Don’t Fire Your Content Team — Arm Them With the Tools They Need

You might have heard about the recent layoffs at Mic following one unsuccessful pivot after another. The story is familiar in the modern digital media landscape, so I won't give another recap on how the mindless pursuit of digital trends ended up backfiring for another media company. Instead, I want to focus on solutions, namely, one solution that's been right under our nose for years.


We all know content is king. And we've learned the hard lesson that the written word is still important, making it imperative to keep content teams as strong as possible. But in an era of tightening budgets and endless pivots chasing endless trends, how can media companies both save money and give their content team the peace of mind to continue their work of delivering what readers want? Indeed, the solution is quite obvious if you think about it.

A Common Solution for a Common Problem

The answer was astutely given in a recent article by Jesse Knight, Vice's former CTO: Publishing companies need to move to a common publishing platform instead of relying on expensive, in-house solutions with massive legacy costs. He writes:

"It's as if every record label had their own dev team building their own version of iTunes or Spotify."

Why build and maintain your own CMS when there is a better solution? Indeed, it seems antiquated in retrospect. But if you're one of these companies that has already made such a commitment, it might seem impossible to take a right turn and strike out on a new path.

But there's always another way. And here at RebelMouse, we can help you make the transition to the best platform in the world.

Enter RebelMouse

What is RebelMouse? In short, RebelMouse is the solution Knight hinted at. As a centralized, massively scalable, proprietary CMS with the best social distribution tools in the industry, we have a proven track record of success. And as a centralized CMS, we are able to push updates instantaneously to all our clients. This is a tremendous advantage compared to traditional, decentralized CMS options like WordPress. It also makes us more secure.

Our publishing solution seamlessly adapts to every industry. We've helped launch some of the biggest new media companies to date — such as Axios and The Dodo — and have propelled brands like United Airlines, PAPER Magazine, and Dance Magazine to success in the digital and social space.

We are also the fastest enterprise-grade platform in the industry, with faster Google Lighthouse performance scores than our competitors. Site speed is critical to success in SEO. And when you combine this with our proprietary social distribution tools, organic traffic growth is all but guaranteed, especially when our average pages per visit across all of the sites we power is over five, meaning readers are spending significant amounts of time on RebelMouse sites. We also have proprietary SEO tools to help you grow your traffic from Google by optimizing your site structure and making it easy to give your posts the context Google needs for high rankings, as well as community and front end tools to drive loyalty and return visitors.

Take Success Into Your Own Hands

If all this sounds too good to be true, check out some of our success stories, including Mother.ly and Dance Magazine. One of our clients, the Italian newspaper La Verità, has seen tremendous growth using a paywall system combined with our proprietary technology that is specifically designed to engage readers and create loyalty. In August 2018, their return visitors increased by 74%, and new visitors increased by 115%. Using an infinite scroll design layout we call Social UX, La Verità is averaging 14 pages per visitor, far above the industry standard.

In short, RebelMouse is the answer media companies have been looking for. We are far from a cookie-cutter CMS that would limit your creative expression. Our Layout & Design tool offers near-infinite flexibility in design and our committed team of global developers can work with your tech team to develop solutions to almost any unique need.

We are constantly iterating to keep up with the latest updates from Facebook and Google, which is part of what makes our product the best in class. Our global team of experts is here for rapid response and we take security incredibly seriously. Since we do operate as a centralized CMS, all of our updates are deployed to every site in our network at once. Many times, our clients don't even know they're happening. Our coverage spans across time zones so your data is never vulnerable. And not only do we ensure every site we host is operating safely, but we make sure each is optimized for peak performance as well.

So, the only question left is: What are you waiting for?

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Why RebelMouse Is the Best Content Marketing Platform

RebelMouse is a unique platform and company. The company was founded on the vision that media companies would need an always-modern solution to thrive in the new connected internet, and that brands would have to behave like new media companies and use the same platforms.

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How to Categorize Your Post Order

Use the Order Property feature to set up your content's best flow

Creating content isn't just a simple process of writing, editing, and publishing. There's an important amount of strategy needed to ensure your articles get the visibility they deserve. Nailing down a solid plan for your content's structure and order is important to make sure every post has the opportunity to reach its maximum audience.

In Layout & Design Tool, there's an Order Property feature within a Posts element that allows you to order the posts on your page by several different categories, including title, recency, and primacy. Here's what the setup looks like:

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Introducing the Paywall Element

Customize which content your users see for free

The rise of the subscription model has continued to climb over the past few years, and it took an even larger upward turn after the start of 2020's COVID-19 crisis. For publishers, a smart paywall strategy will not only improve user experience, but build sustainable revenue for your business to thrive. Subscriptions can also be a golden ticket to strong user loyalty. It's estimated that 80–90% of the people who are paying for digital subscriptions now are at least somewhat likely to still be paying for access next year.

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Cater to New Users With Silent Login

Bypass the sign in process for special events, contests, and more

Since RebelMouse supports creating online communities, we make it easy for users to sign up for sites on our network using their email address and social profiles. Now, there's a Silent Login element for when you would like one of your users to silently log in to add a post.

The Silent Login element gives new users the ability to sign up for your site without needing to complete the typical email sign-up process. This is ideal for sponsored posts, contests, events, and job postings. For example, if you're running a contest for the best Halloween costume photos, you can use a Silent Login element to create a workflow that allows users to submit their photos for review via Entry Editor without first having to create an account for your site. The experience for non-logged-in users is completely customizable.

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Inside RebelMouse’s Regression Testing

Even the smallest software update can change how entire systems function. Running tests after each update, called regression tests, ensures that every element of our platform is still working properly. RebelMouse runs regression tests continuously to increase efficiency as our functionalities expand and new features are introduced.

For each update of a production branch, we automatically begin regression tests. After tests are completed, we generate and review reports, and if there are any unexpected changes, we create tickets to revert changes and fix issues.

Here's a rundown of the different kinds of regression tests we perform:

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How to Add a Link to User Names

Use code to link users to their profiles

RebelMouse makes it easy for content creators to build dynamic and engaging communities. Each user can have their own username, permissions, and profile. A user's profile can also be linked to via their username anytime it appears on your site.

There are two ways to add this link:

1. Add the Username as a Link to an <a> Tag

HTML:

<a href="#" id="my_username">PROFILE</a>

JavaScript:

<script type="text/lazy-javascript" priority="10">
var user_data_for_use;
setTimeout(function(){
{{require}}(['settings'], function (settings) {
user_data_for_use=settings;
document.getElementById("my_username").setAttribute("href","/u/"+settings.user_site.name);
});},1000);
</script>

Upon page load, the code above will change the value of the href attribute to href="/u/username_of_user" for any element that uses id="my_username.".

2. Insert the Username as Text Inside a <span> Tag

HTML:

<span id="my_username"></span>

JavaScript:

<script type="text/lazy-javascript" priority="10">
var user_data_for_use;
setTimeout(function(){
{{require}}(['settings'], function (settings) {
user_data_for_use=settings;
document.getElementById("my_username").innerHTML=settings.user_site.name
});},1000);
</script>

Upon page load, the code above will insert the username inside a <span> tag as text by referencing id="my_username."

If you have any questions about this feature, please email support@rebelmouse.com.

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