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Add Media Bar: Adding Audiovisual Content to Your Article's Lead Media and Body

In the RebelMouse Entry Editor, you have a variety of options when it comes to adding media content to your articles.

In the body as well as in the lead media (splash) of the post, we support many formats and ways of adding audiovisual pieces:

In the Add Media Bar, you can:


Upload Your Own Content

Use the camera icon to the far left to upload your own content.

Search for the Right Media Piece

Use the search bar to find the right media through GIPHY, Facebook videos, YouTube, Instagram, and our Digital Asset Manager.

Embed Any Code Snippet

Insert Content via URL

For example, you can paste a Facebook video or a YouTube link into the Add Media Bar and we'll scrape it! (We highly recommend that you use videos in your lead media, too.)

Bonus: Best Practices for Google AMP, Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles

We support any embed code added via the Add Media Bar, but please note that:

  • Embed codes have a lot of properties and values that can be very specific, so rendering can fail depending on the device or browser the content is viewed on, or even because of the content of the post itself.
  • Embed codes will most certainly fail if you're using Google AMP, Apple News, or Facebook Instant Articles formats (with the exception of iFrames for Instant Articles). If you're planning on enabling any of these publishing platforms for your posts, we strongly recommend that you use the URL feature of the Add Media Bar instead of embedding code.

How to Include Interactive Elements in Posts

Enhance your articles with rich and creative media

Every article is a fresh chance to grab new readers and nurture loyal followers. This is why we give creators every opportunity to build content rich with media elements that enhance every reader's experience.

Add More Layers to Your Content

You can easily add interactive elements, like charts, to posts on our platform. For example, if you need to embed iframe code into a post, this can be done via our Add Media Bar. To do so, click the code icon (< >):

A text box will appear so you can insert your code:

Embedded Code Across Platforms

One important thing to keep in mind is that Google AMP, AppleNews, and Facebook Instant Articles will not always support embedded code. So if you use an iframe, it's best to turn off distribution to those channels for that particular post. If you have a lot of posts that require embedded code, this could be problematic for growth across those important platforms.

If you do want to use an iframe on a post destined for Google AMP distribution, it can be possible if the iframe is not at the top of the page or within the first 75% of the viewport when the page is scrolled to the top (whichever is smaller). AMP is a fast technology designed for mobile users and iframes are loaded using arbitrary timing that AMP's technology cannot ensure. For this reason, it's suggested that iframes be included in places that are not visible by users upon load.

If you have an article that needs to include an iframe at the top of the page, or within the first 75% of the viewport, AMP can be turned off for that individual article within Entry Editor.

If you don't need an interactive chart to be interactive in nature, can turn it into an image and upload it directly to your post. This way it will work on all platforms, including Google AMP, Apple News, and Facebook Instant Articles. This option, when possible, is ideal to ensure you're optimized for page speed.

Take Advantage of Shortcodes

Another great way to embed media is through our shortcodes functionality. Click here to learn more about shortcodes. Shortcodes can also inserted using the Add Media Bar. Click the brackets icon ([ ]) to choose the shortcode you want to use.

Here's an example of a chart on an article page that's been inserted using a shortcode:

If you have any questions about how to add interactive elements to your content, please email support@rebelmouse.com or talk to your account manager today.

Shortcodes Dashboard: Dynamic Media in Just a Few Clicks

Create multidimensional content with easy-to-find shortcodes

We believe static media is dead, and that every piece of content should be multidimensional and engaging. This is why our platform enables creators so they can add dynamic media to their content in easy and efficient ways.

One simple way to add interactive content to any post is through the use of shortcodes. Shortcodes are small snippets of code that are easier to remember than longer sequences. They typically will activate a feature or embed media into an article.

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