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How We Do Website Redesigns

Did you know that we offer website redesign services that don't require you to re-platform to RebelMouse? We understand the word "redesign" can seem a bit daunting, but a high-quality, well-functioning site is of paramount importance to your social traffic and success. Facebook announced earlier this year that they would kill reach to posts that link to low-quality, spammy sites — and any site containing a video ad is now considered Facebook enemy No. 1.

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RebelMouse offers standalone redesign services separate from all of our other offerings. Our team of experts can work with you to make sure your content is taking full advantage of your site's current design and delivering meaningful ROI. By weaving social connections into our product, and studying what resonates with audiences through what is and isn't working across many different clients, we make it easy for anyone to launch a site that is as intuitive to users as scrolling through Instagram.

It's how we've built some of the biggest new media pop culture hits of our times.

There's no need to complicate or overthink things. We'll analyze your site's navigation structure and how well users interact with your content to create a mix of design, user experience, and branding recommendations that will better capture your audiences.

Key components of our website redesigns:

Audit traffic patterns and sources. We get down and dirty with your data to see where your audiences live and where to uncover new opportunities for growth.

We grew Odyssey Online by nearly two million new users in just one month by understanding where their most meaningful traffic comes from.

Identify key growth potential. We have an eye for where your treasure chest is located. We'll make sure your site is optimized for the content and features that create loyalty, and in turn, revenue and audience growth.

We can help you click with the right audiences to bring in serious engagement and growth potential.

Create a design that keeps users longer, encourages them to share more, and works with Facebook's algorithms. We were born in the age of social, which means we have a deep understanding of how a site design should work in harmony with social channels. True growth comes when content can move across platforms easily — that same ease should be reflected on your site. We create experiences that mimic the social feeds.

Axios is benefitting from our Social UX for Media format, which makes your site as viral and binge-worthy as the social feeds.

Integrate monetization options into your design, including native, programmatic, and social sells. The way revenue is made in the world of new media is always changing. We keep up with these constant updates so you don't have to. We ensure your ads are non-intrusive and favored by the many algorithms so that both your ROI and user experience aren't negatively affected.

We helped One Country experience 200% revenue growth this year.

RebelMouse offers an array of standalone strategy services separate from our CMS platform. Whether you need help with a redesign, content and distribution, product strategy, or anything else, our team of experts are here to ensure you get the most out of your current setup to create a thriving brand in the age of social.

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Easily Snap RebelMouse Into Slack

RebelMouse offers a Slack integration that allows you to sync your editorial process with Slack's notifications. We can set up three events that trigger notifications:

  • Changed stages in the editorial process
  • Edited a post
  • Published a post
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A Seamless Transition: Introducing RebelMouse to New Team Members

Behind every site powered by RebelMouse, there's a team of dedicated content creators, storytellers, developers, and leaders who are working to make sure their site is growing and flourishing. Sometimes, these teams fluctuate as new members join and others leave.

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How to Use Variables to Set Colors Across Your Site

Why This Is Important

You can easily set colors for every element of your site on RebelMouse, including the color of your text, links, and headlines. Usually there's a set of 2–3 colors used across a site. But instead of hardcoding the color on every element, you can use variables to make it so that if a color needs to change, you can update it in one place instead of everywhere — making future maintenance easy.

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Learn More About RebelMouse’s High-Performing Infrastructure

To ensure every site powered by RebelMouse is high performing, secure, and optimized for user experience, we only use the best and most reliable methods to host our infrastructure. Here's a detailed look at some of the services and security measures we use every day to secure maximum stability and security for each of our sites.

Click here to learn more about what makes RebelMouse secure, stable, redundant, and high performing.

Services

Stateless services, such as application services for front end and back end tasks, are deployed within an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) into multiple availability zones using Amazon Auto Scaling groups. Every service deployment is automated and can be done without an operator. Auto Scaling groups eliminate the need for manual recovery procedures in the event of hardware-related incidents. Additionally, Auto Scaling groups for stateless services provide the ability to balance resources according to current load.

Stateless services include:

  • Front end and back end applications
  • Background workers
  • Dedicated services for paid content and statistics

All interactions with our internal services are done via Amazon Elastic Load Balancing (ELB). Load balancing allow us to control the flow of all incoming traffic and reroute it to the group of instances that are available as necessary, which covers any networking and hardware issues. Every load balancer controls the health of the listener instance by regularly performing health checks and removing failed instances from production environments.

Load balancing and Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances provide monitoring services with resource consumption data. Stateful services such as MongoDB, Redis, and Memcached are deployed within a VPC into multiple availability zones using Auto Scaling groups. Every data service has backup, recovery, and automatic failover procedures. Backup and recovery procedures are integrated into Auto Scaling groups and tested regularly.

Services performance is monitored by internal and external tools:

  • Sentry is used to track errors.
  • New Relic is used for application performance monitoring.
  • Amazon CloudWatch is used to monitor performance extremes.
  • Monit, Nagios, and Cacti are used to monitor metrics per instance.

Security

Defense in Depth (DiD) standards are adhered to and applied at all levels:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS), such as Identity and Access Management (IAM), and CloudTrail
  • VPC and subnets
  • Load balancers (security groups)
  • EC2 instances
  • Operating systems use permissions-based controls

Access Monitoring:

  • AWS CloudTrail monitors all activities in our production data centers and grants us the ability to perform audits

Data Protection:

  • Secured storage
  • Encrypted transition protocols
If you have any questions about RebelMouse's technical infrastructure, email support@rebelmouse.com.

Stepped Entry Editor: Guide Your Users Through Content Creation

Small, dedicated teams can create quality content that helps your site grow traffic organically. RebelMouse's platform enables multiple communities with granular permissions and simplified contribution tools to create a collaborative workflow built for creators.

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How to Fix: Invalid Twitter Card

Sometimes when you share a RebelMouse article to Twitter, it will render the tweet without a Card:

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How to Fix: Facebook Image Sharing Error

Sometimes when you share images on Facebook that are in the body of the post, the following error will occur:

"Can't load URL: The domain of this URL isn't included in the app's domains. To be able to load this URL, add all domains and sub-domains of your app to the App Domains field in your app settings."

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When to Use the Post Content Element’s Lead Media Properties

RebelMouse's Layout & Design tool makes designing your site easy and intuitive. But there are certain design factors you need to take into account when building out your site.

When creating a post page (i.e., the landing page for any article that a user is directed or navigates to), styling it is slightly different from other pages because it requires you to use the Lead Media property of a Post Content element. Within the context of our Layout & Design tool, "Lead Media" is defined as the main post tied to a post page's URL, which includes all of its images, media, and text.

By contrast, the Posts element displays all other articles (or posts) that aren't the main post you land on. These are the subsequent posts on a page that appear afterward as you scroll — such as in an infinite scroll setup, for example.
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Cross-Site Shareable Elements on RebelMouse

We now have a new feature that will be very helpful for clients that have multiple sites and/or a site network powered by RebelMouse: Cross-Site Shareable Elements. This new feature makes styling work much easier since users are able to update several site layouts at once by editing a single element. This should also prevent duplicating code in similar site layouts, as well as saving users some coding time.

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