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How do I move or add banner ad space in the blox cms?

CVDaily 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 8 years ago 1
I want to add a banner that will remain static (not rotate with other banner ads) on the side rail. I can't see how to move existing ad spaces or create new ones. Help?
You can't really "move" ad regions since they are built into the page. This is actually intentional, to avoid an over-zealous City Editor from deleting on the ad spots he didn't like or something. =)

See a map of the available regions here:


However, you can very easily ad more "positions" into an available ad region, even if it is already in use. This way, you can target a new ad just to that position, and if it is the only ad assigned to that position, it would not rotate with other ads.

To add another position, go to your Banner Ad application, and click on the settings panel (gear in upper right corner). You'll get the ad regions manager:

Edit the region where you would like to add another position, and change it to "2" or more.

Then, use the position targeting to assign your add to the new position in that region. Like so:

The ads rotate separate in the in-story1 versus the in-story2 ad positions. So, if only one ad were assigned to in-story2, it would not rotate.

I'll go ahead and mark this as answered, but let me know if this doesn't make sense! =)

Under review

Additional tabbed regions

Simon Birch 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 8 years ago 1
The URL custom properties for displaying tabbed regions allows three different positions for displaying the tabbed regions in the right sidebar, but only one option (in center-one-index at the top of the page) in the main column (the 620px left column on our wireframe).
We would find it useful to have the option of placing a tabbed region in other positions in the main column — for example center-one-index, center-four-index, center-seven-index or center-ten-index.
Under review

Map Tab Idea

Jason Schaefer 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 8 years ago 2
It would be nice if the current map could be displayed in a larger version. Similar to the way the images get loaded into a tab.


images with ad reports

Patrick Brannan 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 8 years ago 4
Why are the images not showing up with the ad reports anymore? When we used to run reports it would have an image of the ad creative that went with that ad. We had advertisers that need/used that for co-op with their advertising. Can we have those images back on the reports?

Article Location Map

Jason Schaefer 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated 8 years ago 5
The number of characters for the latitude and longitude need to be increased. Currently your system rounds the numbers to the nearest fifth decimal place.

Recently we had an issue with this as we were trying to display a map to the location where a train struck a pedestrian. When we input the longitude and latitude (with seven decimal places) and clicked the view button the preview showed the correct location. When we saved the article and previewed the resulting map was 8 streets from the railroad track.

In the same line of thought it might be useful to give us a way to override the default zoom level.
We are making a change in the 1.17.0 release of BLOX that will allow for higher precision latitude/longitude coordinates to be entered and stored. 
Under review

save feature on submission forms

Patrick Brannan 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Patrick O'Lone (Director of Software Development) 8 years ago 1
We've had customers ask or call when they lose information they've entered in a form, and especially calendar events. Is there a way they could save information as they are entering it?

Print option for editorial assets include images or other related assets

Jacki Gray 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Mike Stickler 8 years ago 3
Can the functionality of the print option for the Tributes skin be added to other editorial assets?
When you choose the option to print an asset with the Tributes skin, the image is included on the print.
Sample: http://www.timesonline.com/announcements/sm-sgt-walter-parker/article_bc438674-d234-11e3-b83b-0017a43b2370.html?mode=print
When you choose the print option on other editorial assets the images are not included in the print.
Sample: http://www.timesonline.com/flavor/recipes/extreme-burgers/article_fc7cdd38-b8e1-11e3-8788-001a4bcf6878.html?mode=print

E-edition batch upload option?

Lindy Bazner 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 8 years ago 2
We use BLOX CMS to host our special sections using the e-edition tool. Is there an anticipated update to where we can batch upload our PDF pages, instead of uploading them one by one?
Under review

DFA Video Ads

Mike Stickler 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 8 years ago 2
We've been wanting to start adding video content to the site (other than NDN players) and looking at ways to pay for that. So far the ad campaign's we've been offered are all DFA (doubleclick for advertisers api) based pre/mid/post roll ads. 

In these cases the advertisers are supplying javascript which is not currently supported in the default video blocks and having them supply flv files is not an option.

Will you be adding DFA support in the near future?
Under review

Searching for businesses in the ad reports part of statistics

Patrick Brannan 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 8 years ago 1
There needs to be an easier way of searching or finding the businesses when trying to set up a business report by position in the statistics admin. The businesses are just listed in the order they've had ads run and it makes it hard to find a business. If it was to sort alphabetically or even better be able to type into the search box it would be a big help. 

Businesses submitting calendar events

Patrick Brannan 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 8 years ago 2
It would be great if when a business was submitting a calendar event they could link their business listing to it, or otherwise have it connect.

Boost ad income with virtual bulletin boards

Aaron Gillette (Marketing Director, TownNews) 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Sam Williams 8 years ago 1
Looking for another way to draw attention to classified ads, calendar events and business directory listings? With our new Bulletins block, you can create themed "bulletin board" regions that stand out from the rest of your BLOX CMS site. It's a can't-miss upsell your advertisers will love. Learn more »

Is there a custom property that allows you to redirect one article asset to another?

Ellen Moseley 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Michael Becker 8 years ago 6
I thought I'd seen it in one of the "Pro Tips" webinars, but I can't make it work and I can no longer find those webinars on the site. 


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Under review

Contest application

Create a new contest application that allows customers to create new contests such as: Best of the Region, Cute Baby Contest, Best City, etc. It could tie into the Business Directory as a great addition to that product.