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January Product Updates:  404 Page and Badges

It's 2017 and RebelMouse is kicking off the new year with key product improvements designed to help your site and content stand out.

It's 2017 and RebelMouse is kicking off the new year with key product improvements designed to help your site and content stand out.

January product update highlights:

  • Customize your 404 page to better reflect your brand
  • Add and customize badges to better organize your content


Customize your 404 page

Clicking on a broken link can be a pain, but you can help ease user frustration by getting creative with your error (or 404) page. A little customization on your 404 page can go a long way towards showcasing your brand's originality and keenness for customer service, like this Etsy example:

RebelMouse now makes it easy for you to surface a thoughtfully-constructed page whenever a user takes a wrong turn navigating your site.


How it works

Here's an example of a standard 404 page layout:


But let's say you want to customize this simple layout, maybe monetize it. Now you can do so using our Layout & Design tool, where you can style and customize anything you want -- just like any page on your site:

In the below example, the top navigation bar has been removed and a set of promo modules, including revenue-driving content modules, have been added:


Add and customize badges

Badges have multiple uses: some customers use them to flag their sponsored content, others include as a cool way to categorize content.

Manage badge setup through a dedicated dashboard within the RebelMouse platform, where you can upload a badge design, select a name for your badge, and link a badge to a tag so it automatically appears when that tag is used for a particular article.

Assign a badge as you create or update an article in the entry editor, where you choose more than one badge to be displayed:


Customize how your badges appear using our Layout & Design tool:

You can also tweak a particular CSS element:


Here's an example of how the badge appears on-site within a promo module:

How to Include Interactive Elements in Posts

Enhance your articles with rich and creative media

Every article is a fresh chance to grab new readers and nurture loyal followers. This is why we give creators every opportunity to build content rich with media elements that enhance every reader's experience.

Add More Layers to Your Content

You can easily add interactive elements, like charts, to posts on our platform. For example, if you need to embed iframe code into a post, this can be done via our Add Media Bar. To do so, click the code icon (< >):

A text box will appear so you can insert your code:

Embedded Code Across Platforms

One important thing to keep in mind is that Google AMP, AppleNews, and Facebook Instant Articles will not always support embedded code. So if you use an iframe, it's best to turn off distribution to those channels for that particular post. If you have a lot of posts that require embedded code, this could be problematic for growth across those important platforms.

If you do want to use an iframe on a post destined for Google AMP distribution, it can be possible if the iframe is not at the top of the page or within the first 75% of the viewport when the page is scrolled to the top (whichever is smaller). AMP is a fast technology designed for mobile users and iframes are loaded using arbitrary timing that AMP's technology cannot ensure. For this reason, it's suggested that iframes be included in places that are not visible by users upon load.

If you have an article that needs to include an iframe at the top of the page, or within the first 75% of the viewport, AMP can be turned off for that individual article within Entry Editor.

If you don't need an interactive chart to be interactive in nature, can turn it into an image and upload it directly to your post. This way it will work on all platforms, including Google AMP, Apple News, and Facebook Instant Articles. This option, when possible, is ideal to ensure you're optimized for page speed.

Take Advantage of Shortcodes

Another great way to embed media is through our shortcodes functionality. Click here to learn more about shortcodes. Shortcodes can also inserted using the Add Media Bar. Click the brackets icon ([ ]) to choose the shortcode you want to use.

Here's an example of a chart on an article page that's been inserted using a shortcode:

If you have any questions about how to add interactive elements to your content, please email support@rebelmouse.com or talk to your account manager today.

Shortcodes Dashboard: Dynamic Media in Just a Few Clicks

Create multidimensional content with easy-to-find shortcodes

We believe static media is dead, and that every piece of content should be multidimensional and engaging. This is why our platform enables creators so they can add dynamic media to their content in easy and efficient ways.

One simple way to add interactive content to any post is through the use of shortcodes. Shortcodes are small snippets of code that are easier to remember than longer sequences. They typically will activate a feature or embed media into an article.

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