertise on our website. Many of those are only interested in certain zip codes. The problem is that I look up my IP online and some websites show I'm in the correct city but others show me in a different state entirely. BLOX seems to be the former in this instance and therefore I don't see the ads. This cuts out a lot of our ad impressions. I've even gone so far as to set a radius 100 miles from my zip code and still get nothing.

So is there anything that can be done to more accurately pinpoint where our users are located? Does anyone else ever experience this?


Tie ad blocker detection (does it work?) to member / subscriber recruitment.

Jay Allred 2 weeks ago in BLOX CMS 0

It makes sense to me is to closely tie adblocker detection with subscription / membership recruitment. 

So - for example - if an adblocker is detected, BLOX should notify the reader and encourage them to whitelist the site AND allow publishers to direct the reader to support our work through a membership / subscription.


Publishers should be able to easily modify the message the reader sees to make it fit within the corporate "voice" of the organization.


Publishers could also be given the option to allow an ad-free experience to readers who become subscribers / members. 

It could work something like this:

Reader: I hate ads and use an ad blocker.

Us: We get it, but if you want to view our content for free, we need you to tolerate the ads. They are the price of admission. But, if you become a member / subscriber, we can offer you and ad-free experience. Sound good?

Reader choice 1: Totally! I want to become a subscriber today!
Us response 1: Great! Here's a link to become a subscriber.

Reader choice 2: No thanks, but I'll white list you so the ads come through.
Us response 2: Thanks! If you ever want to become a subscriber, here's how.

Reader choice 3: No way, you suck. I'm keeping my ad blocker and not paying you a dime. 
Us response 3: We're sorry to hear that. But since we have to pay our bills and the news is not free to report, we'll have to say goodbye for now. 


Live "blogging" article updates

Robert 2 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Henry M. Lopez 4 weeks ago 2

We're interested in doing "Live" blogging or article updates. Previously we've just relied on Live Twitter Feeds in articles, but something more substantial would be better for the direction we're wanting to go.

Does anyone have a service that works well with BLOX? Any limitations or potential issues, such as the ~5 minute cache?

Are there any plans for implimenting a Live Blog/Article service in BLOX? Would be fantastic for stories about council meetings, elections, sports games to name a few. Possibly tying it closer to the mobile version of the back end would mean our reporters could do updates on-the-fly and on the field.


Feature Request: Minify CSS/JS on the Fly

Robert Dundon 4 weeks ago in BLOX CMS 0

Let's say we have some CSS and JS in the global skin and UTL components. It's on the CDN as the other JS/CSS files as Core TN stuff. This works great!

However, can there be a way to access a minified version of those files? For example, if we have a file in global in resources/scripts/somefile.js (which would translate to something like https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/example.com/content/tncms/live/global/resources/scripts/somefile.js on the CDN) can we have a minified version like https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/example.com/content/tncms/live/global/resources/scripts/somefile.min.js ?

Just a humble idea by me. Thanks!

Under review

[Complaint] New E-Edition format, not the best for mobile. [Screen Shots]

Jeff Sebestyen 4 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Rich Griffin | Product Manager (Product Manager) 4 weeks ago 3

I am usually very optimistic when we get new updates in Blox.  But I have 3 issues with this format.  

  • First, as pictured, the navigation buttons cover up content.  Sure, I figured out how to remove the buttons, but my users won't be able to.   The deprecated white navigation buttons in the red bar were the way to go.  I'd like this to be a Per-Site choice to make.
  • Second, under the hamburger menu, there are no descriptions as to what each button does.  
  • Third, because of the update, I have a random gray bar at the top that I now have to fix.  
  • Forth, I do admire the fact that swiping pages left to right now takes a split second.  Finally, the swiping has been improved.