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Is anyone using cloud TCMS for a longer-term product? I've been working with our monthly magazine this summer, and I'm realizing that because they bypass workflows and a recent change in the source application option, they are having to rebuild everything for web. I'd be interested in chatting with someone about how they reconcile print and digital needs with a longer term product, i.e. not a daily.
It would be great to have an SEO headline field so we could customize headlines for search optimization.
If you remove a 'teaser' image from an article in TCMS, and re-flow it up to Blox, it seems that the teaser image won't go away. You actually have to remove it from both system versions. Is that a bug?
I can't find a solution to this, other than to set a block up to display something for only a certain time. But that still leaves a flag on a story.
I think it would be helpful if we can automate a way to take a flag off a story (for example, keeping a "breaking" flag on a story for only two hours) after a certain time frame, or to set it to last only a certain time frame.
Perhaps there's already a way for this, but I can't seem to find it. Anyone have any ideas?
PLEASE make adjust these additive only fields in TCMS so that they act "normally" and make adjustments to files in Blox as well. If a feature is additive only, it makes it very difficult to actually be useful for clients that use TCMS as their main CMS.
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I've submitted a ticket about this but would like to see how many other would find this useful.
We would like the ability to "feature" a comment on pages other than articles. With the increased focus industry-wide on a more engaged journalistic approach, this is something I think all TN customers would find useful. For us, the reader has become much more involved in every step of our writing process. We want to combat the recent "don't-read-the-comments" mantra that has become so commonplace.
Ideally, there would be a block that can pull in or pin Comments just like blocks can with Assets. This would allow us to have various blocks that show the latest comments in every section on the homepage, or every comment in a given section, for example.
I thought this might also be possible somehow by embedding the comment as a "widget". I played around with Google Console and was able to pull the html for a comment and paste that into an html block to pull it in, which obviously isn't ideal for several reasons (if the user edited their comment, that wouldn't be reflected, for example). But I didn't see anything like a "comment id" in the code, or in the Comments feature in general anywhere, which is how I would assume this would be done.
Has anyone done something similar or want to do this as well but can't figure out a way?
I followed the instructions listed here to set up Firebase and connect it to BLOX. But when I send the test push notification, nothing happens. The error in the log says "The caller does not have permission."
I deleted my keys and redid everything from the start, and same thing. Don't know where I should look or what I need to do to get it to work. Anyone have a similar problem, or any ideas on how to fix it?
I got Firebase / Notifier all set up this morning but was disappointed when I got to this window and saw that I couldn't set notifications to be sent based on Author. I don't love the "Follow Notifications" feature, so my plan was to set up each Author as a Topic in Notifier and encourage folks to follow writers that way instead. For now I'm going to use includes: Keyword and have my writers keyword their articles with "#theirname" but I would love to not have to do that.
Anyone else think this would be useful? I'm submitting a ticket as well.
This is on our roadmap for Notifier!
We've had several users complain that they have to keep logging back in to our website to view more articles. The login session cookies for our website last as long as the browser is open but I was wondering if we could get an option to have a login session cookie that lasts for a couple of days or even hours after a user logs in. I know a lot of websites have this capability and I think it would help with our user interface.
Amanda, this does already exist. You'll need to enable the "remember me" feature for login. I'd recommend setting it to "disabled at users option" which means by default it will be on. Check out the docs here: https://help.bloxcms.com/knowledge-base/applications/settings/users/workspace/article_a8b8751e-2bf3-11e5-a626-df030e819425.html
Here is what I want and why I want it:
I'd love the ability to create a Collection asset and then define a slug template that would automatically assign any specified asset type matching that pattern to the Collection as a child.
Create a Collection, set the Start Time, Sections, Workflow, etc. Then define the following for matching:
(The asterisk being a wildcard just like in slug search.)
The system would run a search on the slug either constantly or every five minutes or something and then automatically add the matches into the collection.
Or maybe even options for keywords instead of slugs:
Two scenarios where this would save a ton of time:
1. We had a mass shooting today and it would have been a huge help for photographers to FTP their images into TotalCMS and not even need to open the browser and login to BLOX. Just upload the photos and know they'll be added into the existing live photo gallery within a few minutes. (Transmitting images via FTP directly from Photo Mechanic is hands-down the fastest way to get photos into TCMS.)
2. It would save a bunch of time when covering sports to setup the Collection ahead of time and then let it auto-populate as photos are sent during the game. During the World Series last year I was able to send photos during the games but usually didn't have time to get into BLOX until afterwards. So while my photos where in TCMS, they weren't online for any readers to see.
A feature like this would help level the playing field for small publications that don't have dedicated web staff sitting in the office to build galleries.
Hi there -- our newsroom has been frustrated for awhile with the logic in the subscription module that requires users to register for the newspaper's website before buying a subscription. It's creating a bit of friction when e.g. we want to give out a complimentary subscription to an advertiser or other user, and is also a difficult workflow for some of our users if they don't get a confirmation email for registration.
I understand the logic of registration being different from subscription status; and I also understand the internal logic of someone needing a registration before they buy a subscription. However, I'm wondering if the subscription page could be streamlined, either to allow people to register while buying a subscription or to create a user registration record as part of a new subscription (that is, prompt for a username when purchasing a subscription).
Thoughts on that?
We currently sell print and digital subscriptions online, and are considering doing print only, but there doesn't seem to be a way inside the Blox circulation system to limit print subscription offers by zip code (like most papers, we only deliver to a certain amount of zip codes and have mail subscriptions outside our circulation area). Our older online circulation system limited the print offer by zip code.
Has anyone run into this, and if so, is there a solution for it?
We have a feature request in to add this to our paywall software. I don't have a timeline for it as of yet, but there is a workaround in the interim. Please start a ticket with our customer support folks and they will be able to help you.
We'd like to submit a request for magazine style "flip book" e-Editions, similar to Issuu with double-truck views:
Right now we are having to host these off-site to have this magazine view that readers like.
1) What problem(s) does this idea solve? Why do you need this idea implemented? Provide as many problems or use cases as possible.
It allows for magazines and other special sections that aren't newspapers to be hosted in the native BLOX e-Edition.
2) How often would you use this feature?
At least monthly.
3) How many people in your organization would use this feature?
Everyone, including all readers.
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