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Getting HTML description of collection asset

Matt Connolly 3 years ago in BLOX CMS 0
I am creating a block template that will list mulitple collection assets to choose from.

The description field for collections in BLOX uses a WYSIWYG editor allows you to enter HTML code.

However, when i use mycollection.description or mycollection.content in my UTL code, the text I get has all HTML stripped from it.

Does anyone know how to get the HTML version of the description?
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Domain Subscription Services

Kevin M. Cox 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 2
We have been talking about ways to leverage the Domain based Subscription Services in BLOX. Currently we are using one to allow staff at any of our sister papers to easily create accounts and get behind our paywall.

An example of one of the ideas we’re considering is a partnership with a community college or school district. Our thinking is we could possibly have them pay $X,000 per year and allow all of their employees and students (with an email account on their domain) free access to our website. A perk of employment or enrollment at that institution.

As several recent studies have revealed, millennials are adverse to paying for news, but maybe we can convert them into readers if they can get it for free. It could be a win-win for both us and the institution. They could easily incorporate the newspaper into their teaching if they know all students can access it for free.

One of the stumbling blocks we’re considering is how to disable these free accounts once someone is no longer a student or employee.

What we’d love to see is an option to “re-confirm” accounts created under these Domain services at set periods of time. e.g. Have BLOX send out address confirmation emails every year and then disable (or remove from the service) any accounts that no longer have valid/active email accounts.

I’d love to hear what others think. As it stands this seems to be the real limiting factor in putting these Domain Subscription Services into use.
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Email Reach - filter out users who do not have active subscriptions

Kevin M. Cox 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 1
We’re looking to create an email newsletter exclusively for subscribers, as opposed to our normal newsletters that anyone with an account can receive.

As such we’d love to see an option that would allow anyone to sign-up, but on send the system would omit the emails of users who do not have an active subscription at the time of the email.

This would create an automated system that we didn’t have to constantly manage by adding and removing users as subscriptions are bought and expire.

Please let me know what y’all think and if there is a possible this could be implemented.

Thanks.
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Start Date/Time (no older then 60 days)

Craig V 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 1
I want to set a query rule on a editorial block to only show assets that are no older then 60 days using Start date/time. Is this possible?
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Hi Craig!

Yes, there are a few ways to do this.

First, you can set the archive time on those blocks for 60 days from the start time. The archive time doesn't really do anything unless you use that rule in a block, so it won't have negative impact elsewhere on your site. So if you add the archive rule to your blocks, the items that are archived will not show.

Second, and probably easier in your situation, you can add a rule of:

> Start date/time > No earlier than > 60 days ago (type that in)

That will make sure that articles with a start date earlier than 60 days ago will not show.

Let me know if this works for you! I tested it on my site and that seems to be the right configuration.
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Automatic AP Video matching - HELP!

Lindy Bazner 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 3
Now that AP Video matching is working, we are in a fix...

Shouldn't AP Video matching only work with AP syndicated articles that are given an 'AP' flag? We are seeing them show up for our local stories as well.

So, that being asked; is there a way to disable 'matching' for certain stories? Can you add a Custom Property in an article asset (like video_matching=false) to disable the automatic addition of the AP video player in that article?

We encountered something yesterday that a local story is getting random videos that have NOTHING to do with the topic; plus that can get hairy if there is inappropriate video/B-roll advertising that plays before a story depending on its topic.


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Content Importer set article presentation mode

Jason Schaefer 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 1
In the content importer it would be nice to have an option in the other settings menu to set the presentation mode of articles that are being imported. We have bloggers only that use the content importer and currently we go back into the articles and change the presentation mode to personality. It would be nice if we could set the mode in the importer for this person and have it assign the presentation mode on import.
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Flex Templates--Will they use LESS or SASS, or both?

Robert Dundon 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 2
Hi There!

I and some other colleagues noted that the Flex templates will use Bootstrap , which can use LESS or SASS http://docs.townnews.com/kbpublisher/Flex-Overview_9180.html#Bootstrap.

Has TN already chosen one or the other for use? Or will there be an option?

Thanks!


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We aren't using SASS or LESS right now with Flex, but we do have some really interesting tricks we've employed. For one, we have some sections of CSS which are now included in page - which means that you can run UTL in that CSS.

This allows you to do things like conditionals which check the section and then implement CSS if it matches. Or, using a variable color defined in your page customization as the background for a custom block or custom design.

This should be used sparingly, of course, because you don't want 10,000 lines of CSS on your front page.

But it does allow for some programmatic changes, and it gets rid of a separate site CSS http call.
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[Request] Add 'Custom Properties' to Batch Edit > Miscellaneous in Editorial Assets

Jeff Sebestyen 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 1
For example, If I have over a dozen stories I need in front of the paywall (e.g. Subscription_Bypass), I can accomplish this in one task.  
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Using a Job to Create Table Assets: Is it Possible?

Robert Dundon 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 2
Quick question:

Could the CSV job (or another job type http://docs.townnews.com/kbpublisher/Job-Overview_5506.html) be used to import files as table assets?

Thanks!
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Examples of Timeline Collections

Kevin M. Cox 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 3
I just wanted to see if anyone had some samples of Timeline Collections they'd like to share.

I'd enjoy seeing how other papers have utilized this functionality and any thoughts or comments you have about this presentation mode.

Thanks!
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how to add colmns to minilist asset

Adam 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 1
hello i was wondering if there is a custom property that will allow the minilist asset have two columns instead of just one big long one?
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Hi there!

The block itself does not have the ability to split into two columns. But, if you had two or three regions that were side by side, you could put multiple minilist blocks in them and it would have a similar effect.

It is possible to add custom regions to front and index pages by using include points and then styling the regions appropriately. If you need help with this, please submit a ticket to our Customer Support telling them what you're trying to do. :)
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Recommendation for Mobile/Touch5 article pages (related content)

Mike DellaVecchia 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 9

The biggest complaint we get from mobile users on a regular basis is that they can't seem to find related content on mobile article pages.  The "Related" menu option in the footer doesn't immediately jump out at them and it goes largely unnoticed. 

I've included a screenshot of what I think would be a great alternative.  Buttons beneath the article photo in the aside column for each piece of related content would seem to work well and allow users to quickly spot and click on related content like videos, audio, etc.  The great part is that you are already doing something similar with business listings in the mobile marketplace (which is where I stole the idea/code in the screenshot).  It would be great if these buttons could stay at the top of the article when the viewport changes for phone display.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I'm looking forward to using this feedback tool on the regular!



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The bottom bar showing the related items is largely a remnant of the old "app"-style design, where the bar stayed on your screen and was much more visible.


Now that people have mostly switched to a more web-like style, it is a good idea to change this.


We will add this to an upcoming release. It may not look exactly like this, but we will do something similar. =)


Thanks!

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Mobile Touch 5

Craig V 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Jacki Gray 3 years ago 4
Why does our mobile touch 5 pages bounce the user back to the top? I know it may have to do with everything not fully loaded as you scroll down but this does not happen on desktop version.
http://m.buckscountycouriertimes.com/mobile_adv/
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User account email verification

Kevin M. Cox 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated 3 years ago 4
Hopefully I'm just missing it, but is there a way to have the BLOX system verify an email address is legitimate as part of the new user signup process?

Currently users can create an account with any email address they want and there is no verification required to prove that use actually controls that email. This creates a potential issue with trying to use Domain based Subscription Services since we aren't actually verifying that someone has a real email in a particular domain.

I can't remember the last time I've used a service that didn't require verification so I'm hoping we can enable it for our site.
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Hi Kevin!

We do offer email confirmation... so when they sign up for an account, we email them and then they have to click on the link to prove they have access to that account.

Go to Settings -> Users -> Public Profiles and enable email confirmation.



The "special templates" referenced above are included by default in our core templates.
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Forms with Touch 5 application skin.

Craig V 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 1
Is it possible to set settings > urls application to "Form" with a application skin of "Touch 5 Mobile"? I know once our site is responsive then it won't be a problem, but until then I would need an option for this.
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We don't have specific "Touch 5" skins for forms. But I do have another option...

On the standard editorial forms skin, if you pass ?p=1 through the form, it does "popup" mode without the shell of the site.

The guts of the form itself and simple and responsive, so once you get rid of the site shell, you're left with a responsive form.

So, you could link to this:

https://showcase-dot-bloxcms-dot-com.bloxcms.com/site/forms/announcements/engagement/?p=1