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Feature Request: Minify CSS/JS on the Fly

Robert Dundon 3 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

Let's say we have some CSS and JS in the global skin and UTL components. It's on the CDN as the other JS/CSS files as Core TN stuff. This works great!

However, can there be a way to access a minified version of those files? For example, if we have a file in global in resources/scripts/somefile.js (which would translate to something like https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/example.com/content/tncms/live/global/resources/scripts/somefile.js on the CDN) can we have a minified version like https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/example.com/content/tncms/live/global/resources/scripts/somefile.min.js ?

Just a humble idea by me. Thanks!

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[Complaint] New E-Edition format, not the best for mobile. [Screen Shots]

Jeff Sebestyen 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Rich Griffin | Product Manager (Product Manager) 3 months ago 3

I am usually very optimistic when we get new updates in Blox.  But I have 3 issues with this format.  

  • First, as pictured, the navigation buttons cover up content.  Sure, I figured out how to remove the buttons, but my users won't be able to.   The deprecated white navigation buttons in the red bar were the way to go.  I'd like this to be a Per-Site choice to make.
  • Second, under the hamburger menu, there are no descriptions as to what each button does.  
  • Third, because of the update, I have a random gray bar at the top that I now have to fix.  
  • Forth, I do admire the fact that swiping pages left to right now takes a split second.  Finally, the swiping has been improved.  


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Question about / feature request for more configurable autonav block

Brad Bautista 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Maureen Reinert 3 months ago 6

Here's my quandary: 


We're trying to make our calendar utilization more robust, in part by making calendar categories more easily navigable and by hiding some of the breadth of the calendar categories from users by curating the presentation of certain categories.


To that end, I'd like to use an autonav block to direct users to specific calendar pages, though not necessarily all the subcategories of /calendar/, and possibly even to pages outside the /calendar/ directory.


So, to wit: One of the requested features was a page where users can see text listings of a large number of upcoming events — say for the next month. If I create an associated URL (/upcoming_events/) in the /calendar/ directory, it will show up in the autonav block configured to call /calendar/, but it will also show up in the user submission form for calendar events on the dashboard. I don't want users to be able to submit an event as an upcoming event, but I do want them to be able to utilize the autonav to navigate to /upcoming_events/. If I create /upcoming_events/ outside the /calendar/ directory, it will not appear in the dashboard submission form, but it will also not appear in the autonav.


Similarly, we would like users to be able to make submissions under certain categories that are not necessarily presented to all users in the autonav. This is because we have a number of calendar categories which are not extensively populated (dance, car shows) but could be presented together in a broader category (say, entertainment). If /dance/ and /car_shows/ exist under /calendar/, they'll appear in the dashboard submission form, but also in the autonav. We do not want this because we'd rather direct users to fewer, more populated pages instead of many sparsely populated pages. I can use a card block to pull in /dance/ and /car_shows/ submissions to an /entertainment/ page, but the /entertainment/ page will not show up in the autonav unless it is also under /calendar/ — and thus it will show up in the dashboard submission form, which we do not want because "Entertainment" is a broad enough designation that it becomes meaningless unless curated on the front end.


If I've got it right, this is because the autonav and the dashboard submission form both call /calendar/. After racking my brain, the most efficient solution I can think of for this is a block that looks and functions (for the user) like the autonav, but which can be configured in the CMS to display only selected directories. Is there a block that does this? Is it possible? Am I missing an obvious answer?


Any insights are appreciated.


Brad Bautista

Citrus County Chronicle

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Answered

Anyone have any suggestions on how to best handle quickly-updating stories?

Kyle Whitfield 1 year ago in BLOX CMS • updated 3 months ago 10

So let me pose this scenario:

We've got a story on our the site. Let's say the New Orleans Saints are making roster cuts on deadline day. Our guys are updating their story w/ new player names every couple of minutes. The story tells readers to 'check back frequently' or 'reload the page' for the latest info. How can we best display this info in BLOX so that people who visit a page frequently during a breaking story actually see the most up-to-date info?

Answer

Here is the doc which discusses how you can use flags to reduce caching times for important articles:


http://help.bloxcms.com/knowledge-base/applications/design/blocks/block-library/article_d2b122f4-f038-11e4-a844-ff7a130047bb.html


As the doc says, there are a few limitations, but in general you'll get updates about every minute or so.


However! Note that this does not affect the users' local browser cache. That is still subject to a 5-minute cache. (You could, if you could find the right words, tell users to force reload the page. It is different in different browsers though, so I'm not sure if there could be an elegant way to say this.)


So this doesn't really work for "live blogging" - but it should address the needs of corrections and story updates and breaking news that you want to push to the front page.


We did have a discussion internally today about some enhancements we can make to bring us closer to having some kind of live blogging environment... I will look into that as a possible future feature.

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Before/After Photo Slider

Kevin M. Cox 5 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Aidian 3 months ago 4

Does anybody have a quick/easy solution to get something like JuxtaposeJS working on a Flex site?

https://juxtapose.knightlab.com/


EDIT: Looks like I might be able to just embed the code though... (and I admit I posted before even trying but figured if somebody already has a system like this that is TownNews friendly it will save me some time).

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Delay in sending newsletters

Kyle Whitfield 3 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

Would like to learn more about why there's a 5-10 minute delay in newsletters from the moment you click 'send' to the moment they're delivered to subscribers' inboxes. In breaking news situations, that delay puts us well behind our competition. Anything we can do differently?

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Feature request: Setting default section tags by authors

Kyle Whitfield 3 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

In breaking news situations, eliminating steps is always a nice thing.


It'd be awesome if BLOX allowed, in users' profiles, to set what section tags their new assets would default to.


For example: I'm Kyle Whitfield. I cover the New Orleans Saints. It'd be great if every asset I created automatically populated new_orleans/sports/saints like it populates my byline and author field.


What problems would this solve? See above


Why do you need this idea? See above

How often would you use this feature? Daily

How many people would this affect in our news org? 100+

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<Body> tag in FLEX?

Nick 4 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Robert Dundon 3 months ago 2

Can anyone tell me where to find the <body> tag in FLEX? I need to implement some code right after the body tag and I can't find it anywhere.

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Ability to add notes to user profiles

Nick 5 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by CadillacNews IT 3 months ago 3

If you're like me you get dozens of tech support calls every week. People needing help logging in, subscribing, navigating the website, etc. For a while now I've wanted the ability to add notes to a user's profile.


There are tons of times people call and say they spoke with me last month, last year, yesterday about X, Y and Z and I have no memory of the conversation because of the sheer number of calls I get. So it would be nice to have a place to jot some quick notes, hidden to the user of course. Maybe a date field and a field for text.


It would also help the user's experience that we actually do remember the conversation.


Would anyone else use a feature like this? Is there a BLOX workaround way to do this that doesn't involve a spreadsheet or text document?


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Feature Request: Display email vs Login email

Robert 4 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

We have some users who have signed up for BLOX with their personal email address, but have since gone on to be staff (from volunteers) so they then get their own site-branded email.


We are unable to change their email address since the system spits out that they need a static address for login purposes. We could make an entirely new user account, but there's too many articles to change over.


It would be great to be able to add/change the profile "display" email address to be different than the login one, so emails can go to a work address rather than a personal one.



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Webinar | Announcing the new and improved BLOX Business Directory

Cherry Wolf (Marketing specialist) 4 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated 4 months ago 1

New features and exciting improvements make it even easier for your site to be a one-stop source for business info in your community. At our November customer webinar, Phil Pracht, product manager for BLOX Business Directory, will show you how to:


  • Easily create enhanced business profiles with the simplified Storefront setup in BLOX CMS.
  • Leverage your business directory to power Local Niche Guides for new advertising possibilities.
  • Save time and money with new automated enhancements for simplified directory updates.
  • Take advantage of TownNews.com’s new partnership with Guarantee Digital for complete fulfillment packages.
  • . . . and much more!

Ready to see the new and improved BLOX Business Directory?

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Can the sticky ad be displayed on all pages?

Nick 4 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

I've tested the new sticky ad on an asset and it works great. But we'd like the position on ALL pages. Is this in the works? And can they be stackable?

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Feature request: "Wikipedia" style revision history

Robert 7 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 4 months ago 2

1) Wikipedia-style revisions would allow users to see the actual changes made between two versions of the same asset. Text would be highlighted that was deleted, added or changed, with an area for specific notes (if needed) for why the changes happened. User information could be seen when hovering over the changes to see who actually did the edit.


2) It's difficult to see currently what the actual changes or revisions have been made to an asset.


3) This feature would be used all the time by every staff member. Allows us to keep track of every change and why the change was made. Would especially be useful on long-form articles where what was changed or changes that need to be highlighted were missed.


4) All users would benefit from this feature. Our head editors and copyrighters would benefit most from it.


You can clearly see the previous asset text on the left, and the right is the current (or latest selected) with the changes that were made to the asset. It could be even further clarified by highlighting with different colours.


Red = delete

Green = added

Orange = changes (ie: spelling)


Currently, if a staff member who did the edits is not around, we have to open up several of the previous revisons and compare them. By having the changes in one window and side-by-side, it's easier to see past changes and plan for future ones.

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Registered users / subscription - hitting paywall even though all settings show user should be allowed through

Jay Allred 5 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 4 months ago 5

I have a reader who - despite being a registered user and having been logged in on her phone, continues to hit our paywall, even though there is no reason she should be doing so. 


We have tried to duplicate the issue on multiple devices and cannot do so. 


I know that the paywall operates using cookies.Can anyone think of what might be happening in this isolated case? Phone is an iPhone6. 

Answer

I assume that when she hits the paywall, she can log in and see content. But, each time she comes back, she has to log in again?


If so:


- It is unlikely to be a "remember me" issue since your site has "force enabled for all user" for the "remember me" setting.


- It is very likely she is in private browsing mode. In this situation the browser doesn't store cookies so it will not remember you between settings. (We see this complaint especially from iPhone users.)


https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203036


https://help.bloxcms.com/knowledge-base/applications/community/subscription/misc/article_cfd7d142-2be6-11e5-802b-97eec97f5d12.html


If she can't log in at all, then:


- There is probably something wrong with her account or her subscription purchase. Our Customer Support staff can help troubleshoot the issue.


Let me know if this helps! =)


Christine

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Under review

Reporter profiles on print and web

jjessee 4 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 4 months ago 5

In some of our sites, the bylines and taglines for authors differ between the print version and the web version. For example, the print byline in TCMS might by "BY JON DOE / Community News" but the desired byline for the web could be "By Jon Doe of the Community News staff."


Taglines are frequently even more different. A print tagline might be "Contact Jon Doe at jdoe@communitynews.com" while the web tagline might be "Jon Doe may be reached at jdoe@communitynews.com or 800-293-9576. Follow him @jondoe."


Those are simplistic examples. Some of our actual cases are even more different. Our desire would be to have the author field -- which would be the same in both TCMS and BLOX be the key for allowing these to automatically be different in the two channels, even though TCMS would carry the print version over to BLOX.


The idea would be that when an asset arrived in BLOX, the author field (if populated) would automatically place information from the "content" portion of the BLOX user profile into the byline and tagline fields, replacing what came over from TCMS.


This would occur on every bylined, staff-written story in our largest newspaper every day. The time saved would be measured in man hours every day. There's no reason that this work should have to be done manually.