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Elements: Rows, Columns, and the Key to Unlocking Flexibility

The Layout & Design tool is set up in rows and columns, creating zones in a grid pattern. This provides you with endless flexibility to customize your template.


To add a new row to your layout, click on + ADD ELEMENT in the toolbar and select Row.

To add a new column to your layout, click on + ADD ELEMENT in the toolbar and select Column.

All columns can be set to be different widths. To change this dimension, use the slider in the Properties card.

Once you've got the core structure of your layout in place, add other key elements to your rows and columns to set up the meat of your site — the content that's visible to your audiences.

The elements you can use include:

Row: These are horizontal areas that you can combine with Columns to define your grid.

Column: These are vertical areas that you can combine with Rows to define your grid.

Posts: These are zones on a page that are populated with posts from a section. This is what is used to fill a page with posts.

Conditional Content: These let you show specific elements per device. For example, if you want to add a piece of custom HTML that's shown to mobile users only, you can add a Conditional Content element and then insert that device-specific code in it.

Shared Element: These are elements that are shared across other pages (e.g., Top Bar, Side Bar, or Footer).

Text: These let you add any text you'd like to a zone on your site.

Image: These let you add any image you'd like to a zone on your site.

Heading: These let you choose a title for a zone on your site. Start delimiting spaces for your content.

Links List: These let you create a list of important links for your site. For example, you could use this element to insert a list of links to your legal disclaimers in your footer.

Social Links: These let you link out to your social media pages to expand your online presence.

Custom HTML: These let you insert any custom HTML into your site to embed creative new assets. For example: Want to embed a YouTube video on your home page? This element makes that possible.

Newsletter: These let you offer your readers a way of getting periodic updates via email.

Subscription Widget: These let you offer your readers a way to stay connected.

Header Code: These let you add code throughout your site.

Ad Header Code: These let you add header code that's required for some ad placements.

Ad Tag: These let you add advertisements to your site. You can enter ad code for separate devices as well.

Facebook Page Widget: These let you give your visitors quick access to your Facebook page through a widget.

Post Content (in the Post Page): These let you add content to your posts, such as author, date, share buttons, body text, similar article links, tags, and comments.

These are your main tools for creating an amazing site!

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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