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All the Ways We Grew This Summer

Summer 2017 looked good for RebelMouse.

This past January, our founder and CEO, Paul Berry, decided to close the RebelMouse offices in NYC. Since then, we've been more efficient + collaborative than ever before. We've grown as a creative agency, mastering what it is to work as a fully distributed team around the globe.


It's our mission to accelerate your business into the age of social with a modern product and a strategic approach. We are fluid between roles and time zones; every single one of us breathes content + media. It's allowed RebelMouse to become faster and better, and create the kind of lean tech that lets new media darlings thrive in the age of social.

This summer, we worked tirelessly to develop groundbreaking upgrades + offer the necessary creative services congruent with the changing media landscape.

The RebelMouse Particle Accelerator

We've watched the core unit of media change. It used to be an article, but that's no longer the case. The explosion of social media has made the core unit much smaller — a Facebook post, a tweet, a video, even a single image. Each of these particles — quite literally parts of an article — now has to be optimized for sharing across all platforms, as well as the ability to stand and make an impact alone.

Insert: The RebelMouse Particle Accelerator.

This exciting new upgrade unleashed the true power of social media. It gave the content creator the ability to share each particle on its own to really maximize sharing capabilities and audience depth — taking content to a whole new level.

We Got Faster

We live in the age of social, so naturally, we must adapt + get faster as the social giants do. Facebook started prioritizing faster-loading pages; Google recommends keeping page speed under three seconds.

So we got faster too. Page speed should never affect your content's distribution. And our amazing group of traffic junkies makes sure it doesn't — constantly checking page speed, setting up alerts, optimizing, and staying current with trends. And everything gets tested against a massive data set to make sure you are strategically optimizing your website and page speed

We Built up Our Creative Services

Our talented team resides in different time zones, so there are eyes on your site 24/7. This is helpful — your site stays current with an amazing user experience and is constantly optimized for repeat visitors.

All our creative services are under one umbrella — social integrations, newsletter customizations, ad implementation + strategy, and SEO expertise. With a content-first design, you can rest assured you're reaching the right people

We’re Here to Do Good

After all this is said and done, it's not enough to just exist in the world of media. We are here to make a difference, to change the world one impactful idea at a time. In November, our founder and CEO decided to dedicate the forces of RebelMouse to good — and since then, we've built an impressive portfolio of influential media sites working to make the world a better place, story by story.

Publishers No Longer Have to Submit Their Site to Google News

Google's Publisher Center creates new opportunities for audience growth

Just before the start of the next decade, Google announced an important change to its Google News offering with the launch of Google Publisher Center. The new interface merges Google News Producer and Google News Publisher into one to streamline the partnership process for publishers.

Overall, the change should make it easier for publishers to manage their Google News settings, including updating themes, directing URLs to section pages, and configuring user permissions. Read the full list of features here.

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How to Find Work-Life Balance as a Remote Employee

Tips from our CEO on making the most of an office-free lifestyle

Working from home is becoming increasingly popular, with an estimated 66% of companies now allowing remote work and 16% operating completely office-free. RebelMouse is one of those fully remote companies, and over the years we've mastered how to stay close to each other despite being spread across more than a dozen countries. We believe working remotely is good for both our personal lives and our productivity. Read more about this here.

Still, working free from the shackles of an office environment doesn't mean every day is a dance party in your pajamas from 9 to 5. Working from home comes with its own set of challenges just like any other job.

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Inside RebelMouse’s Quality Assurance Operations

How We've Perfected Stress-Free Publishing

At RebelMouse, we like to refer to our enterprise publishing platform as "lean tech." Most publishers have a natural inclination to start doubling down on teams of developers who try to build unique experiences to help stand out above the noise. But they should actually be doing the opposite: Lean tech is the preferred way to cut through content saturation. By allowing RebelMouse to obsess over your product, content producers, editors, managers, and everyone in between can focus on creating quality content and taking advantage of opportunities to leverage distributive publishing strategies that create real revenue growth.

One of the major reasons we're able to maintain a lean tech environment is thanks to our approach to quality assurance (QA). We make updates to our platform daily to ensure our clients always have access to the most robust, high-performing, and secure version of our platform. Behind the scenes, this means having a solid QA structure that's efficient, creates less bugs, and catches the ones that do pop up before they go live. It's a system of checks and balances that's hard and costly to replicate on a custom CMS. Here's a glimpse into how it works.

Our Tech Stack Toolbox

  • Cucumber
  • Java
  • Junit
  • Maven
  • Selenium WebDriver
  • TeamCity
  • Zalenium (Selenium Grid)

Our Checks and Balances Workflow

Automated Regression Testing Cycle

The Lifecycle of a Product Update

When an update is first made to RebelMouse, TeamCity immediately triggers the start of automated tests to review integrity.

TeamCity Build

TeamCity Agent

The tests run in parallel on TeamCity's Build Agent. Next, Zalenium creates docker containers with browsers that matches the count of parallel threads. An Allure report is then generated from the test results, which shows the state of the application after the update.

Allure Report Pass

If a test doesn't complete successfully, the testing framework receives a video with a failed test and attaches it to the Allure report.

Allure Report Issue

Based on the report analysis, a QA specialist will create a "bug" ticket in our product management software to address the issue if needed. Then, information about the bug is immediately sent to the project manager and we begin the process of correcting the problem.

The media powerhouses we power can publish with confidence knowing that any product issues that arise are met with a tried-and-true process to fix the problem with little-to-no disturbance to their workflow. If you have any questions about this process, please email support@rebelmouse.com.

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