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Hiding Section Titles

Daniel Buford 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 4 years ago 1
Is there a way to hide a section title?
On Zen templates (which most people have), you can hide them with CSS. You take the div ID:


and in combination with the section class in the html-container dev:


You could do something like this in your site.css:

.news #index-section-title {
display: none;

On Flex templates, our new responsive design themes, it is just a block you can delete.


"OR" statement in block query rules

Kevin M. Cox 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated 4 years ago 2
I’m wondering if it would be possible to create a block that uses an “or” statement in it’s query rules.

For example:

Section = galveston
Geolocation = galveston

I’d like to be able to see assets that have either one of those properties returned in the results.

Hi Kevin!

You can only do an "or" query within a specific rule. So, you can do section = news "or" sports, by creating one query rule with each of those items selected.

You can do an "and" query by selecting section = news AND (a separate rule) section = sports.

But, you can't currently do "or" queries for two different rule types.

We do have a feature request in for this already, but it is not currently roadmapped. It would require a large architectural change to implement. It could be something we look at more in the future, however.

Auto expire an asset flag

Kevin M. Cox 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Greg Wood 4 years ago 5
We have a problem here internally where someone will set the Breaking flag on a story and then we'll forget to remove it for hours. Obviously this could be solved by us doing a better job of remembering to check and remove the flag sooner.

That said, I'm wondering if a technical solution could be implemented. Would it be possible to have certain asset Flags set to auto-expire, or un-check themselves, after a set period of time? This would remove some of the need to babysit the site and allow editors to move on to other things.

Let me know what y'all think.

Section tags not showing up in Total CMS

Jen L 4 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 4 years ago 2
We're adding several different columnist pages for a couple of different sections. Everything is showing up okay on the front end, but we can't add the new section tags to the article assets from within Total CMS, only when we're in CMS (the new section tags aren't even showing up as options in TCMS). I've never done this before, so I might be missing a step. Is there any way to add the tags to TCMS so we can put them on from there instead of having to go into CMS?

Foreign Language Wire in Uncategorized

Kevin M. Cox 4 years ago in BLOX CMS 0
Does anyone else have a ton of foreign language wire content moving through their Uncategorized Section within BLOX? In our case it appears to all be Spanish but there are thousands of assets.

Now I realize it isn’t really a problem from the perspective that it’ll display on our public website. It will also delete itself according to a schedule so there isn’t a storage concern I hope.

However it does create a problem in that it makes it nearly impossible to check and make sure our own local content hasn’t accidentally been published without being assigned to a Section (and hence not showing up on the public site).

Feature request for the full column width setting for Static Pages within Blox

Jose Vargas 5 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 4 years ago 2


Olivia Cunningham 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 4 years ago 5
Is there any way to know what the permanent link/slug of a particular story will be before it is published?
Social broadcast is a great way to handle social posts, because they will go online nearly instantly and automatically link to your content - but also you can click on the "live" link at any time after save to get the live URL.

Any Social Flow users?

Elizabeth Stephens 4 years ago in BLOX CMS 0
Does anyone use Social Flow? Our RSS feed that we supplied is returning an error in most cases. Submitted support ticket but curious if anyone else ran into this. Thanks!

TownNews feature request: Generate an RSS/Atom feed for Apple News publishing platform

Rob Weir 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated 4 years ago 4
Hi there, I'm trying to figure out how to create a feed from our Blox site to test with the new Apple News Publishing platform.

Essentially, the feeds the Missourian now has are formatted as a search, not really a feed per se (that is, the feed url doesn’t end in .xml or similar) — the url looks like this: feed://www.columbiamissourian.com/search/?q=&nsa=eedition&nfl=advertorial&t=article&l=20&s=start_time&sd=desc&f=rss

That works fine in the feed readers I tested it in, but for the Apple Publishing Platform feed we need an Atom or RSS feed in .xml or .rss format.

I went through Town News support and it's apparently not something that is currently generate-able there.

The Apple feed specification is here, if it's useful: https://developer.apple.com/library/prerelease/ios/documentation/General/Conceptual/News_Publishing_Guide/RSSBestPractices.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/TP40015407-CH13-SW1

The reason we want to generate that RSS/Atom feed is to test with the Apple Publishing Platform beta. There's a roundup of the new News app in this Nieman post: http://www.niemanlab.org/2015/06/for-news-organizations-this-was-the-most-important-set-of-apple-announcements-in-years/

If others are interested, please note and it will help bump up priority.

Hi Rob!

The search link that you referenced above (http://www.columbiamissourian.com/search/?q=&nsa=eedition&nfl=advertorial&t=article&l=20&s=start_time&sd=desc&f=rss) is still a valid RSS 2.0 feed, even though it doesn't end in an .xml. From what I can tell, Apple does not appear to require a specific extension... only a valid feed.

I personally set up another site as a News Channel on the Apple News Publisher platform, and my RSS feed was domain.com/rss (with no specific extension, though it is a valid feed) - and it appeared that it was accepted. That being said, I haven't been notified that my channel is live yet.

In other words, I think it will work if you try it. There may be additional tweaks we have to make to optimize things going forward, so let us know how it goes.

Here is some more information about generating MRSS, RSS and ATOM feeds from BLOX using search: http://docs.townnews.com/kbpublisher/How-to-Generate-RSS-ATOM-or-iATOM-feeds-from-BLOX_5941.html

And, if you want to create specific channels based on certain sections in your BLOX site (for example, a specific channel for a columnist or a sports team), here are details on how to create search queries (which can then create feeds): http://docs.townnews.com/kbpublisher/Search-Queries_5555.html

Let me know if you have more information about this, or if you've confirmed something different. It's a new thing so we're trying to stay on top of it! =)

Under review

Prevent asset edits if comments not entered

Kevin M. Cox 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated 4 years ago 3
We have enabled the “Allow update comments” option for Editorial Assets. However only certain users ever remember to enter comments making it difficult to track changes, especially when they are minor ones.

I’d love to see an option that would make comments mandatory; BLOX would prevent an asset from being saved unless something had been entered in the comments box.

Maybe it could be only enforced if it has been X minutes since the last update so that someone could easily fix a small typo right away.

Any thoughts?


First Thursday webinar (June 2015)

anonymous 4 years ago 0
Did you miss this month's First Thursday webinar? Not to worry, you can watch it here!

We discussed how you can save money and streamline your workflow by building your Live e-Edition with BLOX Total CMS—as you create your print edition!

Don't miss it again - watch the webinar today!

Weirdness in Google analytics results

Elizabeth Stephens 4 years ago in BLOX CMS 0
I've submitted a support ticket on this, but I was curious if anyone else had seen this.

We launched 2.5 weeks ago and started looking at our Google analytics closely this week.

We are getting more views on individual photo urls than the story urls and more time on the photos than the stories. We don't really have blocks showing individual photos (just photo galleries), so it's pretty difficult to get to a photo page. The sourcing is also direct (from users already on the site). This makes us think it is registering views on the story on the photos. Anyone seen this? Is there a way to straighten it out?

More views for images/collectiong

Lindsay Weaver 4 years ago in BLOX CMS 0
Hi all, wondering if there's advice on how to generate more views for our photos and collections? We have photographers using cryptic naming devices for archive purposes and wondering if giving them matching headlines would help with views as well? Trying to sell the point to stubborn journalists. Any advice is welcomed.

First Thursday Webinar

anonymous 4 years ago 0

At this month's webinar, we'll show you how to save money and streamline your workflow by building your Live e-Edition with BLOX Total CMS — as you create your print edition!

Topics will include:
- Saving time and money by simultaneously creating your Live e-Edition and print edition using BLOX Total CMS.
- Updating your Live e-Edition as a story develops to keep your readers informed and engaged.
- Enhancing your Live e-Edition with video, images and more.

Want to see Live e-Editions and BLOX Total CMS in action? Join us on Thursday, June 4th at 10:30 AM CDT. Sign up today!

I'd like to import an article asset and make it a child of another article

A. L. Flanagan 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Sarah Taylor 4 years ago 0
We have a series of articles about cooks, with related articles (2-4, usually) containing recipes which were contributed by the cook profiled. I'd like to import the recipes from NITF, but don't see a way to say "this article is a child of article {ID}". Is there a way to do that, which I'm missing? If not could, could a way be added? Thanks!