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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

and/or

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.

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Feature Request: Add Publications within batch edit functions

Rod Guajardo 1 month ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

Would be great to be able to assign multiple assets to a publication/page (Publications) through the batch edit function. 


Oftentimes reporters and editors put assets into the system before a dummy is dropped and they know exactly what page an asset should be assigned to. This leaves folks having to open up each individual asset later in the day and assigning a page number to that asset if we want designers to take advantage of the budget tool within InDesign asset manager. 


Example: Opinion page items are put in earlier in the day when possible. This page isn't always in the same position each day, so the editor budgets every asset for the general publication and section but isn't able to assign a page number. Once dummy is dropped and we know the page, each asset (often 10 or more) has to be opened up and assigned a page number. 


If there was a way to assign publications/sections/page numbers to multiple assets at the same time that would be a great timesaver for reporters and editors alike, while also allowing designers to keep using the handy budget tool within ID. 

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Webinar | What’s new in BLOX Total CMS

Cherry Wolf (Marketing specialist) 2 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated 2 months ago 1


At our October BLOX Total CMS webinar, Jon Winters, product architect for BLOX Total CMS, will show off the system’s latest enhancements, including:

  • New Article Designer makes it easier to tell stylish mobile-friendly stories with drag-and-drop formatting and alignment.
  • Expanded batch upload capabilities simplify adding related assets and creating collections.
  • Improved syndication tool enables importing of CNN “wire” feeds and GeoRSS tags.
  • Enhanced AP support adds keyword visibility, and improved handling of underscores and headlines.
  • Updated Page Tracker restores support for automated purging of assets and assignments.
  • . . . and much more!
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Allow an editor to enable ads for both sliding and vertical galleries OR either sliding or vertical galleries

Ashley 3 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 2 months ago 2

We would prefer to be able to enable ads for the vertical photo galleries only rather than for the sliding and vertical galleries. We find the sliding galleries are cumbersome and slow when ads are enabled, creating a frustrated user experience, however we do not have the same negative experience with the vertical photo galleries. We would enable this feature across the site if it were available to monetize with ads without having to include ads in the sliding galleries. 

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Feature request: Default presentation styles for users

Beth OMalley 4 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 3 months ago 3

If we could set a user's default presentation style (just like we can set that their assets always get them listed as the author) for article assets, that would be very helpful. 

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Inspirational Quotes, Love Quotes

sunilb 5 months ago in BLOX Total CMS 0
Inspirational Quotes : Sometimes people end up losing themselves in the past and at such point in time, motivation is the thing that we need most. Motivation fills the people with power that will in turn help to derive the meaning of success. It will motivate people to act and do things. It targets the inner power and helps people to Love Quotes act and achieve things.It is mostly related to desires and dreams as it is what is needed in order to fulfill them. Famous Quotes
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Two New Options On Pre-Roll Videos

Mark McGregor 5 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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Major Poll Asset bug

Kevin M. Cox 5 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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Syndicated content / Live E-edition woes in TCMS

kyle.rickhoff 5 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

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Social share icons on long-form articles

Beth OMalley 5 months ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

When we make a story long form, the social share icons drop WAY to the very bottom of the article, instead of at the top near the byline/image.

For example: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-county-man-uncovers-long-forgotten-grave-of-officer/article_166d925b-76e9-5b56-bd0e-832672d6fe6b.html

versus: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/health/worry-grows-in-missouri-over-proposed-medicaid-cuts-effects-on/article_e8b0f1b8-c1c3-5e67-bb36-5df9bd149e6c.html

AND, at the bottom, they are very small. 

Can they be added back at the top of the article, under the byline perhaps?

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Can search words be highlighted?

bennett 7 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 6 months ago 2

When clicking on an asset in search results, it would be extremely helpful if the words used in the search could be highlighted in some fashion. Make the text a different color, bold the text -- anything to help us find the search words quickly. An older system we had did just that.

Answer

Thanks! I've added a feature request for this!

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Feature Request: Have TotalCMS Asset Revisions show Delete / Un-Delete actions

Kevin M. Cox 7 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 6 months ago 2

While troubleshooting an issue I noticed that Delete and Undo Deletion actions are not logged in an asset's Revisions panel.


While we can deduce when this occurred, it would be immensely helpful if the system logged the point that an asset was deleted and then un-deleted and by whom. The text could go in the same place as when user's fill out the box to record a note on their save.

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Under review

Auto refreshing a block (flex)

Ashley 7 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated 7 months ago 4

Has anyone implemented a block (flex) or ad block that auto refreshes just the content of that one block? If so, what method did you find that worked best?

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Feature request: Drag and Drop - Asset Manager/InDesign

Scott Burden - Tupelo, MS 8 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Marcus Fitzsimmons 7 months ago 3

Our group is using dual monitor setups - it would be awesome to allow us to utilize "drag and drop" from BLOX Total CMS Asset Manager and InDesign. I have my working InDesign document on one screen, and my Asset Manager set to open on the other. Instead of clicking "OK" - it would be convenient to drag the asset (and whatever siblings) directly to the working page.

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"Additive only" fields in TCMS

Beth OMalley 8 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 8 months ago 1

Customer support says that

teaser images

authors

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.