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Article personality

Maunette Loeks 9 years ago updated by Christine Masters 9 years ago 4
OK, so I missed this section in the webinar because I was having difficulty logging into the webinar. 
How do I get the author to show up above as it shows in the documentation? Do I put the author byline in the "author" section? I've tried byline and tagline, have an image of the author, but it doesn't do it, so I'm assuming I'm doing something wrong. Thanks for your help!
Christine Masters 9 years ago
Hi Maunette!

The author needs to have a user account, be assigned to the story as "author," and the account should be filled out with their avatar, bio, etc. If they fill out their Twitter and Facebook, those will show up as well. 

Then, of course, you need the "presentation" mode set to "personality."

Block Custom Property Type Image - How to get the image/URL?

Robert Dundon 9 years ago in BLOX CMS updated 9 years ago 2
When making a custom block and creating custom properties via Customizations, there is an "image" type, where you can upload an image (pretty cool!). Though, there seems to be no way to pull the image URL, and I've seen no examples in the docs or Core block code, etc.

I've already tried:



and they don't appear to work. Any ideas?
Christine Masters 9 years ago
Hi there!

You will see a lot more of this in our new templates which are due out next year.

But, the way to access this image is:

[% this.block.custom.image.resource_url %]

(Where "image" is the name of the property.)

Presentation mode for YouTube assets

Jennifer Perkins 9 years ago in BLOX Total CMS updated by Mike Stickler 9 years ago 5
We see that you can set an image asset to display in presentation mode: "showcase" and have it display prominently when it is a child asset of an article. Is there a way to do this with a child YouTube asset? If not (at this time), are there any plans to add presentation modes for YouTube or video assets?
Christine Masters 9 years ago
We have a "workaround" way to do this - a custom property.

On the YouTube asset, go to "other" and then enter:

name = position

value = showcase

Available position values:

showcase = Large and on top of the article
top = Top of the media box
bottom = Bottom of the story

timeline feedback

Mike Stickler 9 years ago in BLOX CMS updated 9 years ago 6
I was very happy to see the presentation modes for collection assets. I am in the process of implementing several of them. I was most excited to try the timeline mode. Unfortunately it left me disappointed.

There's too much white space between the arrows. The timeline doesn't size to accommodate more 3 items occurring at the same time (it will work with 4 or more but they sit on top of each other.) The article list looks like an un-formatted mess. In my example if it could accommodate a full size picture it did otherwise it used a 300px thumbnail. I'd prefer as much consistency as possible. For example always use a 300px thumbnail (unless image is smaller). When it used the full size picture the metadata (posted, comments, keywords) showed up under the 1st paragraph text (like it should.) When a thumbnail was used the metadata showed up under the thumbnail which I don't particularly like but could accept if it was consistent, which it's not. Lastly clicking on the items in the timeline does nothing. It should either open the article or at least take you to the item further down on the page. 

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I love the concept and think with some tweaking it would be a much better. I did a mockup of my idealized version of the timeline. The biggest difference is the current asset is on display between the arrows. As you would click on the arrows or boxes in the timeline that asset would change. Because the asset link, preview, preview paragraph etc would all show up top the only thing needed in the article list is a headline list and maybe the posted date.Image 56

I'm interested in seeing feedback on this and in seeing how other are implementing the new options.

banner ad impressions declining, could reporting be incorrect

Ray Seale 9 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters 9 years ago 3
These last few months our banner ad impressions have been reporting 200-300 less than impressions from like 3 months ago, we need to find out way and make sure there is isn;t a problem with the reporting system, any ideas??

App Server cache

Craig V 9 years ago 0
Is there any way to control the caching on the app server? We frequently need to update files on that server and it takes a while to see the changes.
Under review


Mike Stickler 9 years ago in BLOX CMS updated 9 years ago 2
Ok I recently switched from including locations as a keyword to using geolocations and I noticed some inconveniences with the switch.

1. If I'm in an asset and I click "Add" to add a geolocation I have to select an existing geolocation. I can't add a new one... I would love to be able to an "add new" button that would let me create one on the fly.
2. OK so even if there's not a shiny "add new" button, its fairly simple to go to the menu choose settings/tags/geolocations and add a new location. Except it seems the array of locations you can add to the asset is set when go to editorial/assets... In order to see the new location in the list you have to close the asset your working on and reload editorial/assets
Under review

Collection on section front?

Greg Wood 9 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters 9 years ago 1
Is there a way to get a full collection to display on a section page? I know we could redirect the section to the collection, but I'm just wondering if there's a way to avoid that.
Under review

Aligning images inside articles

Lindy Bazner 9 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters 9 years ago 1
Question: When manually dragging/dropping an asset in between article paragraphs, can it be aligned left or right, or only centered? It's nice to be able to drop images throughout a story but it leaves large empty gaps to either side...

exclude dates on calendar items

Mike Stickler 9 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters 9 years ago 2
when doing schedules for events I would love to be able to set dates to exclude...

For example "Wee Read" at the library is set for every Monday and Thursday at 10 am until the end of time. Except the library is closed for Thanksgiving. So now I have modify the schedule and set an end date prior to 11/27 and then add another schedule starting after Thanksgiving and extending until the end of time.

I would love to be able to just enter an excluded date of 11/27 and have item not scheduled for that day.

Block template that only brings in assets that have a child image asset.

Craig V 10 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters 9 years ago 9
Is there a way to set a block to only include assets that have a child image asset? If not, can this be written in utl? Does anyone have an example?

Read it now: TownNews.com Bulletin (November, 2014)

Aaron Gillette (Marketing Director, TownNews) 9 years ago updated 9 years ago 0
TownNews.com Bulletin (November, 2014)
In this month's issue:

  • Ferguson unrest drives heavy traffic to St. Louis news sites
  • Learning the value of your archives
  • Webinar video: Exciting editorial enhancements help you create long-form stories, paged galleries, timelines and more!


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Editors: Don't miss this webinar!

Aaron Gillette (Marketing Director, TownNews) 9 years ago updated 9 years ago 4
At this month's webinar, we'll give you a sneak peek at the upcoming BLOX CMS release. Scheduled for mid-November, the new version features a pile of exciting editorial enhancements.

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Highlights include:

  • New article presentation modes allow you to easily create popular long-form and personality-focused stories.
  • New collection presentation modes help you build series, paged galleries, timelines and more.
  • Powerful new query rules give you more control over block content.
  • Results from the syndication tool are simpler than ever to browse and pull into your site.
Join us for a live webinar on Thursday, November 6th, at 10:30 AM CST. Sign up today!
Under review

subscription_bypass > true is not applying to mobile site.

Jeff Sebestyen 9 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters 9 years ago 3
We have instant paywall.  I have applied subscription_bypass to a story.  But when I visit the story on a phone, it is still locked up on the mobile site.

Desktop: http://www.tdtnews.com/news/article_d447d8a6-6960-11e4-ae5b-5f6396a12010.html

Mobile:  http://m.tdtnews.com/news/article_d447d8a6-6960-11e4-ae5b-5f6396a12010.html?mode=jqm

Image asset presentation options

Christine in Bristol 9 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Mike Stickler 9 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?