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Assembler Features: A Guide to Optimized Content

When we launched our Assembler, our goal was to make it a snap to create one of the most popular content formats on the web. Assemblers are eye-catching, easy to read, and — most importantly — users love to share them. Here is an overview of the Assembler's main features, including ad integrations.


Access Assembler from Entry Editor:

Pagination

You can break your particle into pages, and decide how many items should show up per page. And if you have a particular use case where you don't want to split up your items evenly between pages, you have the flexibility of defining the exact division.

Ads

How ads are inserted between each item in your listicle follows the same logic as Pagination. For example, you could have your ads:

  • Break every item. This would display as follows: item, ad, item, ad, item, ad, etc.
  • Break in a specific order. If we chose "2,3,4,1," it would display as follows: two items, ad, three items, ad, four items, ad, item, ad.

Numeration

You can have your listicle appear as either a numerated list sorted ascending/descending, or a non-numerated list.

Body Text

This allows you to define where you want your text to show up, which can be either above or below your media.

Customize

You can further customize your Assembler with our Layout & Design tool. This includes:

1. Setting up Global Settings for it, so you only have to choose pagination, ad tags, text position, and numeration once instead of per Assembler in Entry Editor every time you create a listicle.

2. Applying custom CSS to the elements in Assembler. You can do this by going to the Post page, selecting the Body element, and then clicking on the Styles card:

You can customize Assembler's title, links, and even the pagination. Here's an example of one way things can appear on your site:

And, as an example, if you wanted to customize your buttons to look like this instead:

You'd have to make the following edits to the CSS properties and values in the Styles card that we mentioned above:

Happy assembling, Rebels!

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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