Getting Started

New to BLOX? You're in the right place!

What is BLOX?

BLOX Content Management System gives news and media organizations more tools to create content, attract users, and grow their bottom lines. Why settle for less?
Learn more about BLOX CMS

Logging into BLOX

For information on how to log into the BLOX CMS administrative interface, as well as:

  • Accessing the BLOX dropdown menu
  • Changing your active site
  • Preferences once logged in
See How do I log into BLOX CMS?
Supported Browsers

For information on which web browsers are supported for:

  • Front-end user experience of a BLOX site
  • BLOX administrative interface
  • BLOX Go! (our mobile admin interface)
See What internet browsers are supported by BLOX?
Templates: Zen or Flex?

BLOX CMS utilizes two front-end template systems, "Zen" and "Flex". For information on:

  • What's the difference between the two template systems
  • How to identify what template system your site is using
  • How to upgrade from Zen templates to Flex templates
See Templates: Zen or Flex

Which BLOX applications do I need to use?

Within the BLOX CMS, there are several applications for use when managing your site. The tables below provide a brief summary of each application.

Community Applications

  • CALENDAR

    Manage the calendar events that have been submitted by staff and/or users on your site.

  • COMMENTS

    Manage the comments that have been submitted by users on your site.

  • EMAIL REACH

    Manage your email newsletter campaigns, utilizing a Constant Contact integration.

  • FORM SUBMISSIONS

    Manage the information collected from users submitting via forms.

  • SMS LISTS

    Send text messages to readers about breaking news or other pertinent information.

  • SUBSCRIPTIONS

    Manage subscription services which restrict access to content on your site.

Design Applications

  • BLOCKS

    Manage the layout of your site's pages (URLs) by moving around containers of content known as "blocks".

  • FORMS

    Manage the forms which users can submit information through.

  • STATIC PAGES

    Manage pages of content on your site that will rarely change (ex. "About Us" page).

  • TEMPLATES

    Manage the templates that make up the display and functionality of the front-end user experience.

Editorial Applications

  • ASSETS

    Manage articles, images, videos, and more, known as "assets" within BLOX CMS.

  • E-EDITIONS

    Manage the electronic versions of your print products, known as "e-Editions".

  • SYNDICATION

    Offers creation of channels to import editorial content from sources such as AP, RSS feeds, other BLOX sites, etc.

Marketplace Applications

  • AD-OWL

    Manage the online order entry system which processes and schedules web and print classified ads.

  • BANNER ADS

    Manage the banner advertising (ie. leaderboards, skyscrapers, wallpaper ads and more) on your site.

  • BUSINESSES

    Manage your business listing's information and relationships with other applications.

  • CLASSIFIEDS

    Manually create or automatically ingest your classifieds' liner and display ads into your site.

  • TRANSACTIONS

    Manage the monetary transactions which have occurred through the Forms and Upsell Manager apps.

  • UPSELL MANAGER

    Manage properties which can be applied to assets to highlight or promote them for a period of time.

Statistics and Support Applications

  • ANALYTICS

    Manage reports of various statistical data on your site.

  • TICKET

    Manage Customer Service support tickets from the TownNews.com's CRM (ticketing) system.