How to Fix: “Most Read” Module Displays Incorrect Content

Make sure your best-performing stories are visible

RebelMouse's powerful tools give you the ability to filter and display your site's posts in many ways.

A popular use case demonstrating this is a post element on your site's home page that displays the "Most Read" or "Trending" articles from a given period of time. These elements pull posts that are filtered from a specific section, like news, to show readers the most current and popular articles at that moment.

An important thing to keep in mind when setting up post elements with filtering in this way is to ensure that they do not have the same source_id as any other element on the page that also uses filtering. If not, unpredictable behavior may occur.


For example, let's say you have a "Trending" element that is filled with content from your news section, and filtered for the most read articles in that section. Unfortunately, you see that some articles appearing in the section are not actually trending, which you can verify by checking the respective articles' page views.

How to Verify and Solve

The first thing that should be checked is if the filtered element uses the same source_id as another filtered element on the page.

  • Go to the element where one of the problem posts appear.
  • Get the post's post ID. This can be taken from the end of the URL if your site includes it, or can be accessed in Entry Editor.

  • Type in your site's main address and append the following to the end of the URL: ?skeleton_logging=display
  • Search for the post ID using CTRL/CMD + F.
  • Confirm where it appears twice (the sources), as well as the names of those sources (the source_ids).

    For example, here you can see that the source Frontpage appears twice. One instance of Frontpage has been explicitly named news, while the other has been named current_page (this was done automatically).

  • In our Layout & Design tool, go to the element and view the code for the source_id that was explicitly set to news.

  • Here we can see that there are two elements with the same source_id, which is news in this case. Both elements have source="filtered" to filter the news posts. These filter attributes are ignored for the following reasons:
    1. One of the elements has source_url="current_page", while the other one has source_url="_most-read". The first one is processed by Skeleton as source="current_page", while the second is processed as source="popular".
    2. When the same source_id (news, in this case) is used twice on the same page, it can cause conflicts which are resolved by Skeleton overwriting attributes. In our example, the source attribute is overwritten so that the posts are no longer filtered as expected, causing non-trending posts to populate the trending page element.

In order to fix the issue in this example, the source_id needs to be changed to something other than news so it can serve the same purpose as filtering for the most popular posts. This will give the same desired result while avoiding the need to pull posts from the same source_id when using different filters for two post elements on the same page.

If, for whatever reason, it's necessary for two elements on the same page to use the same source_id, the filters must be the same for both elements. Otherwise, unpredictable behavior may occur.

If you have questions about this, email support@rebelmouse.com or talk to your account manager today.

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.

Keep reading... Show less

Why Premium Creative Agencies and CTOs Choose to Develop on RebelMouse vs. WordPress and Drupal

The Intersection of Design and Development: Where Your Clients Thrive

We started RebelMouse seven years ago knowing that there was a fundamental design flaw in the world of traditional CMSs: Every instance, on every platform, had to be updated independently. It's similar to an era when users had to manage their own Microsoft Exchange Server for email. The costs of managing, maintaining, and iterating on a CMS to keep it awesome and world class is typically a $10 million-a-year endeavor. But even then, these cost-prohibitive CMSs are still behind the times.

Keep reading... Show less

Native Multivariate Testing at Scale With RebelMouse

What Differentiates Our Approach

There are many popular tools that allow you to perform experiments and A/B tests on your users — primarily Google Chrome Experiments and Optimizely. But all of these solutions are JavaScript additions to your web page that sidestep the problem of old, outdated, and clumsy CMSs. These solutions work by calling on a third-party JavaScript library that rewrites a page after it's rendered. This approach adds extra page weight and creates strange user experiences due to having to wait for everything to load and be rewritten on the fly.

At RebelMouse, we've solved this in a very elegant way. At the core level of our platform, we can natively render different layouts and track the exact differences in performance when comparing a test to your other layouts.

Keep reading... Show less

Modern E-Commerce: Blur the Line Between Content and Design

Create Modular + Reusable Design Patterns on RebelMouse

Content saturation is an industry-wide problem, and the e-commerce space is no exception given that it's filled with big brands, small Etsy stores, and everyone in between all fighting for similar audiences. The best way to fight this symptom is to understand your audience and provide them with what they want.

Keep reading... Show less

Instagram-style E-commerce Features on RebelMouse

Revolutionizing E-commerce on RebelMouse

Whether you're a brand with a blog or a media company with a site, driving purchasing behavior and building an audience that uses your content to find things they love to buy is vital. We're very proud to have built out the same functionality that everyone is now used to on Instagram, with layovers on images that lead to products with attribution.

Keep reading... Show less

Building Premium Communities and User Journeys on RebelMouse

RebelMouse is much more than just a replacement for a traditional CMS. Our platform is a tremendous community-building experience. Today's social ecosystem has given us a seemingly limitless number of premium creators who understand how to create gorgeous and relevant content that drives the growth of their own audiences. These creators and influencers are either experts in certain topics, or heavily engaged in targeted content that drives their interests. They're not only consuming the content they're passionate about, but they're contributing to the conversation, too. The new role of the editor is not just to cover the most important topics and people around their expertise, but also to invite those preferred influencers into their community and get them to participate in creating premium content.

Keep reading... Show less

Dynamic Voting: Grow Traffic and Engagement Organically

Help your audience find its voice.

Creating quality content is no longer on marketers alone. We live in a universe of creators who are willing to not only consume content that resonates, but play a role in the creation, promotion, and conversations surrounding it.

Since the start of RebelMouse, we've been on a journey to create dynamic media that is easier for content creators to curate and amplify on social. It's why we've built an online engagement platform centered around the power of communities that thrive naturally in the digital ecosystem.

Keep reading... Show less

How to Monetize Your Website in Today’s Publishing Environment

In order to define distributive publishing, we have to ask the following question: If you have quality content, but nobody sees it, does it even exist? The answer is no, because your content needs to be supported in a way that lets it move seamlessly across all channels, especially site, search, and social. But let's take this question a step further: If you can't monetize your content to generate the support it needs, how do you create quality content in the first place?

Keep reading... Show less

How COVID-19 Has Changed Four Key Components of Marketing

Picking up the pieces and the importance of building trust in a pandemic

As the second half of 2020 begins to pass us by, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on throughout the global community. The longevity of the pandemic has left thousands of industries struggling to find an appropriate position in the marketplace that will allow them to sustain themselves alongside daily tragedy.

The pandemic is far from over, but publishers and marketers are beginning to sift through the aftershocks of what COVID-19 has done to the web. Here's a quick look at the decline in conversion growth during the first few weeks of the pandemic in the United States:

Keep reading... Show less

Explore Careers at RebelMouse

Join RebelMouses's modern and distributive workforce responsible for the websites of media powerhouses, including legacy brands like United Airlines and new media darlings like PAPER Magazine and Protocol.

If you feel like you've never quite fit into boxes or labels within the tech space, we want to hear from you. Built on a foundation of site performance, our cloud-based platform reaches 50+ million people a month with an always-modern approach to product and strategy.

Our fully remote team spans 25+ countries and has very flexible schedules. If you don't want to be confined to an office chair, and like the idea of being able to work from any place in the world you choose, we're a match.

RebelMouse is dedicated to pursuing inclusion for all individuals, regardless of their gender identity, sexual preference, ethnicity, religion, age, or disability. We work hard to form meaningful relationships beyond our platform, and it's this passion that has formed what is now a diverse software company and creative agency that's bucking industry norms. For us, diversity is a company pillar, not just a statistic.

Click here to browse our current opportunities
Subscribe to Our Newsletter