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Beth OMalley 2 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 2 months ago 1

Customer support says that

teaser images


delete time/date

are additive only in TCMS -- so they will not prompt changes on the asset in CMS.

If a feature is additive only, that needs to be somehow noted in TCMS on each field, so that users know and remember.

Also, why are these fields "additive only" when they're fairly important ones that we need to change in both TCMS and CMS.

Jacki Gray 2 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

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.

Under review
Joe Hansen 4 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Michael Becker 3 months ago 7

I'd like to suggest a feature that would help to alleviate articles appearing multiple times on the same page.

Feature: Add a query rule for "asset must be unique". This would make sure that an asset is shown only once on a given page.

Reason: Due to over-zealous tagging on content, sometimes articles will appear more than once on a page, regardless of rules that are set up. This would ensure that each headline is shown only once on a page.

Possible Implementation: Global array at page initialization holds array of unique asset ids. As assets are added to the page block by block, the asset ids are added to the array. If the query rule is checked, then when the query for that block is made, the global array of used ids is passed along as a "AND id NOT IN (list of used ids)".

1) What problem does this solve?

Solves the issue with a headline being shown in multiple blocks on the same page

2) Why do we need it?

Example case would be a breaking news story. Imagine a news/local section tagged asset flagged as breaking news. It shows in the "breaking" block and in the news/local block. If you want it to appear on the page only once, then you'd have to have a rule on your news/local block to hide any "breaking" flagged items. Rather than to have the reporter remember to remove a breaking news flag from an asset later so that it will automatically show up in the news/local block, having this "only once" option would allow it to be visible only once on the page.

Nick 11 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated 3 months ago 4

Someone just alerted me to the fact that when you click the print icon in a FLEX article the printout includes all of the in-story ads AND any hovering ads. The hovering ads are on every page, usually blocking content.

With Zen when the user clicked the print icon they were taken to a page with "?mode=print" trailing the URL. This mode stripped all of the other elements of the page save for the story and any child assets. It was great.

Here's what FLEX printing looks like...


I will enter this as a bug ticket so we'll fix it. Thanks!

Under review
Lonnie de Lambert 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 months ago 1

It doesn't make sense that the most recent blog would be at the bottom of the page.

When a reader is following a blog they do not scroll to the bottom to see the most recent post.

Can the order of blogs (assets) be changed from from oldest to newest so they sort by most recent?

Under review
Kevin M. Cox 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated 3 months ago 2

I wanted to make the suggestion for Wordpress-style behavior that would display an Edit button on every article when the system detects that the logged in user is an admin. Clicking the button would then take the user to the asset in the BLOX admin for editing the story.

This would be very handy when an editor notices a typo and needs to quickly make a fix.

Now for papers like us that have TotalCMS obviously it would be much more complicated to implement; but wow, it would be awesome if it could be pulled off and open the TotalCMS admin panel with that asset selected in a search.

Either way it would be a cool feature for publications that only use Town News for their website.

Robert 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated 3 months ago 3

1) A secure mode for assets would only allow specific people (through a list of usernames or group access settings) to edit an asset and publish.

2) Sometimes there are sensitive articles that, while they are being developed, should only be accessed by a select few (eg: only the author and a managing editor).

3) We would use it any time there are stories or large features that require confidentiality until publication. Especially articles that have a lot of fact-based research that needs to be vetted, or allegations that need to be confirmed.

4) All users would benefit from this feature. Our head editors and those with more independent and investigative privileges would benefit most from it, while allowing our managing editors access to their articles.

Michael Becker 3 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

Let me know what you think of this idea, folks:

Imagine you're in the asset editor with multiple assets selected. You then hit a button in the toolbar and all those assets are made siblings to each other in one click. (Each one has all the others added as siblings.)

I think it would make establishing related articles easier in bulk.

Pat Checketts 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Nick 3 months ago 3

When one of our readers visits the news, sports, or calendar pages as an example, they can only see a maximum of the 50 most recent assets. To see anything in those categories older than 50 assets, they would have to use the search feature of the website where at the end of the search results, there is a "next page/previous page" button.

We're proposing creation of a block which would navigate to the next set of assets within a category without needed to navigate to the search function. For instance, on a sports page, if you have it set up just to display the 15 most recent articles, then the next page would reveal the next 15 most recent articles. Another example is on our calendar page where again the reader can only see a maximum of 50 upcoming events and to see anything beyond that, you must do an event search for a specific range of dates. It would be great if readers could easily glimpse at events in coming months without using the search feature.

  • I would use this feature multiple times per week
  • Our readers would use this feature on a daily basis
  • others in my organization would use this feature multiple times per week
Craig V 3 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

Is there any way to see how many people are using the "Follow this search" function? and what the open rate is on the emails that get sent for it? BTW: I love this function, just wondering if it is getting used.

Under review
Henry M. Lopez 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated 3 months ago 7

TownNews support says it can't help me and referred me to Facebook, but as you all know, that's a black hole. Well, I have mirroring set up correctly as far as I can tell. The comments originating on my FB page and my site page show up in the moderation panel but the site comments from my site don't make it to FB nor vice versa. I think this has something to do with the way TN forms it urls. I notice in my moderation panel a url might be http://www.santafenewmexican.com/tncms/asset/editorial/6f4e907b-a7b2-5f94-acb5-00044cdd1e52/ but a front end user sees http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/letters-to-the-editor-march/article_6f4e907b-a7b2-5f94-acb5-00044cdd1e52.html for the same asset.

I'm throwing out the Bat signal. Someone, be brilliant, help me out.


internet 3 months ago • updated 3 months ago 4
Pat Checketts 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated 3 months ago 0

In FLEX, pre roll video ads are only supported in the ROS position. This has created a problem for us with some sports packages we've sold for us in previous years. We have other non-sports videos on our sites, but we create a special advertisement with sponsors that runs specifically before state track highlights. So now, the pre-roll videos we've created for state track highlights are running on every video regardless of section/subject.

Would it be possible to create one of these options?:

  • be able to assign pre-roll ads to specific pages (not just ROS)
  • match ads with specific assets by using keywords or slugs

We use to be able to assign them to specific sections in ZEN

Cherry Wolf (Marketing specialist) 3 months ago • updated 3 months ago 1
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Nick 5 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 3 months ago 11

I'm not sure if it was how our site was set up or what caused it but our page titles don't have any branding. For instance most news sites' page titles would look something like this...

"City crime rate dropped in 2016, but gangs persist | The News"

I tried to just add " | The News" to the "Page Title" field in URL page properties but that adds the text to the "Utility: Page heading" block. I don't want that. I just want it in the page title.

Hopefully this makes sense. Does anyone know how to add text to a page title without it changing text within the page itself?