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Design feature requests

Brad Boner 13 hours ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

1. Allow Description and Byline field to display under video assets that are inserted into stories, similar to how photo assets placed into story text displays the Caption and Byline fields (this may be being addressed). Currently video assets that are placed into stories do not display the Description for Byline fields, giving readers no context to tee them up about what they are about to watch.

2. Allow an option to display a caption and byline under a story asset's Cover Art.

3. Allow an option to display a caption and byline under a photo that's placed inline into a story, and the "Presentation" is set to "Parallax."

4. For photo assets whose presentation is set to "Showcase," allow these assets to display at the "Showcase" width when placed inline into stories (they currently do not). Alternatively, add a "Showcase" option to the "Presentation" tab under "Inline display properties" that are available when a photo asset is placed inline into a story. This would allow a presentation width that's essentially between the "Full" (default) and the "Full Bleed" options.

5. Find a way to allow photographs to display side-by-side when placed in-line into text. For example, it would be cool if 2-3 photographs could display side-by-side the full width of the browser window. We're able to fudge this by creating a triptych in Photoshop (you can see an example of how we've done this by scrolling down toward the bottom of this story) but it would be quicker to be able to do this inside Blox.

These options would give us more flexibility and enhance online displays. 

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Adding moderators to Facebook comment plugin

Jenna Duncan 2 days ago in BLOX CMS 0

We keep getting the runaround from FB/Town News but we have no idea how or where to add additional moderators to the Facebook comment plugin on our news website. Anyone have any ideas on how to do this? The person who set up the integration left and we haven't been able to figure out how to actually delete spam comments from news stories. When we asked Facebook, they gave us script that Town News said it doesn't have in the system. 

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Confusing users with an admin login link?

Bob Rose 4 weeks ago in BLOX CMS updated by Kevin M. Cox 2 days ago 8

The latest Flex release said: "We are adding a new "admin link" to login screens which will be used by TownNews staff only."
So now, when users go to log in, they see an Admin login link ... thinking maybe that's where the log in to administer their account (change passwords, billing, etc.). When they click they are taken to or blox admin panel, where their login efforts will be unsuccessful. 

Question: How does having the Admin Login link their help users?
If we really needed it... couldn't we hide it somewhere on the site less prominently, or use lotame to only expose it to admins?

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How to not display "updated" status above article

John Smitty 2 weeks ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 2 days ago 3

Hi guys,

Quick question. Say there was an article you didn't want to show the "updated" status for next to the date. Is there a way to selectively hide that for a particular article? And if so, how? For instance, in Blox, there's a function for the paywall bypass, where we type in under 'custom properties' "subscription bypass" and "true" - can someone please let me know if there's something like this for not showing if an article was updated?

Thanks for your time.
John

Answer

Hi John!

Can you describe a little more about your use case? For example, if you're just making a small text change, and don't want to declare it as a real update, you can use this feature: https://help.bloxcms.com/article_1918d444-1034-11e8-bec3-4b39d1d4d4c7.html

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Is there a way to show the number of votes cast in a poll?

Sam Watson 6 days ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 2 days ago 1

Unless we are missing something, there does not appear to be a way to display how many votes have been cast in a poll. The results only show the percentages. Is there a setting to show the actual votes?

Answer

The counts are there, they are just hidden by default. You can use CSS to display them or move them around:

.tnt-chart-bar text.tnt-chart-count {
    display: block;
}
.tnt-chart-bar text.tnt-chart-percent {
    display: none;
}

If you display both, they will essentially be on top of each other, so you'll have to use CSS to move one of them around.

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Feature request: Add byline when batch editing assets

Alex Hayes 2 years ago in BLOX Total CMS updated by Jim Green 4 days ago 2

Batch upload/batch edit is especially useful when dealing with photos but I am disappointed it does not automatically add the byline when I select the user.

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Webinar | The top 10+ new BLOX CMS features and additions of 2020 (so far)

Cherry Wolf (Marketing specialist) 2 weeks ago in BLOX CMS updated 5 days ago 1

Webinar recording now available

From new integrations and functionality, to design layouts and blocks, we’re constantly working to improve our products. At our August customer webinar, Christine Masters, product director for BLOX CMS, showed off the recent BLOX CMS features and updates you need to know about.

Topics included:

  • Reinvigorating your site with new design features
  • Improving your subscription conversions with promo codes and special rates
  • Increasing open rates for push notifications with emojis
  • Using Fotomoto photo sales to drive more revenue from your original photography
  • . . . and much more!

Ready to get started? Watch it now.

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Reporter Analytics

Nic Stevens 1 week ago in BLOX CMS updated by Joe Hansen (Product manager) 1 week ago 1

Does anyone have a good way to pull the number of stories as well as length from BLOX? I'm trying to create a report to track how many stories per week each reporter is putting into BLOX and how long they are. I'm finding how many but not how long. 

Answer

Nic, we have a new deep analytics platform called Data Insights that provides this data as well as a great deal more. You can get some information about it here https://townnews.com/news_room/townnews-to-launch-data-insights-a-powerful-new-way-for-media-companies-to-analyze-and/article_b0e65482-1db5-11ea-9b8b-3b88e060517c.html or contact your sales representative to get a demo of the product.

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Feature request: Summary options

scott.rada 1 week ago in BLOX CMS 0

There is currently a 40-word limit built into the templates for summaries in RSS. I'd suggest having a URL setting where you can define desired number of words and/or use full summary when one exists.

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NowApp custom alert tone

Eric R 2 weeks ago in BLOX CMS 0

I would strongly suggest that you add the ability for us to have a custom alert tone for the NowApp.  Having a distinct alert tone sets our push notifications apart from all other news apps (or for that matter, any other sounds your device might make).

Several other news apps have this capability, and I'd like to see the NowApp have this as well.

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Story edit button for logged in admins on public site (like Wordpress)

Kevin M. Cox 3 years ago in BLOX CMS updated 3 weeks ago 3

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.

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Buttons for Posting to Social Media

dprint 3 weeks ago in BLOX CMS 0

We want to suggest a button in the backend for banner ads to be able to send our ads to our social media pages. We have customers that are currently requesting that their website ads be pushed out on social media for an upcharge. Creating these buttons would make this easy and efficient for us to do quickly instead of having to log into each individual account and post it. I know this is possible, because our classifieds at https://classifieds.douglas-budget.com/ allow us to share this when you click on one of the ads.

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Has anyone made the switch to EVVNT? I would love thoughts? input?

stephanie 1 month ago updated 4 weeks ago 2
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Feature request/bug fix: Scroll wheel functionality on e-edition pages

Chase Doak 1 month ago in BLOX CMS 0

A reader came into our office today with a couple of e-edition questions (one was about how to print portions of the e-edition - I started a feature request for this a few months back https://community.townnews.com/communities/1/topics/1241-feature-request-e-edition-clip-and-print-tool)

He said that he often uses the auto-scroll feature that is built into most mouse devices that have a scroll wheel, where if you click the wheel, a cursor pops up allowing the user to scroll up or down at an adjustable speed. That functionality is disabled in the e-edition due to the click-and-drag hand cursor that works with the left mouse button. I'm wondering if it's possible to re-enable the scroll wheel/third button functionality without disabling the hand cursor. If you need further clarification as to what I am talking about, let me know