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Kyle Whitfield 6 days ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Robert 4 hours 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 1 week ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 6 hours 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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Graham Archer 3 days 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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Kyle Whitfield 6 days ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Robert 3 days ago 2

Right now, BLOX only stores versions of the 10 most recent revisions made, correct? Is there anyway to expand that to 30 or even more? We change assets so often now that we lose the ability to track story versions to serve as teaching points for reporters/editors and for gathering versions for contest entries. Is this something that's technically possible to accomplish?

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Henry M. Lopez 2 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Kyle Whitfield 1 week ago 6

I am writing in regard to the Teaser field on the asset editor and asking another field be added — the social teaser. We are currently on Zen and when we move next month to Flex, we will lose one of the best uses of the Teaser. Right now, since Zen isn't completely supported by Teaser, when I add an image to Teaser its image shows up in the OG and Twitter tags for that asset(article). But, it does not show up as the thumbnail preview on the public facing home or index pages and it doesn't show up on the article page. That's fabulous.


Sadly once we move to Flex, the Teaser content, my understanding is, will show on the site's public-facing side on the index and home pages. Boo!


We aggressively use social images created in Adobe Spark to promote content in FB and Twitter. We often use these on stories where we have no art and on stories where we can make it more interesting in social media. But, there aren't really the type of images that make for good on-site thumbnails. 



My usage of these promo images, which have no place on the story page either, really help spur forward user engagement. So, what I'm asking for is another tab called Social Teaser that acts just like Teaser except it isn't used for thumbnails — the social teasers url is passed only for social media. We want these images to come up when people share.




The hierarchy then for OG and Twitter tags would be

Social Teaser

If not, then

Teaser

If not, then

Article image

If not, then

Default image as stored in settings.


I hope you'll consider. This is a concession to the idea that like all platforms, social needs content built for it and that should be supported in the CMS. You can see by the images shared above these look strong in social media, but really don't have a place as a thumbnail. If there's already a way to achieve what I'm asking, please let me know, I didn't see it in documentation. Web editors, please vote up this idea, and if you want to learn more about this technique reach out to me at webeditor@sfnewmexican.com


Thanks for your consideration. 

Henry M. Lopez

Digital Enterprise 


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Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 1 week ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Nick 1 week 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 1 week 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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Robert 1 week ago in BLOX CMS 0

1) Wikipedia-style revisions would allow users to see the actual changes made between two versions of the same asset. Text would be highlighted that was deleted, added or changed, with an area for specific notes (if needed) for why the changes happened. User information could be seen when hovering over the changes to see who actually did the edit.


2) It's difficult to see currently what the actual changes or revisions have been made to an asset.


3) This feature would be used all the time by every staff member. Allows us to keep track of every change and why the change was made. Would especially be useful on long-form articles where what was changed or changes that need to be highlighted were missed.


4) All users would benefit from this feature. Our head editors and copyrighters would benefit most from it.


You can clearly see the previous asset text on the left, and the right is the current (or latest selected) with the changes that were made to the asset. It could be even further clarified by highlighting with different colours.


Red = delete

Green = added

Orange = changes (ie: spelling)


Currently, if a staff member who did the edits is not around, we have to open up several of the previous revisons and compare them. By having the changes in one window and side-by-side, it's easier to see past changes and plan for future ones.

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mbusse 2 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Nick 1 week 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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Graham Archer 1 week ago in BLOX CMS 0

Hey folks, anyone know of ways to further tweak paging gallery display options? For instance, it'd be cool to have the numbers be reversible (count down, rather than up), hide the numbers or make the photo credits have a lower profile (they're pretty prominent). Wasn't sure if those settings existed, but if not, would be a cool one to put on the radar. Be nice if you could just add a #reverse keyword to a collection and have it count down, for instance.

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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 6 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Lindsay 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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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Jacki Gray 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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