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How to Set up Footer Links + Static Pages

99.9% of sites need to comply with a few legal requirements and/or have a link to disclaimers. These are usually known as Footer Links:


You can set up Footer Links in RebelMouse by going into the Layout & Design tool in the left-hand navigation menu. Then, choose your Footer page, click on + ADD ELEMENT in the toolbar, and choose the Links List element:

You can add as many links as you like to the Links List element by clicking on the secondary + ADD ELEMENT button in the Properties card:

This lets you link an article or static page so your footer links link out to the proper information.

If you want your Footer links to go to articles, click on Add Post in the hamburger menu (☰) and add a piece of content like you normally do to populate your site. Once published, you can take the new URL and paste it into the Footer item that requires it:

If you want your Footer links to go to static pages, you need to create them and then link back to them.

Static Pages have many advantages:

  • You have the ability to fully customize the layout for a particular Footer link. I.e., "Terms of Use" can have a 100% different layout from pages for "About," "Contact," and so on.
  • You can update the layout anytime you want without fear of it affecting your general layout for posts.
  • You can A/B test different layouts to see which one you like best. Click here for more information on how to do that.

To create a static page, click on + Create Page at the bottom of the Layout & Design tool's menu:

Next, you'll be prompted to enter the following information:

  • Static Page Name: You can choose any name you want to use for your static page. Bear in mind that this will determine what shows up in the page's URL.
  • Static Page Source: You can either choose to start from a blank layout, like this:

Or you can copy one of the pages you already have built out (Post page, Section page, Home Page, etc.):

If you choose to start with a blank layout, it will only have elements for a Top Bar, Footer, and one Row with a Column inside of it:

In the Page Settings menu, you'll be able to:

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How to Control the Order of Posts on a Section Page

As an editor, you might want to manually control the order of your posts on any given section page. With our powerful CMS platform, this is as easy as dragging and dropping. Watch how it's done in the following video:

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Try This New Video Preview on Facebook Instant Articles

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How to Thrive in a World Without Ads

Mike Mallazzo, Director of Marketing at Narrativ, recently wrote a post on Medium: "Life After Ads: The recent purchase of TIME should remind publishers of the power a strong brand can wield."

He discusses how some media companies are starting to question their total reliance on digital advertising. With Facebook and Google capturing the majority of revenue in the online advertising space, Mallazzo talks about how some companies are diversifying their revenue streams with models that depend on building loyalty and trust through subscriptions and commerce content in addition to just advertising. He writes:

"Media conglomerates have rediscovered the power of brand equity, offering the most plausible hope for sustainability since the proliferation of the internet."

At RebelMouse, however, we are still seeing digital advertising work. Our clients — such as Dance Magazine — are seeing huge success with digital advertising. But what if you were a media company in a world where traditional digital advertising didn't work at all? What would you do? How would you make money and continue to grow as a company?

The key is loyalty. You can't have a brand without loyalty.

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