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August Is Here and Our New Product Updates Are 🔥

We've got dynamic image editing, custom fields, a brand new e-commerce solution, and more in our first August 2018 product updates. Check them out below.


1. Schedule an Article to be Unpublished

Running a contest with an end date? We now have the ability to schedule when an article should automatically be unpublished. You can find it in the Advanced Settings tab of the Entry Editor:

2. Custom Fields Available in the Layout & Design Tool

We now have the ability to add custom fields in the Global Settings page of the Layout & Design tool. This is great if you frequently use a specific type of content, such as a recipe or feedback form.

Here's how it works:

3. Live Layout Notification in the Layout & Design Tool

We have implemented a green "LIVE" icon to the top-left corner of the Layout & Design tool. Now users can easily see which layout is the live "B" test:

4. New Product Form in the Entry Editor

We have developed a product form within our Entry Editor as an intuitive e-commerce solution. Here's how the form looks:

Here's how you enter product information into the form:

This is how sleek it looks once it's live on a site:

Talk to your account manager or sales representative if you're interested in enabling this feature on your site.

5. New Image Editing Features

We're releasing an image editor that's next level. You can now do the following to your images:

Add text:

Change the text's font, size, and alignment:

Add or remove filters:

And here's what the final result looks like:

6. Add Colors to Horizontal Rules

We've added a new button to our markup toolset. It's a horizontal rule you can style:

By simply adding the following div class to your Top Bar in the Layout & Design tool, <div class="horizontal-rule"></div>, you can assign any color to this horizontal rule tag.

Here's an example:

That's all for now, Rebels! Let your account manager know if you have any questions about these new features.

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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