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Feature Request: Add CSS and JS Options Per-Block Template

Robert Dundon 3 days ago in BLOX CMS 0

Currently, we can include JS and CSS for block templates in <style> and <script> tags, of course. And I know and have used the this.block.add_css() method before.

But, can we have an option those separate from the UTL, but still scoped within the block (sort of like Vue files). Here's an example screenshot:

..so anything in "Block JavaScript" would be in the page (inline or script), and the CSS within this.block.add_css()
Under review

Closings Application

Jason Schaefer 5 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Robert Dundon 3 days ago 31
Since business/schools/daycares/etc closings is a issue that all newspapers/media have to deal with it would be nice to have a built in way to have approved businesses input/update closings/delayed starts within BLOX.

Webinar | Drive your users to action with our all-new Promo Designer block

Cherry Wolf (Marketing specialist) 2 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated 1 week ago 1

Webinar recording now available

At our September customer webinar, Christine Masters, director of product management at TownNews.com, introduced the all-new Promo Designer block and showed how to entice users with promotional overlays, slide-ins, and other offer messages. Susan Bell, senior product manager, also showed off some of the new features of the recently redesigned BLOX Now App.

Topics included:

  • A variety of offers you can make including some not-so-obvious ideas.
  • Step-by-step how to create a promotional offer using the new Promo Designer in BLOX CMS.
  • How to use iQ Engage and Google Tag Manager (GTM) to track or personalize offers.
  • . . . and more!

Watch it now.


REQUEST: Add broadcast to social media to mobile admin site

Andrea 2 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 1 week ago 1

For the mobile admin site, what are the chances of adding the option to broadcast to social media?

If a reporter is filing from the field, they have to create and save the story, open the story, go to the link, copy the link, go to Facebook and post the link.

Adding the broadcast option would make the process much faster. 



Expanding the class CSS to individual links on menus

W. Rags. 3 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Robert Dundon 2 weeks ago 3

Allowing for a simple class='' option on each menu link.  Once that option is available, then it will be up to the end-user (us) to define the class within your system, and chose to use it on the link.  Updating would be as simple as changing the class name on the link in the editor.

You already do this for each 'block'.  It just needs extending to the links within the menu blocks.  Fairly simple feature, and one that wouldn't impact much on your system, but it would bring a lot of flexibility to the entire system, especially if you extended it to other items as well.  Each 'item' (html entity) then has a class='' field that contains a user managed variable that could be controlled in your editor.  I can imagine some very fancy work done, using this alone, and without you having to do anything extra after implementation.


We Need A-B Tests For Headlines!

Lake Looker 2 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Elizabeth Stephens 2 weeks ago 1

This is a foolproof way that you guys could help publishers drive more traffic, almost immediately!

For an Article/Collection/Etc Asset Title, just give two (or more) boxes. If a publisher wants to A/B test the headline, they can fill in the second (or third, etc) box(es) with an alternate headline.

Alternate which of those is displayed to readers as they view the article on the site.

Let the publisher choose how many views the article needs in order for there to be a "winner" headline. Then by default pick the winning one.
PLEASE do this!!!


Default images for article assets without photo

Jason Braverman 3 weeks ago in BLOX CMS 0

We are using the grid block a lot on our sites -- and using some automatic feeds that pull in content from the TownNews Content Exchange and other sources. Some of these articles do not have images associated with them. It would be great if there was an option to have a "default" image load - rather than just leaving it empty. Similar to when you post an article to Facebook without an image, your default Facebook image loads. This doesn't necessarily have to be specific to grid blocks - but any article blocks. Anyone else like this idea? 


Printing Comments

Kevin M. Cox 3 weeks ago in BLOX CMS 0

We just got a reader request to make it easier to print out the comments on an article.

I'll admit I never realized that when you go to print an article page, even just using the browser's print function, that comments are omitted.

The use case here are an elderly family member that doesn't use the internet but likes to read the comments on articles.

Any thoughts?

Under review

Can we get an integrated alternative for Google Maps since it's no longer free?

ShorthornAdam 1 month ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Laura 3 weeks ago 6

College newspaper here -- we resumed publication after summer break and noticed that all of the maps on articles were not working (grayed out with a "for development use only" message).  It looks like Google Maps has gone to a paid usage model: https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/user-guide/

I had to go through a bunch of rigmarole of setting up a Cloud platform app, enabling a tons of APIs and putting in a credit card since usage is no longer completely free. It was annoying because we don't do any cloud computing and don't need any of the datacenter-type features.  They do provide $200 of free credits every month, but there is no easy way that I could tell to stop it from charging you $20 or $200 or $2000 or $20000 if the site gets DDOS'd or has a huge traffic spike, or to set a $199.99 max usage and then have it disable itself.

Would you all please start investigating the feasibility of having integrated maps that use a free/open alternative, like maybe OpenStreetMap?  

I would like to remove my credit card from Google and not have to think about it.



We've been talking to a few people about this. Obviously it is not something we can control or could have controlled, but we are very sorry for the inconvenience.

As for alternatives, we did look into a few and there were some pretty significant disadvantages to the free alternatives, in addition to the extensive time it would take to re-develop the tons of map-related features we have presently.

That being said, this is a very valid concern. Do you (or anyone else reading this, for that matter) have any numbers you can share about what the impact is currently? Are you getting charges now? Do you have any usage data?

We were looking at possibly new ways we could reduce the API calls as well... so depending on usage, and where the usage was coming from, maybe there are things we can do to reduce usage. Any information you could share would help!

I will revisit with my team about the free alternatives as well, in case things have changed.

(Side note: I will also see if there is an API that will give you usage... maybe we could actually turn it off at a certain point. That's an interesting idea as well.)



Signup blocking, import/export, CRUD api.

David Dierker 4 weeks ago in BLOX CMS 0

While the signup blocking panel is handy, it becomes a problem quickly when  you want to bulk load a list of domains, or even move a populated list from one BLOX site to another.

It would also be handy to be able to use repositories that contain full list of "toxic" email domains... Like:


* https://github.com/ivolo/disposable-email-domains

Over even to setup an import of domains from sites like stopforumspam.com.


Web API -- Get List of Users?

A. L. Flanagan 4 weeks ago in BLOX CMS 0

There are APIs to check if a user exists, get user data, update users, delete users, etc. -- but not one to retrieve a list of users. That would seem like an obvious query -- am I missing something?


<paid> field in RSS feed

Nick 6 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Laura 4 weeks ago 1

I'm trying to get certain stories to be outside our Whiz app paywall. It seems like the app determines what's behind or outside the paywall based on the <paid> tag.  <paid>1</paid> is behind the paywall and <paid>0</paid> is outside. Is there a way to manually change that for specific assets?

I could do it with section tags but I don't want it to link to a section tag that's only reason for existing is to stop the paywall. The reason for this is I want to be able to send push notifications linking to specific assets but I want them to be free if I push them. I could set up a "push" section tag but on the website I don't want the asset to be on the URL /push/article_658aae14-6597-51fd-aaea-43d1056cf9a9.html.


Infinity Scroll - Card: Summary blocks - Safari

Kevin M. Cox 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Где? Скачать 4 weeks ago 5

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.

Nick Kratsas 1 month ago

My developer figured it out! He changed the feed to an atom feed and it scraped the image. Here's how one of my feeds are set up. It is pulling from a keyword search of "washington county." The ips=300 is contraining the image to a width of 300, so you can adjust that to whatever size you'd like. Just make sure you also add the *|RSSITEM:IMAGE|* to you RSS code where you want the image to appear. 



Hi-DPI/retina ads

ShorthornAdam 1 month ago in BLOX CMS 0

I am curious if anything's in the works for high-resolution ads. Our site looks great on Retina Macs and hi-DPI phones and tablets but the ads look fuzzy since they are still at 72 ppi. Maybe have the ability to upload something proportionally larger (2-3x) in the same spots (like a 900x750 would be allowed in a 300x250 spot and smashed to fit)?