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Create Stunning Designs with Every Publish

The Particle Assembler and Accelerator features of our Entry Editor have always been great tools for organizing your posts into micro pieces of content that can be amplified on social. Each particle, or part of an article, is an opportunity to leverage media-rich content that propels organic growth and loyalty.


But now Assembler is a full-fledged design experience, completely controlled by content creators. This update comes at a time in the digital publishing industry when the role of the home page has changed. Facebook's paralyzing algorithm change earlier this year, and its more recent data scandal, has put publishers on the fast track to diversifying pathways for their content. Users fatigued by the social giant's platform and its rival in the duopoly, Google, are more comfortable with consuming content on site than in previous years.

Assembler 2.0 transforms your content into an experience that's designed to keep users engaged and scrolling for more. Then, when the same users see your posts pop up in the social feeds later on (thanks to Accelerator), they'll be more inclined to click through because of their previous experience. This is the kind of organic and earned loyalty we strive for at RebelMouse.

Want to start publishing with Assembler and Accelerator quickly? If you're an existing RebelMouse client, we're offering a package of just 10 hours of services work that will let us enable a first version of Assembler 2.0 for your site.

We've rolled out Assembler 2.0 for PAPER magazine, and so far the design experiences have been phenomenal. Creators are able to use their own vision for each story to create quick, responsive, and beautiful designs with every publish.

The features of Assembler 2.0 are dynamic and easy to use, and they create "Snow Fall"-esque posts — a term originally coined following the publishing of this New York Times article. It's a multilevel experience that looks like it took a team of developers to create. But with Assembler 2.0, it only takes a few clicks to create the same experience. Here's a look at some of the features.

Particle Assembler 2.0: The Layouts

Within each particle in Assembler is the option for three different layouts. Simply click the gear icon in the top-right corner of each particle to select which layout is right for your content. You can also mix and match!

The Slideshow Layout: Create beautiful slideshows with any image size. By selecting the "Show thumbnails" option, a preview of each photo will appear at the bottom so users can easily jump around to different slides. Select the "Fullscreen" option to have your slideshow take over the reader's entire screen.

The Multicolumn Layout: Within each particle is the ability to build out columns to organize content and provide extra richness to longer posts. It's a simple toggle for a two or three-column layout.

Parallax Layout: Perhaps the most breathtaking feature of Assembler 2.0 is the parallax layout. Beautiful images seem to travel with the reader as they scroll along, and enabling it is simple — just select the "Parallax" option from the gear icon in Assembler.

Customize Layouts per Particle: Each of the new Assembler layouts is completely customizable per particle. This means one particle can be parallax, the next a slideshow, and so on. Mixing up these layouts is what gives your article that extra design-heavy depth, but without any of the expensive developer work that's usually required.

Strategically Share Masterpieces with Particle Accelerator

Once you've assembled your particles, you need to get them in front of the right audiences. And in order to get the most out of your content, you should be sharing each individual particle. For example, if you assemble an article that has seven separate particles, you can actually share the content eight times — once as the main article comprising all seven pieces, and once per individual particle. This revised way of thinking about your content pushes you editorially to make sure each particle has context that is shareable, with a particle headline that can stand and perform on its own. Traffic grows when you do this, and with Accelerator, it's a simple process.

We live in a very noisy digital world. Social media mavens who are really good at their job typically maintain a spreadsheet of key contacts and have a network outlined in their heads. We've turned all of this into a process that's less manual and more intuitive.

Let's say you find a Facebook video from a potential influencer or sharing partner, and have it selected in Assembler as a particle that's part of your greater post. We enable you to @mention and/or email the owners of that Facebook Page right from our Entry Editor. From there, you can manage your contacts and relationships across the team and across time, so every article you publish leverages the full potential of re-shares from the fans of the particle's owners. If you reuse an Instagram post from someone with a huge following, you can let them know they were included in your content and then share across all their social platforms. This is the magic of organic growth.

Grow Your Page Views and Engagement with Particle Assembler 2.0

Assembler 2.0 increases page views because it generates a new URL per particle. This not only increases page views on site, but opens up more opportunities to place ads in between each piece of content. It's a feature that's helped RebelMouse clients experience 6x growth compared to where they were before they started using it.

Want to take your content to the next level? Take advantage of our 10-hour package deal to start publishing with Assembler 2.0. If you're feeling confident, you can also implement it without our strategy services. Let your Account Manager know you're interested. Happy posting, Rebels!

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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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