January 8, 2019 9:00AM - 9:30AM CST January 8, 2019 3:00PM - 3:30PM UTC
FTP, Drive, DNS, E-Mail
Townnews will be updating it's standard FTP and SFTP connection end points on Jan 8, 2019
We are working to enhance network routing and capacity and as part of the transition the host name used to connect to our standard and secure FTP services are changing.
Users can update their connection host name at any time prior to the migration date without issue and are highly encouraged to do so.
If you control DNS (Domain Name Service) for your website you may also need to review and update any DNS names related to FTP.
Historically standard non-secure FTP allowed the use of your-website.com as the FTP connection host. Users will now be required to use one of the host names below based on which one of our data center facilities your site resides in. If you are unsure of which host name to use, please contact Townnews customer support and they can provide it.
While still supported, we do not recommend the use of standard non-secure FTP. We would highly recommend users switch to SFTP where possible.
Standard FTP will be discontinued at a future date yet to be determined.
To use SFTP (secure FTP), simply use the same login and password with a secure host name below. Note the secure FTP port is TCP 122. We also support scripting SFTP into your application with the use of SFTP keys - contact customer support to obtain your SFTP key.
Old hostname ---> New Hostname
sftp-bloxcms.chicago2.vip.townnews.com ---> sftp.us-midwest-1.vip.tn-cloud.net (secure)
sftp-chicago2.bloxcms.com ---> sftp.us-midwest-1.vip.tn-cloud.net (secure)
sftp-bloxcms.newyork1.vip.townnews.com ----> sftp.us-east-1.vip.tn-cloud.net (secure)
sftp-newyork1.bloxcms.com ----> sftp.us-east-1.vip.tn-cloud.net (secure)
ftp-newyork1.bloxcms.com ---> ftp.us-east-1.vip.tn-cloud.net (insecure)
ftp-chicago2.bloxcms.com ---> ftp.us-midwest-1.vip.tn-cloud.net (insecure)
your-website.com ---> Contact Townnews support for host location information
www.your-website.com ---> Contact Townnews support for host location information
Please remember these changes can be made at any time prior to this system
change. No other changes regarding the service are required. Please
contact Townnews support for any additional questions.
January 8, 2019 10:00AM - 10:30AM CST January 8, 2019 4:00PM - 4:30PM UTC
As of January 8, 2019, TownNews.com will end support for non-SSL web-service calls to BLOX CMS.
A web service is a technology which provides a web-based method to interface with a database server or another application, and then communicate that information back to the end user or application.
Using SSL mode is an important safety protocol which prevents data from being intercepted during transit by unauthorized third parties and is now required by many companies who provide web technologies, such as Google.
Examples of web service uses within the BLOX CMS environment include (but not limited to):
- Automatic ingestion of content from an external source (excludes BLOX jobs).
- Interfacing with the BLOX Comments system to provide a feed of comments to an external app.
- Using a web service to authenticate to BLOX CMS for user authentication in an external site.
If your site is using non-SSL calls to BLOX CMS web services for any usage, please update your application to use SSL before the end-of-life date. These non-SSL services will end and your application may no longer function.
For details on how to use SSL webservices visit:
Please contact TownNews support should you have any questions.