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Save search result format

Erica Smith 2 years ago • updated by Kevin M. Cox 1 year ago 2

In the editorial section of Blox or TCMS, I can add columns, shuffle them around and just generally set things up in a way that's efficient for me. (Sort by start date, for example, or mark which stories have a site tag or which stories are marked "do not publish.") The next time I log in, the page will be set up the same way. That's great.


But when I'm in an asset and want to add child or sibling assets, the search results don't have the same functionality — I can show or hide columns that are or aren't relevant, move columns around to find what I want, but the next time I go to add a child or sibling asset, I have to do to the same thing again. It's time-consuming and, well, annoying. Any chance of being able to save those search result formats on a user basis?

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Multiple sort directions in search results

Brice Bertels 1 year ago 0

Say you want to create a search link that sorts by start_date and then, within each date, sort by priority. Not sure there is a way to do this now with search parameters.

Would be useful to continue where a block page leaves off with a search page.

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Join us | Get more from your online classifieds!

Cherry Wolf (Marketing specialist) 1 year ago • updated 1 year ago 1

At our November 2016 webinar, Phil Pracht, product manager for

TownNews.com's classifieds and business directory offerings, will show

you what's new in BLOX Ad-Owl and BLOX Classifieds, and demonstrate easy

ways to drive more traffic to your classifieds. Topics will include:

  • Creating and editing classified ads with our all-new ad order entry wizard--you can even include images and upsells!
  • Boosting revenue with print-to-web ads, print upsells, and our new utility regions.
  • Optimizing your classifieds to lift traffic and SEO.
  • . . . and more!

Ready to upgrade your online classifieds? Join us on November 3rd at 10:30 AM CDT!

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Is it possible for centerpiece photo on hub page to be a gallery instead of an image?

Kyle Whitfield 1 year ago • updated 1 year ago 1

So for example, on our site, we have a centerpiece headline, photo, summary text and related links ... it would be cool if there'd be a way to have the gallery arrows added to the top-right hand corner of the photo then, when a user clicks on the arrow, the a full-screen gallery would appear. I think it would allow for a lot of good interaction directly off a page that gets a ton of traffic. This something others have asked about?

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Who else's site having issues for users on Safari w/ iOS 10+?

Kyle Whitfield 1 year ago • updated 1 year ago 13

As TN has advised, clearing the browser cache fixes the problem (we believe). Has anyone else had the issue? It looks like this. Any success sharing cache-clearing tips to readers?

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Change google's description of my site

Cole 1 year ago • updated by Patrick O'Lone (Director of Software Development) 1 year ago 1

I want to change this description of my website, our school changed its name. What do I have to do to change this

Answer

You'll need to change the metadata of the pages being indexed. The help documentation provides some instruction on this:


http://help.bloxcms.com/knowledge-base/applications/settings/site/faq/article_96a473b2-2bf0-11e5-b049-f3a48a6666ae.html


If you've change the name of the paper and need the site's titles changed - you'll also need to update your settings in the menu entry Settings > Site. Note that it may take a bit for search engines to pick up the changes though there are ways to convince Google to check back a bit sooner in the webmaster tools for the site in Google:


https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/home?hl=en

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Multiple pictures per article

Cole 1 year ago • updated by Robert 1 year ago 1

Is there a way to add more than one picture per article without them showing up in a gallery like view. For example, is there a way to have one image a the top of the story and another one midway through?

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Feature request: Generating RSS feed from block

Kyle Whitfield 1 year ago 0

We'd love to explore the ability of creating an RSS feed based on a block or specific blocks' content, rather than keywords/section tags/etc.

This would give us more control over RSS feeds we want to use for our apps. Right now it's very difficult to curate our feeds with the best content we have on our apps.

For example, to stipulate what we want the lead story to be on our apps we have to give the story a keyword and make sure the story has the most recent start date/time compared to all other assets previously using that keyword. Sometimes we want to lead with a story that wasn't published in last hour or so.

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Webinar recording: Optimizing your BLOX CMS site for speed

anonymous 2 years ago • updated by Kevin M. Cox 1 year ago 1

At our July customer webinar, Christine Masters, director of product management, highlighted insider tips and techniques to help make your BLOX CMS site faster than ever.


Highlights include:

  • Understanding the need for speed and how TownNews.com's Flex Templates can help reduce load times.
  • Evaluating ads, third-party add-ons and other factors that can slow down your site.
  • Creating page size & load time budgets to help you stay on track when designing pages and adding new content.
  • Future upgrades to rendering, CSS and much more!

For more information, download the slideshow or watch the recorded webinar today!


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Flex

Maunette Loeks 1 year ago • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 1 year ago 3

Recently, someone in our group mentioned they had gotten a list of sites on the four FLEX templates for easy comparison.

Wondering if anyone has that list to share? Thanks!

Answer

At the top of this doc, there is a link to previews of the various grids on Flex. Let me know if this is what you mean! :)


http://help.bloxcms.com/html_e17abd1e-d998-11e5-b1be-73c249ed5555.html

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Looking to add a message board/forum to site

Jason Braverman 2 years ago • updated by Nick 1 year ago 2

We're trying to figure out the best (and free) way to implement a message board feature on our prep sports website. Anyone using one? Any suggestions? Thanks!

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More than 10 "similar topics" when you search community.townnews posts

Nick 1 year ago • updated by Aaron Gillette (Marketing Director, TownNews.com) 1 year ago 3

Every time I have a question for this community I want to make sure someone else hasn't asked it before. I even did it for this question. /meta This may be beyond TownNews' ability to customize as I'm not sure about how UserEcho works. But when I search for something like "section tag" I know there have to be more than 10 results and I don't want to take away votes from another established topic by creating a new topic that could be exactly the same as a previous one.


So is this something that can be done?


I had another question/topic but I'll ask it another day. I decided today was the day I'd finally ask about more search results.

Answer

Hi Nick,


After some digging around in UserEcho's settings, I found that it is possible to change the number of "similar topics" displayed below the search box. It defaults to 10, but I've increased it to 20 for the time being. Let us know if this is more useful . . . increasing it beyond 20 started to make the page feel pretty unwieldy.


Aaron Gillette

Marketing director

TownNews.com

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Feature Request: Add geo location target for serving Banner Ads

Lisa Reilly 2 years ago • updated 2 years ago 3

Our advertisers would like to target Countries or States or even Cities for their banner ads. Some examples would be to target Canadians (Winter Visitors) at certain times of year, Military communities as they look to relocate, or Mexico site users on the weekends. In some cases, the advertiser can only sell to people in our state or are trying to target visitors from a neighboring state.


Our request is to be able to target Countries, States or even Cities for banner ads.

Answer

Hi Lisa!


I was able to figure out your site based on your email address, so it looks like you are indeed using Ad Manager.


If so, yes, we can target banner ads by geo-location in Ad Manager. Here are the docs:


http://help.bloxcms.com/knowledge-base/applications/marketplace/banner_ads/workspace/article_c78ca706-2beb-11e5-b97e-8b48b6ba52c6.html


Look for the part titled "Geo Targeting."


I will say that we are using IP address lookup to figure out the geo location, and on desktops this is a bit wonky since your ISP may report that you're in, for example, Virginia, because that's where your ISP is. (But you're in New York.)


On mobile, which is a majority of traffic on most sites, the geo-location information is much better and we use this information for ad targeting.


One more thing, I should take a moment to mention our ad targeting program for DFP, TownNews.com iQ. This program, in combination with the Google DFP software, can provide a much finer-grained targeting of users based on a variety of data (such as subscription information). If you have any questions, please ask your sales representative! :)


http://www.townnews365.com/solutions/products/townnews-com-iq/article_073df5f4-6d09-11e5-bc62-1b4b889ea1fc.html

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Join us | Optimizing your BLOX CMS site for speed

anonymous 2 years ago • updated by Aaron Gillette (Marketing Director, TownNews.com) 2 years ago 0


At our July customer webinar, Christine Masters, director of product management, will highlight insider tips and techniques to help make your BLOX CMS site faster than ever.



We'll cover:

  • Understanding the need for speed and how TownNews.com's Flex Templates can help reduce load times.
  • Evaluating ads, third-party add-ons and other factors that can slow down your site.
  • Creating page size & load time budgets to help you stay on track when designing pages and adding new content.
  • Future upgrades to rendering, CSS and much more!

Join us on Thursday, July 7th at 10:30 AM CDT.