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Kyle Whitfield 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Robert 3 months ago 3

Just curious to see if any BLOX customers have tried this side-by-side/300x250 ad layout within story text? Seems to be catching on in the industry.

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Sam 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 months ago 1

Hello all: I'm new to BLOX and am trying to learn as I go along. I have a client that has provided me with an image ad and has requested two different links be embedded based on where the page viewer clicks. I'm afraid this would require that the ad be an html ad, but I've not been able to find any documentation as to what I need to do to get this ad posted. Any help from fellow experienced users would be greatly appreciated.

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Richard 3 months ago 0

Hey, folks — does anyone do webcasts or other sort of livestream via their website?

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Graham Archer 3 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

Hey all, I'm thinking we could really benefit from a few new options with polls. Some details:


1. It'd be really nice to be able to put an end date on a poll. It just seems like a basic functionality, and I know several people up-voted the idea before: https://help.bloxcms.com/knowledge-base/applications/settings/urls/custom_properties/article_5fd6d870-2bdc-11e5-93e5-034d9f275a7e.html


2. Can we have the option to NOT show results (and maybe show a field after someone votes — "Check back Aug. 8 to see the winner."). That'd allow for us to do some really cool stuff that's not currently allowed. You could have votes for an athlete of the week, person of the year, etc. and not risk people not voting because someone is out to a 2-to-1 lead early, etc.

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Mark McGregor 3 months ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

On Pre-Roll Videos can you a time can you add two options:

1. Add a countdown clock so users can see how much longer the Pre-Roll is going to last
2. Add a skip button


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Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Nick 3 months ago 1

Go to webmaster tools, then Web Tools and see if you have a report yet. My "Google Sites" page has been reviewed, but none of the other sites I have access to have been reviewed.



Anyone else? Let us know!

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mbusse 3 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

When Article Presentation = Long-form & Inline Image Presentation = Full-bleed, it looks like Blox displays the image at 1200px width (URL: ...image.jpg?resize=1200%2C800) and then uses CSS to size up to 100% width. On viewports wider than 1200px this causes the images to go fuzzy. 

My suggestion is when Article Presentation = Long-form & Inline Image Presentation = Full-bleed, the image resize should go higher, e.g. 1920px. 



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mbusse 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Nick 3 months ago 2

Feature request: Add the rich text editor to the header of a Form (under Design > Forms) so form headers can have paragraph breaks, bold text etc.


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Elizabeth Stephens 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 months ago 4

So I've been trying to play with the keyword long_form to have ads specifically targeted for our long-form. We use DFP, and I created pos keyword with long_form. But it's just filling the ad spot and not targeting an ad there. The ad spot is also appearing on all stories, not just long form.


Has anyone tried this with success? Tips? What am I missing?

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Elizabeth Stephens 8 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Lindsay 3 months ago 2

We have gone back and forth on Twitter cards for most of the last year. We like the idea of them, but we don't always have the photos to support them. I had asked TownNews to change our metadata tag to have it display the summary Twitter card, rather than the summary card with large image. But this takes a macro off the update path, which we want to avoid.


So I've submitted a feature request that they would make it possible to choose the Twitter card type without messing with the update path. Even better would be if we could control the Twitter card type in the metadata by section.


We just really don't want our stock images to be huge on Twitter. We also get weird crops of opinion columnists, etc. We feel like the summary card with the thumbnail would be a better option in a lot of cases. It'd also be nice to be able to use the player card for our videos.

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Lindsay 3 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

Hi there, I was on the meeting today when TownNews mentioned a new feature on how to push news articles out through Facebook Messenger. I am very interested in this feature, but I haven't been able to find it within our account. We have a flex system and this is something that our paper wants to use immediately if available. If anyone knows how to do this please let me know! 

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Kevin M. Cox 3 months ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

To our frustration, we've stumbled across a major shortcoming of Poll Assets this week.


Apparently any change to a poll asset (such as changing the section) resets the poll back to zero for all options. There is no warning in the GUI about this.


Also because the answer counts are not editable by the admin there is no way to restore the previous counts from the asset's revision history prior to the reset.


We're now stuck hoping that Town News engineering can merge the pre-reset and post-reset counts together for these assets so we aren't left with egg on our faces and the inability to announce these results to our readers.


• This behavior needs to be corrected. Admins should be able to change minor things about a poll asset without having the counts reset.

• Poll counts should be editable by admins, maybe ones with a certain level of permissions?

• As with other assets, there needs to be an easier way to restore a revision.

• As Jacki mentioned in this post, poll assets need an end date that stops collecting responses but still displays the results.


What other improvements to poll assets would y'all like to see?

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Jacki Gray 6 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 3 months ago 1

I'm not seeing a setting on poll assets that allows the user to set an "end" date for the collection of submissions. Is there a way to do that? For example, I'd like to collect submissions for one week, end submissions, but then still display the results.

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Alessia Alaimo 3 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

Have you guys implemented any best practices for our FLEX websites to be compatible and read by people with disability? 


This is the topic on a webinar that I was invited to: WCAG 2.0 AA

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kyle.rickhoff 3 months ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

1. What problem(s) does this idea solve?


We want to give SEO authority to a certain Bloxs website. However, we want the story to appear in print editions. Currently, PageTracker is auto-site tagging stories to the newspaper website. 


Does not have a process that retains TNCMS canonical URLs when passing through TCMS.

Does not have a process that allows/denies certain TCMS sections from PageTracker’s site tagging.

Does not have a process that allows PageTracker-site-tagged stories to be limited to the e-edition application.

Does not have a process that allows different rules for different site tags. (Do not publish on one site, Publish on another site)

This limits our ability to share print edition content across papers without creating duplicate stories or multiple canonical URLS.  


2. Why do you need this idea implemented? Provide as many problems or use cases as possible.


Montana sites would like to syndicate content across multiple TNCMS and TCMS sites.  

An editor can share stories across multiple websites and print editions from a TCMS asset. 


We are expanding our website portfolio. This includes building out niche sites outside of our newspaper brands. The goal is driving advertising and audience through topic-specific sites. 

MontanaUntamed is a hub and spoke distribution model. All the outdoors content created for the Montana newspapers are sent to this one domain, then the content (and canonical URL) is distributed across Montana, Lee and TN Content Exchange papers. 

Q: Since it is part of the billingsgazette.com Edition, wouldn't you want it to come from billingsgazette.local so the article would be linked up to the e-edition?

A: Preferably, yes. If we can't have both, we want to drive incremental revenue and audience through highly-monetized web pages over PDF pages with 1-ad behind a paywall. 


3. How often would you use this feature? Hourly. 


4. How many people in your organization would use this feature? Hundreds of editors and reporters.

PageTracker / canonical url / Syndication