Accomplish more with BLOX CMS

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?

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Powerful, easy-to-use editorial tools

Creating and organizing articles, videos, images, collections, polls, audio files, links and more is easy with our user-friendly editorial interface.
  • Visual layout tools
    Our built-in Block Manager makes changing your site's layout a simple click-and-drag operation.
  • Rich text editing
    Skip the cut-and-paste! Create and edit articles directly in BLOX CMS's efficient rich text editor.
  • A wealth of content
    Manage articles, pictures, videos, PDFs, polls, YouTube videos, galleries, audio files and more in one handy location.
  • Connected content
    Including rich media like pictures, galleries and video with your stories is no harder than adding an attachment in your email client.
  • Mobile reporting
    BLOX CMS includes BLOX Go, a streamlined interface for posting and editing from your tablet or smartphone.
  • Robust search
    Our search engine lets you find items by date range, author, section and more. You can even create "save searches" for queries that you run repeatedly.
  • Workflows that work
    Stay organized and manage your staff with BLOX CMS's customizable, easy to use workflow tools.
  • Social media broadcast
    When you create new content, you can post it to Twitter and Facebook directly from BLOX CMS.

Elegant, customizable design options

Some systems limit you to a set of cookie-cutter templates. Not BLOX CMS. We'll work with you to customize your site to your unique specifications.*

During your site build, our project management and design teams will help you define your site's look and feel.

After your site launches, tweaking its layout is quick and easy. Most changes are made using BLOX CMS's built-in visual design tools, no coding required. And our crackerjack customer support and training teams are there to assist you in a pinch.

The power of full integration

Editorial, marketplace and community content are integrated in BLOX CMS, so you can create mashups that boost your site's stickiness and deliver real advertiser ROI.

When you break down the walls between your content, magic happens. An advertiser's business directory listing can also display their calendar events and classifieds. A video from the archives can resurface with a new article. Your home page can include blocks that show premium classified ads and local business listings.

Combinations like this are difficult (or impossible) with cobbled together third-party systems, but in BLOX CMS they're as simple as selecting a related piece of content or dragging a widget onto your page.

If you can imagine it, you can mostly likely achieve it with BLOX CMS.

  • Editorial
    Editorial content includes articles, pictures, videos, e-Editions, polls, audio, galleries, PDF files, YouTube movies, links and more.
BLOX CMS: Full integration

Does your platform pay you back?

Your bottom line is our top priority. With modules for data management, classifieds, business directory, vertical markets, ad order entry, paywall, banner advertising and more, BLOX CMS sites are built to sell.
  • Data management
    TownNews iQ** brings powerful DMP capabilities to BLOX CMS, so media outlets can segment their audiences for use in advertising, editorial, circulation and marketing.
  • Classifieds
    BLOX Classifieds bundles everything you need to build and operate a high-performance classified advertising marketplace.
  • Business directory
    With BLOX Business Directory,** you can create a high traffic guide to local businesses that advertisers will flock to.
  • Smart membership and subscription
    Traditional paywalls and meters are blunt instruments that treat all visitors the same way. iQ Audience+ is a smarter, more dynamic metering solution that empowers you to grow digital membership by delivering the right offer, to the right user, at the right time.
  • 24/7 classified ad order entry
    BLOX Ad-Owl** streamlines the creation, processing and scheduling of web, print and mobile classified ads.

Produce once, publish everywhere

Unleash your content to reach web, print, mobile and social media audiences.
  • Live e-Editions
    With BLOX Live e-Editions,** your print replica doesn't have to be stale. Changes to your web and print editions can flow to your online replica, so your users are always seeing the latest updates.
  • Print pagination
    BLOX Total CMS** enables you to simultaneously build your print, web and mobile editions. And it's fully-integrated with Adobe InDesign, so your print product won't be hindered by subpar page layout software.
  • Responsive design
    With our all-new Flex Templates, your BLOX CMS site will look great and work like a dream on smartphones and tablets running Android, Apple and Windows Mobile operating systems.

State-of-the-art cloud hosting

Our world-class network infrastructure serves billions of ad impressions and pages to hundreds of millions of visitors each month while maintaining 99.99% uptime.

Today's complex web and mobile pages are computationally expensive to serve. Without the proper infrastructure and expertise, all of the content you've invested so much time and money in will be hidden behind an array of "Service Unavailable" errors.

TownNews' data centers are engineered to ensure that no matter how popular your site becomes, it will always be available. And we'll keep investing in infrastructure, because your site can never be too fast or too reliable.

* Additional design charges may apply.
** Optional add-on module.