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Modify Public-facing "Create an Event" form for multiple but non-recurring events

mcgregora 5 months ago 0

Quite often the "Create an Event" tool that is hosted on our website for

the public to enter events into our calendar labels events as Spam.

This occurs especially when someone is trying to create an event that

occurs multiple times but doesn't exactly meet recurring event criteria -

like a theater show that is performed three days in a row, but at different

times of day; or a presentation that happens 2 times in one day.

Because they can't use the recurring events function they attempt to

create a separate event for each date and time, typically the first one

they enter works but the subsequent events are rejected as Spam.

As a result, we fairly regularly receive emails or calls from people who

are getting tripped up by this. The solution we are trying now is to

simply turn the Spam filter off. Time will tell if this solution is

worse than the problem.

My idea is to modify the public-facing "Create an Event" form.

The form currently has an "Occurs" selection field - with options for

Once, Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Yearly - to handle the recurring

events. When the recurring choices are selected the form adapts and

presents more fields to define the recurrence in the When section.

Could there be an occurs "Multiple" option that would then present

additional Date and Time fields? When "Multiple" is selected a secondary

selector field could appear asking "# of Additional Times" with options

for, say, 1-10. With that selection the form would then present the

extra Date and Time fields, for instance labeled Date #2, Time #2; Date

#3, Time #3; Date #4, Time #4; etc.


Photo versus video as lede image

Erica Smith 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Bob Rose 5 months ago 7

If a couple of photos are added to a story, the photos are displayed under the headline; hooray! If a YouTube video is added to a story, the video is displayed under the headline; hooray!

But if there are both photo and video child assets, the visual under the headline defaults to photos, and pushes the video to the bottom of the story on mobile or a sidebar on desktop (unless the video is dragged into the body of the story). That's much less exciting.

If an article has both photos and videos, we'd like to have the flexibility to choose which is dominant. The easiest way: The asset listed first should win. (If it's not the easiest way, it's still what we'd like to happen.) Is that possible?


On both platforms (Zen and Flex), we think inline assets are the best way to go. That is our recommended way to do "positioning" within an article.

I believe that if you have 1 video and 3 photos, for example, you can pull the photos inline and then the video will be used for the "main display" area. Again, that functionality is for Flex.



Feature request: Add credit card swipe option to subscription portal

Allison Richmond 5 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

We would like to sign up new subscribers at events and festivals, etc. We have Paypal portable credit card swipers similar to Square and would like a way to connect this to the Blox subscription portal.


Expanding calendar email notification link

Rachel Minske 6 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated 6 months ago 2


We would like to expand the 48 hour window for email links for user-submitted calendar events. Currently, our calendar admin receives an email notification to approve or deny an event (something that we'd like to maintain control of, as we get a lot of submissions that don't fit for the calendar). The link expires after 48 hours and our calendar admin must make a point to approve events over the weekend or on holidays. We would like to expand that 48-hour window, to 120 hours, or 5 days. We would prefer expanding the 48-hour window time instead of having our calendar admin login to CMS to approve events as we feel it will simply help streamline the process and provide faster updates for our audiences. 


Creating an iCal Feed for our website's calendar

AnnnahRenee 6 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 6 months ago 1


Our staff is currently working on developing an app for our website. However, our app developers would like us to provide an iCal feed for the website's calendar feature, instead of an RSS feed. Does anyone have experience creating iCal feeds for a TownNews calendar? If so, could you please assist me with the steps?

For reference, here is the link to our calendar: http://www.theeastcarolinian.com/calendar/

Thanks in advance!




Hello! This is actually an easy answer... essentially, we have built-in support for iCal as part of our search capability. So, just generate a search for your calendar, including any search options you would like to include (I do this usually by just going to the search page and doing a search), such as:


This is just a general search, but I added fl=free which will only include items that are flagged as free.

Other search parameters can be found here:


Then, after you get the search you want, change the format to ical. The format is shown in the URL as f=html, so just change that to f=ical and it will download an ics file.

Under review

Documentation for flex templates

Aidian 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by George DuMontier 6 months ago 9

Is there any documentation dealing with templates/components/skins/etc for flex sites? Beyond the bare UTL api docs all I've seen are a series of videos at http://help.bloxcms.com/knowledge-base/developers_corner/. Those videos are focused entirely on Zen sites and are no help for someone working on Flex. Am I missing something?


Increase font size in vertical galleries

Andrew 6 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

We have had great luck building vertical galleries of images, HTML assets, articles, etc. But the font size is more formatted for a cutline-size block of text than a more robust report. 

Consider this vertical gallery: https://madison.com/news/national/life-or-death-warning-major-study-says-world-has-just/collection_6e57491c-80d0-5b19-9983-1320aee9f99b.html

This proved to be a very popular article, but the text is cutline sized, so it's hard to read.

Another example: https://madison.com/now/today/your-daily-capital-gazette-publishes-as-suspect-charged-with-murder/collection_8dd73a20-ec6d-5e71-9c16-dc5bded6ffb0.html#1

And another: https://madison.com/news/data/the-most-dangerous-states-for-drinking-and-driving/collection_6e736b8a-782c-563b-830c-49ae16cb13da.html

Standard article sized type would be a perfect alternative: https://madison.com/news/nation/government-and-politics/nikki-haley-resigning-as-ambassador-to-united-nations/article_177ce5fb-915e-5819-b7cd-d0b570ad27ed.html#tncms-source

The rules could be: Direct children of the collection get larger size font. Children of children, such as a photo embedded in an article, get the regular smaller-size cutline text.

I think this would improve time on site because people would read more from those collections, as well as improving the reader experience.



Default settings for 'Numbered Most Popular' block

George DuMontier 6 months ago 0

I see on the Number Most Popular block, that you can choose a metric. (i.e. Most Viewed, or Most Commented), but what if I leave that radio button unchecked?

Does anyone know if it defaults to one or the other? Or a combination of both?

Under review

How to change newsletter "From" email?

Robert Armstrong 6 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated 6 months ago 4

I'm trying to figure out how to change what email address our newsletter is sent from. I've verified and set the preferred address in Constant Contact, but newsletters sent from within BLOX don't use it. Is there a way to overwrite or change what email is used for newsletters?

Under review

Stop auto-update of syndication story

Elizabeth Stephens 6 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated 6 months ago 4

Question I'm hoping for a quick answer to. We have posted an AP story about the Nobel Prize winner in our town. We are working on our own reporting. We have an importer on for AP content that auto-updates stories. I'm wondering if there is a way to break the link to the syndication importer just on this story. We've shared it on social, and it's gaining traction. I'm hesitant to start over on a new file at this point since the url making the rounds is the AP version. Anyone dealt with this?

Under review

Customizable Menu on AMP Template

Robert Dundon 1 year ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Robert Dundon 6 months ago 2
What problem(s) does this idea solve? Why do you need this idea implemented? Provide as many problems or use cases as possible.

Several site editors have expressed a need to have some level of control over the menu being used. Currently, the AMP template always pulls the navigation from the nav region "mobile-nav-left," no matter what. There are no overrides or changes available to this, as it's hard-coded[1].

How often would you use this feature?

As often as site editors want to change/adjust the navigation.

How many people in your organization would use this feature?

At least 3-5 site editors (one at each of our sites)

[1]: The code is on line 8 or module.amp.nav.utl in the Core TN AMP component in Flex.


Infinity Scroll - Card: Summary blocks - Safari

Kevin M. Cox 9 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated 6 months ago 8

I'm very happy to see this new option: 

Encourage engagement with new Infinity Scroll option on "Card: Summary" block

In my testing it seems to be working great in Chrome and Firefox, but not in Safari (desktop or mobile). The little spinning loading graphic just sits there and never loads any other content.

Has anyone else seen this issue on their site? Is it a known issue?

Safari accounts for 42% of our traffic so we need to make sure the feature is working there before enabling it across the site.



Hi guys!

Thanks for reporting this. Yes, we've confirmed this is an issue and it is fixed in the next upcoming release.


Twitter preview occasionally picks up second photo on a story -- any idea if that can be fixed?

Andrea 6 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 6 months ago 1


A co-worker noticed that Twitter sometimes displays the second photo on a story. 

This story is one example: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/business/business-beat-demolition-of-old-hotel-makes-way-for-new/article_385a370a-9839-511b-be98-3054d3fb78dc.html 

Twitter shows a Valley Health photo instead of the demolition photo. 

Any idea why, and if there is a way to fix it? 



The og:image meta information on the page, which is how Twitter is supposed to get the preview, points to the right information.

So, at the time Twitter scraped the page, either the image wasn't there, it was in the wrong order, it wasn't the right size, or there was some other issue.

To fix these kinds of issues, you can run the Twitter Card validator, which causes a page rescrape:


After I did that, the preview in the validator shows the correct image. It SHOULD update the preview now in a little bit (it takes a while to go through maybe 15 - 30 mins).

Here is info on how to update Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn cards:



Author page available upon syndication

areiter 6 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

We have a lot of sister sites that share content. It would be nice if the author page was linked to the syndicated story, especially when a user account is created on the syndicated site.


Metered paywall messages

Thomas Martinez 7 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 6 months ago 1

Does anyone else see the value in having a sign-in or sign-up link in every message readers get through the metered paywall messaging -- instead of just the final message? We have had some readers tell us they would prefer that then realizing it at the final message. See attached art. This is simple rendering of what it would look like.