TownNews - Releases

Detailed release notes for the week of June 20th, 2022

Flex Templates Software Release - Tues., June 21st @ 2:00 PM CT

In this release of Flex Templates, we are adding two new blocks to bring new life to the Most Popular block, adding more functionality to the social share tools and tab, and identifying credit card types on the one-page payment for Audience+.

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BLOX Total CMS Client Software Release - Tues., June 21st @ 9:00 AM CT

This version of the client makes additional improvements for Distributed Production and adds substantial background support for Automated Production.

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BLOX Web Component Software Release - Tues., June 21st @ 2:00 PM CT

In this release we are making infrastructure changes that should not be noticeable to admin or front-end users. If you experience any issues or have any questions, please contact customer support at (800) 293-9576 or

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Highlights from recent releases


Implement the new Default Section Image “Starter Pack” to make your site more engaging

Front-end users are more likely to engage with content if it has an attractive image associated with it. For example, according to a study conducted by Research Media Lab, images shown with posts can boost reader engagement by up to 35%. Read more


Customize meta tags on a per-asset basis with the new social tools

With the latest BLOX Core release, it is now possible to customize social media meta tags to optimize them for each post. Read more

Webinar recording now available


Webinar | What you need to know about GA4 and changes coming to analytics

Webinar recording now available: As you may have seen, the deadline to move to Google Analytics 4 (GA4) is fast approaching. But there’s no need to panic! We’re here to help our partners understand and navigate this change. At this customer webinar, Allie Peters, senior product manager, and Kyle Rickhoff, digital architect, for TownNews explained what the changes mean for you and important deadlines you won’t want to miss. Watch it now

Quick tips and tricks


Customize the title and summary for social media posts

Customize your social media headline and other fields but filling out the fields in the social tab. This will change the og meta tags in the article's source code, which will effectively change the headline and other fields on any external service that uses the og meta tags (which includes Facebook, Twitter, and others). Learn how


Store images in the BLOX Media Library

The BLOX Media Library is a place to save images used for design purposes, such as logos and graphics you want to use on your page. These images are not saved as assets and won't show up in searches. Learn how

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Ep. 18: On audience and revenue

New episode available: Let's be honest here. Most of us just aren't very good at selling our own news product to the audience. As an industry, we don't always do a good job bragging about the good work we do and the important role we play in our communities. But engaging our audience and clearly defining how we fit in their lives is essential to solving the ever-evasive dilemma of audience revenu… Listen now

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