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Allow URL Anchor or URL Query String to give direct access to promos instead of typing in promo code.

Jeff Sebestyen 7 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

I get that promo codes generally aren't very difficult, but as a tech guy at a newspaper I run into customers who just seemingly find a way to create unnecessary issues.   I think it would be neat to be able to add something in the Subscription URL so that the promo codes are already displayed.  

Example:   www.tdtnews.com/users/admin/service/purchase/?serviceid=478#RESUB would take you to the online-only subscription page, but the #RESUB or ?RESUB would activate the promo code without needing to type it in.  

Thank you, 


Pinned asset visual indicator if not yet live

Tim Munroe 8 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

New Blox user here.

I think it would be useful if a pinned asset in a block could show it was not yet live ... whether by icon, or a different colour shading. Yes, we can quickly edit the article to check its pub date/time, but it would be nice to see visually which pinned asssets aren't live.

Also, can the block be smart enough to show the maximum number of live articles? If we pin 5 live articles and 5 future articles into a 10-article block, the block shows it's full even though the block on the live site is pulling in 5 articles from query because 5 pinned articles aren't yet live.




Autosave feature would be useful

Karah 8 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

It would be great to have an autosave feature like in Google Docs. Being able to write in Blox makes the process faster, but not when you accidentally hit "cancel" instead of "insert," and that's from experience.


Email alias for author credit

Tom Houston 8 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

We have a team of freelance journalists who all have BLOX accounts and submit their articles through the CMS for review and publish. Their BLOX accounts use their personal email addresses like Gmail and Yahoo. We would prefer that these email addresses are not visible to the public when the article is published with the author's credit. If would be great if there was a way to choose an "email alias" that would be visible on the frontend of the website instead of the personal address. That way we could collect responses to the articles internally.


Suggestion: Add PUBLISH / DO NOT PUBLISH as an option in TRANSFORMATIONS in Blox Automations

Eric R 1 year ago in BLOX CMS updated 8 months ago 1

It would be great to add PUBLISH status to the transformations that are available in Blox automations.  That way, we could choose to automatically unpublish any content that comes in (via syndication importers) that meets certain criteria.  For instance, we could automatically UNPUBLISH any content that may come from a competitor (by choosing specific words in the byline or body content).  Or, we could UNPUBLISH (and flag for review) any content that would contain certain terms in the TITLE or BODY of the content.

Under review

Alt text for images

Elizabeth Stephens 2 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Laura Heck 8 months ago 9

We are working on improving accessibility on our site and the lack of an alt text field for image assets is an issue. Are there any plans to add that option?

Christine Masters 2 years ago

Here are my thoughts...

A new alt text field on the image (next to caption):

By default it would use the image title as it does now.

Then, ANYWHERE where the photo is shown, the alt text in the HTML uses the alt text field.

This would mean that Top Story blocks will show this in the images, even there. Do you agree with this? Like in situations like this, it would still use the alt text:


Smartnews feed

Elizabeth Stephens 9 months ago in BLOX CMS updated by Maureen Reinert 9 months ago 3

Is anyone providing a feed to SmartNews for distribution? The standard RSS feed doesn't seem to work with their specifications, and I'm wondering if anyone has a feed that works.


Notifier Rules seem to ignore Imported Syndication Assets.

Jeff Sebestyen 9 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

When I create a fresh asset and assign it to NEWS, a Notifier Rule will engage and post to social media.  However when I import an AP Article from Syndication and assign it to NEWS, nothing happens, no Notifier rules take effect.  


Feature Request - Instagram Notifier

Catherine L. 9 months ago in BLOX CMS updated by Stacy Johnson 9 months ago 1

Good Day,

Writing to request the development of an additional feature to the existing Blox Community > Notifier tool - that is, adding an option to let users add Instagram social accounts and thus, push Blox articles to Instagram.


Have your newsletter open rates plunged?

Jesus Sanchez 1 year ago in BLOX CMS updated by Stacy Johnson 9 months ago 6

Hello. Beginning in the middle of December, the open rates on our newsletters composed on Blox and sent through Constant Contact have plunged from about 50% to the low single digits. This is only happening with the newsletters we create in Blox. The newsletters that we create and send directly from Constant Contact still have those high open rates. I've contacted Blox support and Constant Contact support but so far the problem continues. Has anyone else using Blox and Constant Contact faced this same issue?


Form Product - Is there a way to either hide price or set price to "0" or "Free"

Matthew 11 months ago in BLOX CMS updated by Glenn 10 months ago 1

Using product - Is there a way to either hide the price or set the price to "0" or "Free"?


Slug gets overwritten well after a story is syndicated

Lindy Ritz 11 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

We are noticing that after we syndicate a story between our market sites (and we update the slug on our side for our own search queries) - the slug will revert to its original format at some point along the way.

If a syndicated article gets updated from its home site, should the slug also syndicate again if its updated? Or is there a way to disable that?


Form submission feature request

Lindy Ritz 12 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

When a reader submits a form with a photo attached, is there no way to automatically 'send' that file into BLOX, rather than have to download it and re-upload it? Its always seemed like an extra step.


GA4 and Apps

Elizabeth Stephens 12 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

I'm trying to figure out the best setup for GA4 for our television station that has multiple apps — Now app (ios, Android), OTT (all platforms), weather app (ios, Android). The NOW and OTT apps were set up in Firebase connected to legacy GA. I want to add the apps as data streams under one GA4 property, but I'm unsure if I still need the Firebase component or if it can be done in Google Tag Manager or another way.


Anyone with experience embedding tableau data/displays?

D Sackett 12 months ago in BLOX CMS updated 12 months ago 1

Does anyone have any experience embedding interactive graphics from Tableau? We tried using an embed code in ah HTML asset, but the asset freezes and will not save. Is this something that has to have a design block set up?