SNO FLEX Update: FLEX 5.3 Released

We’re pleased to announce the release of Version 5.3 of our SNO FLEX platform.  All customers with a SNO FLEX site can upgrade to this newest version for free.  To update, click on Themes under the Appearance tab and look for the Update link.  If you need assistance with the update, please send us a support email.

 Here are the new features:

  • The story page has been completely overhauled to use the full width of the story page.  To see a sample of the story page, go to and view any of the stories there.  On the SNO Design Options page, there are a whole series of options that allow you to customize the display of this story page.

  • A story can be assigned either to the new full width story template or the old template with a sidebar — this option is just above the Publish/Save button when you’re editing a story.

  • Secondary headlines (decks) can now be displayed on the story page — look for the new custom field box in the right column when adding/editing a story.

  • The category view page now displays tiles of stories rather than a list of stories.  There’s an option on the SNO Design options page in the “Category Pages” section that allows you to revert back to the old list style if you prefer that.

  • The Profile Preview view for the Staff page now allows you to add vertical photos and customize the size of the preview tiles — you’ll find these options on the SNO Design Options Page in the “Staff” section.

  • We’ve added two horizontal scrolling elements to the homepage as well as three additional homepage widget areas — you can see this in action on  These new features can be activated on the SNO Design Options page in the Homepage Design and Structure section.  Once they’re activated, you’ll see the new widget areas in the widget interface.  The horizontal scrolling elements on the homepage will look best if you assign stories with photos to them rather than stories without photos.

  • We’ve built a new feature that provides a way to give prominent treatment to an important news story in place of the carousel options.  This feature can be activated on the SNO Design Options page in the Homepage Top Story Display Area section.

  • The footer area now displays social media icons, a search bar, and your publication’s name and tagline.

  • The footer area now has a navigation menu.  To use this, first create a new menu (click Menus under the Appearance tab) named “Footer Menu” (It must have this exact name or it won’t show up).  This menu is designed to have only 4 main menu items, and each of the 4 items can have dropdown items. Then, on the SNO Designs Page in the Footer section, you can activate the display of this new menu.

  • For sites with our Multimedia Package, there is now a new feature that allows for a video display at the top of the homepage.  This video display looks the same as the video display on the Multimedia video page.