The first area on the right side of the asset editor is Tags.  Tags is used for categorizing the asset.  There are five types of tags: SectionsKeywordsGeoLocationsSites, and Flags.

  • Sections: This is used for asset placement within the sections of your publication.
  • Keywords: This is used to add additional words or phrases that can aid in searching for assets related to a given subject.
  • GeoLocations: This is used to give some geographical relevance to an asset, such as a city name or area.
  • Sites: This is used to make the asset available in an export to another site. For example, you might give an asset a site tag of "sample" and then set up a Processing Job that sends assets tagged "sample" to sample.com.
  • Flags: This is used to group assets within blocks. Some flags are also used to create an banner or flag next to the asset headline on the front-end, such as "Centerpiece" or "Breaking".

Clicking the name for each type of tag will allow viewing and modifications of each tag type.

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Clicking the Add button on Tags / Section will bring up the Select Sections screen in which you can choose the sections of the publication you want the asset to appear on.  Holding the CTRL key while clicking will allow the selection of multiple sections. When you are satisfied with the sections chosen, select Add Sections.

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NOTE:  Section Tags are set-up under Settings / Tags / Sections.


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Keywords are used in asset tagging for a number of things.  

  • Keywords improve your site's Search Engine Optimization, or SEO.  For that reason, we recommend using at least 5 keywords on each article asset.  
  • Keywords can also be used in block Query Rules to tell the block to search for and pull in assets with a certain keyword.  
  • Keywords are also used to pull similar content together on the front-end, regardless of section assignment or asset age (provided the asset is still active in your CMS).  Front-end users can click on a keyword assigned to an article and find other assets that share the keyword.

Pressing the Add button on the Keywords screen will allow the user to enter in keywords. 

As words are entered, an autolookup will be offering suggestions of keywords which have already been entered into the system.  All keywords are converted to lower case.

NOTE:  Use a pound (#) sign in front of your keyword to prevent it from displaying on the front end (Example - #twitter)

NOTE:  Special characters in keywords can cause articles to display incorrectly. Avoid using non-alphanumeric characters in keywords, including punctuation and symbols (except for the # sign mentioned above).

Note:  If you use the Keyword #nosale, #ap or the asset has the AP or Contributed flags, the Image, or all Image assets included in a Collection asset will not display the "Buy Now" button if Photo Sales is enabled and set up.  If there are specific photos you do not want to sell, then the #nosale keyword should be added to those individual photos, not the Collection asset itself.

Suggest (Semantic Analysis)

The Suggest Wizard will search the text of the Article and display a list of suggested Keywords you can add to the Article Asset.  Select the ones you want and then click on Add Selected Keywords.  The window closes.


The selections are immediately added as Keywords for the Article.



Clicking Add on the GeoLocation  will open a the Select geolocations window from which you can choose any geographic locations to which the asset belongs.

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This is used to tag an asset with a GeoLocation tag. It is also possible to create blocks for different regions of your publication area.  For example, if your newspaper is received in several towns or cities, you may want to create a block with a Query Rule for each GeoLocation tag.  

When you have chosen the appropriate tag, select Add Tags to assign the location to the asset.

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NOTE:  Geolocation Tags are set under Settings / Tags / Geolocations

NOTE:  If you want to add a location so that the a map will appear on the story page or to use with the map block, use Location under Other. For more information on LocationClick Here.


Site Tags are generally used for the purpose of duplicating content on different sites.  For example, if you wanted to send content from Site A to Site B, you would give content on Site A a Site Tag of "site_b."  On Site B you would then set up a Processing Job to pull in content from Site A with a Site Tag of "site_b."

Clicking the Add button on the Sites form will open the Select Site Tags window within which you can select the site to which the asset will be exported.

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If an asset has DRM restrictions that prohibit it from being resyndicated, the Sites tab will be locked against editing. For more information about DRM policies, see the Asset workspace Settings document

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NOTE:  Site tags are set under Settings / Tags / Sites



Flags contain additional options for classifying an asset. You can hover over each flag name to get a description of when the flag would be used.  Note that different asset types have different flag options (example: articles have different flag options than images, videos, pdfs etc).

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Flags can also be used in block Query Rules to designate which content is pulled in.  For example, you might have a block setup on your homepage at the top of the page that pulls in anything tagged 'Top Story.' Simply flag any asset you wish to be displayed in that block with a Top Story flag. Some flags will display next to headlines on front and section pages as banners, as well. (In the example below,  Breaking, Topical and Editor's Pick flags are shown).

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NOTE:  Normal article caching is 5 minutes. For Time Sensitive content you can shorten that time to less then one minute.

When the following conditions are met, the server cache is purged, and the affected block and the article page is refreshed imediately:

  • The article asset must have a Breaking, DevelopingFeature, Top StorySpotlight, or Urgent Flag.
  • The asset must have been originally posted within the previous 24 hours, and
  • The block must be on the homepage AND have a Query Rule for a Flag Operation. Click on Add and select to open the Edit Flags Rule window. Options that will override the caching rule are: Breaking, DevelopingFeature, Top StorySpotlight, or Urgent

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This clearing of the server cache does not affect either your browser cache, or that of your reader. Therefore, you may want to force your browser to refresh when testing. Use the appropriate action to do so based on your operating system.

  • Windows:  Use CTRL + F5.
  • Mac:  Use Command + R.
  • Linux:  Use Click F5.

NOTE:  To maintain the stability of the entire system, using these flags to clear the server cache should be done sparingly. BLOX CMS will limit its use to once every few minutes for each publication.