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Idea's for banner ads...

Mike Stickler 3 years ago in BLOX CMS 0
Three idea's for banner ads I would love to see in order by personal preference...

Link an ad display to user logon or lack thereof... My site content sits behind a paywall and one of the biggest complaints I get is "Hey you posted a link to this article on facebook but the article sits behind a paywall!!!" I know I can bypass the paywall in the article's custom properties but I'd like a way to monetize that. For example if a non-subscriber opens an article then display the ad in the popover position. However never display the popover ads when a subscriber is logged in. (So there would be 3 states "logged in subscriber," "logged in non-subscriber," "not logged in" --- by default an ad would display under all three circumstances... by deselecting one or more options on the ad setup this would be controllable. 

Link Ads together... I would love the ability to link 2 or more separate ads together (related) so that when 1 displays they both do... For example a skyscraper, leaderboard, and background ad (page takeover)

Smarter exclusions ... say I have 2 skyscrapper ads and I'd like them to randomly switch between 2 ad positions... If I put both ads in both positions then it randomly selects which ad will run in each position ... Because the same ad can't run twice on a page sometimes I see both ads some times I will see one ad... I'd like the system to be smart enough to say "Hey this ad is already running elsewhere on the page I'm going to automatically select the other ad for this position."
Under review

Has anyone experienced content going live BEFORE their publish date?

Lindy Bazner 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 6
Has anyone experienced content going live BEFORE their set publish date? We experienced a mess of content going live well before their intended publish date, and set off a bit of a firestorm in our newsroom. I have heard of this happening once at yet one other property, but I thought I'd ask around as I'm submitting a help ticket. It's a somewhat sketchy idea of a bug, especially considering embargoed content. We're going to attempt to test it again to recreate it.

Email Weather Newsletter

Adam Wratten 4 years ago in BLOX CMS 0
Hi! We've been making a big email push lately and really want to create a morning weather newsletter that would include the day's forecast, then ideally link off to the weather page on our website. Are there any tools available for this in the current BLOX system, or has anybody come across a solution that works with the CMS?

Secrets to social networking success with BLOX CMS

With approximately 1.317 billion users on Facebook, it’s clear that social media is here to stay. Growing your social network should be a key component of your marketing strategy, but it isn’t easy. You need publishing tools that make it simpler to post, share and create a community. Learn more »

How to I search for articles with a specific byline in BLOX?

In the BLOX back-end, I want to search for all image assets with a specific byline. I think I remember a way to do this using the "Search Text" field, but I can't find any documentation to support this.
Under review

Readers are creating user accounts without required fields. How does that happen?

Simon Birch 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated 4 years ago 3

"BLOX Registration is capable of requiring specific fields - first name, last name, phone number, etc. - before a new registration request can be submitted. However, user accounts exist that do not contain the specified, required fields."

Really, REALLY wish you folks could find a way to fix this.
Under review

Documentation for business query rules

Sam Williams 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 4 years ago 1
We are trying to use the Slideshow:Versatile block to try and pull in print-to-web ads from specific businesses in specific places on the site. We see the business query rules in the block, but can't find any documentation on how to use them. Is it based on business ID, priority, etc?
Under review

Open links in new tab

Lonnie de Lambert 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 4 years ago 2
Will TownNews engineer their sites to allow every asset the ability to open in a new tab or window?

Export user account information by date range

Lonnie de Lambert 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 4 years ago 2
Is there a way to export account information for users who have joined during a specific date range? I'd like to be able to export our user account information periodically.

How to create or find a URL to assign when creating a new form

Art Kabelowsky 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 4 years ago 3
Hello, I am hoping to create Blox forms to serve as preseason preview questionnaires for area football coaches. They will be able to plug in their contact info, comments on the upcoming season, and lists of returning players. Then we could use the Submissions area to retrieve the information.

I tried to create a form to start working on this concept. When I click on NEW FORM, I get a window asking for Form Title and URL. I put in a form title but when I click on the down arrow to select from a list of URLs, no choices are made available to me, just an empty box.

In the documentation, it states:
NOTE: When a new form is created, BLOX CMS will automatically create a URL and insert it into the URL tree relative to the URL that was selected above.

But it is not doing this. I can't get past the blank box where URL choices or a directory tree apparently should be. Also, I'm not allowed to type in a URL to see if the system will create it. So I can't get anywhere. How can we fix this? If it works I want to do many forms for our various coaches to use.


calendar Touch 5

Craig V 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 4 years ago 2
Is there a calender widget for touch 5 mobile? I want it to display like a standard calendar in a grid format.

I want to change the month in utl to subtract 1 from the current month

Craig V 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 4 years ago 4
I am using this:
[% asset.starttime('Y, n, j, G, i, s') %]

and where the month # is (n) I want to subtract 1 from the #.

Example: [% asset.starttime('Y, n -1, j, G, i, s') %]

My example doesn't work and is just an example of what I want to happen.

How to add a columnist

Mia Hyman 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 4 years ago 1
I want to add columnists to my college online newspaper. Does anyone know how to add them in the Columnist tab under Opinion?
Under review

Form submissions into Editorial app as article assets

David Marsters 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 4 years ago 2
We use the forms platform for a lot of things, and in many cases, the submissions we get ultimately have to get put into the form of article assets into the Editorial application. It would be great if there were a way for this to happen automatically. An example would be a candidate questionnaire form for elections - ultimately the text is going to get used as an article asset, and right now we have to manually paste it in and format it.

I recognize that not all forms are soliciting information that we would want in our Editorial assets, even if they came over with "Do Not Publish" checked, so perhaps this would be a setting on the form that you could tell it do export to Editorial on a case-by-case basis.

Thanks very much.
We do this for some things now - like Letters to the Editor can be submitted through the User Dashboard, and those will automatically become assets.

But, for fielded data that becomes more difficult because we don't always know the format that the resulting asset should have.

For some simple submissions though, this could be done in the User Dashboard.

How to automatically add video to Associated Press articles

Aaron Gillette (Marketing Director, TownNews.com) 4 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated 4 years ago 0
In today's newsroom, video is an important tool. It adds depth to reporting and entices readers to spend more time on your site. Our new Associated Press automatic video matching service makes it easy to add video to AP articles, with no work from you! Learn more »