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Image asset presentation options

Christine in Bristol 5 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Mike Stickler 5 years ago 4
So with the upgrades, do we lose the miscellaneous tab option for type of display (ie mug to panorama) on the image assets? It's disappeared from our options, at least where it once rested. Did it move? Or did we lose it altogether?

Customized meter messages

Nick 5 years ago in BLOX CMS 0
I'm trying to customize the message below to include a promotional offer of 99 cents for a month. I've tried putting in metered_sub_final_message in the URL custom properties but it won't change the text. This is what I'm trying to add:

<a style="font:bold 13px Arial,sans-serif; color:#21491d; padding:10px 10px; background: repeat-x scroll 50% 50% #d3e0cd; border-radius:4px;" href="https://thebrunswicknews-dot-com.bloxcms.com/users/admin/service/purchase/?serviceid=3767&driver=subscription&referer_url=/users/admin/service/purchase/&step=1">99&cent; Trial</a>

Under review

Mobile-friendly display for Election platform assets

David Marsters 5 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Travis Tyler_ 5 years ago 2
I've been setting up our election coverage for the 2014 cycle, and as best I can tell, the assets within the Election Stats platform do not display in a mobile-friendly fashion when viewed on a mobile device, like an article would. I've been able to pull them in to Touch 5 blocks, but when you click on them on a mobile device, they just go straight to the desktop version of the page. This is particularly inconvenient for a phone display. 

With the huge growth in mobile traffic and the way voters are consuming content now, it would seem to be an absolute must that these election assets get a mobile-friendly display in the future.

Thanks very much.

Google news images/links are not ours

Craig V 5 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 5 years ago 5
If I search our stories in google news we get the correct text but sometimes images are not ours. Search "site:buckscountycouriertimes.com" in google news. Has anyone found a workaround to tell google news to use a default image and not someone else's?

Hi Craig!

Here is the Google News help page, which says that if you don't have a related image (that meets their requirements) they will sometimes help you out by adding one from somewhere else:


"Please keep in mind that in order to show as many different sources to our users as possible, we sometimes pair relevant images with articles from different sources."

So, it doesn't look like much can be done other than to try to have images with all of your main stories.

I had thought that setting an og_image setting would help, but you have that already, so clearly Google News won't use that.
Under review

Real-time Sports Scoreboard

Craig V 5 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Jason Schaefer 5 years ago 2
I want the ability on a section front to create a real-time sports scoreboard, then when the game is complete, display the results. I don't see a sports stats block for this. Has anyone ever done this before?

Topic Pages Examples

Jason Schaefer 5 years ago in BLOX CMS 0
Does anyone want to show off how they are doing topic pages with BLOX. We are just getting started and wanted to see how our fellow BLOX papers are doing it to get some ideas.
Under review

Trouble with bots and crawlers

Mike Stickler 5 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Patrick O'Lone (Director of Software Development) 5 years ago 6
Is anyone having bandwith overages and when they try to track them back discover msnbot is accounting for 24%-33% of total page views. I am loathe to block them completely but changing the crawl delay had no effect? 

By way of comparison googlebot, yahoo(slurp), and bingbot all seem to account for about 6% of our pageviews. 

How are you dealing with the issue?

Weather rss

Craig V 5 years ago in BLOX CMS 0
Is there somewhere I can get a rss feed for the weather that Town News pulls?

Broadcast Idea

Jason Schaefer 5 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 5 years ago 1
One of the big issues with Facebook is that when you broadcast and the asset has no image attached that FB will pull a random image. Unfortunately this includes ads or business logos.

Can a prompt be added to broadcast that notifies the person broadcasting that there is no image attached and makes them choose to continue.
Hi Jason!

We have a feature that, when you do not have a related image on the page, will send FB a "default" og_image to use. Most newspapers will use a logo or something similar.

Here is the documentation:


Also, note that these can be set on the URL, so you could theoretically have a different og_image per section.

New tool consolidates paywall rules for easy maintenance

Aaron Gillette (Marketing Director, TownNews) 5 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated 5 years ago 0
Our new rule profiles feature makes managing your subscription rules a breeze, even if you offer tons of packages. Read more »

Business Directory

Jason Schaefer 5 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 5 years ago 1
Can Google+ be added to the social media (second tab) for the business directory listings.
This is in an upcoming Business Directory release.

Ability to test forms with payment information before going live

Sam Williams 5 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 5 years ago 1
We'd like to be able to test forms that include payment information before pushing them live to the public. If that's already possible, we haven't found it in the documentation, but it would be a great feature. We've had several cases where forms went live, but there were errors in the form that we were unaware of because we could not process them without it charging a card.
Hi Sam!

Pretty much any of our products (Forms, Ad Owl, Upsell Manager, etc.) will utilize the test Visa number:

Any name
Any address
acct: 4111111111111111 (a 4 and 15 ones)
expiration: Any future date
CSC code: 123 (I think it can be any three-digit number)

For this to work, you have to be viewing the form in PREVIEW mode (not live).

Try this out and let me know how it works for you.

Under review

Universal Analytics Upgrade (GA)

Mike DellaVecchia 6 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Mike Stickler 5 years ago 3
Apparently Google is now offering improved analytics via a "Universal Analytics Upgrade" however the upgrade will require some tracking code changes.  Here is a link to some detailed info on what is to gain and what changes are involved.  https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/upgrade/?hl=en_US Since Town News pretty much controls the GA tracking snippet for us, was wondering what, if any, changes are on the horizon to accommodate the new analtyics.js snippet over the current ga.js.  Might you have an ETA as well?

Google says you can go thru the upgrade process in GA and continue to get your stats as normal, however, the benefits of the Universal upgrade won't be seen until the tracking code is updated.  I'd be willing to beta if you need a volunteer.

Under review

Abusing the Report button

Mike Stickler 5 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated 5 years ago 6
Our city was recently debating a "Fairness" ordinance. We had at least one instance where someone used the report button to get a comment taken down (pending approval/moderation) when it obviously was not abusive. I know I can look at the other properties for the comment and see how many times a comment has been reported, but I would like to be able to see a list of users who reported it. I do not want to see the report button used in this manner and if I see a person doing so would love to block them.