Designed to be an always modern CMS, our platform is constantly expanding as we continuously update elements of our product to provide even more options for content creators. For example, our Add Media Bar is full of elegant media integrations to make each article more dynamic.
RebelMouse is always on a mission to empower content teams big and small, because creating
engaging communities takes organized collaboration. This is why we've recently made some upgrades to our Version History tool to give users a full snapshot of the path to publish.
When GDPR went into effect in the EU on May 25, 2018, all platforms, developers, and publishers made an effort to comply and achieve exactly what the 99 articles and 11 chapters of the regulation requires.
We were no different. We've updated our platform in several areas to ensure all of our clients are covered. Here's a breakdown of the features we offer to help keep you compliant:
At the start of 2019, we announced that performance would be our top priority of the year. At RebelMouse, we're traffic junkies that work every day to make sure our clients have the best-performing sites on the open web, often beating out industry giants on speed.
Our latest upgrade takes this mission one step further. We've switched to Google's WebP for image formatting and resizing. This means we'll be converting all GIF, JPEG, and PNG images to Google's next-generation image format.
At RebelMouse, we've always embraced the power of "big data," but we also believe the insights it offers should be broken down and made "little" again. This means that data once considered to be high-level analytics for only developers should be repackaged for content creators so they can help to move the needle on revenue and strategy.
This is important in today's digital climate because writers and social curators are in charge of every media company's greatest asset: content. They should be able to unlock the insights that are pivotal to adjusting content and social strategies to deliver repeat engagement and, in turn, conversions.
A 404 appears when your site isn't communicating properly with a server and an error page is delivered to your reader. Recently, RebelMouse deployed an update to better address how we track 404 pages on sites we power.
Previously, Google Analytics tracked 404 pages as if they were normal posts. This is because even if an article was deleted, the URL was still visible. For example, if your deleted post title was "Anne lives in Texas," Google would still crawl that headline.
RebelMouse supports Google News sitemaps. Google has specifications for how articles get treated in the Google News sitemap.
A sitemap is a file where you list the webpages of your site that tells Google and other search engines about the organization of your site's content. Search engine web crawlers like Googlebot read this file so your site gets crawled intelligently.
At RebelMouse, we've solved this in a very elegant way. At the core level of our platform, we can natively render different layouts and track the exact differences in performance when comparing a test to your other layouts.
Natively Test Across Multiple Dimensions With Core KPI Measurements
Creative teams with great ideas are most successful when they have an environment where ideas can easily be tested against each other instead of trying to find total agreement on one idea. One of the biggest problems we observed while studying CMS platforms in our space was that creative teams were forced to test a "new design" or a "redesign," jamming a ton of very interesting decisions into one. The amount of lost opportunities to quickly build and test great ideas across the industry is staggering.
We're proud of how we've solved this problem with our Layout & Design tool. Any idea can easily be built out from the base of an existing one. You can be knee-deep in the middle of redesign work and then quickly pause for a moment go test a variant of an idea with users or colleagues.
For creative environments to stay focused while being enabled with this type of creative capacity, it's vital that all ideas end up getting measured. An idea might sound awesome to the group or a team member, but it may not always perform. All of the variant testing we enable is measured against the core KPIs that were established at launch by default. So pages per session, bounce rates, total engagement, and conversion goals are all easy to measure for your exact mission.
Knowing that this data will get measured also has a huge impact on how meetings end up being conducted and creative ideas are expressed. It's often easier to be passionate about the importance of a new idea when you know there will be no hard measures of its performance, and those are the types of creative ideas and passions that often misalign with actual growth. When teams know every test can and will be tested against core KPIs, it keeps everyone's creative energy focused on actually moving the needle.
In addition to all these elements, we've discovered that dynamic multivariate testing has to happen across the site and existing users. Testing should also be based on traffic sources. For example, Facebook has declared fullscreen ad pop-ups to be an obtrusive user interface, and is heavily penalizing sites for it. However, that's very often the most premium and desperately needed source of revenue for a media site. On RebelMouse, we enable you to serve different layouts (and variants of those layouts) to Facebook so that you can keep that premium revenue, but serve it safely away from Facebook. The creative potential — when you understand how to test variants with our platform — is unlimited.
We always think about happiness at RebelMouse, and this feature has made our clients very happy. But it's not just because of the growth it creates. It's also the positive structure it gives teams to not only work with each other, but grow strong creatively together.
If you've been following RebelMouse for any length of time, you know that we've gone all in on the power of influencers and creators. This, in turn, has driven us to expand and enhance our community-building platform at an incredible rate. Since our network has grown several fold with no signs of slowing down, it's now time to change how our technology handles user and community URLs to prevent any confusion in the future, especially for clients of ours that employ multiple communities.
Lazy loading has been an available option in our Layout & Design tool for quite some time. In the world of computer programming, lazy loading is a design pattern that allows specific parts of your site to load in a certain order based on what the user needs to see first. Its use is suggested for common page elements such as related post lists, sidebars, and any others features of an article.
Since the dawn of digital publishing, exactly how to make money on content has been a rocky road for publishers to navigate. The good news is that thanks to factors like user maturity, advancements in tech, and algorithms that deliver a new level of personalization, monetizing your site is easier than before. In previous years, it seemed like publishers were drowning in the revenue duopoly that is Facebook and Google, with little time to come up for air.
When you publish to RebelMouse, you don't just get access to a traditional CMS. You're also tapping into an online engagement platform designed to support communities. Building a creators network means your editorial team's content workflow has to operate seamlessly. And this clear path to publish is why clients on our platform can easily set up custom fields they want to show at a profile level for users in their community.
JW Player is a very popular video CMS that provides transcoding, encoding, and a sophisticated player that can be connected to DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) and other ad-targeting systems. RebelMouse has a deep integration with the platform for our clients that have their own JW Player license.