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Nick 8 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated 2 days ago 9

Zen has fairly decent in-line photo options. If I dragged a photo into the body of an article it would stay right where I put it as long as the presentation was "None." That was great because if the photo was for a specific section of the article it ensured that was where it displayed. The new "Long-form" and "Personality" presentations have abandoned that. FLEX has abandoned that altogether. So even in "None" it puts the images wherever it wants to in the body.

For example...

Here you have the Zen photo display. A lot of white space but at least I KNOW the photo will go with the content.

On the other hand...

This is FLEX. Is that photo of a scarf headband, a fake knot or a hidden knot? I can't tell.

So could we please have more options for displaying in-line photos? I want to switch our magazine to FLEX because the templates are far superior to Zen. But I I feel like we're taking a step backward when I can't display in-line photos that stay with their corresponding body copy. I'd love to be able to display in-line photos as full width photos so there isn't that white space seen in the top screenshot. But I prefer the white space over the random image placement.


Flex does full-width inline photos (which was a highly requested feature), instead of 300px like Zen.

The problem was that if you had a vertical image, being full-width ended up with REALLY BIG images that looked pretty crazy.

So now we do a check - if it is a vertical image (as you show here), it will float right. If it is horizontal, it will be full-width. Most of the time this works well since you're just trying to put the image near the copy, and it looks better since it is not super huge.

In your case I would recommend cropping the image to be slightly horizontal (literally one pixel more width than height) and it will be full-width in the article as you intend.

(We do have a feature request in to add some tools to inline photos to give them some options... like half-width, float left, float right, etc. So you can choose more of the display. We are hoping it will be on the docket for next year but I don't have an ETA yet.)

Kyle Whitfield 3 days ago in BLOX CMS 0

We're having trouble recently with multiple editors being able to access the same block and are saving over each others' changes.

Can this type of "locked" asset messaging be added to blocks? "Saving disabled: this asset is locked by XXXXX"

1. What problem(s) does this idea solve? Editors not saving over each others' work when they both have the same block open.

2. Why do you need this idea implemented? Provide as many problems or use cases as possible. Editor adjusts order of stories in a block. Unknowingly another editor has the same block open and saves over the other's work.

3. How often would you use this feature? Daily

4. How many people in your organization would use this feature? Everyone

Kyle Whitfield 3 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated 3 days ago 4

Hi y'all, we're on board with TownNews' preferred Google Analytics setup now (woo hoo!) ... Now that's done, we'd like to setup a way to track analytics for Facebook Instant articles and Google AMP pages. Because the URLs generated for those pages aren't always on a site's domain, how do you accomplish this in GA?


Hey Kevin!

We're actually in the process of experimenting with this so we can document it with our full GTM launch.

Because Google AMP requires its own GTM container, you can just tell that container to create an AMP dimension for each page view.

For FBIA, you should be able to track tncms.page.platform = 'facebook instant articles'.

Like I said, this is still in test mode, but let me know if you need more explanation or help setting this up.

Kevin M. Cox 4 days ago in BLOX CMS • updated 4 days ago 1

Anybody have a suggestion for a good, free embeddable hurricane tracker map for use on our websites?

This one has potential, but it always defaults to the alphabetical first storm instead of the wider view or (currently) the second storm on the list: https://project.wnyc.org/hurricane-tracker/index.html

I miss the days when StormPulse was free...

Under review
Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Michael Becker 4 days ago 14

Hi community people!

Earlier today we had our big BLOX Core update! If you missed the release notes, they are here.

I've noticed a few media sites start using the User Reactions feature. Are any of you thinking of enabling it? Maybe on just a specific section? I'm interested in hearing your reactions or ways to improve it.

Jayson 4 days ago in BLOX CMS 0

I'm looking for good examples of these new inline display properties for image (or other) elements: Headline link, summary, asset presentation

Under review
Laura 5 days ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Phil Pracht (Product Manager) 4 days ago 1

We would like to have all of our site Marketplace directories to link to Google Map directions. Right now when you click on a Business pin on the Google Map embed, it only displays the address. We would like to request that the address link to Google Maps directions.

Post and Courier example:


Thanks, Laura!

I'll submit this as a feature request and update here as this gets closer to a release.  

Under review
Ryan Mellon 1 week ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 6 days ago 2

We are loving the new alignment features that were just released for child assets. Stories are way more engaging and better looking with the new options. We've tried to use the Twitter function, but have noticed those cannot be formatted. Would it be possible to have them automatically centered in stories, or given the option to align right, left, center like the other child assets?


Actually I think you're right. It is left-aligned (but not floated) on regular stories. On long-form mode, it sticks out awkwardly to the left.

I will see if we can center both with CSS for now.

Adding alignment options will be more complicated than a simple CSS fix, but I think that's a good idea if it is possible.

sansone941 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Maureen Reinert 1 week ago 7

Hi Ellen, 

Website is not included for basic info, however, Business Directory listings contain the appropriate website fields. In the example you've added, Abel-Keppy Animal Hospital business listing would need their website field filled out.

Under review
Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated 1 week ago 3

Cherry already posted a reminder about this webinar! Thanks Cherry!

I had a few questions for you community folks...

1. Do you have any specific questions regarding these tools that you'd like me to cover?

Right now I will give an overview of how they work, and then some best practices to create nice looking content.

We will also have Elizabeth Stephens (famous member who frequents this board, in fact) give some sage advice from a journalism / newsroom perspective.

Then I'll show a few examples of what you can do.

2. Speaking of which... if anyone has examples of great uses of the Article Designer tools, or even your favorite parts of what you've seen so far - let me know. I'd love to highlight some customer work in this webinar!

Nick 7 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated 2 weeks ago 14

Can we somehow limit ads on short stories? It just looks REALLY bad to break a couple of sentences up like this.

Mary Shepard 1 year ago • updated by Phil Pracht (Product Manager) 2 weeks ago 2

Local organizations have contacted us about integrating their calendars with ours. They have been able to accomplish this with other local news sites. This would allow them to post the event to their calendar and it automatically appears in ours. Since most modern calendaring software supports the iCal format (as does Town News), would it be possible to integrate approved calendars? I understand we can currently import iCal, however making this more automated would be beneficial for both us internally and our community contacts.


Hi Mary, 

We can accept an iCal feed from other sites and feed that into your Calendar. The site hosting the events would need to provide you that feed. Please contact our support team for setup.



Under review
Nick 2 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Rich Griffin | Product Manager (Product Manager) 2 weeks ago 1

I'm setting up a form that will have multiple items available for purchase. BLOX forms don't come with a subtotal page before submitting. You fill out the form and submit it all on the same page. Typically e-commerce is handled by filling out a form and going to another page that shows the subtotal before submitting. Can that be done in BLOX?

Under review
Jeff Sebestyen 3 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 2 weeks ago 3

I enjoy the Live E-Editions, but when it comes to magazines, I am often given a single PDF that I then have to extract before uploading it to BLOX.  

Under review
Aidian 2 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated 2 weeks ago 13

Like the title says, I'm looking for examples of good design.

We've brought our entertainment and niche magazine publications off Wordpress and into Blox, and I hate, hate, hate the designs.

Does anyone out there have an example of well designed mag/niche/weekly publication sites or sections that are using Flex?

I'm beating my head up against the wall trying to find something that doesn't look like just another section of the newspaper site.