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The CTO’s Guide to RebelMouse

Give more to your company and teams by supporting them with technology that delivers reach and revenue.

Every Chief Technology Officer (CTO) we talk to that is working on a traditional or custom content management system (CMS) deals with the same problems: A dwindling budget, a huge backlog, and an ambitious roadmap that is vital to not just the company's success, but its very livelihood. Because of this, most CTOs burn both ends of the candle. They often give up their weekends and pressure teams for unrealistic results in an environment that rarely celebrates employee achievements — not to mention frequently piles on more demands, complaints, and requests. Most CTOs also find themselves frustrated with specs and scopes, and don't get included in the important strategic conversations that define these problems.


Up until 2018, this was what the publishing industry had grown to accept and tolerate. And 2019 didn't even reach February before word of massive layoffs began taking place at some of the most important new media companies. Every CTO knows that these kinds of events only mean more pressure. Pressure to do more with less.

At RebelMouse, we built our lean platform from the ground up to address and solve these problems. There's a fundamental design flaw in the world of traditional CMS platforms: Every instance, on every platform, has to be updated independently. It's similar to an era when CTOs had to manage their own Microsoft Exchange Server for email. As a CTO, there are hundreds of agenda items to build on top of your technical infrastructure, and you have to maintain moving parts that, frankly, are not in your job description. A fully functioning CTO should be able to focus on the creative layers that makes their company unique. CTOs should also be prioritizing the multivariate testing strategies that convert, keep, and amplify traffic.

RebelMouse has solved this problem in a way that combines a creative expression layer on top of an iterative, highly secure, and scalable platform that is developer friendly.

Our mission for CTOs is to be your secret superpower. Our editorial tools make editorial teams feel happy and supported. We prioritize writers, editors, audience development experts, and social teams. We give them a strategic advantage that lets them get ahead of SEO and social growth thanks to our proprietary technology that's been engineered to optimize content across platforms. Likewise, our analytics tools make your CEO, CMO, and strategy teams feel equally as happy and supported. We give them digestible data to understand and better optimize for strategies that drive meaningful traffic. Our design tools make product and revenue teams happy as well because of our next-level customization control and flexibility within site design and performance.

If you're a CTO, we want you to take credit for optimizing your teams for the hard work they do with the right technology. In turn, you'll have a better work-life balance and a roadmap that delivers. It's why RebelMouse is the best CMS platform you could choose to help move your company forward in 2019.

Cost Effective

We have a CFO's guide to RebelMouse that takes you through how we create substantial savings by eliminating overhead and technology that are no longer necessary once you're on our platform.

No Developer Operations (DevOps) or System Operations (SysOps) Required

  • We are massively scalable, redundant, and secure. We have multiple CDN contracts, and have every New Relic and monitoring scaling tool plugged in to ensure that your site experiences massive, scalable performance for far less than custom builds.
  • Our infrastructure is hosted on Amazon Web Services' (AWS) cloud. Our 24/7 support team can help you track any errors that occur to help provide as much visibility as possible into every potential issue.

Multivariate (A/B) Testing Tools With Dynamic, On-the-Fly Staging Environments

  • Each new product update and feature release is deployed to a small percentage of traffic, and then A/B tested for performance impact.
  • Our testing includes how each version affects page speed and user experience. We then take those results and see how they correlate with conversion to goals — such as new shares, subscriptions, and purchases.
  • It's extremely fast to make changes to staged layouts, and easy to compare their performance to your or your clients' key KPIs.
  • RebelMouse testing tools are not a JavaScript plugin that rewrites script from the server. Our solution is full-stack and extremely powerful.

RebelMouse Design Is Flexible and Performance Focused

If you're an agency or freelancer operating as your own agency, our content and design suites offer ample flexibility to create enterprise-level experiences for your clients.

  • You have full control over logos, fonts, and color palettes out of the box, and you can completely customize these aspects and more to your liking with advanced HTML/CSS tools and flexible control over JavaScript.

RebelMouse Is a Creative Platform

  • Use a premium editorial suite with intuitive, sleek content organization capabilities that require just a few clicks from content creators.
  • The limits are your imagination. Our team can build any custom features, or creators can leverage the premium suite already available, including contests, e-commerce options, collaborative networks, dynamic ads, and pixel-perfect placements. Between our design tools and APIs, there is virtually no limit to what content creators can do without special requests.

Proprietary Editorial Tools to Propel Your Content Ahead

Wouldn't you like to give your editorial team their dream tools?

  • Real-Time Insights: Adjust content strategy as needed with native stats like page views and time on site, visible right from within our Entry Editor.
  • Organic SEO: Leverage proprietary technology to see how an article's topic is already performing on Google's page one. Then, take that data and use it to set up every article for success in the search rankings.
  • Social: Make the most out of distribution through a proprietary, built-in influencer database that lets you define and reach out to your content's organic audience.

Call us. We're a unique company that has no salespeople. You'll get to meet the developers and strategists who will work directly with you and your teams. If you're a CTO that's reading this, please request a proposal today to see what it'll take to include our publishing platform in your portfolio of game-changing solutions.

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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